Has anyone won an olympic gold without setting the fast time in the competition?

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The world had wondered: openly, loudly, some may even say rudely, if Usain Bolt was ready. There were rumours of injury, speculation over his commitment to training, worries over his wavering form, suggestions that the triple world record holder might even be psychologically damaged – from last year's false start in the world championships final, from the car crash in June, from his defeat at the hands of his training partner Yohan Blake in Kingston, Jamaica, just five weeks ago. But when that gun went in the 100m final Bolt delivered one almighty response to anyone who had dared to question him, dared to dream of beating him.

Crossing the line in an Olympic record of 9.63sec, the 25-year-old became the first man to defend an Olympic sprint title since Carl Lewis in 1988. Legend? Job done. What did Bolt have to say to the doubters? "I have nothing to say," said the two-times Olympic champion. "I said it on the track. All they can do is talk. I said when it comes to the...

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A disabled middle-distance runner shattered the 1500m Paralympic world record after winning gold at the Rio Paralympic Games, beating Olympic champion Matthew Centrowitz by more than 1.7 seconds.

Abdellatif Baka of Algeria won the T13 1500m final on Monday night in a stunning performance that not only set a new Paralympic world record, but stands as the fastest 1500m time recorded by an able-bodied or disabled athlete in Rio over both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Baka clinched gold in the T13 class where athletes suffer from visual impairment. There are two other classes for visually impaired athletes in the form of T11 and T12, with the lower numbers indicating a more severe impairment.

Baka crossed the line in a time of three minutes and 48.29 seconds to win gold, with American Olympic champion Centrowicz only managing three minutes and 50.00 seconds at the Olympic Games last month.

The feat was made all the more stunning given the fact that the...

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Let the games begin!

The Olympic Games

The Olympic Games, also called the Olympics, are an international sporting event. The Summer Olympics take place every 4 years in August when it is summer in the northern hemisphere. The Winter Olympics take place every 4 years in February when it is winter in the northern hemisphere. The Winter and Summer Olympics are 2 years apart.

The Olympics are held in major cities. The city is called the host or the host city. Before the Games begin, the torch relay travels from Olympia, Greece to the host city.

The Games begin with the Opening Ceremony. The host city puts on a show to tell the world about the culture and the history of the city and the country. The show includes music, singing, dancing, and acting. It might include popular singers, bands or music groups, and other famous people from the country. After the show, the athletes walk into the stadium with their country. Each country is led by a flag...

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Top Olympic Champions - Best of the Best

Will and Guy present their lists of outstanding Olympians selected from the summer Olympic Games. These athletes brought us immense enjoyment.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 4 (DAY 8 )

NBC

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tennis – women’s singles gold medal match (Live, 9 a.m.)
Trampoline – women’s gold medal final (11 a.m.)
Track and field – men’s 100-meter and 400-meter qualifying, women’s pole vault qualifying (11:15 a.m., 1:30 p.m.)
Men’s volleyball – United States vs. Russia (Live, 11:45 a.m.)
Cycling – track gold medal final (2 p.m.)
Men’s water polo – United States vs. Serbia (Live, 2:40 p.m.)
Rowing – gold medal finals in women’s single sculls, men’s four, men’s and women’s lightweight double sculls (3:45 p.m.)
Track and field – men’s 10,000-meter gold medal final (Live, 4:15 p.m.)
Beach volleyball – a round-of-16 elimination match (Live, 5 p.m.)
8 p.m. – midnight
Swimming – gold medal finals in men’s and women’s...

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Ben Bloom, Athletics Correspondent, in Rio de Janeiro

Sophie Hitchon is well accustomed to the unglamorous life of a hammer thrower.

While the rest of her British team-mates enjoy regular trips to Monaco, Shanghai and Rome, Hitchon can usually be found in any number of unknown Eastern European towns whose names contain more consonants than a Welsh railway station.

With the rare glitz of an Olympic Games on the horizon, it was perfectly ordinary that Hitchon prepared by competing in Szekesfehervar, Hungary, and the Polish city of Szczecin – a place with a cemetery as its main attraction.

The low-key world of the only athletics event omitted from the lucrative Diamond League circuit has few airs and graces but, away from anything resembling the spotlight, Hitchon's hard work paid off.

Entering the last round of the Olympic hammer final yesterday morning, Hitchon knew she had just one more attempt at producing the throw of her life or she was going...

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Olympics: Munich 1972

Sport/Event: Basketball

To this day, 12 silver medals sit in a vault in Lusanne, Switzerland, waiting to be claimed by the members of the 1972 USA men's basketball team.

America has owned the men's basketball competition since its inception in 1936 and won every gold medal leading up to the 1972 games in Munich.

Things looked to be the same when the Olympics kicked off, and the American stormed through the group stage, winning all seven of their games and outscoring their opponents by a combined 230 points.

