Water Polo

Water Polo

Sharks bitten by water polo turncoat

Pietro Figlioli

Robert Dillon Water polo turncoat Pietro Figlioli helped Italy sink his former Australian teammates 8-5 in their opening match of the London Olympics.

Men's water polo team secures best Olympic result in 20 years

Richie Campbell of Australia and Peter Hudnut of United States tussle in the Men's Classification 7th-8th place matchon Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Robert Dillon Australian men's water polo coach John Fox says his team is well-equipped to cope with the likely retirement of three long-serving champions after posting its best result at an Olympics in 20 years.

Aussie women's water polo victory

Australia's Glencora Ralph during the Australia Women's Water Polo match against Italy, July 30. Photo by Brendan Esposito

Despite the efforts of the formidable 185cm, 100kg Italian captain and forward Elisa Casanova, the Australian team led from start to finish.

Womens water polo training

Olympics 2012, australian Alicia Mccormack womens water polo team goalkeeper in training at the water polo pool in london today.
wednesday 25th july 2012

Photographer Brendan Esposito captures some of the action from the Australian women's water polo team training in London.

Rio 2016: Australian Olympic medal haul in Brazil 'first true test' of post-London policy

Living on the edge: AIS director Matt Favier.

Chris Barrett In excess of $370 million will have been distributed to sports and direct funding to athletes during the four-year cycle to Rio by the time the flame is lit in the Maracanã Stadium.

Rio Olympics 2016: Olympians grapple with social media policy, after warnings from Anna Meares, Sally Pearson and Emily Seebohm

Tweet-free: Sally Pearson and Anna Meares switched off their social media accounts during the London Olympics.

David Sygall The exponential rise of social media is best summed up by the fact that in Beijing in 2008 it was a non-issue and in London in 2012 it cost Australia medals.

Your daily guide to the 2012 Olympics

Awesome oarsmen: from left, William Lockwood, James Chapman, Drew Ginn and Jushua Dunkley-Smith.

Worried you’ll miss something at the London Games but too busy to study the schedule?

Olympic ring-ins: soldiers drafted to fill empty seats


British soldiers have been drafted in to fill empty seats at the London 2012 Olympics after prime blocks of seating at the Aquatics Centre and gymnastics arena went unused on the first day of...

Kobe Bryant gives Targett a medal goal to shoot for

Kobe Bryant.

Michael Cowley, Manchester The similarities between Kobe Bryant and Matt Targett are endless.

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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Loss to familiar foe cuts deep

Pietro Figlioli

Robert Dillon WATER POLO FOUR years ago, he played alongside them in Beijing. But on Sunday, water polo turncoat Pietro Figlioli helped Italy sink his former Australian teammates 8-5 in their opening match in...

Pain of the past still stings in bitter rivalry

Australian water polo goalkeeper Alicia McCormack trains in London.

Tim Barrow Two weeks ago, goalkeeper Alicia McCormack relived her personal hell.

Water polo

Think we're dirty? Well, now we know martial arts

Robert Dillon The Australian Stingers have warned Great Britain they can expect more of the same medicine after opening their London Olympics campaign with a hard-fought 10-8 victory against Italy on Sunday.

Stingers plan to clean up Brits following 'dirty' accusations

Kate Gynther of Australia

Robert Dillon THE Stingers have warned Great Britain they can expect more of the same medicine after opening their campaign with a hard-fought victory against Italy on Sunday.

Water Polo

Ashes to smashes as Aussies belt Great Britain

Rowie Webster of Australia.

Robert Dillon Before the match, all the talk was about the physical punishment the Australian Stingers allegedly enjoy dishing out in the water polo pool.

Not cricket: what would Waugh the winner make of Olympic tankers?

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 6:  Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting of Australia look on during the presentations after day five of the 4th Test between Australia and India at the SCG on January 6, 2004 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)

Robert Dillon Steve Waugh may never have competed at the Olympics but few would appear better qualified for the mentoring role - athlete-liaison officer, to be precise - he occupies with the Australian team in...

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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John Huxley

London, let the showdown begin


John Huxley Long before the last firework of the 2008 Beijing Games had fizzled out, Sydney and London, Olympic cities past and future, were winding each other up, exchanging their own friendly fire.

Don't write us off yet, expect the unexpected

Australia's silver medalists

David Humphries SO LONDON is Australia's poorest start to an Olympics since Atlanta 16 years ago. The woe is audible; a pestilence is about to blight this sunburnt land. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oh, Oh, Oh!

Pool of pain as high hopes not good as gold

Peter Munro Amid our Olympics disappointment, perhaps we simply have too much hubris.