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LONDON CALLING        

Last, but still not the least

Afghanistan’s only female athlete has urged her fellow countrywomen to “come and join” her at the next Olympics after she set a personal best at the London Games 100m heats on Friday.

Tahmina Kohistani, who has overcome huge prejudice and difficulties to reach the London Olympics, trailed in last in 14.42sec — the day’s slowest time by nearly half-a-second. “I have a big message for the women of Afghanistan. Come and join me because I'm alone and I need your support,” Kohistani said.

Rower pays

Australian rower Josh Booth has avoided any further legal action after he apologised and agreed to pay reparation of about $2,178 for damage he caused to two shop windows, British police said on Friday.

Of courage

Bryshon Nellum’s doctors told him he might never run again. Yet here he is in London, less than four years after the former Southern California track star was shot three times in the legs at age 19 in a case of mistaken identity by gang members.

On Saturday, Nellum will make his long-awaited Olympic debut in the preliminary heats of the men’s 400 metres — the same event featuring history — making double-amputee athlete Oscar Pistorius.

Noble cause

Vijender Singh and Sushil Kumar, who are currently participating at the London Games, are helping in spreading the word about Rotary’s campaign to rid the world of polio. Indian athletes participating in the Olympics Rotary’s “This Close” campaign are more than a dozen members from the boxing, weightlifting, and wrestling teams.

Staff reporter & Agencies