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Day 14 - August 10

11 august 2012, 10:01
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Quotes of the day from the Olympic Games on Friday:

"To step out here for an Olympic final is more than I could ever have hoped for. It's been a truly humbling experience."

Oscar Pistorius, after the double amputee "Blade Runner" ended his Olympics by running with the South African quartet in the 4x400m relay. His joy was undiminished by the team finishing last.

South Africa's Oscar Pistorius. ©AFP

South Africa's Oscar Pistorius. ©AFP

"I knew we were going to come out here and run fast -- all we had to do was get the stick around."

Carmelita Jeter, who ran the anchor leg as the United States women destroyed the 27-year-old world record in the 4x100m relay set by East Germany with a time of 40.82sec.

US' Carmelita Jeter. ©AFP

US' Carmelita Jeter. ©AFP

"The world record was older than I am."

Jeter's US teammate Bianca Knight, 26, puts into perspective their achievement.

"Growing up in the war, it was dangerous and it was hard. It was survival of the fittest. Running is something I used to do to escape, to save my life."

Stateless refugee Guor Marial who will run in the men's marathon on Sunday as an Independent Olympic Athlete because South Sudan does not have a national Olympic committee.

South Sudanese marathon runner Guor Marial. ©AFP

South Sudanese marathon runner Guor Marial. ©AFP

"I brought a bag of cotton candy (candyfloss) with me. It's my favourite and I hadn't eaten any while training. Before I hop in the shower, I'm going to celebrate with a little bag of fluffy stuff."

Freestyle wrestler Jordan Burroughs celebrates with something sweet after winning gold.

US' Jordan Ernest Burroughs. ©AFP

US' Jordan Ernest Burroughs. ©AFP

"In the last 300 to 400 metres, I basically went through Hell and came back to life."

Tunisia's Qussama Mellouli after winning the 10km swim.

"We wanted two medals and we got them. It's like gaining two gold medals. Every athlete dreams of a medal in the Olympic Games. This is the Turkish power."

Asli Cakir Alptekin, after she led a shock 1-2 for Turkey in the women's 1500m ahead of Gamze Bulut.

Turkey's Asli Cakir Alptekin. ©AFP

Turkey's Asli Cakir Alptekin. ©AFP

 

Source: AFP


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