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Fifty years on, the political shock waves from the Mexico Olympic Games still resonate

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Politics has been intermingled with sport in every one of the modern Olympics. That mixture was at its most violent and shocking at the 1972 Munich Games, when the Palestinian Black September group took 11 Israeli Olympic team members hostage, seeking a release of prisoners, and ended up killing them along with a West German police officer.

journalist Oriana Fallaci, a special correspondent for the political magazine L’Europeo, who was shot three times

Or in this case, its beautiful head.The gymnastics career of Věra Čáslavská, the seven-times Olympic

track, helped bring about a world record.

Silver went to Australia's Peter Norman in a national record of 20.06.All in all, a memorable Olympic

was not sent home.As a postscript, the US women's 4x100m relay team publicly dedicated their own gold medals

Palestinian cyclist shot in Gaza misses chance to compete at Asian Para Games

  • Paralympics

Palestinian cyclist Alaa Al Daly, who lost a leg in April after being shot by Israeli forces at the Gaza border, missed his chance to compete in the individual time trial at the Asian Para Games after failing to get the necessary permit to travel to the event.

It is frustrating that despite our best efforts, including changing his flight four times, we haven't

Korea two across the six classes for the men's time trial,In today's action, there was also a world record

in the powerlifting.China's Tan Yujiao broke her own record in the women's 67 kilogram class to take

respectively.South Korea, meanwhile, picked up another gold in the judo, with Jin Song-lee winning all

After three full days of competition China top the medals table with 143 in all, 78 of them gold.South

Women and Sport, coaching and Global Active Cities awards presented at Olympism in Action Forum

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International Olympic Committee (IOC) Women and Sport awards were awarded at the Olympism in Action Forum, while two Coaching Lifetime achievement and six Global Active Cities honours were also presented.

near gender equality in its administration and development of women’s volleyball, which has led to a record

 "By allocating all our resources and investments to this field, we made sports more accessible

organisation "Fast and Female".The organisation aims to tackle the issue of adolescent girls being six times

in skeleton, including winning 50 per cent of skeleton medals at Pyeongchang 2018.This included Lizzy

Development Grants last year, with the grants given to grassroots organisations running effective Sport for All

Dunman named interim performance director for British Skeleton

  • Bobsleigh and Skeleton

The British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association (BBSA) have named Natalie Dunman as their interim performance director for the British Skeleton world class performance programme (WCPP).

role for the Austrian, who helped lead Britain to multiple medal successes, including a hat-trick of medals

I've worked with the skeleton programme at various times during the last 10 years - including designing

They have a track record of medals at all levels and my aim now is to help them continue on that successful

Valverde wait over as Spaniard clinches men's road race title at UCI Road World Championships

  • Cycling

Alejandro Valverde ended his wait for the men's road race world title after triumphing in a four-man sprint finish after a gruelling race at the International Cycling Union (UCI) Road World Championships in Innsbruck.

The Spaniard boasted the record number of podium finishes at the Championships since his debut in 2003

It's the win of the national selection, of all the people who like me and support me."

I've been close many times, I've had several medals but I was still missing the gold."

Johnson drugs bust at Seoul 1988 highlighted one of most controversial Olympic Games in history

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the press centre, there’s a massive story breaking," urged my good friend John  Goodbody, of The Times

" after a 11-10 decision by the IOC Medical Commission.Florence Griffith Joyner won three gold medals

Florence Griffith-Joyner set an Olympic record of 10.62 in the 100m and a still-standing world record

of 21.34 in the 200 to capture gold medals in both events.

Once Flight 858 was back in the air, the bomb exploded and killed all 115 people on board, most of them

for me to think that North Korea can open its borders to more than ten thousand journalists and to all

More records fall on final day of Kazan Swimming World Cup

  • Swimming

Three more World Cup records fell on the third and final day of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) World Cup in Kazan, as Sarah Sjostrom and Katinka Hosszu impressed once again. 

 The second record of the day came in the very next race, the men's 50m butterfly.

man in the race to go sub-23.The time was the 25th fastest in history, while the Ukranian now holds all

10 of the fastest times ever in the event, including the world record of 22.27 he set in June.The third

of 2:08.77, which was set by Germany’s Marco Koch in Moscow back in 2015.Russia took all three

medals in the race, with Kirill Prigoda and Mikhail Dorinov taking the silver and bronze in 2:09.75 and

UCI offer support after Olympic champion Vogel left paralysed following training crash

  • Cycling

Double Olympic cycling champion Kristina Vogel says she can no longer walk after suffering a serious spinal injury in a crash during training in June. 

