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August 15, 2004

Genes may carry Powell to 100m gold
Five of the Jamaican sprinter's brothers have stepped on to the track as sprinters at some level.

August 14, 2004

Li... and behold
For showing superb poise in the face of extreme pressure, Du Li is, without any doubt, our Olympian of the Day.

Flag bearers embody dreams and ideals
alaysia had the shortest, youngest and lightest man -- Bryan Nickson Lomas, a 14-year-old diver.

August 13, 2004

Mystery man Kenteris hard to follow
The Olympic 200m champion's whereabouts became a subject of keen interest after he failed to appear for a drug test.

Olympic Legends: Babe Didriksen
"Whatta-Gal Didriksen", "Texas Tornado", "Terrific Tornado" shrieked the headlines. Didriksen agreed with them all.

Olympic Legends: Blankers-Koen
Blankers-Koen's feats at the 1948 London Olympics changed blinkered ideas of women athletes for ever.

Greece's top hope faces Games expulsion
Costas Kenteris, the only man to win the Olympic, world and European 200 titles, missed a drugs test.

Interview: Merlene Ottey
Since winning a bronze medal in the 200 on her Olympic debut in Moscow 24 years ago, Ottey has accumulated a haul of eight medals, three silvers and four further bronzes.

August 12, 2004

Olympic Legends: Nadia Comaneci
Perfection was thought to be impossible in gymnastics until Nadia Comaneci arrived on the scene.

Olympic Legends: Teofilo Stevenson
Teofilo Stevenson was the first star of Cuban boxing.

Olympic Legends: Abebe Bikila
Abebe Bikila proved a sensation at the 1960 Rome Olympics when he padded barefoot along the Appian Way to win the marathon in world record time.

August 11, 2004

Montgomery leads star cast of absentees
Injury, doping bans and ill-timed losses of form have left a trail of big-name performers watching the Olympics from the sidelines.
The rough road from Gaza to Greece
Sanaa Abu Bkheet will become the first woman to compete for a Palestinian team at the Olympics.
The man behind Anju George
The husband-wife team have one goal in mind: winning a gold medal at Athens.
Olympic Legends: Carl Lewis
Lewis in full flow was the finest sight in track and field for more than a decade.

August 10, 2004

Nationality, a confused issue
Nationality in sport has become muddied following the break-up of the Soviet bloc and the transfer of talent from poor to rich countries.
Olympic Legends: Mark Spitz
In the 1972 Games, Spitz won gold from the 100 and 200 freestyle, the 100 and 200 butterfly and the three relays, all in world record time.
Olympic Legends: Jesse Owens
Jesse Owens was the man who exposed the malign Nazi myths of Ayran racial supremacy.
'I will try and win a medal for my daughter'
The Maharashtra shooter says her greatest motivation to do well at the Athens Games is her family.

August 09, 2004

Olympic Legends: Emil Zatopek
Dubbed "Emil the Terrible", Zatopek won gold in the 10,000 and silver in the 5,000 at the 1948 London Olympics.
Olympic Legends: Paavo Nurmi
By far the most successful of the flying Finns who dominated middle- and long-distance running in the 1920s, Paavo Nurmi pioneered today's training methods.
Olympic Legends: Johnny Weissmuller
He set 51 individual world records from 50 to 800 metres, achieved fame outside the pool by making a dozen Tarzan films and still had the energy to acquire five wives.

August 06, 2004

'At Moscow we proved the pundits wrong'
Former India hockey captain Vasudevan Bhaskaran shares his Olympics experiences with Shobha Warrier.
Late-night starts for sunshine sport
In Sydney, volleyball attracted the fifth largest television audience of the 28 summer sports.
Thorpe chases his own destiny
A brush with death convinced Ian Thorpe his chosen path to Olympic immortality was futile.
Interview: Nadia Comaneci
Given the choice, Nadia Comaneci would have become a surgeon and indulged her fascination with blood on a daily basis.

August 5, 2004

'I was surprised by the strength I possessed'
Dream girl eyes gold at Athens

August 4, 2004

'I know I have a chance'

August 3, 2004

'Aap toh machine hai'
Phelps and Thorpe battle looms

August 2, 2004

Owens, Lewis are the best ever
Drugs for glory?

August 1, 2004

Irish tourist was first tennis champ

July 30, 2004

Khorkina targets third Olympic gold
Li sets sights on emulating hero
Dragulescu makes a stand for Romania

July 28, 2004

Move over Haile, here comes Bekele
Korzeniowski brings 20-year career to a close
Olsson inherits triple jump mantle
Saville keeps feet on ground after tears
Greene back to best after crippling injury
Radcliffe poised for Olympic gold

July 26, 2004

Hackett's reign goes the distance

July 20, 2004

Blood-doping cheats beware

July 15, 2004

Multi-coloured window dressing for Athens
Iraqi pride matters more than gold medals
Phelps sets out his Olympic stall

July 10, 2004

Olympic gold will elude Armstrong

July 07, 2004

Malleswari lifts Indian hopes again

July 06, 2004

Ultimate race provides maximum drama
Soccer struggles for credibility at Olympics

June 18, 2004

Anjali targets history at Athens

June 15, 2004

Cuban boxers pack punches with ideology

June 07, 2004

Paes-Bhupathi bury differences for Athens
1964 - India's first tyrst with the Olympic flame




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