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That wasthe week...; A light-hearted look back at the week at home, away... and a few places in between.

WELSH gold was in the news on MONDAY with a look back on a weekend of sporting prowess by our boys.

First up were the Welsh track stars who brought home gold from the European Athletics Championships in Munich - 4x400m runners Jamie Baulch and Matt Elias, 110m hurdler Colin Jackson and 4x100m runners Christian Malcolm and Darren Campbell.

Then the football season kicked off with an away win by Cardiff City at Oldham, supported by 4,000 Bluebirds fans.

And Cardiff did itself proud yet again as the Millennium Stadium hosted the Premiership's curtain raiser Community Shield match. Success of a different kind was also being enjoyed by Cardiff Prison, which won an award in Wales in Bloom for its exotic plants and flowering Union Jack. On TUESDAY, the sporting theme continued with Bluebirds Robert Earnshaw and Danny Gabbidon picked by Wales manager Mark Hughes to play against Croatia on Wednesday.

Then on WEDNESDAY, we revealed how Cardiff City fans would have to wait four years to watch the team play in a new stateof-the-art stadium.

But the waiting game this week was all about A-level students, who spent an anxious Wednesday night ahead of THURSDAY'S results.

They needn't have worried as brainboxes across Wales received the good news that record numbers had passed with flying colours. That included 21 students at Glantaf who scored straight As. Also doing the nation proud was an Elvis fan called, surprise surprise, Elvis Presley, who wasn't going to let an injury stand in the way of him marking the 25th anniversary of the king's death. The Morganstown man - who changed his name by deed poll from Glyn Nedrud - wanted to walk through the city centre in a white, sequinned jumpsuit but a painful frozen shoulder stopped him.

Instead he played Elvis' music from 6am to midnight on Thursday to remember the king of rock'n'roll - and cheeseburgers. And it was a case of It's Now or Never on FRIDAY for romantic Simeon Rabaiotti, who popped the question to girlfriend Nicky Morgan - at the bottom of Cogan Leisure Centre swimming pool.

But rather than the conventional yes, she could only signal an OK as the pair were in scuba diving gear complete with tanks and masks. We all look forward to the day the pair walk up the aisle and Simeon says ``With this rubber ring I thee wed...''
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 17, 2002
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