HULLAW THERR CHINA; Beijing 2008 THE 29TH OLYMPICS

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HULLAW THERR CHINA; Beijing 2008 THE 29TH OLYMPICS


Byline: Wan Ton Gary Ralston's Diary

IT'S AMAZING what you can get away with when you are an athlete-turned-pundit at the Beijing Olympics.

Take Leon Taylor, silver-medallist diver from Athens and over here working for the BBC.

He asked his former dive partner Pete Waterfield in a press conference how pleased he was to be allowed to delay his departure to China for a few days following the birth of his son last month.

Waterfield said: "It was great because I didn't come out here before the birth, wondering what the baby was like and if he was all right."

Taylor piped up: "And if he was really yours." Ouch!

Is there any more obnoxious sound in sport than the triumphalist chants of American fans chanting: "U S A, U S A," in their gutteral tones?

They were at it in the swimming hall yesterday morning, although Michael Phelps has certainly given them plenty to yell about. Now their reporters are in danger of following suit and have plastered a stars and bars across the press tribune.

They are there to work, not participate in a Republican Party rally, but it's pointless taking them to task.

Never argue with idiots because they'll only drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

Scots swimmer Kirsty Balfour shares the same surname as comic strip footballer Hamish but she's no hotshot.

She's had a disappointing Olympics so far but her diva antics in the mixed zone at the pool the other morning left a lot to be desired and were out of sync with the attitude of almost everyone else in Team GB.

Almost monosyllabic in her responses to straightforward questions, she took the biscuit when one reporter not unreasonably asked if she felt disadvantaged starting in lane eight.

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