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For 10 teams, Rio was a welcome to the Olympic gold-medal club

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For some nations, winning Olympic gold is quite the regular occurrence. At the Rio de Janeiro Games, plenty of first-timers got to hear their anthems played in celebration as well. Going into Sunday’s final day of competition in Rio, 10 teams – including the independent team of Olympians – were assured of leaving these games with their first gold medals. That’s the most first-timers since 16 nations got their inaugural feel of Olympic gold at the Atlanta Games in 1996.…

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Heavy medal: The weight of the Olympic prize is impressing Rio athletes

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The medals being given out at the Rio Games are the heaviest in Olympic history. In other words, wear with caution. At 17.6 ounces apiece – 1.1 pounds – it’s quite a bauble that’s getting dangled off the necks of some of the world’s top athletes. And some have been surprised about how that weight feels when presented with their Olympic prize. “I might start getting a neckache,” British trap shooter Edward Ling said Monday after winning bronze. “It’s rather…

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