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The curse of the Cam

David Cameron appears to bring nothing but bad luck to the British competitors he cheers on.

David Cameron appears to bring nothing but bad luck to the British competitors he cheers on. Picture:AFP.

LONDON - Most Olympic athletes would be honoured to see their country's leader in the crowd supporting them, but Team Great Britain might be forgiven for thinking otherwise.

In what was dubbed "The Curse of Cameron", the British prime minister appears to have brought nothing but bad luck to competitors he cheers on.

When David Cameron took a much publicised train journey to watch the country's Olympic diving medal prospects, they slipped from first to fourth place.

He also appeared at the finish line for the men's cycling to support red hot favourite Mark Cavendish's aim for gold, only to see him finish outside the top 20.

At Wimbledon earlier this month, Cameron saw Andy Murray lose to Roger Federer.

"The Curse of Cameron" is thought to go back five years, when the UK lost the World Cup Rugby Final to South Africa.

This after Cameron had wished them good luck as the opposition leader.

The next day, he told Lewis Hamilton, "I've got confidence in you" before he lost his Formula 1 title.

Coincidence or misfortune, athletes are a superstitious bunch.