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Looking back at the Olympics: Sydney 2000

SYDNEY 2000 A memorable Games for Water-sports As is often the case at the Olympics, the host nation – in this case Australia – excelled. To

SYDNEY 2000 A memorable Games for Water-sports As is often the case at the Olympics, the host nation – in this case Australia – excelled. To

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Looking back at the Olympics 1992-1996

BARCELONA 1992 A changed world boycotts Olympic boycotts Politically, much had changed in the world between 1988 and 1992. The Soviet bloc had

BARCELONA 1992 A changed world boycotts Olympic boycotts Politically, much had changed in the world between 1988 and 1992. The Soviet bloc had

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Looking back at the Olympics 1896-1904

ATHENS 1896 The first modern Olympic Games was held in Athens. According to the International Olympic Committee, 14 countries took part although

ATHENS 1896 The first modern Olympic Games was held in Athens. According to the International Olympic Committee, 14 countries took part although

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Looking back at the Olympics 1980-1988

MOSCOW 1980 US boycott reduces the numbers Only 80 countries took part in the 1980 Moscow Games, the lowest number since 1956. The USA led a

MOSCOW 1980 US boycott reduces the numbers Only 80 countries took part in the 1980 Moscow Games, the lowest number since 1956. The USA led a

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Looking back at the Olympics 1908-1920

LONDON 1908 A longer Marathon provides the highlight The 1908 Games had originally been awarded to Rome but it became clear that the Italian

LONDON 1908 A longer Marathon provides the highlight The 1908 Games had originally been awarded to Rome but it became clear that the Italian

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Looking back at the Olympics 1968-1976

MEXICO CITY 1968: Records vanish into thin air For the first, and so far only time the Games were held at high altitude in the Mexican capital. The

MEXICO CITY 1968: Records vanish into thin air For the first, and so far only time the Games were held at high altitude in the Mexican capital. The

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Why are Australians so good at sport?

It’s easy to talk to most Australians about sport. They like talking about it because they are, on the whole, good at it. At the Olympics, Australia

It’s easy to talk to most Australians about sport. They like talking about it because they are, on the whole, good at it. At the Olympics, Australia

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Why does India perform so poorly at the Olympics?

In terms of population size and medals won, there is no worse Olympic performer than India. It seems strange that a country of more than 1.2 billion

In terms of population size and medals won, there is no worse Olympic performer than India. It seems strange that a country of more than 1.2 billion

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What does it take to win an Olympic medal?

This summer in London, just over 10,000 athletes from 205 nations will be vying for around 1,000 Olympic medals spread across 302 events. Roughly one

This summer in London, just over 10,000 athletes from 205 nations will be vying for around 1,000 Olympic medals spread across 302 events. Roughly one

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Olympics: planned economies and the need to succeed

The entry of the USSR and its satellite states into the Olympic arena changed the dynamic of the Games. The idea that it’s ‘not the winning but the

The entry of the USSR and its satellite states into the Olympic arena changed the dynamic of the Games. The idea that it’s ‘not the winning but the

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Hosts with the most: why home advantage brings more Olympic medals

It doesn’t take much examination of the statistics to be able to confirm what was already fairly obvious to sports fans – the home team wins more

It doesn’t take much examination of the statistics to be able to confirm what was already fairly obvious to sports fans – the home team wins more

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Eleven weightlifters, including six medalists, retest positive from London 2012

The International Weightlifting Federation has announced that 11 weightlifters, including six medalists, have tested positive in retests on samples taken at the 2012 London Olympics.

The International Weightlifting Federation has announced that 11 weightlifters, including six medalists, have tested positive in retests on samples taken at the 2012 London Olympics.

