London Games 2012 News

Adams celebrates a perfect end to Olympics

Valerie Adams says she could have never imagined her Olympic gold medal ceremony in Auckland could be so perfect. (AUDIO)

Beaming Adams gets gold

A beaming Valerie Adams blinked back tears as she received her 2012 Olympics shot put gold medal at a ceremony in Auckland.

Adams home to claim gold medal

Olympic gold medal winner Valerie Adams was met by a cheering crowd of family and well-wishers as she arrived back in New Zealand on Wednesday. (AUDIO)

Adams invited to second medal ceremony

A South Auckland sports club is inviting Olympic shot put champion Valerie Adams to a second medal ceremony at its grounds.

Call for second medal ceremony for Valerie Adams

A Pacific Island Auckland councillor says there should be a second medal ceremony in South Auckland for Olympic champion shot putter Valerie Adams.

Tongan group wants Adams ceremony in Sth Auckland

Auckland's Tongan Advisory Council says the medal ceremony planned for the Olympic champion shot putter Valerie Adams is an insult to members of the public who want to be involved. (AUDIO)

Fans out in force to welcome home Paralympians

New Zealand's Paralympians have returned home following a successful campaign in London where they won 17 medals. (AUDIO)

Adams to get gold medal next week

New Zealand shot putter Valerie Adams will finally receive her Olympic gold medal at a ceremony in Auckland next week. (AUDIO)

Coach says he spiked Ostapchuk's food

The coach of shot putter Nadezhda Ostapchuk, who was stripped of the Olympic gold medal in August, says he intentionally spiked her food with steroids without her knowledge. (AUDIO)

London parade held for Olympic and Paralympic athletes

London celebrated the end of both the Olympics and Paralympics with a parade for the British athletes on Monday.

Paralympics NZ to review performance at Games

Paralympics New Zealand says it may cut funding for some sports that did not perform to expectations at the London Games.

Fiery finale at Paralympic Games

After 11 days of sport, the Paralympic Games closed in London on Sunday night in a "festival of flame" honouring Britain's ancient traditions and festivals.

Pascoe to carry NZ flag

The New Zealand flag will be carried at the Paralympics' closing ceremony in London by triple gold medallist Sophie Pascoe. (AUDIO)

Paralympics end on high note for NZ

The Paralympics in London have ended on a high for the New Zealand athletes, with another gold and silver medal won on Saturday.

Pascoe earns sixth medal

The Canterbury swimmer Sophie Pascoe has won her sixth medal of the London Paralympics, rounding out her campaign with silver in the 100 metres breaststroke.

Wellington swimmer wins gold

Wellington swimmer Mary Fisher has won her fourth medal and her first gold at the Paralympic Games in London.

Fisher in fourth place in freestyle final

New Zealand swimmer Mary Fisher set an Oceania record in her 400m freestyle final at the Paralympic Games though that still wasn't enough to win her a medal.

Sophie Pascoe wins third gold

New Zealand swimmer Sophie Pascoe has won the 100m freestyle to claim her third gold medal of the Paralympic Games in London.

Cyclists win silver in time trial event

Southland tandem cyclists Philippa Gray and Laura Thompson have claimed a silver medal at the London Paralympics. The win pushed the New Zealand team's medal tally above that in Beijing four years ago.

Paralympians say TV coverage worst ever

New Zealand Paralympians say the coverage being given to the London Games is the worst it has ever been. (AUDIO)

4th medal for Pascoe

Swimmer Sophie Pascoe of Canterbury has won her fourth medal at the London Paralympic Games, with a silver in the 100 metres S10 backstroke.

Martin sixth in javelin event

Peter Martin of Waikato finished sixth in the javelin at the Paralympics in London on Tuesday.

Riders look to compete again in 2016

Equestrians Rachel Stock and Anthea Gunner have given themselves a pass mark in their debut appearance at the Paralympic Games in London and indicated their intentions to compete in Brazil in 2016.

NZ now 10th in medals list

New Zealand now has 11 medals at the Paralympic Games in London, after capturing four more on Sunday and is 10th in the overall medal list.

