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Olympics: Quotes of the day

August 4, 2012

LONDON: It’s the same thing every time. Everybody can see it. If we don’t clean it up boxing will disappear. There will be a flood and we will sink. I know it and the athletes are sick and tired of it.

US assistant coach Charles Leverette lets rip at the judges as America’s male boxers leave an Olympics without a medal for the first time.

She’s put in such a good performance that she’s now been asked to star in the next Bond film – so I’m thrilled for her.

Prince William jokingly predicts a new career for Queen Elizabeth II, his grandmother, after the British monarch’s starring role opposite James Bond actor Daniel Craig during an Olympic opening ceremony sketch.

I’m proud, I’m happy and I want to continue in judo.

Wojdan Shaherkani, the first Saudi Arabian woman to compete at an Olympics, has no plans to quit after a Games debut that lasted just 82 seconds before she was beaten.

You bloody beauty

New Zealand rower Eric Murray recalls the words he said to himself as he and partner Hamish Bond won gold in the men’s pair.

Swimming is such a difficult sport. I love Chris Hoy a lot, but cycling is a hell of a different sport to swimming in which to try and medal.

British pool heroine Rebecca Adlington tries to explain the fact the 400m and 800m golds she won in Beijing turned into bronze medals in London by suggesting it’s easier to get on the podium if you’re a cyclist.

Technically we were good but mentally and in terms of power we were weak. I don’t think the rest of the world has got better but mentally athletes from the other countries are stronger.

Shinichi Shinohara, coach of the first Japan men’s judo team never to win an Olympic gold medal, makes a painful admission.

They’ve done everything perfect and they broke the world record, so you can’t say anything and you can’t complain. When someone does that, you have to accept it. They’ve done nothing wrong and they rode everything to perfection.

Australian cyclist Jack Bobridge on being beaten into second place by a dominant Great Britain in the team pursuit.

Well a rifle isn’t a wife but you have to look after it and give it tender, loving care.

Sergei Martynov, Belarus’s 50m prone shooting champion on using an old, Soviet-era rifle.

I have loved every moment. I will look back in years to come at what has been a very special time in my life.

The Olympics may be over for Jill Scott after the Great Britain women’s football team quarter-final loss to Canada, but the memory will live on.

It is neat. I don’t know what that is attributed to, maybe the new generation is coming up.

America’s Katie Ledecky, the new 800m women’s freestyle champion, on becoming the second 15-year-old of the Games to win swimming gold following Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte.



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