The lighter side of the Olympic Games

NZ Newswire Updated August 13, 2012, 7:23 am

A look at the lighter side of the Olympic Games:

LONDON - Usain Bolt went from breaking a record to spinning records.

Bolt hotfooted it from the Olympic Stadium on Saturday night to a party nearby in east London where he turned DJ, entertaining the packed crowd in the early hours of Sunday morning.

"I did what I did and I came here to be legend, and I am now, so I am very happy with myself," Bolt said at the party.

The sprinter had just completed the defence of all three Olympic titles by anchoring Jamaica's 4x100m relay team to a world record on Saturday night.

Bolt won gold in the 100 and 200 metres earlier this week.

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LONDON - Guor Marial touched three letters on the right side of his singlet, then pounded the left side of his chest with his fist in a subtle but significant gesture to describe his Olympic experience.

Marial competed in the marathon as an independent runner under the banner of the International Olympic Committee after fleeing a refugee camp in what is now South Sudan during a civil war more than a decade ago.

While other runners wore the colours and ran under the flags of their countries, Marial wore a predominantly black and grey uniform with "I.O.A." printed on the chest.

He finished 47th, 11:31 minutes behind the winning time.

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LONDON - Teenage British diver Tom Daley has revealed that he received some words of advice from David Beckham.

Daley said that Beckham had sent him text messages to encourage him after he didn't do so well in the 10-metre synchronised platform dive last week.

"It was just over text," he said.

"After my synchro he wanted to wish me well and say, 'Keep your chin up'."

"He was asking me the right questions to make me think about actually it's not that bad and I can come back in the individual event."

He did, too, taking a bronze medal later in the Games.

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LONDON - London mayor Boris Johnson is famous for his rhetorical flourishes.

But he startled a roomful of British athletes when he characterised exactly how he felt the country should celebrate its record medal haul.

During a visit to athletes at Team GB House, Johnson made an awkward gaffe and paused, thinking about his next few words.

"What else do we do now? I think we just have an orgy of ..."

After laughter from the Olympians, he managed to finish his sentence: "... an orgy of national congratulations and thanks".

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LONDON - London is a city partying and the kindness of the British people has helped deliver more than anyone expected at the Games, the IOC chief says.

Jacques Rogge said the success of London 2012 was "very reassuring for the future of sport".

"I'm a very happy man," Rogge said.

"Hats off to (Lord) Sebastian Coe and his team."

While praising organisers, he added that there was "an intangible issue that an organising committee can not organise but has to deliver".

He said Britain's biggest medal haul in more than 100 years and the quality of the athletes' performances have both boosted the party atmosphere.

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LONDON - Kobe Bryant and his fellow Team USA superstars have been throwing themselves into the Olympic spirit.

They may be superstars, but there has been no evidence of diva-like behaviour from the basketball glitterati who have turned up at less glamorous sports as spectators and travelled on the Javelin train service from the Olympic Park to central London.

Bryant was even willing to lend a hand to a journalist, who was unable to get into a large media scrum surrounding team-mate Carmelo Anthony.

Asked if he would use his long arms to place a voice recorder somewhere in the vicinity of Anthony's mouth, Bryant obliged, collecting the quotes to ensure the journalist in question got the story.

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LONDON - Most athletes after winning gold in London have had a long list of people to thank: family, friends, coaches, fans, God, team-mates, opponents, the Games Makers.

When Carlo Molfetta won gold in the over-80kg taekwondo, though, there was only one person on his mind.

"The first person I would like to thank is myself," the modest Italian said.

"I have put a lot of work into this medal, lots of injuries and many sacrifices.

"That's why I have to dedicate this gold medal to myself in the first place, then to all the people who supported me on the way to gold."

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LONDON - Ireland's gold-medal winning boxer Katie Taylor will be feted in her hometown of Bray tomorrow when she returns home from London 2012.

Up to 6000 fans were in the seaside town to watch her win her Olympic gold medal and even more are expected to greet her on her return to home soil.

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