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2016 Olympic spotlight: Basketball

If Goliath had been born in the modern age he would quickly have drafted by the NBA. Basketball numbers the worlds tallest athletes in its ranks and modern giants have been attracted to the sport by the lavish paychecks that come with the …

2016 Olympic spotlight: Fencing

Wounds of the flesh a surgeon's skill may heal but wounded honour can only be cured with steel 19th century challenge to a duel   The sword is two things – a weapon and a symbol. The blade itself inclines to deeds of violence, says Homer …

2016 Olympic spotlight: Judo

Although Mike Myers makes constant (and highly effective) use of judo chops in the hilarious Austin Powers series, judo competition makes no use of strikes at all. The first Asian martial art to be included in the Olympics (1964), judo is now the opening …