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Olympics Day 3 - Swimming

France likes its heroes to be intellectual, and has found the perfect one in Yannick Agnel, the swimmer who grabbed gold from the United States on the last leg of the 4x100m freestyle relay, then added an individual sprint gold. Agnel reads poetry in his spare time, is learning Russian for fun and speaks like an intellectual. "Being an Olympic champion is my dream...but being a writer must be nice too," he told Paris Match magazine.

It takes more than gold to make a hero

Many of London's medallists will see success rewarded with money and glory in their home countries, but just as many have won hearts and lifted spirits with their determination, dignity or sheer hard luck.(Reuters)