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French Olympic triathlete Laurent Vidal dies at 31

The French Olympic triathlete Laurent Vidal has died of a heart attack at the age of 31. Vidal, who competed at two Games and finished fifth at the

The French Olympic triathlete Laurent Vidal has died of a heart attack at the age of 31. Vidal, who competed at two Games and finished fifth at the

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Olympic ski champion Lindsey Vonn to miss Sochi winter games

Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn will miss next month’s Sochi Games after failing to recover from a knee injury, the American said on

Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn will miss next month’s Sochi Games after failing to recover from a knee injury, the American said on

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G4S bids for Commonwealth Games contracts after Olympics "shambles"

G4S, the world’s largest security services firm, who admitted its handling of the London Olympics was a “humiliating shambles”, has reportedly bid

G4S, the world’s largest security services firm, who admitted its handling of the London Olympics was a “humiliating shambles”, has reportedly bid

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Olympic 007 stuntman dies wing-diving in Swiss Alps

A stuntman who parachuted into the opening ceremony of last year’s London Olympics as James Bond’s double has been killed in a wing-diving accident

A stuntman who parachuted into the opening ceremony of last year’s London Olympics as James Bond’s double has been killed in a wing-diving accident

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Trial begins for Olympic bottle-throwing fan

The man that threw a bottle onto the track during the 100 metres final at the Olympic Games this summer appeared at Stratford Magistrates’ Court on

The man that threw a bottle onto the track during the 100 metres final at the Olympic Games this summer appeared at Stratford Magistrates’ Court on

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What the world searched for most in 2012

From Whitney Houston to Gangnam Style, from Hurricane Sandy to the London Olympics, search engine Google has published its list of the most

From Whitney Houston to Gangnam Style, from Hurricane Sandy to the London Olympics, search engine Google has published its list of the most

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Boxing clever

Five Cameroon boxers that went missing during the London Olympics have re-appeared at a Gym in the British capital. The boxers disappeared from the

Five Cameroon boxers that went missing during the London Olympics have re-appeared at a Gym in the British capital. The boxers disappeared from the

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Somali athlete dies trying to make London Games

It has emerged a Somali Olympic sprinter failed to make the London Games after allegedly dying on a boat on her way to Italy. According to the

It has emerged a Somali Olympic sprinter failed to make the London Games after allegedly dying on a boat on her way to Italy. According to the

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What hope for an Italian turnaround?

Italy has been the eurozone’s most sluggish economy for more than a decade. Its economy has been sinking deeper into recession while its public debt

Italy has been the eurozone’s most sluggish economy for more than a decade. Its economy has been sinking deeper into recession while its public debt

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North Korean Olympians home

North Korea’s Olympians were welcomed as heroes in the capital Pyongyang. Their performance at the London 2012 Games was better than expected, with

North Korea’s Olympians were welcomed as heroes in the capital Pyongyang. Their performance at the London 2012 Games was better than expected, with

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Mixed business benefits from London Olympics

There was some rare good news from the recession-hit UK economy as the number of Britons out of work fell to the lowest level in nearly a year in the

There was some rare good news from the recession-hit UK economy as the number of Britons out of work fell to the lowest level in nearly a year in the

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UK inflation rises unexpectedly

There was a surprise jump in inflation in Britain in July. It inched up to 2.6 percent from 2.4 percent in June – that was the first increase since

There was a surprise jump in inflation in Britain in July. It inched up to 2.6 percent from 2.4 percent in June – that was the first increase since

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Heathrow Olympic departures

London’s Heathrow Airport processed around 15,000 Olympic athletes and officials as they left the capital following the end of the Games. A special

London’s Heathrow Airport processed around 15,000 Olympic athletes and officials as they left the capital following the end of the Games. A special

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List of missing Olympians grows

Four members of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Olympic delegation, including judoka Cedric Mandembo, have gone missing says the Congolese Olympic

Four members of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Olympic delegation, including judoka Cedric Mandembo, have gone missing says the Congolese Olympic

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London gets used to life after the Olympics

The banners are still up and the centre of London remains festooned with national flags, but the Olympics are well and truly over and Britain is

The banners are still up and the centre of London remains festooned with national flags, but the Olympics are well and truly over and Britain is

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The Olympics as an economic measuring stick

The medals earned by the Olympic champions in London show more than the athletes’ excellence. They also reflect the economic contexts of whole

The medals earned by the Olympic champions in London show more than the athletes’ excellence. They also reflect the economic contexts of whole