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What would the baron think?

Harry Gordon Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the father of the modern Olympic Games, probably wouldn't recognise his distant offspring today. If he did, it is uncertain that he would approve.

Salad days … and kebabs with the lot

Farzad Tarash

Chris Barrett ''LAMB kebab with the lot … chilli and garlic sauce'': It's an order more associated - on the high streets of London anyway - with late-night pit stops from the pub.

Olympics:

Live: Olympics opening ceremony

Cauldron

Phil Lutton This is the Olympics live blog

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A press conference like a packed Tokyo subway? Luckily, Kobe has no beef

Kobe Bryant

Scott Spits He must have been asked the same question eight times. Each time, however, the illuminating reply was delivered with a smile.

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Now Mitchell has to face the mind games

Lauren Mitchell

Georgina Robinson THE pressure has been building ever since Lauren Mitchell became Australia's first gymnastics world champion two years ago.

Men's four showdown to come early

Rupert Guinness The long-awaited first clash between Australia and Great Britain at Dorney Lake has been fast-tracked with the two Olympic gold favourites being drawn in the same semi-final for the men's fours on...

Borat shadow looms everywhere but Kazakhs have the last laugh

Borat

Chris Barrett Kazakhstan came to London wanting to be taken seriously. They probably knew they would not get through this Games without a mention of mankini, goat herding or any other reminders of Sacha Baron...

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Social reality gets sidelined

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Richard Hinds The opening ceremony was a sly celebration of dissent. Marching suffragettes, the Sex Pistols' version of God Save the Queen, National Health Service nurses prancing at a time when the Tory-Liberal...

A silver medal in the pocket, four Olympics down, Drew Ginn ponders the end

Ginn

Rupert Guinness IT began with Drew Ginn talking optimistically about the potential of his crewmates and the Australian men's coxless four boat after he raced with them to win an Olympic silver medal.

The bucks' night fighter

Shalva Gadabadze (in red) fights with Jimmy Lidberg.

Chris Barrett Jimmy Lidberg is not your everyday embodiment of bucks' party entertainment. For starters he's a man, one with an imposing physique straight off the nightclub bouncer production line.

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A porthole to this city's soul

Boxing

Peter Hanlon As much as these Games have been about Great Britain showing the world it has well and truly moved with the times in terms of athletic achievement, they have been a nod to the past.

Saori Yoshida wins gold, again

Saori Yoshida with her coaches.

Japan's Saori Yoshida celebrates her latest victory by hoisting her coach to her shoulders.

Aussies win bronze in extra-time after last-second blunder

Australia's team huddles before extra time as they met Hungary during their Women's Bronze Medal water polo match during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Chris Barrett "I'll shout for the rest of the night," declared Alicia McCormack after the Australian women's water polo team collected a dramatic bronze medal in London.

Best seat in the house for miserable Hooker

Richard Hinds dinkus

Richard Hinds Steve Hooker sat on the ground beside the pole vault runway, not 10 metres from where his friends, and fellow daredevils, were lifting off.

Wrestler complains about funding after losing to North Korean

Chris Barrett Australia's sole wrestler in London has taken a swipe at the absence of government funding provided to so-called fringe Olympic sports, saying a potential gold mine of medals was being ignored,...

Live coverage: London Olympics Day 15

Usain Bolt

Daniel Sankey It's Day 15 at the London Olympics and there's 32 gold medals up for grabs, with Aussies leading the charge in sailing, the race walk and diving.

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Medal loss blamed on low funds

Chris Barrett, London AUSTRALIA'S sole wrestler in London has taken a swipe at the absence of government funding provided to so-called fringe Olympic sports, saying a potential goldmine of medals was being ignored,...

Hooker's agonising struggle comes to nought

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Richard Hinds Steve Hooker sat on the ground beside the pole vault runway, not 10 metres from where his friends, and fellow daredevils, were lifting off.

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Olympics

Why should Bolt and Phelps get all the attention?

28th June 2012, Story by Fleta Page ,  Canberra Times Photo, Colleen Petch,  Champion Table Tennis player in the over 60's division Glenys Joliffe at the ACT Table Tennis Centre in Kingston

Chris Dutton Sure, you’ll probably be able to see London’s Olympic Stadium from space when cameras flash for the 10 seconds of the men’s 100 metres sprint.