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Athletics: Tarabin delivers medal by presidential decree

Russian President Vladimir Putin is a noted sports enthusiast but he took it to extraordinary lengths on Saturday prior to the men's javelin final at the World Athletics Championships as Russian finalist Dmitri Tarabin revealed. The Moldova-born 21-year-old Tarabin, who was granted Russian citizenship in June 2010, was already nervous enough preparing to compete in front of an expectant crowd at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. However, it was nothing to how he felt when the phone rang hours before the final.
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