Olympics

Olympic hope fails drugs test

By Simon Griver, June 27, 2008

Israel’s top medals hope may be unable to compete in Beijing in August after the sailor failed a drugs test.

Udi Gal, who hopes to compete alongside Gidon Kliger, had two random samples taken by Israel’s Olympic Committee in May which showed traces of the banned substance Finasteride. The  29-year-old claims that he took the medication Propecia, which he did not realise contains Finasteride, to combat hair-loss.

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Ankier’s Olympic dream almost a reality

By Danny Caro, June 6, 2008

Jo Ankier moved a step closer to realising her ambitions by achieving the British Olympics qualifying standard time at a race in Belgium on Saturday.

Fresh from a month of altitude training in Flagstaff, Arizona, the 25-year-old crossed the line at the Night of the Euros 3,000 metres steeplechase in 9:43:88, one tenth of a second inside the time set by the British Olympics Association to make her one of just two British runners to have achieved the required standard.

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Kastor on run to Beijing

By Brian Sacks, May 16, 2008

Deena Kastor, the world’s most successful Jewish runner, has earned her ticket to Beijing by winning the US Olympic Marathon trial.

Kastor, 35, entered the race as favourite but found herself in a chasing pack, falling steadily behind surprise leader Magdalena Lewy-Boulet. After 14 miles Kastor trailed by almost two minutes, but from that point she closed in on Lewy-Boulet and overtook her with two miles remaining.

“It was a tough race,” Kastor said. “I thought I had misjudged it based on how strong Magdalena looked at every turnaround.

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Bush told to snub Olympics

April 18, 2008

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs, a major US umbrella group, urged President Bush to boycott the launch event of this summer’s Beijing Olympics over China’s poor record on human rights.

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Happy cultural revolution

By Daralyn Danns, April 4, 2008

This summer’s Olympics offer a perfect excuse to see Beijing and Shanghai

The Chinese may be worried about the protests currently surrounding the Olympics, but they have produced a no expense-spared, futuristic-looking Beijing that, on August 8, will stun the world.

From the moment you arrive at Beijing airport’s new state-of-the-art terminal, designed by Sir Norman Foster — the world’s largest airport building, and one which works efficiently — you cannot help but be impressed.

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Israeli stars hope to shine in Beijing

By Simon Griver, March 21, 2008

With less than five months until the Beijing Games, the Israeli squad taking shape will struggle to equal the haul of two medals — one gold and one bronze — won in Athens in 2004.

Some 25 competitors have met the criteria set by the Israel Olympic Committee, with the squad for China expected to reach 40.

Windsurfer Gal Friedman, who became Israel’s first gold medalist in 2004 — adding to the bronze he won in Atlanta in 1996 — will not be in the travelling squad.

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