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Posted: October 2, 2009  :

(RRW) Athletics: Chicago & Tokyo Eliminated For 2016 Olympics

From David Monti
© 2009 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved

The 2016 Olympic Games will be held either in Madrid or Rio De Janeiro as Chicago and Tokyo were eliminated in the first two rounds of voting, news services are reporting from Copenhagen.

The Washington Post called Chicago's elimination in the first round "shocking," coming just a few hours after President Obama made a personal pitch for the Games for his adopted hometown. The Post reported that there were "audible gasps" from the International Olympic Committee meeting when Chicago's elimination was announced.

Tokyo was eliminated in the second round, setting the stage for a final round vote between four-time bidder Madrid and newcomer Rio. The Olympics were held in Spain in 1992 in Barcelona, but have never been held in South America.

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