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  • Auction website eBay is being flooded with users selling Olympic torches - with one yielding a price of £153,300 just two days into the 70-day event.

    Sarah Milner Simonds, of Burnham-on-Sea, listed the item as being "used in the torch relay" with the winning bidder remaining anonymous.

    There were over 30 other auctions on the site for Olympic torches, including one with a starting bid of £100,000.

    Some 8,000 people are due to take part in the relay around Britain and into Ireland before the cauldron is lit at the opening ceremony on July 27.

    Ninety per cent of the torchbearers were nominated

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  • One of the first participants in the London Olympic relay tried to make a quick profit by selling his torch and uniform on eBay within hours of the 70-day event starting.

    The unnamed seller's location was given as Probus in Cornwall, the south-west English county where the relay had started in the morning after the flame was flown in from Greece on Friday.

    The Sun named the seller as Andrew Bell, who finished his leg of the relay in Marazion. He was nominated for the relay as a result of his coaching and fundraising efforts for a local rowing club.

    He told the paper that the torch - pictured

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  • Where are they now? Kip Keino

    Keino in action in 1972Nowadays at virtually any distance over 1500m you can expect a Kenyan to be amongst the favourites for victory.

    But until the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City Kenya had won just a single bronze medal.

    Enter Kipchoge Keino. The  runner, then 28, stormed to a magnificent victory in the men's 1500m, completing a remarkable rise from a humble background.

    Keino had lost both his parents in his childhood and was raised by his aunt. He had not grown up as an athlete — in fact, his first love was rugby — and having finished school, he joined the Kenya Police.

    When he did turn his attention to

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  • Daley has been criticised over sponsorship commitments

    There will be few athletes in the Olympic village with more incentive to win gold in London than Tom Daley.

    In May last year Daley lost his best friend and biggest fan when his father, Rob, died from a brain tumour. Rob ferried Tom to and from training twice a day, six days a week for years on end, and he sat in the crowd at events all over the world cheering on his son.

    However, there is far more to Daley's Olympic hopes than just raw emotion, as his CV shows a decade of dedication, experience and success.

    Plymouth-based Daley started diving aged just seven and he was soon winning national

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  • Venue guide: The Mall

    Where is it?: Central London.

    Find it on the map: Here

    How do you get there?: By most forms of transport except car. Because the Mall is so central, bus is probably best, although you won't be able to access the road from the Trafalgar Square end, as that will be used for spectators watching events on Horse Guards Parade. That means only three London Underground stations are recommended — Victoria (Victoria, Circle and District lines), St James' Park (Circle and District) and Green Park (Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria). Two National Rail stations are within easy walking distance as well —

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  • Sport guide: Shooting

    Oskar Swahn (second from right) with the 1912 Swedish shooting team


    Shooting was one of the events at the 1896 Games and was also part of the programme four years later when, for the first and last time, live pigeons were used as moving targets.

    Greece excelled at the first Games and Switzerland at the second, but London in 1908 saw the emergence of Sweden, and of Oscar Swahn in particular.

    At the age of 60, Swahn won the running target, single shot event to become the oldest winner of a gold medal — a record which still stands. He went on to set the record as the oldest winner of any medal, with a silver 12 years later.

    There will be 15

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  • Olympic history: Moscow 1980

    The Kremlin makes an appearance at the opening ceremony

    The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 was the trigger for the boycott of the Moscow Olympics the following year. Estimates of the impact in terms of numbers vary, and reports suggest some nations used the boycott as a convenient excuse to stay away because of economic issues.Mischa the Olympic bear - the cuddly side of Moscow 1980

    The significance has less to do with the quantity of absentees — possibly as low as 45, maybe as high as 60-plus — than with the quality. The United States led the boycott and were supported by Canada, West Germany, Japan, China, Kenya and more.

    A total of 80 nations competed — the lowest since 1956 — and some did

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  • Where are they now? Zola Budd

    Budd takes to the front in LA - but it ended in tearsBritish Olympian Zola Budd is famous for running barefoot, 'tripping' Mary Decker and being South African.

    As a 17-year-old, Budd broke the 5000 metres record, although the white teenager's effort was not officially ratified as she lived in apartheid-era South Africa.

    She grew up running in bare feet, as did the other children where she lived, and trained without footwear throughout her career. She did not always compete without shoes, contrary to popular belief, but did so in her most famous race in Los Angeles in 1984.

    After a Daily Mail campaign - the paper also paid her family a lot of

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  • The 115m-tall spiralling Olympic tower designed by award-winning artist Anish Kapoor has been completed and you can see how it came to life with the time lapse video below.

    The structure, named the ArcelorMittal Orbit, cost £22.7m and is located in between the Olympic Stadium and the Aquatics Centre.

    For naming rights reasons, the tower, which features the five-Olympic rings in a steel lattice, will be known as simply the Orbit during the London 2012 Games.

    It's the tallest sculpture in the UK and stands 22 metres taller than the Statue of Liberty.

    The cost of the tower increased from £19.6m

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  • Gymnastics legend Comaneci backs Tweddle for gold

    Nadia Comaneci in Montreal

    Eurosport were granted an exclusive interview with five-time Olympic champion and gymnastics legend Nadia Comaneci, who is backing Great Britain's Beth Tweddle for gold in London.

    At the age of just 14, Comaneci became a triple Olympic gold medallist at the Montreal Games of 1976.

    To make her performances all the more remarkable, they included the first seven 'perfect 10' scores the sport had seen.

    Reflecting on her incredible triumphs in Montreal, Comaneci said: "They were not prepared for history to be made and the scoreboard did not have a '10' available.

    "It was all very crazy, and I did

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