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  • Jamaica’s Olympic glory brings new hope

    Jamaican fans rejoice as Usain Bolt storms to Olympic 100m glory

    Jamaicans gathered in London erupted with joy as Usain Bolt romped to victory on Sunday, chanting his name with high hopes  his success will boost their nation's image and inspire their youth.

    Bolt's win in the 100 metres final, with fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake coming second and team mate Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce taking the women's 100m title a day earlier, cemented the Jamaican athletes' status as the fastest in the world.

    For Jamaica the timing was perfect as the heavily indebted Caribbean nation celebrates 50 years of independence from Britain on Monday, and the wins highlight its strengths
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  • While as many as two billion people around the world were watching arguably the greatest 100m final of all time, most athletics fans in the US were being treated to a replay of the equestrian event.

    NBC, who are the rights holders for Olympic broadcasts in the USA, have taken the decision throughout the Games to offer highlight packages of the day's action in their primetime slots.

    They showed the London 2012 Opening Ceremony several hours after it had finished (and came under fire for cutting out a poignant tribute section to London terror victims), and have missed out on hundreds of hours of

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  • Canadian rider Tiffany Foster was disqualified before the team show jumping final on Sunday because of hypersensitivity in her horse's front leg, a decision team captain Eric Lamaze called "a complete miscarriage of justice".

    Veterinary officials check for heat and sensitivity in the legs of all equine competitors under rules set up in 2005 in part to keep riders from purposely making their horse's legs tender so they would jump more carefully.

    However, the rules acknowledge that injury and infection can also produce heat.

    Foster said her horse Victor had a nick in the coronary band

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  • For some the Games are over – time to party

    In the Olympic village, the evolution of the species happens overnight.

    The second weekend of the Olympic Games marked a watershed, the sudden transformation of some of the most dedicated and competitive men and women into party animals who just want to have fun.

    The final week is the point where having a rower or a swimmer as a neighbour no longer seems such a good idea.

    For them, the games are over. Their events are done, the golds won and now - like the exhortations to crowds all over the Olympic Park - is the time to join the spectators and make some noise.

    British rower Mark Hunter, the

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  • Olympic champion almost left out after ‘admin error’

    Olympic and world shot put champion Valerie Adams of New Zealand was not included in the London Olympics startlist for the qualifying rounds set for Monday but team officials said it was a mistake.

    "It was an administrative error and it is being corrected now," said New Zealand team spokeswoman Ashley Abbott on Sunday.

    "She will definitely be competing tomorrow."

    The startlist posted on the official site of the Games on Sunday did not include the 2008 Beijing Games gold medallist, who also won gold in the last three editions of the world championships as well as this year's world indoor

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  • Britain's Jessica Ennis may be on her way to becoming the most marketable woman in world sport after her heptathlon gold confirmed her as the smiling face of the London Games.

    A winning combination of looks, athleticism and warmth have made her the poster girl for the Games. The 26-year-old, whose father is originally from Jamaica, embodies the positive multicultural image that Britain's leaders want to show to the world.

    British Airways, one of her sponsors, had even painted a huge image of the athlete on a field close to Heathrow airport in the run-up to the Games with the words

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  • Phelps shows off the final Olympic medal of an epic career (AP)American swimmer Michael Phelps swam his final Olympic race on Saturday, winning his 18th gold and 22nd overall medal with his United States teammates in the 4x100m medley relay.

    Fourth-Place Medal pored through the history book to put the total in perspective and come up with 22 facts about Michael Phelps's 22 career Olympic medals.

    1. Michael Phelps won his first Olympic medal in 2004. His 18 golds since the Athens Games would rank 12th overall for all nations, ahead of traditional Olympic powers like Romania, Poland, the Netherlands, Cuba, and Spain.

    2. Speaking of the Spanish, with tennis

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  • What was Mo Farah’s celebration all about?

    Mo Farah doing 'The Mobot'Mo Farah won Britain's first ever gold in the Olympic 10,000m on Saturday night with a stunning run that will never be forgotten by anyone who watched it.

    The skill he showed in jostling his way through the pack during a boisterous and physical race, and then the raw speed he displayed by running the final lap in a blistering 53.88 seconds, instantly became the stuff of British sporting legend.

    But after his run he puzzled many fans with his unusual celebration for the cameras, pointing both hands towards the middle of his head to make two arches.

    So what was it all about? Was he trying to do

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  • Touts charging thousands for 100m final tickets

    Fancy seeing Usain Bolt's 100m final? It'll cost you...Tickets for Sunday night's men's 100m final are fetching over £1,600 each as Olympic fever grabs Britain.

    Reselling tickets for the Games has been made a criminal offence by act of Parliament, but touts are trying to circumvent the law by using foreign websites to offer seats for sale.

    And the going rate for a top-category AA seat for Sunday night's athletics session - at which Usain Bolt's attempt to retain his Olympic crown will be the highlight - is more than the average monthly take-home salary in the UK.

    An investigation by the Daily Star Sunday found four seats for the Olympic Stadium

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  • After the greatest day in British Olympic history on Saturday, a mood of euphoria has gripped the nation.

    We take a look at how the nation's newspapers celebrated the extraordinary events of Saturday.

    We start with the Sunday Telegraph, which led with London 2012 poster girl Jessica Ennis, but included pictures of all the new British Olympic champions:

    Sunday Telegraph

    Ennis's beaming face was the main image on almost all the papers, as the Sunday Times showed with its wraparound cover:

    Sunday Times

    Most of the papers managed some sort of 'six of the best' reference, however, with the Sun on Sunday and Daily Star

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