Chinese Rower Misses His Olympic Race; Medal Hopes Threatened

China has pulled out all the stops to win the Olympics gold-medal count, investing in specific events and incubating potential champions in a Soviet-inspired sports system in which child athletes eat, drink and sleep sports from as young as age 6. So when gold medal hopeful rower Zhang Liang, China's national single sculls champion, didn't show up for his race on Saturday, it was a source of consternation. Turned Up for the Wrong Heat Zhang's conspicuous absence cost China two...Full Story
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