Peter Hanlon

Peter Hanlon

Peter Hanlon has worked at The Age since 1995, initially as deputy sports editor, subsequently as editor of the Saturday and Sunday Age sports sections, and since 2007 as a senior sports writer. He writes extensively on the AFL, and has also covered the Beijing Olympics and Delhi Commonwealth Games.

Cycling

Zac Shaw turns his back on the bike in search of a life

Peter Hanlon Zac Shaw had just returned home from becoming a junior world champion for the second year running when he drove down Colac's main street and saw a group of old school mates.

Roy Higgins: a gentleman in racing and in life

Damien Oliver speaks at the funeral.

Peter Hanlon Roy Higgins left the Flemington mounting yard for the last time on Thursday.

Soccer

Top soccer player Sally Shipard continues to fight an eating disorder

Peter Hanlon For most of Sally Shipard's stellar career, she has been haunted by an insidious disease.

Tennis

Dimitrov plans to single-handedly rise to the top

Grigor Dimitrov plays a one-handed backhand.

Peter Hanlon Many are convinced Grigor Dimitrov won't simply make up the numbers but rise all the way to the top.

Tennis

As the screams die away, Radwanska is semi ready

Agnieszka Radwanska.

Peter Hanlon Change is afoot as Agnieszka Radwanska aims for the next step.

Tennis

Doctor warns against trivialising Rafael Nadal's on-court 'routines'

Nadal

Peter Hanlon Psychologist outraged by commentary from Jim Courier and Lleyton Hewitt about Spaniard.

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Tennis

As tournaments go, they just don't get any hotter

Jerzy Janowicz of Poland attempts to deal with the heat.

Peter Hanlon Mother Nature provided the biggest controversy at the 2014 Australian Open.

Cricket

Walking lightly, still standing tall

Australian cricket batting great, Neil Harvey.

Peter Hanlon 'Invincible' Neil Harvey is about to receive due recognition.

Tennis

Australian junior tennis a melting pot

Naiktha Bains

Peter Hanlon Behind Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis a multicultural melting pot is on the rise.

Horse Racing

Hearts are heavy over the Cummings' goings

Foreman Reg Fleming and trackwork rider Joe Agresta are coming to terms with a move.

Peter Hanlon Times are changing at a famous stable, Peter Hanlon writes.

Racing

Geelong win is Ibicenco's Cup pass: Moody

Ibicenco

Peter Hanlon A European horse which loves jumping was fancied to win the Geelong Cup, and after his German-bred stayer Ibicenco duly upset the favoured Forgotten Voice trainer Peter Moody said his six-year-old...

Horse Racing

Ibicenco jumps to it

In charge: Ibicenco (left) wins the Geelong Cup to boost his claims for the Melbourne Cup.

Peter Hanlon A European horse who loves jumping was fancied to win the Geelong Cup.

Horse Racing

One of the world's great stables wants our great race

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Peter Hanlon When you sell yourself as one of the world's great races, trying to attract the biggest names in the game, it's no bad thing to have in the field a horse trained by English thoroughbred nobility.

Plate hope relishes the quiet life

Cox Plate runner Puissance De Lune

Peter Hanlon It sounds like a twist on the old, ''A horse walks into a bar …'' joke, but no one will be asking, ''Why the long face?'' if Puissance De Lune wins Saturday's Cox Plate.

Horse Racing

Very, Berri good

Darren Weir.

Peter Hanlon A Cox Plate win would come with an uncomfortable rider for Darren Weir, who can count among all he's learnt in racing a conviction that he'll never relish the spotlight.

The outsiders

How's that: Chad Schofield returns on Shamus Award.

Peter Hanlon The Cox Plate lead-up had been so full of dramatic twists it was destined to cough up a winner straight out of central casting.

Horse Racing

Tips and Beers: a name on the lips of many

Derby-bound: Tips And Beers wins at Caulfield this month.

Peter Hanlon Tips And Beers will have a big cheer squad in the derby, writes Peter Hanlon.

Horse Racing

Steady hand

Craig Newitt at home with wife Karli and their boys

Peter Hanlon After seven Cup rides without a placing, Craig Newitt is hoping to go the distance this time on Foreteller.

Racing

The Laing shot

Polanski

Peter Hanlon A bargain basement Derby winner proves fairytales still come true.

Horse Racing

Contrite Oliver puts bad bet behind him to let good times roll

Peter Hanlon dinkus

Peter Hanlon In front of the cameras, having stepped off the scales tingling all over, he spoke of the excitement he had felt about riding Fiorente in a race for the first time - in a Melbourne Cup, no less.