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Olympian at the checkpoint: why a Palestinian swimmer couldn’t train in Jerusalem

Mary al Atrash, a 22-year-old swimmer from Beit Sahour that will represent Palestine in the 2016 Olympic Games.

Mary al Atrash, a 22-year-old swimmer from Beit Sahour who will represent Palestine in the 2016 Olympic Games.

By Jimmy Hutcheon and Chloe Rouveyrolles*

Yesterday, Palestinian swimmer Mary al Atrash, swam for the first time in the Rio Olympics, in the 50-meter freestyle. She finished third in her heat and finished in 28.76 seconds, beating her personal best of 29.91. That finish did not affect the broader ranking: Sadly, Mary finished 63rd of 91 athletes, and will not be taking part in the semi-finals, which feature only the 16 best swimmers. Continue reading

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Opinion: Media ethics in question over Australian athlete’s Olympic slander

By LUO JUN

BEIJING, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) – The slander made by Australian swimmer Mack Horton against his Chinese rival Sun Yang was an inappropriate remark by an individual athlete, before biased media reports spun it into a row between Olympic fans and sports authorities of the two countries. Continue reading

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