Beijing Olympics

Australia's rich Olympians again cry poor

Sydney - You could set your watch by it: as the Olympics close, Australian coaches warn of national humiliation next time round unless even more money is spent on elite athletes.

In Beijing, it's no different: "We have to get more resources," sports supremo John Coates said. "I'm anxious to put this on the table now, not wheel it out in response to a bad performance here."

This day in Olympic history: August 25

This day in Olympic history: August 251972 - The Olympic fire arrives in Munich's Koenigsplatz ahead of the Munich Olympics. The Olympics will, unfortunately, always be remembered for an attack on the Israeli team, which ended in a botched German rescue attempt.

A hot day to end the Olympics

A hot day to end the OlympicsBeijing - The last day at the Beijing Olympics on Sunday began with plenty of blue sky and sun.

The start of the marathon at 7.30am local time already saw temperatures of 25 degrees. They are expected to rise to 31 degrees during the day.

Samuel Wanjiru gives Kenya marathon gold at last

Beijing - Samuel Wanjiru shook off his last rivals in the closing stages on Samuel Wanjiru gives Kenya marathon gold at lastSunday to claim the first men's Olympic marathon

What will China's Olympic legacy be?

Beijing - China has poured tens of millions of dollars into staging the Olympics.

It has mobilized perhaps the largest army of workers and volunteers the Games will ever see.

It has carried out sweeping measures to ensure that Beijing is a spruced-up host city.

But whether it has left a good or bad impression depends on who you talk to.

In a year or two, what people will remember might be little more than the star athletes.

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