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Alain Bernard of France celebrates finishing the Men's 100m Freestyle Final in first place in front of Australian world record holder Eamon Sullivan at the National Aquatics Centre during Day 6 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 14, 2008.

French swimmer Alain Bernard has reclaimed the 100m freestyle world record from Australia's Eamon Sullivan.

Karen Smith fires a shot on goal against India in a lead-up game to the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.

Sixteen-year-old Melbourne schoolgirl Georgia Nanscawen will become one of the youngest ever Hockeyroos when they play their first international matches since the Beijing Olympics. Midfielder Nanscawen was surprised to find herself among six fresh faces in coach Frank Murray's

Jana Rawlinson celebrates winning her second 400m hurldes World Title after victory at Osaka in Agust 2007. Her coach and husband Chris Rawlinson is on teh track with her.

Jana Rawlinson remains hopeful of defending her 400m hurdles world title in August, despite separating from her husband and coach. Rawlinson, 26, confirmed on Monday she is battling to save her marriage to her husband of three years, former Commonwealth 400m hurdles champion Chris Rawlinson.

Kimono-clad people line up at a playground to spell out the words 'TOKYO 2016' to support Tokyo's bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games on March 28, 2009.

Inspectors from the International Olympic Committee Sunday ended their tour of Tokyo, saying they were impressed by the city's "highly professional" bid to host the 2016 Games.

Work continues on the Olympic Stadium in the East end on March 2, 2009 in London, England. The projected budget for the showpiece has surged to 547 million GBP (623 million euros, 800 million US dollars) from 496 million GBP in November 2007.

London Olympics chief Lord Sebastian Coe said construction work on the main stadium was four months ahead of schedule.

Australian Olympic swimming star Stephanie Rice, cyclist Anna Meares, golfing great Greg Norman and surfer Stephanie Gilmore are all in contention

Tiger Woods celebrates with the trophy after winning on the first sudden death playoff hole during the 108th U.S. Open at the Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course) on June 16, 2008 in San Diego, California.

Some of the top names in golf, including Tiger Woods and Australia's Karrie Webb, have come together to lobby the International Olympic Committee to include the sport in the 2016 Olympic Games.Eighteen of the game's biggest stars are sending a brochure detailing golf's bid for inclusion

Marieke Guehrer waves to the crowd after winning the womens 50m butterfly final at the National Swimming Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on March 18, 2009 in Sydney, Australia.

Triple Olympic medallist Andrew Lauterstein and company look set to dump cold water on Geoff Huegill's comeback as Cate Campbell crashed out in the 100m freestyle at the world swimming trials.Lauterstein (23.30s) smashed Matt Welsh's national record in the semi-finals of the 50m butterfly on Wednesday night

Rice off to Rome

17 March 2009
Stephanie Rice of St Peters Western celebrates after winning the Women's 200 metre individual medley final during day one of the 2009 Australian Swimming Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre on March 17, 2009 in Sydney, Australia.

Triple Olympic gold medallist Stephanie Rice booked her flight to July's world swimming titles in Rome while fellow winner Nick D'Arcy knows his boarding card is far from secured. Rice put aside fitness and niggling injuries to eclipse young contender Emily Seebohm

Hudson retiring ends era

12 March 2009
Nikki Hudson playing against New Zealand at the Sydney Olympics.

Australia’s most capped female hockey player, Nikki Hudson, announced her retirement from the sport Thursday at the State Hockey Centre, Brisbane.Following recurring hamstring injuries which have plagued her over the past couple of years, Hudson stated that she had fulfilled every goal she aspired to on the hockey field