London 2012 international digest - Day Eight

A round-up of the latest news, views and gossip from the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Home sweet home for Federer

Mirka Federer and her twin girls
Roger Federer's twin daughters came onto Centre Court after his Wimbledon win this summer

Dad-of-two Roger Federer could have an advantage over Andy Murray when they meet again on Wimbledon's Centre Court for Sunday's gold medal match.

When asked what was the main difference between playing at the All England Club for the Wimbledon crown and the Olympic event, the Swiss said: "I do hear many babies scream from time to time. It makes me feel right at home.

"I don't think kids are allowed during Wimbledon into the Centre Court so I think that's what struck me the most over this last week or so, the kids screaming in the stands.

"It's actually been good for me!"

Russian weightlifters withdraw

Russian weightlifters Dmitriy Klokov and Khadzhimurat Akkaev
Gold medal prospects Klokov and Akkaev are out of the London Games

Russia have withdrawn two of their top weightlifters from the London Olympics because of injury.

Beijing silver medallist Dmitriy Klokov is now out of Monday's 105kg competition because of an unspecified medical condition.

World champion Khadzhimurat Akkaev, who competes in the same category, has also failed to recover from recent back surgery.

The Russian weightlifting team has yet to win a gold medal in London despite fielding one of the strongest line-ups.

Japan in judo inquisition

A haul of one gold, three silver and three bronze medals was still bad enough to consign Japan to their worst Olympic judo performance.

The island nation is the birthplace of judo and since the martial art joined the Olympics in 1964 the Japanese have won 36 gold medals and 72 in total. Questions are now being asked after the Japanese display in London.

"People are very, very worried. Japan has to have a revolution, they can't get the same results in Rio," Koichiro Kobayashi, a reporter for the Tokyo Shimbun newspaper said.

Women's coach Ryuji Sonoda promised: "We need to find the reasons to get better results next time."

Lunch of champions

Poland's Adrian Edward Zielinski
Zielinski is so hungry after his light lunch he nibbles his gold medal

Poland's Adrian Edward Zielinski said a light lunch was the key to clinching gold in the men's 85kg weightlifting competition.

Zielinski and Russian Apti Aukhadov were level with total lifts of 385kg but, with ties decided by the pre-competition weigh-in, Zielinski took the title thanks to being just 130g lighter.

When asked what he had eaten before the final, Zielinski replied: "I ate a whole breakfast, boiled eggs and a little bit of porridge, and then for lunch I just had a small portion of chicken."

Replying to the same question, Aukhadov answered: "I started my morning with muesli, nuts - that was my breakfast. For lunch I ate a hot chicken broth, then I ate a small piece of fish and I had my tea with a chocolate bar, that's it."

The Bolt at the back of the field

Timi Garstang came into the London Olympics as the slowest male sprinter on paper - and he leaves with the same tag.

The 25-year-old, who ran in an eye-catching pair of yellow trainers, finished his 100m heat a good 20m down the field in heat two, crossing the line in 12.81 seconds.

The Marshall Islands athlete reportedly only competed in his first track event this summer but his run on London's fast track was down on his personal best.

Asked why he had been picked for the Games, Garstang answered: "I never miss practice and I'm always on time!"

Australia feel the heat in the velodrome

British fans cheer on Ed Clancy at the velodrome
British fans cheer on Ed Clancy at the velodrome

Australian cyclist Michael Hepburn says the wall of noise inside the veldrome makes facing Great Britain's best cyclists an even tougher task.

"It's quite daunting racing the British team on British soil," says Hepburn, who won silver in the men's team pursuit.

"I don't think we can be too disappointed that we were beaten by the best team ever."

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