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Olympic gold medalists Michelle Carter and Matthew Centrowitz have been voted the 2016 Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Jesse Owens Athletes of the Year following spectacular indoor and outdoor campaigns that saw the duo combine for four global golds and a slew of history-making performances.

Carter and Centrowitz will be honored, along with the 2016 Youth Athlete of the Year, Masters Athlete of the Year, Nike Coach of the Year, and the Wing Award winners, at the 2016 Jesse Owens Banquet on Saturday, December 3 at the Hilton at Walt Disney World.

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has annulled the 2012 Olympics silver medal won by Russian weightlifter Apti Aukhadov after the re-analysis of his doping probe tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

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Yogeshwar Dutt has made a sporting gesture, and said on Wednesday that he wants wrestler Besik Kudukhov's family to retain the 2012 London Olympics silver of which the Russian was stripped after testing positive for banned substances.

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Leading jewellery chain NAC Jewellers on Tuesday decided to shower diamonds on Olympic medal winning shuttler P.V. Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi Malik as well as gymnast Dipa Karmakar for their great performance at the recently-concluded Rio Olympic games.

In a statement issued here, NAC Jewellers said it would honour Sindhu with a diamond necklace worth Rs 600,000 for a winning silver medal, and one worth Rs 300,000 to Malik for winning bronze medal in the women's freestyle wrestling while honouring gymnast Karmakar with Rs.100,000 for her great performance in which she just missed a medal.

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Mulling over her debut in marathon, Olympic 5,000 metre champion Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya will be happy to pick up the gauntlet in Newcastle next month.

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Drag-flick dynamo Gonzalo Peillat fired a hat-trick as Argentina ended Germany's hopes of a third straight men's hockey title with a riveting 5-2 victory in the semi-final in Rio on Tuesday.

Peillat employed powerful flicks to the right of Germany goalkeeper Nicolas Jacobi in the ninth, 12th and 28th minutes in the first semi-final to help world No.7 Argentina reach the title clash for the first time.

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Zheng Saisai has pulled off a major early upset in the Rio Olympics women's tennis event, eliminating fourth-seeded Pole Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 7-5 in first-round action on Saturday.

Zheng, a 22-year-old who has never won a WTA Tour title and is competing in her first Olympics, was a huge underdog against the 2012 Wimbledon runner-up, who has won 18 career titles.

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