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Somali Olympic athletes training despite bombing deaths

April 5, 2012: Four of the five Somali athletes chosen to attend the London Olympic Games, from left, runner Mohamud Ali, 5,000 meter runner Mohamed Hassan Mohamed, 5,000 meter runner Ayan Samow, and runner Amal Ahmed, mourn the deaths of two top Somali sports officials in Mogadishu, Somalia.

April 5, 2012: Four of the five Somali athletes chosen to attend the London Olympic Games, from left, runner Mohamud Ali, 5,000 meter runner Mohamed Hassan Mohamed, 5,000 meter runner Ayan Samow, and runner Amal Ahmed, mourn the deaths of two top Somali sports officials in Mogadishu, Somalia.

Somalia's Olympic athletes are training for the London Games, a day after the national Olympic committee president and another top sports official were killed in a bomb blast.

Distance runner Mohamed Hassan Mohamed, one of five athletes from the violence-stricken country chosen to go to this year's games, tells The Associated Press that it "was utterly a black day for Somali sports" when Olympic committee head Aden Yabarow Wiish and soccer federation president Said Mohamed Nur were killed in an explosion on Wednesday.

But Mohamed and others were back training in Mogadishu on Thursday.

Mohamud Ali, another runner, says it would mean "a lot" to have the country's flag raised at the Olympics.