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08.01.2012 18:39

London 2012 Media Watch: In the Name of the Flag

National pride has a way of trumping the gold, silver or bronze medals handed out to Olympic champions
By Intern Reporter Shen Wenjie

 Maiya Maneza won gold in women’s 63kg weightlifting

Whatever the father of the modern Olympics, Pierre de Coubertin, originally envisioned, the Games have always been about national pride. According to Plutarch, in the time of Solon, Athenian champions received award money of 500 drachmai  for bringing honor to their polis.

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