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By The Associated Press

David Cameron knows how to be a good host.

The British prime minister took Russian President Vladimir Putin to see the Olympic judo competition on Thursday but joked there's no way he would step onto the tatami with his tough-guy counterpart.

Putin has been a judo competitor since his childhood, eventually gaining the rank of black belt.

Cameron, who prefers jogging, tennis and horse-riding, insisted the two leaders wouldn't be grappling themselves.

"I am delighted to be taking the president to the judo, but note that we will be spectators and not participants," Cameron joked, as the men left talks at Downing Street to head to the Olympic competition.

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EDITOR'S NOTE "Eyes on London" shows you the Olympics through the eyes of Associated Press journalists across the 2012 Olympic city and around the world. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item.

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