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London Olympics diary: Quirky moments around the Games

The Olympic Park is still buzzing with excitement in the wake of Usain Bolt's colossal 100m win on Sunday night.... everyone is getting in on the act, as our picture below illustrates. But there is still plenty going on for day 10, and here are some of the other things which have caught our eye.

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Why Rutherford the golden retriever is jumping for joy

Here's a heart-warming tale for you.

Following Greg Rutherford's long jump gold triumph, Battersea Dogs Home decided to name a stray pooch after him.

Which breed? A golden retriever, of course.

Anyway, Greg got to hear about it and tweeted a link to the MK News website report and added: "I'll home him!"

Later, he tweeted again: "Looks like my parents are going to home #Rutherford the dog from Battersea dogs home!"

An hour later came this glum tweet: "Devastation! It looks like Rutherford the dog has already been rehomed. Good luck to the little fella. Shame though"

All's well that ends well.

Bow-wow-ing out

Image caption Beth Tweddle won bronze on the uneven bars

According to gymnast Louis Smith: "Our bodies age like dog years. In gymnastics terms Beth Tweddle is about 56."

That explains why Tweddle, 27, says this will be her last Olympics.

She has four world titles and is the most decorated GB gymnast in history after winning bronze in the uneven bars gymnastic event.

"I'm not totally retiring straight away. It would be too much on my mind and body just to stop," she told the BBC.

"The federation have said I can keep training a bit, so I can decide what I want to do rather than make drastic decisions."

Strike a pose

BBC Sport's Frank Keogh has tweeted this image of police officers striking THAT pose after Bolt secured his gold medal: "Worth another outing. Police officers near Olympic Stadium give their own Usain Bolt tribute."

Image caption Officers strike Bolt's To di World pose just outside the Olympic Park

A tough job

Veteran Chinese basketball player Wang Zhizhi believes Robert Donewald (USA), will have to unearth a rich seam of talent in coaching the team.

"The two most difficult jobs in the world are saving the miners in Chile and taking over the men's basketball team in China," he says.

Spelling it out

Road race silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead is obviously used to having her name spelled wrongly - even her twitter account, @L_ArmiTstead, has a capital T in the middle of it. The cyclist tweeted: "The latest culprits to spell my name wrong, the GB house wall of athletes, I corrected it so all is forgiven."

Image caption If you want a job doing properly...

Idowu ready for action

GB's Phillips Idowu has arrived in the Athletes Village ahead of his triple jump qualification on Tuesday. There has been much speculation on his whereabouts, after treatment for a leg injury. Idowu chose to miss a pre-Olympics athletics squad camp in Portugal to remain in London for treatment for a leg injury, which threatened his participation.

He was in fighting form when he tweeted at the weekend: "I'm in London where I have been for the last few weeks, finalising my prep and receiving therapy. My coach knew about this and it has not been a secret. I have to give notification of my whereabouts everyday for doping purposes, so impossible to completely disappear.... there is no story here at all.

"I've only heard about the hysteria about my whereabouts today as I've been on a media lockdown, I'm into the village on Sunday as was planned months ago."

Everything including the kitchen sink

Great Britain boxer Natasha Jones lost out to four-time world champion Katie Taylor from Ireland in the women's lightweight (60kg) competition.

But she found the strength to wish her good luck.

"I could have thrown the kitchen sink at her or maybe driven a bus into her. I hope she goes on to win it."

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