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49 N. Korean athletes to compete in London Olympics

North Korea will field 49 athletes in 11 sports in the upcoming Olympic Games in London, the country's official news agency reported Friday.

   Thirty-five female and 14 male athletes have so far qualified for the July 27 through Aug. 12 games in women's football, marathon, table tennis, wrestling and weight lifting, the (North) Korean Central News Agency said.

   The weight lifters and wrestlers are expected to achieve good results, the report said, adding that expectations are also high for women's football.

   North Korea won four golds in the 1992 Olympics, and two golds at each of the 1996 and 2008 Games. (Yonhap News)

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