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Alexandr Vinokurov Claims Road Race Gold

Alexandr Vinokurov Claims Road Race Gold

  • Posted: Jul 28, 2012
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He  triumphed in a dramatic men’s Road Race to claim gold for Kazakhstan.

Colombia’s Rigoberto Uran Uran claimed silver, with Norway’s Alexander Kristoff third.

Great Britain’s Mark Cavendish, the world champion, was unable to put himself in a position to attack late on as Vinokurov won the sprint for the line.

With a 12-man escape group established and rivals attacking all around them on the nine ascents of Box Hill, Britain remained calm, riding at Cavendish’s tempo on the climb and at high pace on the descents and the flat. read more

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Wimbledon Disappointment For Tomas Berdych

Wimbledon Disappointment For Tomas Berdych

  • Posted: Jul 28, 2012
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 Tomas Berdych has suffered more disappointment on the Wimbledon grass as he was knocked out in the first round of the Olympics by Belgium’s Steve Darcis.

Steve Darcis of Belgium celebrates victory

Steve Darcis of Belgium celebrates victory

Steve Darcis of Belgium celebrates victory

The Czech slumped to a 6-4 6-4 defeat against world number 75 Darcis. read more

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The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh visit the Olympic Park

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh visit the Olympic Park

  • Posted: Jul 28, 2012
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Her Majesty The Queen and Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, visited the Olympic Park today as it opened its gates to thousands of spectators for Day 1 of the Olympic Games.

 The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh   visited the Aquatics Centre , where they were accompanied by LOCOG Chair Seb Coe and ODA Chairman John Armitt on a brief tour, and met with Games Makers. She also visitedShe also visited team  GB and the athletes  villageThis is the second day in a row that The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have been present on the Olympic Park, after they attended the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony last night.The Ceremony saw The Queen make her first film appearance, starring alongside Daniel Craig as James Bond in pre-recorded footage. In the film, The Queen greets 007 with the words ‘Good evening Mr Bond’ before the pair travel from Buckingham Palace to the Olympic Park by helicopter and then ‘skydive’ into the Olympic Stadium. While they appeared to parachute to the ground, at the last moment – and in real-time – The Queen appeared in the arena to take her seat to cheers and applause. read more

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Women’s Volleyball Olympics 2012

Women’s Volleyball Olympics 2012

  • Posted: Jul 28, 2012
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China ran Serbia off their feet at Earls Court as they got their London 2012 women’s Volleyball campaign off to a winning start.

 Yu Juemin’s side were the most impressive performers across the first two games played, earning a 3-1 win.

With Serbia boasting a front row of Brankica Mihajlovic, Ivana Djerisolo and Maja Ognjenovic that amounted to just shy of 20 feet in height, China were never going to win too many points at the net early on and so it proved as they lost the first set 25-16.

But the Serbian resilience started to tire quickly in the second set and, with libero Xian Zhang cleaning up well on the floor, China got some momentum and edged it 25-18. read more

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China v Czech Republic In Day 1 of the Women’s Basketball Competition

China v Czech Republic In Day 1 of the Women’s Basketball Competition

  • Posted: Jul 28, 2012
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 A superb start gave the Chinese a 15-4 lead over the 2010 World Championship runners-up, and although the Czechs closed the gap to 20-16 by the end of the first quarter, China kept them at bay.

It was not until the third quarter that they drew level, 55-55, on Michaela Zrustova’s three-pointer, but they looked to have little left in the tank as China finished on an 11-2 run to take the win.

Czech coach Lubor Blazek admitted: ‘In the beginning, we let the Chinese overplay us. read more

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Injuries leave USA short of a player in the Olympics 2012

Injuries leave USA short of a player in the Olympics 2012

  • Posted: Jul 28, 2012
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The USA may have been tipped as the favourites for gold in the men’s Basketball, but injuries have given opposing teams hopes of an upset ahead of the start of the competition

The USA team arrive in London as the defending champions and with a 54-1 win-loss record that dates back to 2006.

The squad, led by global superstars Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, features five players who won gold in Beijing, and five others who won the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

However, there are plenty of big names missing too, with Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard and Blake Griffin among those forced to sit this summer’s campaign out. read more

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World’s best time for New Zealand duo

World’s best time for New Zealand duo

  • Posted: Jul 28, 2012
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New Zealand men’s pair Hamish Bond and Eric Murray smashed the world’s best time, previously held by Matthew Pinsent and James Cracknell on the first day of Rowing at London 2012.

Hamish Bond and Eric Murray

Hamish Bond and Eric Murray

New Zealand men’s pair Eric Murray and Hamish Bond achieved a new world best of 6:08.50 to win heat 1 on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Eton Dorney on 28 July.

 Murray and Bond won their heat to qualify for the semi-finals with a victory in 6:08.50.

That time was almost six seconds quicker than the mark Pinsent and Cracknell set at the 2002 World Championships in Seville, Spain. read more

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Kim Clijsters Secured A Straight Sets victory at London Olympics 2012

Kim Clijsters Secured A Straight Sets victory at London Olympics 2012

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Kim Clijsters secured a straight-sets victory over Italy’s Roberta Vinci in the opening round of the women’s Singles Tennis event at Wimbledon.

Kim Clijsters of Belgium

Kim Clijsters lines up a forehand against Roberta Vinci of Italy during their women’s Singles Tennis match at London 2012.

London 2012 is both a Games debut and swansong for Belgian Clijsters, who will retire for the second time after the US Open in a month’s time.

She has struggled with injuries this season and was hampered by an abdominal strain at Wimbledon three weeks ago, where she crashed out in the fourth round to Angelique Kerber. read more

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Schwazer Pulls Out of 20km Walk

Schwazer Pulls Out of 20km Walk

  • Posted: Jul 28, 2012
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Italy’s Alex Schwazer has had to give up on his quest to win both the 20km and 50km Race Walk titles

Schwazer has pulled out of the men’s 20km event in order to concentrate on defending his Olympic 50km title.

He made the decision after suffering from a bout of flu, which had prevented him from training for three days.

Italy’s technical director Francesco Uguagliati said: ‘There is no reason to worry. Alex just prefers not to expend too much energy. read more

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Russia Holds On Tight For Opening Win

  • Posted: Jul 28, 2012
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Russia’s women saw off a spirited fightback from Angola to register a 30-27 victory in the opening Handball match of London 2012 at the Copper Box.

The Europeans, who were silver medallists at the Beijing 2008 Games, were cruising to the points in Group A as they led 19-11 in the early exchanges of the second half, but a golden spell by the African champions saw them level at 23-23.

However, Russia regrouped and flexed their muscles to get over the finishing line by a three-goal margin, Liudmila Postnova top-scoring with five goals and Liudmila Bodnieva, Tatiana Khmyrova and Ekaterina Davydenko all grabbing four. read more

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