Shelley Watts believes she can break Australia's Olympic boxing drought

Phil Lutton The Commonwealth Games champ wants more gold and the scalp of one of the world's best fighters

Boxing Day 7

Custio Clayton of Canada (L) in action with Cameron Hammond of Australia during the Men's Welter (69kg) Boxing on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on August 3, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

Australia's Cameron Hammond was defeated by Canada's Custio Clayton in a men's welterweight 69kg bout at the ExCel arena.

Ring of ire: judging standards under attack as spotlight falls on boxing


Chris Barrett Confusion and anger is reigning at London's ExCel centre, home of Olympic pugilism, and heads are rolling.

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'Fix' claims mar Olympic boxing

Ali Mazaheri

Olympic judges and referees came under fire on Wednesday with one fighter accusing them of "a fix", another successfully appealing a loss and even boxing great Lennox Lewis questioning some of their...

Try telling Irish hope women's boxing shouldn't be in the Games

Katie Taylor

Great Britain suffered a rare defeat on Monday, when rowdy support for the game efforts of a Liverpudlian female boxer were drowned out by a gathering of flag-waving Irish singing The Fields Of...

Boos ring round as another controversial decision mars Olympic boxing competition

Zou Shiming

Phil Lutton Chinese boxer Zou Shiming had to endure boos as he stood on the podium to accept his gold medal after another night of controversial officiating in the Olympic boxing ring.

Sydney Sevens: Quade Cooper to debut as he joins Rio Olympics push

Phil Lutton Toulon star Quade Cooper says he's feeling the nerves as he tries to book his ticket to Rio and fulfil an Olympic dream.

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Games gender equality draws nearer

Sally Pearson: An Australian sporting hero.

Samantha Lane The 2020 Olympics have been earmarked as the summer games where female athletes will have equal opportunity for the first time.


What would the baron think?

Not so pure: Usain Bolt has made millions.

Harry Gordon Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the father of the modern Olympic Games, probably wouldn't recognise his distant offspring today. If he did, it is uncertain that he would approve.


Introducing the founder of the modern Olympics

Far-sighted: Baron Pierre de Coubertin.

Harry Gordon Baron Pierre de Coubertin was a very small man (1.62 metres) with a large handlebar moustache and a huge dream.

Three brown cows, two billy goats ... and Ali in the ceremony?

Muhammad Ali prepares to light the Olympic flame in the opening ceremony for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Georgina Robinson They will tell us that 12 horses, three cows, two goats, 70 sheep and a trio of sheep dogs will grace the main stadium during Danny Boyle's hugely hyped Olympics opening ceremony on Friday night.

Live coverage: London Olympics Day 2


Phil Lutton Live coverage of all the action of Day 2 of the London Olympics.

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Jackson denies being rushed into retirement by defeat

Australia's Luke Jackson

Chris Barrett Australian lightweight Luke Jackson is furious at reports he decided to retire as a result of a heartbreaking first-round defeat at the Olympics, insisting he had always planned to hang up the gloves...


Super Hooper back on team after 'escape'

Australian boxer Damien Hooper.

Samantha Lane When Damien Hooper abruptly left a pre-Olympics training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport last month, Boxing Australia's official explanation was that he was removed ''due to general...

Plenty of friendly gibing onshore but there's no leeway on the water

Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen

John Huxley So, just how popular are the ''all-conquering'' Australians in the south coast resort town of Weymouth, which, with the neighbouring old naval town of Portland, is staging the 2012 Olympics sailing...


Hooper's primed for the next round

Damien Hooper

Chris Barrett THE T-shirt will be confined to Damien Hooper's Australian team kit bag but his spirit won't be.

Plenty of friendly gibing onshore but there's no leeway on the water

John Huxley SO, JUST how popular are the ''all-conquering'' Australians in the south coast resort town of Weymouth, which, with the neighbouring old naval town of Portland, is staging the 2012 Olympics sailing...


Victorious boxer faces sanction over Aboriginal flag T-shirt


Chris Barrett and Georgina Robinson Australian boxer Damien Hooper has been reported to the International Olympic Committee for wearing an Aboriginal flag T-shirt ahead of his thrilling, come-from-behind victory over American rival...

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'I take my hat off to him': Mundine backs Hooper's flag stance

Anthony Mundine

Chris Barrett Australian boxing medal hope Damien Hooper "did the right thing" in defying team protocol to wear an Aboriginal flag T-shirt into the ring at the London Olympics, former world champion Anthony...

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Borat shadow looms everywhere but Kazakhs have the last laugh


Chris Barrett Kazakhstan came to London wanting to be taken seriously. They probably knew they would not get through this Games without a mention of mankini, goat herding or any other reminders of Sacha Baron...

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