Gold medal won by cyclists

Cyclist Phillipa Gray and her pilot Laura Thompson won gold in the 3000m individual B pursuit at the Paralympics in London on Sunday beating the world champions from Ireland. (AUDIO)

Gold medal for swimmer

Swimmer Cameron Leslie won gold in a world record time in his individual medley event at the Paralympics in London on Sunday. Earlier, Mary Fisher won a silver medal.

Bronze medal won by shooter

Shooter Michael Johnson won bronze in the 10m air rifle standing event at the Paralympics in London on Sunday.

Another gold medal for Pascoe

Sophie Pascoe of New Zealand won her second gold medal in world record time at the Paralympics in the women's 100m butterfly on Saturday.

Fisher's success hailed by coach

New Zealand Paralympic team high performance coach Mal Humm says the success of swimmer Mary Fisher has been a highlight of the Games in London and her best event - is yet to come.

More medals for NZ swimmers

Sophie Pascoe has won a silver medal at the Paralympics, her second medal of the London games, while fellow swimmer Mary Fisher took out silver in the freestyle.

Cycling bronze for Gray and Thompson

Tandem cyclists Phillipa Gray and Laura Thompson have won bronze in the 1km time trial at the Paralympic Games.

Pascoe wins gold for NZ at Paralympics

Swimmer Sophie Pascoe has won New Zealand's first gold medal at the Paralympics in London, smashing two world records in the process.

Hawking stars in Paralympics opening ceremony

The Paralympics have begun in London with a spectacular opening ceremony watched by some 80,000 spectators and featuring a rare public appearance by Britain's most famous living scientist, Stephen Hawking.

Back injury sidelines cyclist

2011 disabled Maori sportsperson of the year, cyclist Jayne Parsons, has had her dream of winning three gold medals at the London 2012 Paralympics dashed - after pulling out due to injury.

Johnson named to bear NZ flag

Paralympic shooter Michael Johnson will be the New Zealand flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games on Wednesday evening.

Southland welcomes home Olympic athletes

Southland has welcomed home its Olympic athletes with thousands lining the streets of Invercargill to catch a glimpse of the region's medal winners. (AUDIO)

Teams scale peaks to create Paralympic flames

Four teams are scaling the highest peaks of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Tuesday to create the Paralympic flames.

Thousands cheer return of Olympic athletes

Thousands of people gathered in Christchurch on Friday to welcome home athletes who took part in the London Olympic Games. (AUDIO)

Call for Jamaica to introduce tougher testing

Jamaica must bring in tougher testing before the world will accept its sprint stars as honest competitors, the founder of the World Anti-Doping Agency says. (AUDIO)

Adams will have to wait for gold

A New Zealand member of the International Olympic Committee says Valerie Adams will have to wait until the end of the year to get her London Games gold medal.

NZ call for all countries to have drug-testing systems

New Zealand's chef de mission says countries should not be allowed to compete at the Olympic Games unless they have a drug-testing system monitored by the World Anti-Doping Agency. (AUDIO)

Olympic athletes welcomed home

Hundreds of supporters have turned out to welcome home New Zealand's Olympic athletes. (AUDIO)

Adams to miss welcome for Olympians

The country's olympic team will be officially welcomed home from the London 2012 Games in Christchurch's Hagley Park on Friday week but Valerie Adams will not be there. (AUDIO)

Adams 'speechless' at getting gold after all

Shot putter Valerie Adams says she was speechless when Olympic Games chef de mission Dave Currie phoned her to tell her she had won the gold medal in the shot put at the London Games after all. (AUDIO)

Minister has special NZ ceremony in mind

Sport Minister Murray McCully says there are plans for a ceremony to celebrate Valerie Adams's belated Olympics gold medal win, but it may be some time before she actually receives the medal.

Suspicions already raised about Belarussian shot-putter

Drug Free Sport New Zealand says suspicions were raised about disgraced Olympic shot-putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk even before she tested positive for a steroid and was stripped of her gold medal. The gold has now gone to New Zealand's Valerie Adams. (AUDIO)

Swimming and triathlon singled out as under performers

Swimming and triathlon have been singled out as New Zealand's under performers at the London Olympics, by funding agency High Performance Sport New Zealand.