 With 11 World Championship golds, Kristina Vogel shares the record for most world titles won by

released a statement saying they express their "sympathy and support" to Vogel during the "difficult times

 "In addition to her multiple Olympic medals, Kristina shares with Australia's Anna Meares the record

Her determination and good humour are known and appreciated by all, and we at the UCI have no doubt that

African-born athletes representing Bahrain dominate final day of athletics at Asian Games

  • Jakarta Palembang 2018 Asian Games

representing Bahrain dominated the final day of the athletics programme at the 2018 Asian Games here as medals

in Nigeria - and Hajar Alkhaldi at the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium.They took the title in a Games record

China in silver medal position and 1.09 ahead Kazakhstan in third.Bahrain won a total of seven medals

of their 25 medals at the Games having come in track and field, largely from athletes that only recently

with a score of 59.925, to become the first person in Asian Games history to win the same title three times

C2 1000m.Dong Dong today became the first man to win any gymnastics event at the Asian Games three times

Iranian weightlifter announces retirement after completing hat-trick of Asian Games golds

  • Jakarta Palembang 2018 Asian Games

Behdad Salimikordasiabi has announced his retirement having made it three successive Asian Games gold medals

very happy to end my career with a gold medal," Salimikordasiabi was reported as saying by the Tehran Times

came after Asian Games triumphs at Guangzhou 2010 and Incheon 2014.Salimikordasiabi set a snatch world record

216kg at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, where he also completed a clean and jerk lift that was approved by all

three referees before being controversially disqualified by the jury.The current snatch world record

Australian domination continues at Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships

  • Swimming News

Australia have now won 25 gold medals in home water at the Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships in

In total the hosts now have 55 medals, with 17 silvers and 13 bronzes on top of the golds that they have

The Australian Dolphins have continued to post personal best times and win more gold on night three of

took first and fourth in the S14 women's 200m individual medley.Taylor Corry took the gold having led all

missed out on silverware.It was not just personal bests that were beaten either.The Australian national record

medley, by 17-year-old Timothy Hodge.He finished in 2:16.44, which is two seconds faster than the old record

Stars shine for final time as swimming competition concludes at Glasgow 2018

  • Swimming

Adam Peaty, Sarah Sjöström, Yuliya Efimova and Simona Quadarella celebrated success for one final time at the 2018 European Championships as swimming competition in the pool here tonight.

All four swimmers had secured multiple gold medals during the opening six days of competition and added

3:54.22.Denmark edged Britain for the silver medal, their teams completing the podium places in times

from Peaty saw him hand over to James Guy and Duncan Scott to bring Britain gold in at Championship record

nbsp;Germany secured bronze in 3:33.52.Italy's Margherita Panziera broke a 27-year-old Championship record

swimmer of the meet prizes respectively following the conclusion of the action.Russia finished top of the medals

How the Championships at Wimbledon went open - for business - 50 years ago

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going open - a switch that has transformed the fortunes of generations of players, not to mention the All

Lawn Tennis Club, in front of a crowd of around 100 people.Much has been made of the spirit of the times

Roland Garros.Nancy Richey, the American player who won the women's singles title, told the New York Times

I moved hotels three times."

without claiming anything more than his bus fare to the ground.Woodward captained Great Britain to gold medals

at the 1908 and 1912 Olympics, and his tally of 29 goals in 23 matches remained a record for England

Germany enjoy K4 success as Fuksa wins again at ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup

  • Canoeing

Germany claimed victory in the new Olympic K4 500 metres men's event on the final day of the International Canoe Federation Sprint World Cup in Duisburg.

and Max Lemke set a world best time of 1min 17.734sec in winning the World Championships in a world record

It was our first race for the season, so it hurts all the time," Rauhe said."

 "It's just fun racing all the time."

men's C1 200m in 39.974.Martin Fuksa claimed another win in the C1 class ©ICFGermany took both minor medals

200m in 39.989 to beat Linnea Stensils of Sweden and Sarah Guyot of France.They clocked respective times

Nick Butler: Winning as a junior is tough in sport but converting to senior success is even harder

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A sporting performance which caught my eye more than any other over the weekend was a superb 800 metres time of 1min 47.50sec in Manchester, clocked by Great Britain's Max Burgin eight days before his 16th birthday.

It was a world record for a 15-year-old and about 10 seconds quicker than the time most of his domestic

names I recognise on the junior boys list and another 800m runner in Jessica Judd is the only female record

There are slightly more once you get into the under-17 and under-19 age groups - marathon world record

There are others who have come close or who won minor medals in Singapore before going on to great things

Chapman comparing the age of the best times recorded by junior and senior-level world champions ©Foss