The lighter side of the Olympic Games

A look at the lighter side of the Olympic Games:

LONDON - Great Britain men's hockey team's thrilling comeback from 3-0 down to draw against world number ones and gold medal favourites Australia continued to resonate the day after.

A ball used in the game - there are around a dozen provided for each match - was selling on the official London 2012 auction site for STG155 ($A230) - 10 times what it would cost to buy in a shop.


LONDON - The schoolboy who hugged Andy Murray after his Olympic gold win described the moment as "cool".

Henry Caplan, 11, was photographed embracing the tennis star after slipping away from his father following the historic Wimbledon victory.

The youngster ran past Roger Federer's stunned relatives to ask the Scot for a hug.

"As soon as Andy Murray won I was crying with joy and hugging my dad," said Henry.

"I told my dad to get off and the next minute I was gone.

"I was down by the royal bit in front of Federer's mum and dad.

"Then I hugged Andy Murray. I just thought I had to be there. It was cool."

Asked what Murray said to him, Henry said, "Anything for my fans".


LONDON - Spanish synchronised swimmer Andrea Fuentes Fache laid down a challenge by urging men to stop running scared of the sport.

Synchronised swimming combines elements of swimming, dance and gymnastics in the pool and has been an Olympic sport since 1984.

Fuentes Fache, 29, a double silver medallist in Beijing four years ago, is baffled by how few men are prepared to give the sport a try.

"There are only three teams in the world right now, and none of them want to compete," she said.

"We would urge guys to get out there and practice.

"There's one guy in Barcelona - he's the only one with the balls to do it."


LONDON - Being the fastest man on Earth doesn't get you through security any quicker at the Olympics.

There's no cutting the line for Usain Bolt or getting London's rigid regulations relaxed.

And the Olympic champion's not happy about it, especially when the security guards held him up ahead of his showpiece 100-metre event.

"I was in the line, we were waiting to run and the guy was telling me to line up straight," Bolt said.

"I was like, 'Really? We're about to run and they are going to make me stand in a straight line?'

"There are just some weird rules here."

Such as not being allowed to get skipping ropes past security.

"They said I can't bring it in, and I asked, 'Why?"' Bolt said.

But there will be an investigation into Bolt's frustrations, which LOCOG chairman Sebastian Coe initially tried to claim had been "lost in the translation."

Coe pointed out the bureaucracy that baffled Bolt "didn't seem to slow him up too much."


LONDON - A UK television audience of 20 million people - the biggest of the Olympics so far - watched Usain Bolt win gold in the men's 100m final at the London Games.

Overnight ratings showed 19.4 million tuned in to BBC1 to see the race, with another 600,000 watching via the red button service.

Last night's audience was the biggest for the Games so far, outstripping the 17.1 million who watched Mo Farah win the 10,000m for Team GB on Saturday night

The BBC's Olympics boss, Roger Mosey, told followers on Twitter that Andy Murray's victory over Roger Federer in the tennis men's singles was watched by 10.7 million people.


LONDON - Russia's Olympians are under prime minister's orders to give undivided attention to their sports while in London.

According to synchronised swimming star Svetlana Romashina, who with Natalia Ishchenko secured a place in their final today, Dmitry Medvedev has been in touch to insist on an all-out medals assault.

Discussing how preparation for the final would go, Romashina said: "No, no shopping, Dmitry Medvedev has given the order to all athletes that they are not allowed to shop or walk around London."

Ending with a laugh, she added: "We only relax in the Olympic Village."


LONDON - Kieron Achara scored 16 points and Britain sent the home fans into a frenzy by winning its first men's basketball game at the Olympics since the 1948 London Games, beating China 90-58 on Monday.

Nate Reinking added 12 points for Britain in the last game of the tournament for both teams.

Britain (1-4) had not qualified for the Olympics since 1948, but received a berth as the host this year.

In 1948, Britain beat Ireland for its only win, 46-21. Ironically, the Britons lost to China 54-25 in those games.

Wang Zhizhi led winless China with 11 points.


LONDON - All the years of hard work have paid off for Usain Bolt.

The Jamaican has joined an elite group in London, not just defending his 100-metre title, but passing one million Twitter followers the day after winning the showpiece race of the Olympics.

"Big up Twitter fans - one million and counting...," tweeted the sprinter who describes himself as "the most naturally gifted athlete the world has ever seen" on his profile.


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