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Other Sport 31 Jul 2012 | 12:00 AM

Is Phelps the greatest Olympian?

LONDON (Reuters) - Who has been the greatest Olympic athlete since ancient Olympia's multi-sports festival was revived in Athens 116 years ago?

Other Sport 31 Jul 2012 | 12:00 AM

Football: U.S. and Britain qualify with perfect records

LONDON (Reuters) - Reigning Olympic champions the United States will take on a revitalised New Zealand while hosts Britain face Canada in the quarter-finals of the women's football competition after the completion of the group stage on Tuesday.

Other Sport 31 Jul 2012 | 12:00 AM

Fencing - Lei wins for China as European giants fall

LONDON (Reuters) - Lei Sheng became the first Chinese man to win men's Olympic foil gold, overcoming a brave bid from Egypt's Alaaeldin Abouelkassem in the first final of the event since 1900 not to feature a European.

Other Sport 31 Jul 2012 | 12:00 AM

Britain becomes medal contender with second win

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's women's hockey team started to resemble serious Olympic medal contenders on Tuesday after a dramatic 5-3 victory over South Korea put them top of their group.

Other Sport 31 Jul 2012 | 12:00 AM

Chinese deny Ye doping as Phelps goes for record

LONDON (Reuters) - China has vehemently rejected suggestions by an American coach that doping might be behind the astonishing performance of a Chinese swimmer as Michael Phelps, himself a former teen pool prodigy, bids to become the most decorated Olympian of all time.

Other Sport 31 Jul 2012 | 12:00 AM

Volleyball - Internal chaos makes us stronger, say Bulgaria

LONDON (Reuters) - It is difficult to find a nation with as much sporting turmoil as Bulgaria, where coaches and players are hired, fired or resign on a monthly basis and often at the most inopportune times.

Other Sport 31 Jul 2012 | 12:00 AM

Luxury lifestyle for North Korean winners, losers may fear fate

LONDON, July 31 - It's still only Day Four at the London Olympics but one early surprise is that North Korea are fifth in the medals table, a performance that will bring good news to the pariah state - and not a little relief for the athletes themselves.

Other Sport 31 Jul 2012 | 12:00 AM

No regrets over 'Twitter Games' for IOC

LONDON (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has no regrets about embracing social media for what some are calling the first

Other Sport 31 Jul 2012 | 12:00 AM

Cycling - Everything to lose for hosts Britain

LONDON (Reuters) - Expectations are sky high and the Velodrome is likely to be at boiling point, but Britain will have more to lose than win when the Olympic track cycling action starts on Thursday.

Other Sport 31 Jul 2012 | 12:00 AM

Blatter wants ban for Morganella in racism fight

LONDON (Reuters) - Swiss player Michel Morganella, expelled from the Olympics for tweeting an insulting message about South Korea, should be banned, FIFA's Swiss president Sepp Blatter said on Tuesday.