articles by Shrenik Avlani

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Nike's Breaking2 project is attempting the impossible — having athletes run a sub-2 hour marathon

These are exciting times for distance runners, elites and amateurs alike, as Nike attempts to run a sub-2 hour marathon before everyone else

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Humans of Olympics: Meet Flossy, an English student in Rio to experience the Olympic energy

Two young girls from London met a third from Spain and became friends pretty quickly thanks to the Olympics.

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Humans of Olympics: Meet Steve M Morris, the London 2012 volunteer who continued his work in Rio

Morris had volunteered for the London 2012 Olympics for the first time in his life and had enjoyed it thoroughly, so he decided to go back in Rio.

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Humans of Olympics: Meet Aditi Ashok, the youngest Indian woman golfer at the Rio 2016

At 18, she was the youngest in the fray in women’s golf at the Olympic Games at Rio. While the Indian supporters were celebrating and shouting at the top of their voices at the Olympic Park for Sakshi Malik, Aditi was quietly teeing away at the greens at the Olympic Golf Course about 7km away.

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Humans of Olympics: Meet Jeng Seong Wook from Seoul, spreading the word of Jesus

With next to none English and no knowledge of Portuguese, Jeng Seong Wook from Seoul, South Korea has really taken everything out of his hands to survive this trip to Rio.

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Humans of Olympics: Meet Rolf Geyling, godfather of medal-winning Madeline ‘Maya’ DiRado

Rolf Geyling, sitting in the stands on the first level with his wife and friends overlooking the finish line, made sure that there was another American whose name rang loud throughout the brand new Olympic Aquatics Arena.

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Humans of Olympics: Meet Sergio Vigil, Argentina’s ‘serial winner’ in hockey

The best thing about Olympics is you never know who you bump into. The people walking around you are more often than not unsuspectingly big stars in their sport.

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Humans of Olympics: Meet Scots Stewart and George, in Rio to cheer their canoeist friends

The two came to Rio to watch the Olympics, but especially to cheer their slalom canoeist pals Richard Hounslow and David Florence.

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Humans of Olympics: Meet Diego Abreau, the crossfitter who's in Rio to watch weightlifting

A pharma sector executive in Sao Paulo, Diego Abreau is also an avid crossfitter and there was no way he going to miss the world’s best weightlifters in action at the Olympics in Rio.

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Humans of Olympics: Meet Robson Oliveira, the Ronaldinho lookalike with a global audience

Life in a Rio de Janeiro favela isn’t easy. It is even more difficult if you happen to look like one of the most famous and loved footballers in the world.

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Humans of Olympics: Meet Seema Punia's spouse Anil, who's at Rio to support her dream

Anil Punia has supported his wife Seema Punia through Athens 2004 and London 2012 and is now here to lend moral and psychological support to the discus thrower so that she can improve further.

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Humans of Olympics: Meet Rafael Oliveira, a food supplier at the Games

It takes a lot of people to put together a show as big as the Olympics. Brazilian food supplier Rafael Oliveira is one of the people in the background who makes the Games possible

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Humans of Olympics: Meet Clare Balding, one of the busiest TV journalists in Rio

TV presenter Clare Balding was in the news shortly after landing in Rio, even before the Olympics opening ceremony, as she was spotted without her ring

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Humans of Olympics: Meet Fabricio Oberto, Argentina's celeb commentator and former NBA player

Athens 2004 basketball gold medalist and former NBA player Fabricio Oberto now works as an ESPN commentator, but still is a celeb in the eyes of his fans

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Humans of Olympics: Meet Nahuer Ortega, one of Argentina's many fans thronging Rio

The empty seats at Rio Olympics 2016 are a reality. But that doesn’t mean there are no fans here. Meet a fan from one of the biggest traveling contingents, Argentina

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Humans of Olympics: Meet Nitendra Singh Rawat, the Indian runner eyeing to break national record

Rawat is the fastest man in India in the marathon event. He's come a long way from protecting the Kashmir border to representing India at the Olympics

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Humans of Olympics: Meet Vivianne Robinson, a spectator at Rio 2016 with a message

Vivianne Robinson hails from Venice Beach in Florida, United States and carries a stick with miniature flags of all the nations that have hosted the Olympics. Find out why