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  • Gemili in comical case of mistaken identity

    British sprinter Adam Gemili was in for a shock when collecting his Olympic accreditation.

    The 18-year-old, who earlier this year set a championship record at the World Junior Championships, is representing Britain in the 100 metres at London 2012.

    But while he may be well on course to becoming a household name, Gemili found that Olympic officials aren't quite up to speed yet.

    Gemili tweeted a picture of his accreditation which included a photo of a person who looked nothing like him.

    He wrote: "My Olympic accreditation to get into the games, who even is this guy?!?!?"

    Hopefully by the end of

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  • Pregnant windsurfer comes in for criticism

    Portuguese Olympic officials on Wednesday criticised a female windsurfer who told them by email that she was quitting the Games, and accused her of concealing the fact she was pregnant.

    Carolina Borges told sports newspaper A Bola that she might still have competed if she had received more support from the team mission.

    "I am three months pregnant," she said. "I am saddened, (but) imagine if I broke something while I am pregnant, how would it be?"

    "I never got any subsidies or moral support. I went ahead with the decision to quit because I lacked support," she added. "If I had had the support

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  • Judo medallist leaves President hanging

    Having learned Yuri Alvear had won Colombia's first Olympic judo medal, the country's president Juan Manuel Santos was naturally keen to thank her in person on the phone.

    The only problem was, she was too busy to speak to him.

    "At that moment I was heading to the medal ceremony so I couldn't talk to him," Alvear, who took bronze in the women's -70kg category in London, said laughing.

    "I told him I would call him back when the ceremony finished."

    (Reuters)

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  • Arise, Sir Bradley? Golden Wiggins up for knighthood

    Bradley Wiggins celebrates time trial gold at London 2012Bradley Wiggins is odds-on to be knighted after he won the Olympic time trial gold medal in London.

    The cyclist stormed to a glorious victory in Wednesday's race that started and finished at Hampton Court, beating the rest of the field by over 40 seconds to continue an incredible season that has already seen him win the Tour de France.

    The victory also brought Wiggins his seventh Olympic medal, to go with his six track cycling medals: he won bronze in Sydney in 2000; a gold, silver and a bronze in Athens in 2004; and two gold medals in Beijing four years ago.

    That makes him Britain's most

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  • Bradley Wiggins celebrates time trial gold at London 2012Bradley Wiggins is odds-on to be knighted after he won the Olympic time trial gold medal in London.

    The cyclist stormed to a glorious victory in Wednesday's race at Hampton Court, beating the rest of the field by over 40 seconds to continue an incredible season that has already seen him win the Tour de France.

    The victory also brought Wiggins his seventh Olympic medal, to go with his six track cycling medals: he won bronze in Sydney in 2000; a gold, silver and a bronze in Athens in 2004; and two gold medals in Beijing four years ago.

    That makes him Britain's most successful Olympian of all

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  • British gold medallist to be sent to Afghanistan

    Heather StanningLondon 2012 gold medallist Heather Stanning is celebrating after rowing to Britain's first gold medal of the Games alongside Helen Glover.

    But in a few months time she is due to be sent to Afghanistan with the Army.

    Stanning, an officer in the Royal Artillery, was given time out by the army to compete in the Double Sculls with Glover, and the pair rowed to glory in superb style on Wednesday morning to give the host nation its first champions of the Games.

    But with her involvement in the Olympics now over, it will be back to the day job for the 27-year-old  - which almost certainly means a tour

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  • London Mayor Boris Johnson was left dangling in the air when he got stranded on a zip wire while trying to make a dramatic entry to an Olympic party in one of London's parks.

    In his trademark black suit and shoes, helmeted and holding two Union Jack flags in the drizzle, the portly Johnson shouted for help after his zip wire - an attraction favoured by school children - got into a tangle in London's Victoria Park.

    "We are glad the mayor is safe and can only apologise for keeping him hanging on the line," a BT spokesman said on behalf of the telecoms company who sponsored the event.

    A

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  • Kayaker slapped with penalty by his own mother

    Mike DawsonNew Zealand canoeist Mike Dawson was slapped with a two-second penalty during his run in the kayak section of the canoe slalom on Tuesday.

    But unlike most competitors, he can't go back at the end of the day and grumble about the injustice of it all to his nearest and dearest. That's because the official who imposed the sanction on him was his own mother, Kay.

    The Kiwi nudged gate five during his run in the heats at the artificial rapids in Lee Valley, but rather than try to look the other way, kayaking official Kay Dawson gave the penalty without hesitation.

    Dawson bravely pretended that he'd

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  • TV interviewer fails to spot Holyfield

    Evander Holyfield, or 'a tourist' as the Today Programme called himAfter spending a decade as the best heavyweight fighter in the world, Evander Holyfield might expect to be recognised by the average man in the street.

    And when the person doing the recognising is an interviewer for American TV network NBC - who employ Holyfield as a pundit - you'd be doubly sure that they know who they're talking to.

    That proved not to be the case, however. The reporter from the Today Programme collared Holyfield by accident while seeking opinions from fans outside Buckingham Palace about the opening ceremony, but failed to recognise the champion, referring to him only as a

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  • 60 seconds with Dwain Chambers

    Who is your sporting hero?

    Linford Christie, and he still is. We have a close correspondence and he is someone I highly look up to.

    If you hadn't become a sprinter, what other job do you think you would have done?

    As a child I always wanted to be a fireman. In terms of sports I'd liked to have played tennis, and of course other sports such as rugby and American football if I'd been exposed to them.

    What food would you never eat?

    Mushy peas and chips. Ugh!

    What are the top three artists on your ipod?

    Lil Wayne, Rihanna and T.I.

    Is there a word that you say too often?

    Discounting swear words,

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