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Topic Of Interest

LONDON -- This is the stuff that makes the Olympics so fascinating. Serbian high jumper Dragutin Topic competed in the high jump tonight at age 41. He went out early and the PR announcer congratulated him on a great career.

Topic won the world juniors in 1990, when he was 19. I'm pretty sure Serbia was part of Yugoslavia at the time. Topic never won an Olympic medal. His best finish was fourth in Atlanta 16 years ago. I wonder what it's like for him back in Serbia. Is he a national hero there? Does he run high jumping camps? Did he build a pit in his back yard, the way Rick Suhr did for pole vaulting?

All I know is I was watching when Topic made his final jump at an Olympics. Wait a minute, who says he won't be in Rio in 2016?

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