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n If anyone sees me go near a boat again, they have got my permission to shoot me. Steven Redgrave, British rower, after winning his fourth Olympic gold, in the coxless pairs.

n The way he [Christie] behaved was disrespectful. It affected my race absolutely. I'f I'd false started twice I'd have just left. Ato Boldon, Trinidad's bronze medallist in the 100 metres.

n Life is a bitch, but that is it for me. I'll be 40 in the next Olympics in Sydney. Linford Christie after being disqualified in the 100m.

n When you are in a race with Johnson, there are two races going on. One with him and the other with the rest. Roger Black, Britain's silver medallist in the 400m.