Paralympics Finale

Paralympics closing ceremony

2012 Paralympic Games closing ceremony at Olympic Stadium London, England.

Day Five - London Paralympics Highlights

Day Five - London Paralympics Highlights

Some of the best moments and best photos from Day Five of the London Paralympics

Paralympics opening ceremony

Paralympics opening ceremony

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29:  Artists perform with umbrellas during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympics at the Olympic Stadium on August 29, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The 2012 London Paralympic Games have kicked off with a spectacular opening ceremony at the Olympic stadium.

Basketball

Graf admits her future is unclear

Crystal Ja Australian women's basketball coach Carrie Graf concedes her future is undecided, but the veteran mentor says she's in no rush for that to change.

Athletes ready to roll up and wow

Jim White Here's something I discovered recently: it is not easy controlling a wheelchair. Certainly not the kind used in wheelchair rugby, which look as if they have been knocked up out of an old supermarket...

Athletics

Tarnished gold: Tallent calls for drug cheats to lose it all

Jared Tallent.

David Polkinghorne Two-time Olympic silver medallist Jared Tallent wants proven drug cheats to have all their past achievements made invalid regardless of when they tested positive.

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Sydney basks in golden Olympic glow

Sally Pearson

James Robertson Office workers leaned out windows. Builders hung off scaffolding. And people dressed as giant boxing kangaroos craned for a view.

Swimming

Aussies 'unprepared' for London pressure

Eamon Sullivan.

Neda Vanovac Australia's Olympic swimmers have been asked to take part in an inquiry into the country's performance in London, as well as admitting they underestimated the pressure the Games would bring.

Olympians look to the future

Sam McKeith, Roje Adaimy They may have just arrived home, but Australia's Olympians are already preparing their campaign for Rio in 2016 after scraping into the top 10 on the medal table in London.

Swimming

'Golden girl' Coutts eyes world record

2012 London Olympics , Swimming, Women's 200m Individual Medey Finals Silver medalist Australia's  Alicia Coutts at Aquatic Centre. Tuesday  July 31st 2012.
Photos:Steve Christo

Roje Adaimy Alicia Coutts may have five Olympic medals around her neck, but the Canberra swimmer has already set herself a new challenge: breaking a world record.

Disgraced shot-putter claims she was framed

Ostapchuk

Stacey Kirk Disgraced Belarusian shot-putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk says she was "framed" after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, pointing the finger at a former head athletics coach who was arrested...

'All I did was cry': emotional homecoming for Olympians

Anna Meares

Glenda Kwek Family and friends cheered and clapped and a children's choir sang I Still Call Australia Home as the athletes - some wearing their medals around their necks - walked down a set of stairs from a...

Tears and cheers as silver turns to gold

Valerie Adams was alone in her car in Switzerland when New Zealand Olympics chef de mission Dave Currie told her over the phone her silver Olympic shot put medal had been upgraded to gold because her...

Red carpet rolled out for teen medal winner

Olympic gold medallist Keshorn Walcott didn't just return to a hero's welcome in his Caribbean homeland of Trinidad & Tobago.

Aussie Olympians homeward bound

Gold medallist Anna Meares of Australia.

Andrew Drummond Olympic cycling gold medallist Anna Meares has checked out of London, her new Games jewel securely stored for the trip home to Australia.

Twitter Olympics tag fits

The London Olympics were hailed as the first ''Twitter Olympics'' and the statistics are in to confirm that they certainly were.

Kathryn Wicks

James' gesture a Games changer

Kathryn Wicks

Kathryn Wicks What was the most important thing that happened at the Olympics? Usain Bolt's triple double? Michael Phelps's elevation to legend? Anna Meares being crowned track sprint queen?

Shock, joy, disbelief, anger: Valerie finally gets her gold as Belarus shot-putter disqualified

Valerie Adams.

Mark Geenty Valerie Adams has her gold medal but her Belarusian rival stripped of the Olympic title for using a banned steroid is vowing to fight the decision, saying she has done nothing wrong.

London after-party takes heat out of old Spice Girls row

The Spice Girls win over old nemesis Liam Gallagher

Megan Levy It's the ultimate sporting event that unites countries from around the world.

BMX

Buchanan already focused on Rio

Australia's Caroline Buchanan is distraught and in tears  after  a disappointing ride in the womens final when she came 5th

Chris Dutton The pain has eased and Caroline Buchanan is already plotting her redemption mission, but she still hasn't been able to bring herself to watch the race which crushed her Olympic Games dream.