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Olympic track and fielders get a big hand from Mini helpers

 

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Officials stand next to a remote controlled Mini Cooper which returns the hammer to athletes during the Group A men's hammer throw qualification at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Aug. 3.

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A remote control Mini Cooper is used to return the hammer in the men's hammer throw on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games, Aug. 3.

Remote controlled Mini Coopers have been called in to help track and field athletes retrieve equipment at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

NBC New York reports:

To keep the action moving during a packed schedule of throwing sports—javelin, discus, hammer and shot put—miniature Mini Coopers have been assigned pick-up duty. The auto maker, which is an official partner of team Great Britain and the British Paralympics, unveiled three radio-controlled "Mini MINI" electric hatchbacks to fetch the equiptment athletes hurl onto the field, autoblog.com reported. Continue reading the full story.

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Remote control cars bring back shots during the women's heptathlon shot put.

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