Category: Olympic Games


September 13th, 2012 by

Apologies, dear readers, for the unexplained absence; but after the extraordinary success of London 2012, the only reasonable thing to do was to jump a jet immediately, and check out the next summer Olympic location – Rio de Janeiro. I was surprised to arrive at the tiniest international airport imaginable for a city of ten […]

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August 11th, 2012 by

A world record is, by its nature, extraordinary. But there are some performances which go beyond that limit, inspiring awe and even reverence. David Lekuta Rudisha produced such a performance in the London 2012 stadium on Thursday night, winning the Olympic 800 metres gold in a world record time of 1.40.91sec. And the Kenyan led […]

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August 2nd, 2012 by

Following one particularly arduous conclusion to an Olympic decathlon – ie big guys running 1500 metres – an Italian colleague turned to me and said, ‘This is heavy gold’. What he meant was that here was a gold medal won, if not ten times over, then with rather more effort and application than it takes […]

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August 20th, 2011 by

When hundreds if not thousands of demonstrators were killed by the police, army and paramilitaries in the run-up to the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, the students, who were the principal victims could at least claim that they had a justified, even a noble cause, ie demanding to know why a country mired in poverty, […]

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