Beijing Olympics

Oz Olympic glamour girl Stephanie Rice signs $800,000 deal with Channel Seven

SydneyStephanie Rice, August 22: Aussie swimmer Stephanie Rice’s Olympic gold victory has apparently started to earn her moolah, for she has bagged a contract with Channel Seven.

The glamour girl’s two-year deal with the television network is estimated to be worth 800,000 dollars.

China orders six pro-Tibet activists to 10 days detention

Beijing  - Beijing police have ordered six pro-Tibet activists - all Americans - to 10 days in detention in the harshest treatment so far of Tibet activists since a series of demonstrations in the capital during the Olympics.

The police faxed a statement Friday saying the six were arrested on Tuesday for "disturbing public order". Chinese law allows police to force people to undergo administrative detention without trial.

Police gave few details other than that one of the six was named Thomas.

Olympic souvenir stores "see booming sales"

Beijing  - Stores selling Olympic souvenirs are reporting increased sales as enthusiasm in the Olympic Games grows among visitors and Chinese residents, local media said Friday.

The stores enjoyed total sales of close to 2.3 billion yuan (339 million dollars) during the first seven months this year, and have generated over 212 million yuan in taxes for the government, according to the Beijing Youth Daily, quoting data from the city's local taxation bureau.

David Beckham and others confirmed for Olympic handover in Beijing

Beijing  - Football celebrity David Beckham is one of the featured stars at Football celebrity David Beckhamthe handover event during the closing ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, London 2012 organizers confirmed on Friday.

Handover organizer Bill Morris also confirmed the presence of popular singer Fiona Lewis, who in a clash of generations will be accompanied by Led Zeppelin guitar legend Jimmy Page at the Sunday event.

This day in Olympic history: August 23

This day in Olympic history: August 232004 - Hungarian Robert Fazekas wins the hammer throw with a distance of 70.93. After failing to produce enough urine to be tested, he was disqualified and later a bag of stored urine was found on his body. Luckily for the runner-up and world champion Virgilijus Alekna, Fazekas' cheating was discovered early enough to allow the Lithuanian to participate in the victory ceremony.

Anne-Caroline Chausson and Latvian Maris Strombergs take BMX gold medals

Beijing - Latvian Maris Strombergs and Anne-Caroline Chausson from Anne-Caroline Chausson and Latvian Maris Strombergs take BMX gold medalsFrance Friday won the inaugural BMX cycling gold medals at the Beijing Olympics.

Strombergs, who won the gold medal ahead of American duo Mike Day and Donny Robinson, finished in a time of 36.190 seconds, beating Day by 0.416 seconds.

United States takes men's beach volleyball gold

Beijing  - Todd Rogers and Philip Dalhausser of the United States beat Todd Rogers and Philip DalhausserBrazilian pair Marcio Araujo and Fabio Luiz Friday to take gold in men's beach volleyball.

The Americans won in three sets, 23-21,17-21,15-4. In the bronze medal match, Brazil's Ricardo Santos and Emanuel Rego defeated Brazilian-born Gergians Jorge Terceiro and Renato Gomes in straight sets, 21-15, 21-10. (dpa)

Alex Schwarzer ends Italy's long 50km walk gold rot

Beijing  - Alex Schwarzer kept his cool in hot conditions on Friday to give Italy Olympic gold in the men's 50 kilometres walk for the first time in 44 years.

IOC looking into issue of age of Chinese women gymnasts

Beijing  - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed Friday that IOC looking into issue of age of Chinese women gymnasts it has requested gymnastics' ruling body FIG to look into whether one of the Chinese women gymnasts who competed at the Beijing Games was underage.

Blue skies in Beijing for 14th day of Olympic competition

Blue skies in Beijing for 14th day of Olympic competitionBeijing  - While Thursday was the coldest day of the Olympics so far, blue skies and sunshine greeted the athletes Friday with temperatures expected to climb to 31 degrees Celsius for the 14th day of competition.



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