Football gold for Mexico

Jorge Enriquez of Mexico falls to the ground with jubilation as team-mates celebrate winning the gold medal after the Men's Football Final between Brazil and Mexico on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wembley Stadium on August 11, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

Mexico's players celebrated after winning gold in the men's football final match between Brazil and Mexico at Wembley stadium during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Spain's football team crashes out of Games

Juan Mata

Spain's bid to add Olympic gold to their world and European titles ended in failure on Sunday with a shock 1-0 loss to Honduras.

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...

Fan with tickets to every day of Olympics dies at the velodrome

Conrad Readman tweeted this photograph of himself with actor Zachary Levi outside the London Olympics Aquatic Centre. He wrote:

A British sports fan who had tickets for every day of the London Olympics died after collapsing at the velodrome at the Olympic Park, media reports say.

Weight of expectation too much for Steiner as Salimi takes gold


Phil Lutton As one Olympic champion brutally crumpled to the floor, another rose to iconic status in his home country during a dramatic final session of weightlifting at London's ExCel Centre.

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Battle-hardened coach at peace with past as Kookaburras chase fickle fortune

Greg Baum IT IS the blank that can never be filled in, the itch that can't be scratched. In 16 years as an Australian hockey international, Ric Charlesworth estimates he played against New Zealand 30 times and...

A way to keep eyes on the prize

 Michael Phelps

One has acquired more Olympic medals than any other athlete in history. The other was knocked out of the Games after 250 seconds. But Michael Phelps and Ashley McKenzie, the 23-year-old British No.

A porthole to this city's soul


Peter Hanlon As much as these Games have been about Great Britain showing the world it has well and truly moved with the times in terms of athletic achievement, they have been a nod to the past.

Attar's sprint a step in the right direction for women's rights

Sarah Attar.

Jacqueline Maley A lot of gumph is spoken about athletes as role models, but Sarah is one.

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Hard to win medals when turn-Coates takes breath away

Richard Hinds dinkus

Richard Hinds The Olympics are replete with breathtaking sights and sounds. The blur of Usain Bolt. The wash created by that human propeller Michael Phelps.

The pros and cons of USA's strength

USA's Kobe Bryant.

Greg Baum Playing the US at the Olympics is distorted sport. You start with a known result and backfill with a game. This was Australia's experience on Wednesday night, again.

'Good enough to beat men': boxer Katie Taylor etches her name into sporting folklore

Irish boxer Katie Taylor.

Phil Lutton Irish gold medallist Katie Taylor has become the global face of women's boxing, electrified a nation and been told she is good enough to beat the men.

Live coverage: London Olympics Day 13

Canoe sprint: Men's K4 1000m

Daniel Sankey Gold on the water, and gold in the water? It's a very real possibility for Australia today — a day in which Usain Bolt will also try to make history in the men's 200m final.

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Muslim nations 'should host Games'

Istanbul may rate highly in a bid for a Muslim city to host the next Olympics.

Simon Mann WITH the sun setting on London, Olympic officials are readying to pass the baton to Rio de Janeiro, which will host South America's first ever Games in 2016.

Styling Sam bags silver as Buchanan misses out

Samantha Lane and Chris Dutton IN a field of dudes, Sam Willoughby was styling. On the day he envisaged winning Australia's first Olympic medal in BMX - and not just any old colour, this 20-year-old reigning world champion was...

Those funny, furious and feckless moments

Matthias Steiner

Phil Lutton German superheavyweight lifter Matthias Steiner was one of the truly inspirational stories of 2008, when he won gold in Beijing and took the podium with a photo of his wife, who had died in a car...

Young gun Willoughby just fails to nail BMX gold

Silver medallist Sam Willoughby of Australia

Samantha Lane In a field of dudes Sam Willoughby was styling. On the day he envisaged winning gold for Australia in BMX, he cruised into the final by winning two of three semi-final runs.

Fired up Ross shows who's Boss

Josh Ross

Michael Gleeson Josh Ross struggled to bring himself to watch the men's 100m final. It was the sickness of feeling that he might have been there but for being refused the chance to run.

Bolt and Farah top the bill on the grandest stage

Bolt and Farah

Greg Baum The director of tonight’s London Olympics closing ceremony is promising "the greatest after party ever", but it has already been upstaged.

Golden girls a shining ideal

Caroline Wilson WINNING a gold medal on the athletics track has proved, for Australian runners, one of the toughest tasks in sport. But over the past 25 years when victory has come, it was women who achieved it.