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Sunday 5 August 2012 7.32am
A few snippets from the Did You Know section under ABOUT for each sport on

Rowing is the only Olympic sport where competitors cross the finish line backwards.

At the London 1948 Games, the USA’s Guinn Smith became the last pole vaulter to win a gold medal using a bamboo pole.

The best shuttlecocks are said to be made from the feathers of the left wing of a goose.

Synchronised Swimming began as a sport for men in the 1800s. It is now one of two disciplines on today’s Olympic programme to be contested only by women. The other is Rhythmic Gymnastics

Olympic Boxers are not allowed to box past the age of 34.

Three ironing boards and irons will be used during the Rhythmic Gymnastics competition.

Equestrian is the only Olympic sport in which men and women compete against each other on equal terms.

Jujitsu, the sport on which judo is based, was the only samurai martial art that did not involve a weapon.

Harold Sakata, better known as Oddjob from the James Bond film ‘Goldfinger’, won a silver medal for the USA at the London 1948 Olympic Games.

The longest Wrestling contest in Olympic history occurred at Stockholm in 1912, when a middleweight match between Russia’s Martin Klein and Finland’s Alfred Asikainen went on for 11 hours

The sport name of Yachting was changed to Sailing at the Sydney 2000 Games.

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