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Olympic silver medallist powers Germany to victory in world open water team event

By James Crook

174526234July 25 - Olympic silver medallist Thomas Lurz was a pivotal cog for the German team in the 5km open water team event at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, as the experienced swimmer hauled his team home to take gold.

World Games rhythmic gymnastics events cancelled due to unsuitable venue conditions

By James Crook

0114105264-206690-179374-0-news00July 25 - Rhythmic gymnastics events at the World Games in Cali have been cancelled due to concerns over the conditions in the competition hall, as well as the temporary warm-up and training facilities.

I will never forgive drug cheat Ostapchuk for her crocodile tears, says Olympic shot put champion

By Gary Anderson at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel in London.

July 25 - VALERIE ADAMSAn emotional Valerie Adams claimed she will never forgive Nadzeya Ostapchuk for robbing her of her moment of glory at London 2012 and told the disgraced shot put thrower to stay in Belarus forever, following her positive drugs test at last year's Olympic Games.

Smyth emulates roommate McKillop in securing double double

By Nick Butler

Smyth winning 100mJuly 25 - Ireland's Jason Smyth secured his second gold medal of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championships in Lyon with a record-equalling performance in the T13 100 metres on the sixth day of action at the Stadium of Parilly.

Istanbul 2020 is "picking up" claims confident Arat

By Duncan Mackay at Glaziers Hall in London

Hasan Arat Glaziers Hall London July 25 2013July 25 - Istanbul's bid to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics has regained its momentum following the riots which briefly threatened to derail its campaign, its leader Hasan Arat claimed here today.

Pope Francis blesses Olympic and Paralympic flags in Rio de Janeiro

By Duncan Mackay

Pope Francis blesses Olympic flag Rio July 25 2013July 25 - Pope Francis today blessed the Olympic and Paralympic flags with holy water and greeted some of the country's athletes in Rio de Janeiro as his historic tour of Brazil continued. 

Paralympic champions Canada to compete for first time since London 2012 at wheelchair basketball Americas Cup

By James Crook

151589024July 25 - The Canadian men's wheelchair basketball team that went undefeated to take the gold medal at London 2012 will put their reputation as the world's top team to the test next month as they look to impress in their first competitive appearance since the Paralympics at the Americas Cup in Bogota.

Don't cast doubts over me - I was always going to be great, says Bolt

By Gary Anderson at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel in London

July 25 - BOLTUsain Bolt claimed here today that he was always destined to be one of the greatest athletes of all time and that he has been doing phenomenal things since he was a teenager - as he was forced to defend himself following a series of positive drugs tests involving top sprinters.

Australian Olympic Committee President condemns O'Grady after EPO admission

By Duncan Mackay

Stuart OGrady head and shouldersJuly 25 - Cyclist Stuart O'Grady has been effectively sacked from the Australian Olympic Committee's (AOC) Athletes' Commission after he admitted doping during the Tour de France in 1998.
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