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Wukesong Sports Centre, Beijing

USA versus China. The battle at the top of the medals table was distilled on the baseball diamond last night. Not much of a contest you'd think, and you'd be right. USA battered the Chinese 9-1, but the scoreline doesn't tell the whole story.

The game had chugged along politely to the fifth inning, with the US 1-0 ahead. China were struggling to get bat on ball, the US making it look like a gentle workout. China have no pedigree in the sport, haven't got the nuances or the etiquette that come with a century or more of obsession with the ball-park.

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For students of international relations, secret agents and troublemakers, there really was only one place to be in Beijing on Friday and that was Wukesong's baseball venue.

Opening the day's action on Field One was the game between the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China, or Chinese Taipei as it is known during the Games, or Taiwan as it is known everywhere else.

And an hour later, on the Main Field next door, we had Cuba playing its friendly neighbour the United States of America.

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