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Late qualifier: Long jumper Rose Richmond had some fast packing to do after getting last-minute notification that she'd be on the U.S. team. Richmond placed fourth in last month's trials, her 21-6 1/4 leaving her a half-inch behind Akiba McKinney. But she knew that McKinney would have to meet the qualifying standard of 22-11 3/4 to ensure herself a place on the team. McKinney's last chance to do so was Sunday in Germany's three-nation Team Challenge, where she finished more than a foot short. Richmond, meanwhile, made a jump of 22-2 1/4 on July 24 at a meet in Carson, Calif., and that was enough to get her on the team when McKinney came up short.
2014 vote scheduled: The selection of the host city for the 2014 Winter Olympics will be made in Guatemala City. The International Olympic Committee picked the Guatemalan capital today as the venue for its session in July 2007. Cities that have declared interest in bidding for the 2014 Games include: Tromsoe, Norway; Zurich, Switzerland; Sofia, Bulgaria; and Muju and Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Indonesian expelled: An Indonesian member of the International Olympic Committee was kicked out of the organization today in connection with corruption charges dating back 10 years. Mohamad "Bob" Hasan, a business partner of former Indonesian strongman Suharto, was sentenced to six years in prison in 2000 for his role in a multimillion-dollar scam involving a forest-mapping project in the early '90s.
Aiming right: South Korea's archers are taking careful aim this summer, eager to continue their five-Olympiad streak of gold medals. South Korean athletes took three of the four gold medals in Sydney, and swept the podium in the women's individual competition. Korean women have taken gold in the past five games, and every women's team gold since the discipline was introduced in Seoul in 1988.
Attitude adjustment: Athens has new highways, rail lines and a fresh scrubbed look for the games. But what's really important is the change in attitudes among Greeks from insecure to inspired, claims the chief organizer of the games. "It's made people feel confident ... and made Athens feel like it's not a class C or B city compared with other cities around the world," said Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki. "It's like we opened a giant door for the future." She can even laugh now at the cut-it-close style of Greeks -- which caused years of anxiety for the IOC and almost cost Athens a chance to host the games.
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