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Stop Sydney its hammer time

17 January 2013
Weihu He poses for a photo during training at the warm-up track Sydney Olympic Park.

Like most of the Chinese team, coming to Australia for the Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF) it is He Weihu’s first time overseas.

Performers take part in the Australian Youth Olympic Festival Opening Ceremony during day one of the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival at Sydney Entertainment Centre on January 16, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.

They are the stars of the future, and the athletes competing at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF) were treated to a spectacle fit for Olympians at the Opening Ceremony at Sydney Entertainment Centre.

Hammer time for Hulley

16 January 2013
Accomplished hammer thrower Alex Hulley

Most people her age haven’t even heard of it, but Alex Hulley is already an accomplished athlete in the hammer throw.

Geoff Martin honoured

16 January 2013
Geoff Martin has been honoured many times in his illustrious career, but reading the officials’ oath at the Opening Ceremony of the Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF) is one he will always remember.

Geoff Martin has been honoured many times in his illustrious career, but reading the officials’ oath at the Opening Ceremony of the Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF) is one he will always remember.

Setting up his blocks on the track, Anas Abu Ganaba can picture himself at the Rio De Janeiro Olympics in 2016.

Ben St Lawrence (L) of New South Wales and race winner Emmanuel Bett of Kenya pose after the Zatopek Classic at Lakeside Stadium on December 8, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.

ATHLETICS: Lara Tamsett (NSW) and Ben St Lawrence (NSW) were crowned Australian women’s and men’s 10,000m champions at the ZATOPEK:10 at Lakeside Stadium.

Athens 2004 shot put gold medallist Yuriy Bilonog (UKR) who was stripped of his medal in 2012.

IOC: Eight years after winning Olympic medals in Athens, four track and field athletes from eastern Europe were ordered to hand them back Wednesday because of positive doping tests.

Usain Bolt of Jamaica wins the gold medal in the men's 200m final during the track and field athletics event at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 20, 2008 in Beijing, China. Photo: Adam Pretty/Getty Images

ATHLETICS: Usain Bolt and Allyson Felix were named the International Amateur Athletics Federation's athletes of the year on Saturday.

Steven Solomon of Australia reacts after the Men's 400m final on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 6, 2012 in London, England.

There will be no repeat of the London Olympics selection controversy next year for boom 400m runner Steve Solomon.

Betty Cuthbert of Australia wins the 200m beating Christa Stubnik of Germany ( silver) and Marlene Mathews of Australia ( bronze) during the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne.

One of Australia’s greatest Olympians, Betty Cuthbert, will this week be recognised with a prestigious international accolade as she is inducted into the IAAF Hall of Fame.