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Aussie Aussie Aussie – Congrats Pole vaulter Stephen Hooker winner Olympic gold

STEVE Hooker has won Australia’s first field gold medal in 60 years with an extraordinary display of nerves and skill in the final of the men’s pole vault in Beijing.

Four times during the Games, the 26-year-old had stared at elimination and each time he found a way to win Australia its first men’s pole vault medal.

After almost being eliminated in Thursday night’s qualifying, Hooker faced the same fate three times before clearing 5.90m to win the gold medal from Russia’s world indoor champion Evgeny Lukyanenko.

But not content with that, Hooker then broke the Olympic record by 1cm when he cleared 5.96m at his third attempt. American Tim Mack set the record of 5.95m in Athens four years ago.

He decided against having a shot at improving his personal best of 6.00m and instead did a victory lap with an Australian flag wrapped around him.

Hooker wrote his name into the history books when he jumped 5.85m at his third and final attempt to remain in the gold medal fight with Lukyanenko, who also cleared the height at his last attempt.

But it was at the next height where the Russian faltered and the Melbourne-born vaulter produced the leap of his lifetime to emulate Cathy Freeman’s gold-medal performance in 2000.

In a stunning show of raw emotion, Hooker’s coach Alex Parnov sprinted onto the track to embrace his charge.

Speaking shortly afterwards Hooker said that the accomplishment was “without question the hardest thing I have ever done in my entire life, physically and mentally”.

“The Olympic record is really special to me. Tim Mack is a hero of mine … I was really hoping to replicate what he did, and I can’t believe that it’s come true.

Pole vaulter Stephen Hooker wins Olympic gold | FoxSports – Fox Sports

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Athletes play video games as Olympics go virtual | Technology | Reuters

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) – If 24-hour coverage of the Olympic Games in China isn’t enough for fans, Sega has rolled out the official video game of the 2008 events in Beijing for PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and mobile phones.

It offers 38 events from track and field to swimming to judo and has online play for the first time in an Olympics game.

Every four years, a different publisher tackles the Summer Games.

Sega enlisted U.S. gold medal contenders Amanda Beard, Tyson Gay, Nastia Liukin and Reese Hoffa for the cover of “Beijing 2008: The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games.”

Athletes play video games as Olympics go virtual | Technology | Reuters

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Beijing sets the Games alight with spectacular Opening Ceremony | FoxSports – Fox Sports

Beijing2008 Olympic Torch

WITH thunder and lightning and a tender plea to humanity, Beijing amazed the world last night.

On a steamy night in the Chinese capital, the host citys heart-thumping Opening Ceremony side-stepped politics, bomb threats and pollution worries and delivered an audio-visual feast of dragons, dynasties and pyrotechnics.

It climaxed with the lighting of the giant cauldron draped in red atop the Birds Nest by Chinese gymnastics champion Li Ning, who captured three gold medals at the 1984 Los Angeles Games, the Olympics in which China returned after a 32 year absence.

Beijing sets the Games alight with spectacular Opening Ceremony | FoxSports – Fox Sports

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amanda beard beijin Naked in Beijing

Naked US Olympic Swimmer Protests in Beijing - itsReal

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Sydney 2000 Olympics was all about costs – Beijing 2008 is all about protests – itsReal

Singapore says Olympic torch relay protests will have lifetime consequences
SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has warned that the outrage in China, especially among the young, over the displays of contempt for China and things Chinese will have consequences well beyond the Beijing Olympic Games…
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