In 2008, China staged a lavish opening ceremony that stunned the world with its precision and pyrotechnics. Four years later, Chinese impressions of the far quirkier London Games may surprise you.
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Chinese football hit a new low on June 23 as the national U-23 squad were beaten 1-3 in Muscat by their Omanian peers and lost 1-4 on aggregate in 2012 London Olympic Games qualifiers. The defeat marks not only the most short-lived U-23 team in the history of Chinese football, but also could make Miroslav Blažević, the acclaimed Croat coach, the most short-serving national team manager since the Communist Revolution after only two competitive matches of coaching.
"The only one I need to get now is the Olympic gold medal - I've done everything else in amateur boxing," Katie Taylor, 22, told the Irish Times after returning home from the 5th AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships in Ningbo, China's Zhejiang Province. "It is my dream to be an Olympic champion so hopefully my dreams can come true in four years time." The Olympic dream of this Irish boxer is shared in China. The recent Championships wrapped up in Ningbo saw China top the medal tally with 5 golds, 2 silvers and 4 bronzes, with another two boxers finishing at fifth place.