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The Olympic rings in Yokohama, Japan. Credit: Getty Images

The Olympic rings in Yokohama, Japan. Credit: Getty Images

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The Olympic rings in Yokohama, Japan. Credit: Getty Images

The greatest sporting spectacle, the Olympic Games, opened today and during the next 17 days 31 athletes from Northern Ireland will be hoping to win a medal, achieve personal best results or show their potential for future events.

They will be competing in 11 disciplines ranging from archery to swimming, and while hope will always outpace expectation in this small country we do have a reputation in many sports for punching above our weight.


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