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Cheruiyot Runs For Olympic Gold

Posted July 31st, 2012 at 3:56 am (UTC-4)
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Kenyan world champion Vivian Cheruiyot begins her quest for two Olympic gold medals Friday when athletics action gets under way at the Olympic Stadium here in London. The 28-year-old Cheruiyot is trying to match the achievement of Ethiopian rival Tirunesh Dibaba, who won gold at both 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters at the 2008 Beijing […]

Historical Olympic Victory For Cameron van der Burgh

Posted July 30th, 2012 at 3:01 am (UTC-4)

Cameron van der Burgh made history here in London Sunday, becoming the first South African man to win an individual Olympic gold medal in swimming. And he did it in world record fashion, touching the wall in 58.46 seconds in the 100 meters breaststroke final. His time took 0.12 seconds off the world record set […]

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Olympic Greetings From London

Posted July 26th, 2012 at 8:32 am (UTC-4)

Hello from London! I arrived in the British capital with umbrella in hand after reading reports of record rainfall in the 2012 Olympic host city.  But so far, sports fans, the weather has been on the sunny side. I’m staying in an area of east London known as Docklands, located on the northern end of […]

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American Indian Olympic Champion Billy Mills

Posted July 19th, 2012 at 2:54 pm (UTC-4)

Billy Mills is proud of his wife Pat’s painting. “There’s so much information in it,” says Mills, the only American ever to win Olympic gold in the 10,000 meters race. “Ancestors, Olympic rings, Mount Olympus, Olympic columns, a dream catcher, me in a Lakota drum. The image she painted of me was after crossing the […]

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Nigerian Olympian Blessing Okagbare

Posted July 16th, 2012 at 4:25 pm (UTC-4)

One Nigerian athlete to watch at the upcoming London Olympics is Blessing Okagbare, who will compete in the women’s long jump and in the women’s 100 meter dash. The 23-year-old Okagbare, bronze medalist in the long jump at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, won gold in the event at the recent African championships in Benin, as […]

Drogba & Kanu: Keepers of the Olympic Flame

Posted July 13th, 2012 at 2:57 pm (UTC-4)

The Olympic flame continues to wind its way to London, where on July 27th, it will ignite the Olympic cauldron during opening ceremonies for the Games of the XXX Olympiad. During the Olympic torch relay in the United Kingdom, the torch passed through the hands of two of Africa’s biggest football stars, Didier Drogba of […]

Nigeria Celebrates First Olympic Basketball Berth

Posted July 12th, 2012 at 3:12 pm (UTC-4)

I received an email from Abel Udoekene, a loyal Sonny Side of Sports listener in Lagos, Nigeria, celebrating the achievement of The Tigers, Nigeria’s national men’s basketball team. “It gives me great joy,” wrote Abel, “to congratulate the Nigerian basketball team for qualifying for the first time for the Olympics, they are the pride of […]

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USA Aims For More Gold In Olympic Basketball

Posted July 9th, 2012 at 3:39 pm (UTC-4)

The United States will be defending its gold medals in both men’s and women’s basketball at the upcoming London Olympics. Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski led the American men to gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey, and he says the 2012 Olympic squad is a […]

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South Africa’s Blade Runner Makes Olympic History

Posted July 4th, 2012 at 2:05 pm (UTC-4)

Calling it one of the proudest days of his life, Oscar Pistorius was selected Wednesday for South Africa’s Olympic team for the upcoming London Games. The 25-year-old Pistorius, nicknamed “The Blade Runner” for his carbon fiber, artificial legs, will become the first amputee to compete in an Olympic track event. South Africa’s Olympic Committee says […]


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