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SARAH KWAK
July 23, 2012
Goodbye baseball and softball, hello women's boxing, revamped medal events, rules changes, laser guns, a wild move, gender history and a trailblazing Paralympian
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July 23, 2012

What's New

Goodbye baseball and softball, hello women's boxing, revamped medal events, rules changes, laser guns, a wild move, gender history and a trailblazing Paralympian

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Water Duels

Anna Tunnicliffe and crew (above, 1) carry U.S. hopes in new match races, aboard Elliott six-meter boats.

Aerial Move

U.S. wrestler Ellis Coleman's jump-over-his-foe, "flying squirrel" takedown is already a hit on YouTube.

Arab Women

As change continues to sweep through the Arab world (page 100), women from the kingdoms of Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Brunei will compete in the Olympics for the first time. Shooter Bahiya al-Hamad (above), 19, will bear the flag of Qatar at the opening ceremony and will be joined in London by countrywomen Nada Mohammed Wafa Arakji, a swimmer, Noor al-Malki, a sprinter, and Aya Magdy, a table-tennis player. The Saudis will send 800-meter runner Sarah Attar and judoka Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani. Brunei's first female Olympian will be 400-meter runner Maziah Mahusin.

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