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SYDNEY DIARY; OLYMPIC GAMES: ALL THE LATEST NEWS AND REPORTS FROM SYDNEY 2000.

Judy's final fling

JUDY OAKES, who, at 42, became the oldest field event competitor in Olympic history, just missed out on qualifying for the final of the shot putt in her last championship appearance.

Oakes, who first competed for Britain in 1976, produced her best effort of 17.84m with her final throw only to miss out by three centimetres.

"This is definitely it," said Oakes. "That was my last ever throw in competition. I feel a bit sad now but it's the right decision for me. My body is telling me I've had enough. I've had 18 months of struggles with injuries so to make it to the Olympic Games was wonderful."

THE Sydney Swans are relishing their role in Sunday's closing ceremony - the Aussie Rules players, dressed up as lifeguards, get to carry singer Kylie Minogue around the stage.

Silver surfers

THERE is growing marketing interest in Australia's stunning pole vaulter Tatiana Grigorieva, who is hoping her silver medal will propel her into the world of six-figure sponsorship deals.

Grigorieva, born in St Petersburg, revealed that her first words to manager Ric Carter the morning after winning her medal were stolen from the Tom Cruise film Jerry Maguire - "show me the money". And a measure of her new found success is the elevation of her personal website, www.tatiana.com.au into the top 10 Australian Internet sites.

ROMANIA'S gold medal hopes in the women's hammer throw were dashed today when the IAAF announced that Mihaela Melinte, the world champion and eight-time world record-setter, has been suspended after a positive anti-doping test.

Winged avengers

HOWLS of protest have greeted a plan to kill off the swarms of bogong moths that have besieged Olympic Park.

Organisers said the moths, which have been drawn off course during their annual migration by the bright lights of the Olympic Stadium, might have to be exterminated if they become too much of a pest.

But Greenpeace had pleaded the moths' cause insisting it would not be wise to begin spraying pesticide around the Games venues.

Scientists say the moths are completely harmless, even if swallowed by athletes on the track.
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Date:Sep 27, 2000
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