However, the basketball competition started to resemble the geopolitical landscape of the time, as the USSR emerged as a superpower in the other group. The Soviets also went 7-0 in the group stage and, in a strange coincidence, also outscored their opponents by a combined 230 points.

The USSR was not like the teams the Americans were used to facing in international competitions. The Soviets may as well have been a...

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The modern Olympics games or popularly known as Olympics are the international sporting events featuring thousand’s of athletes who take part in a variety of sports competitions. Olympics are conducted in different categories like summer,winter, summer paralympic, winter paralympic, summer deaflympic, winter youth, summer youth etc. The Olympic games are considered as the world’s biggest sports competition as more than 200 countries take part in it. They are held once in four years, with Summer and Winter games alternatively occur every 4 years but 2 years apart.

2016 Summer Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. So here presenting you 15 facts you should know about Olympic games.

1. The first Olympic games played under International Olympic committee was in Athens in 1896.

It was played by 241 athletes from 14 nations and competed in 43 events.

2. This year’s Summer Olympics will be the 28th edition of the Olympic games.

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The Improvement You Want Isn’t in the Pool

Want to boost your performance in the pool? Here’s how to do it without swimming a single extra meter or yard.

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China’s Sun Yang Fathered Child Amid Controversial Career

China’s Sun Yang continues to make headlines for what he does outside the pool.

Darcel Joins HPC-VIC Verteran Swimmers

While Cochrane, 27, and Caldwell, 25, are back in the pool training, HPC-VIC head coach Ryan Mallette is also looking ahead to the next generation of new blood in the centre.

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FINA Releases Video Teaser Ahead of 2017 World Championships

Check out FINA’s video teaser for the event to get a first look at some of the venues and the sights to see in Budapest.

Bidding Now Open For 2022 European Championships

The search for a host city of the 2022 European Championships has officially begun.

Georgia State Champ Danielle Della Torre Commits To UGA Bulldogs

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Much has been made about the poor performance of Missy Franklin in Rio. The darling of the London Olympics found herself well out of medal contention and relegated to morning relays. While many experts claim to have “seen it coming”, I want to take a look back to 2015. There were a lot of signs that Franklin was ready to win a medal in Rio.

First, while Franklin was seen as struggling at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, she still came away with two individual silver medals, and was actually faster than Katie Ledecky on the...

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Mark Andrew Spitz (born February 10, 1950) is an American former competitive swimmer, nine-time Olympic champion, and former world record-holder in seven events. He won seven gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, an achievement surpassed only by Michael Phelps, who won eight golds at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Spitz set new world records in all seven events in which he competed in 1972. Spitz holds more medals than any other Jew in the history of the Olympics.[1]

Between 1968 and 1972, Spitz won nine Olympic golds, a silver, and a bronze; five Pan American golds; 31 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) titles; and eight National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) titles. During those years, he set 35 world records, but two were in trials and unofficial.[2][3] He was named World Swimmer of the Year in 1969, 1971, and 1972 by Swimming World Magazine. He was the third athlete to win nine Olympic gold medals.

Early life[edit]

Spitz was born...

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There are all kinds of ugly incidents at every Olympics. There are athletes who win stop at nothing to win. If they aren't good enough to win outright, then they turn to cheating... the opposite of sportsmanship.

Cheaters never win, or so they say. Nonsense. Personally speaking, I think a lot of cheaters win.

With the specter of drugs tainting baseball, cycling, and track and field, these days we have become so cynical that we assume practically all winners are under suspicion.

It really does seem that ethics in sports and business have fallen to an all-time low. I noticed a blurb in Time Magazine this week that said “24% of Wall Street executives say that illegal or unethical conduct may be necessary to be successful in finance.”

It really does seem that when the stakes are high enough, some people will cheat. Just because someone is a world-class athlete doesn’t guarantee the same person has a well-developed sense of...

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reams were her gift. Every morning, she'd wake up and tell her husband, Al, how she'd dreamed about angels or daughters or catastrophe. Good or bad, she'd always wake up with a story to tell -- until the day she never woke up at all.

Al never had that gift. His dreams were vague, or they'd escape him 20 seconds into his day. He had nothing to jot down like she did, nothing to file away for a conversation over dinner. Even after she died some 11 years ago, he never dreamt of her, could never summon her back into his subconscious. This frustrated him to no end, because, once he was awake, all he did was daydream about her.

But then, about 10 weeks ago, in the middle of his deepest sleep, Al Joyner finally saw Flo Jo. She had driven up in a car, smiling, and strolled casually toward him. She was stunning, as always, and wore her hair in a bun, just the way he'd always adored it. He asked her, "What are you doing here?" And her response was, "I'm just coming to check on...

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The 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are fast approaching.

The world’s greatest sporting event will feature new faces (Simone Biles, Katie Ledecky), and old (Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps). And whether it’s in the pool, on the track, in the sand, on a balance beam or on the roads, one thing is for sure: history will be made.

April 27 marks 100 days until the Summer Games will officially begin on Aug. 5 with the lighting of the Olympic cauldron at...

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