Major Phil Packer Completes London Marathon

It took two painful weeks:

After he was presented with his marathon medal on completion of the 26.2 mile course by Olympic legend Sir Steve Redgrave, after two painstaking weeks on crutches to complete the London course, he insisted that the support had been “overwhelming” all the way. The Royal Military Police Officer, who suffered catastrophic injuries during a rocket attack in Basra, Iraq, in February 2008, will return to duty with the army in July, but revealed that “a real interest has opened up in me about disability sport. I now feel a part of two families, the army, and the disability community. I have been developing an idea, and it is still only an idea, of perhaps helping to develop disability sport across the army.”

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International Olympic Committee Seeks Investigation of Chinese Women’s Gymnastics Team

China is about to learn that you can’t stuff an infant in a leotard, shoot it out of a canon, and take home the gymnastics gold:

The International Olympic Committee has asked gymnastics officials to investigate whether the Chinese women’s gymnastics team that won the gold medal at the Beijing games had underage athletes, saying that more information had come to light.

“We’ve asked the gymnastics federation to look into it further,” IOC spokeswoman Giselle Davies said Friday. “If there is a question mark and we have a concern, which we do, we ask the governing body of any sport to look into it.”

It was not immediately clear what new information prompted the IOC to act now, three days after the gymnastics competition ended.

Messages for the International Gymnastics Federation were not immediately returned.

A gymnast must be 16 in an Olympic year to compete at the games. But questions about the ages of at least three of the athletes have persisted. Online records and media reports suggest three Chinese gymnasts — He Kexin, Jiang Yuyuan and Jang Yilin — may be as young as 14.