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'Little Mutlu': Long Qingquan

Long Qingquan

Long Qingquan 

When Chinese weightlifter Long Qingquan won gold in the Men's 56kg class with a result of 292kg, he was dubbed"little Mutlu", after Turkish weightlifter Halil Mutlu who won gold in the previous three Olympics."I'm disappointed not to be competing against my idol in Beijing," said Long.

Long is also known as"Big Tian Liang" because he looks like famous Chinese diver Tian Liang.

'Flying fish': Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps [Xinhua] 

American swimmer Michael Phelps absolutely deserves his nickname,"the flying fish".

In five Beijing finals so far, Phelps has won five straight golds and broken five records. With a total of eleven gold medals in his Olympic career, more than any other athlete in history, Phelps has better claims than anyone else to the title of greatest ever Olympian.

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