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  • Madhura NagendraThe mystery woman who crashed India's athletes' parade has been identified as Madhura Nagendra, a postgraduate student from Bangalore.

    Nagendra, who is studying for an MBA in London, came through an audition to earn a place as a dancer in the spectacular opening ceremony for London 2012.

    But after taking her place among the thousands of other volunteer performers, she then decided to prolong her moment in the spotlight. She snuck in among the Indian athletes as they began their parade around the Olympic stadium on Friday night, taking a prominent place at the front of the group next to

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  • Police lose keys to Wembley Stadium

    Police lost the keys to Wembley Stadium in the latest security gaffe to dog the Olympics.

    Officers searching the national football ground prior to the start of the London 2012 Games misplaced a set of keys used to open internal doors.

    Scotland Yard said the relevant locks have been changed and that there is no security threat.

    "On the morning of Tuesday, 24 July officers on the Olympic policing operation at Wembley Stadium reported that internal security keys, being used by them as part of searches, were missing," the Metropolitan Police stated.

    "Officers attended the venue to assist in a

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  • Excessive tweeting has been blamed for the awful coverage of the men's cycling road race on the opening day of the Olympics.

    The race was one of the most eagerly awaited events in the early stages of the London Games but, while Mark Cavendish and Team GB were well short of finishing in the medals, the BBC were also left red-faced.

    Viewers were angered by a lack of graphics, poor audio and repeated mistakes as the commentators struggled to cover the lengthy road event to an acceptable standard.

    In a statement the BBC blamed Olympic host broadcaster OBS, who then subsequently pointed the finger

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  • American athletes launch Twitter protest

    A group of U.S. athletes protested on Twitter on Sunday over curbs on appearing in commercials during the Olympics in what looked like a concerted challenge to rules designed to protect Games sponsors.

    Athletes including Dawn Harper, gold medallist in the 100 metres hurdles in Beijing four years ago, took to the social networking site to call for the restrictions to be relaxed.

    "I am honored to be an Olympian but #wedemandchange #rule 40," Harper tweeted, accompanied by a picture of a group of U.S. team mates in a meeting room. Others including triple Olympian Sanya Ross-Richards echoed the

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  • Billionaire Gates turns cheerleader for Hsing

    American Ariel Hsing's Olympic table tennis campaign ended in defeat on Sunday but the teenager was hailed as "amazing" by supporter and Microsoft founder Bill Gates who embraced her after she came off court.

    The 16-year-old, ranked 115 in the world, threatened to cause a major upset as she twice pegged back China's second seed Li Xiaoxia before eventually falling to a 4-2 defeat.

    American billionaire Gates had sneaked into London's ExCel Centre to watch Hsing, who affectionately refers to him as "Uncle Bill".

    Before the match Gates joked that he had never won a point off Hsing by using

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  • When the public missed out on tickets for the Olympic Games in the public ballot, no matter how great their disappointment at not attending, people could at least accept that it was because demand was heavy.

    A year ago, when tickets first went on sale, more than half of those who applied were unsuccessful.

    So if you were one of roughly a million fans who couldn't get hold of tickets, you might have been forgiven a raised eyebrow when you noticed that Wimbledon was far from full on the opening couple of days. You might start asking questions when you spotted the empty seats at the gymnastics.

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  • Boxing judges favour Brits, claims beaten Brazilian

    Brazilian lightweight Robson Conceicao claimed he was the victim of biased judging after he lost in the first round to Britain's Josh Taylor on Sunday.

    Conceicao, who pushed world amateur champion Vasyl Lomachenko all the way in last year's championships, lost 13-9 but was convinced he won every round.

    "They (the judges) were very malicious. It's not fair because I think the judges favoured him because of the crowd and that shouldn't happen in a competition like this," Conceicao told reporters.

    "It hurts a lot, I was fighting really well, making the points and the referees didn't give it.

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  • Niger's Hamadou Djibo Issaka, a rower of just three months, was given a rapturous reception normally reserved for gold medallists after struggling to the finish line in the men's single sculls on Sunday.

    Drawing comparisons to swimmer Eric "the Eel" Moussambani who crawled to fame at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Djibo Issaka eventually crossed the line a full minute and 39 seconds after Lithuanian winner Mindaugas Griskonis. His time was 8 minutes 39.66 seconds.

    "You can do it," yelled the announcer at the course on Dorney Lake to the west of London as Djibo Issaka approached the finish

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  • Athletic legends tip Blake over Bolt in sprint showdown

    World champion Yohan Blake was a popular man when an international panel of athletes was asked on Sunday to pick the Olympic 100 metres winner.

    The group, by a 4-1 margin, went for Jamaican trials double winner Blake over world record holder and reigning Olympic champion Usain Bolt.

    "In track and field we having a saying, 'Stuff happens and you are only good as your last race'," former 400 metres hurdles world record holder Edwin Moses told reporters.

    "I hate to not vote for Bolt but I am not sure the cards are in his favour. I am going to say Blake too. I think he is the man to beat."


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  • London police warn tourists over fake officers

    Police on Sunday warned tourists in London to beware of people pretending to be plain-clothes officers and stealing credit cards and cash during the Olympics, and said they arrested more touts for illegally reselling Games tickets.

    The capital's Metropolitan Police Service said it arrested three men aged between 27 and 35 years on Saturday on charges of impersonating a police officer and conspiracy to steal.

    "There have been a number of incidents where criminals have impersonated police officers to take money off unsuspecting tourists," said Detective Superintendent Steve Osborn.


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