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16:07 UK time, Monday, 30 July 2012

A service highlighting the riches of the daily press.

Paper Monitor is tickled by a couple of Olympic stories in the paper today.

Firstly, the Sun reports the Army has been drafted in to answer a "second Olympic SOS call". The emergency? Filling countless rows of empty seats.

"Eyes Front" is the headline. The picture? Beach volleyball. Naturally.

The Times' leader seems to be amused, too, saying the Armed Forces are turning into multi-purpose heroes of the Games.

First they filled in for a security company, to ensure that people arrived safely in their seats. Now they will go and sit in the seats themselves.

Paper Monitor can't help but wonder - tongue in cheek, of course - whether they will be competing next.

Talking of heroes, another story that raised a smile was the tale of Niger's Hamadou Djibo Issaka, who took part in the men's single sculls repechage on Sunday.

Although he came in one minute and 20 seconds behind the winner, the Daily Mirror says the 35-year-old, who only took up the sport three months ago, is "A Slow He-Row".

Paper Monitor can't help but agree.

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