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Morehouse eliminated in quarter-finals

By Graham Morrison, July 30, 2012

USA fencer Tim Morehouse celebrated his 34th birthday by taking to the piste in men's sabre at the Excel centre.

After a first round bye he saw off the Russian Veniamin Reshetnikov 15/6 to progress to the last-16 stage.

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Fencer Jay keeps his discipline

By Graham Morrison, December 23, 2008

Alan Jay, one of Britain’s most outstanding fencers of the past 60 years, was re-elected for a further four-year term to the Disciplinary Committee of fencing’s international governing body, the Federation Internationale D’Escrime (FIE).

Jay won both team and individual medals at epee in the Rome (1960) Olympics and was World Champion foilist in 1959. Amongst his other medals, he won six golds for two appearances in the Maccabiah Games.

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It’s raining today, but not on Team GB’s party

By Graham Morrison, August 21, 2008

The closing ceremony is in three days. I've been here since 6th August and now it feels like time to go home.

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GB rower West takes silver

By Graham Morrison, August 18, 2008

Josh West, the only Jewish athlete in the Great Britain squad, helped the men's eight to silver in Beijing.

West, who was part of the men's eight who finished in ninth place in Athens, said: "We were out there racing for the gold, but silver is still amazing. It's a very different experience being out there at the top rather than at the bottom."

Originally from Santa Fe, USA, the 31-year-old, who helped Cambridge to two Varsity race victories, steered the team to a second place podium finish as they crossed the line behind Canada.

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Let's just stop dragging past greats out of their comfort zone of history

By Graham Morrison, August 18, 2008

For British Jewry, the big Beijing story is Josh West's silver medal in that most punishing of sports, rowing. For Britain as a whole, it's the weekend's golden haul. But out here, the dominant story has been Michael Phelps' record-breaking achievements in the pool - at least before "The Bolt" in the breathtaking 100 metres final.

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The opening ceremony was amazing, but I missed it

By Graham Morrison, August 15, 2008

Kayak racer Michael Kolganov carried the flag for Israeli in what most people thought was the best ever opening ceremony. I heard some say it was also the most expensiveof all time. I returned to my hotel to try and fix some glitches with my email programme and missed much of it although I did get to see the Israeli team enter though.

The glitches refused to go away; first I could receive mail but not send. That was fixed and all was fine but then it went wobbly again and I could send but not receive. Then everything stopped.

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Lezak a big help to Phelps

By Graham Morrison, August 15, 2008

Michael Phelps owed a considerable debt of gratitude to Jason Lezak, the oldest swimmer in the American men's squad, as he this week surpassed Mark Spitz's tally of nine Olympic golds.

Lezak, 32, recorded a superb 46.06 in the anchor leg of the final of the 4x100 metres freestyle relay to edge out the French squad by 0.67 seconds.

The Californian, who took up the sport at the age of five, is competing in his third consecutive Games.

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The travel is said to be better than the arriving – I’m unconvinced

By Graham Morrison, August 8, 2008

Beijing is my fourth Olympics and it hardly seems four years since I was in Athens for 2004 Games. That might be because the process of getting here has been so time consuming. The accreditation process takes two years and all categories of accreditation are oversubscribed.

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Tall story of British Olympic rowing hopeful

By Graham Morrison, August 8, 2008

In the absence of steeplechaser Jo Ankier, 6ft 9in Oxford-based rower Josh West is the only Jew competing for Team GB in Beijing

Originally from Santa Fe, USA, West, 31, started rowing aged 17 as a fresher at Yale. While there, taking geology and international studies, he competed in the Harvard/Yale race.

However, he decided to continue his studies at Cambridge, and went on to take part in four Oxford/Cambridge boat races, being on the winning crew in 1999 and 2001.

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Graham Morrison's Olympic blog

By Graham Morrison, August 5, 2008

'One World One Dream'. Well that's the slogan for the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games, which officially open on Friday August 8. You wouldn't think it though judging by many of the stories in circulation. Human rights, pollution and so on. But hold on, haven't we've heard all this before? Well, yes actually.

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