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Tuesday, 31 July 2012

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Maung Kyu practising.

With only six athletes at the London 2012 Olympics, nobody had any hopes that the tiny Burmese state of Myanmar would win a medal. They have, however, beaten the odds to take silver in the shooting, with Maung Kyu, 42, producing his personal best.

"We were very surprised," said Nay Myo Aung, team captain and archer. "We had not expected to get any medals. We had not even expected to get to any of the finals."

That was not the biggest surprise.

The biggest surprise of the night came when Maung Kyu took to the podium to collect his medal, and the national anthem for Myanmar was played.

As the strains of the anthem echoed around the arena, the fifteen hundred strong crowd (in a stadium built for seventeen thousand) joined in.

"It was humbling," said Nay Myo Aung. "To hear that so many British people knew all the words to the Myanmar national anthem, and sung it so enthusiastically."

"It was that Muppet song," said Kenny Benjamin, who has been arranging the national anthems for the games. "You know the one? Manana, doo doo bi do do? Damn, it's in my head again. We couldn't get Maung Kyu off the podium, because every time he tried to step back, somebody in the crowd would start the anthem up again!"

Across the stadium, every time that the word "Myanmar" was played, the crowd joined in with a "Doo doo bi do do."

"It has left a smile on many faces," said one person in the crowd. "I hope they all win medals now, so we can sing it again!"

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