Goodbye from London and over to you, Rio

The 2012 London Games are over: the Olympic flame was extinguished on Sunday night at the end of a spectacular closing ceremony and the Olympic flag was handed over to Rio de Janeiro, host of the next Games in 2016.

Ugandan upsets Kenyans to win marathon

The Ugandan runner Stephen Kiprotich has caused an upset in the men's marathon at the Olympics by easily beating the experienced Kenyan pair of Abel Kirui and Wilson Kipsang.

US basketball stars do it again

The United States men's basketball team of superstars has delivered at the London Games, winning the gold medal by beating Spain 107-100 in the final.

Carrington wins canoe sprint gold

Bay of Plenty kayaker Lisa Carrington has won another gold medal on the water for New Zealand at the Olympics.

Second gold medal for Farah

World champion Mo Farah of Britain won the 5,000 metres title and his second Olympic gold medal on Saturday.

Mexico wins football gold

Mexico have beaten Brazil 2-1 to win the gold medal in the men's football at the London Olympics.

Personal best for walker

New Zealander Quentin Rew has posted a personal best time in the men's 50km walk at the London Olympics.

Cross country biker places 18th

Karen Hanlen has finished midway down the field in the Olympic women's cross country mountain biking event.

US win women's basketball

The United States won the women's basketball Olympic gold medal by beating France 86-50 in the final on Saturday.

NZ 15th on medal list

New Zealand is 15th on the medal table at the Olympic Games in London with five golds, three silver and five bronze - the best performance since the 1988 Seoul Games.

World record and gold medal for Jamaica relay team

Jamaica won the Olympic gold medal in the men's athletics 4x100m relay on Saturday and set a world record time.

Men's hockey won by Germany

Germany won their second successive Olympic men's hockey gold on Saturday by beating the Netherlands 2-1.

Russian sets world record in 20km walk

Yelena Lashmanova of Russia won gold in the Olympic women's 20km walk in a world record time of one hour 25 minutes two seconds on Saturday.

Golden double for rhythmic gymnast

Evgeniya Kanaeva of Russia on Saturday become the first rhythmic gymnast to win back-to-back individual Olympic gold medals.

NZ 9th in javelin

New Zealand javelin thrower Stuart Farquhar finished ninth in the men's final at the Olympic Games on Friday.

Golden effort from sailors, Walker rides to silver

New Zealand athletes have won two more medals at the London Olympics - a gold in the sailing and a silver in the BMX competition - bringing the tally to 12.

Walker wins silver in BMX

New Zealand's Sarah Walker won silver in the final of the BMX competition at the London Olympics. Disappointment in Beijing in 2004 was her motivation.

Home team medal tally now 57

Great Britain took its medal tally to 57 on Day 14 of the London Olympics on Friday - but missed out on more gold.

Black Sticks lose playoff for bronze

The New Zealand women's hockey players have lost to Great Britain 3-1 in their playoff for the bronze medal at the London Olympics.

Basketball finalists in 2008 repeat

The United States and Spain will play for the gold medal in the Olympic men's basketball tournament on Sunday in a repeat of the 2008 final in Beijing.

Men's football bronze winners

Korea beat Japan 2-0 to claim bronze in the Olympic men's football tournament at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Friday.

World record set in women's relay final

The United States blitzed the field to win the women's 4x100 metres relay final claiming gold and a new world record at the Olympic Stadium in London.

Carrington qualifies fastest for canoe sprint final

New Zealand's Lisa Carrington has qualified fastest in the K1 200m canoe sprint to make the final at the London Olympics.

NZ sailors win gold in 470 class

The New Zealand women's 470 sailors won gold on Friday, beating a crew from Great Britain in their final race.

Scott defeated in taekwando

New Zealand's Vaughan Scott has lost his first-round bout in the taekwando competition at the London Olympics.

Swimming marathon result

Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia won the gold medal in the men's swimming marathon at Hyde Park in London on Friday, to become the first swimmer to get medals in the pool and open water. No-one else could keep up with him.

Review of cycle team relegation wanted

China wants another review into the relegation of their women's cycling sprint team for an illegal changeover in the London Games final last week which cost the team a gold medal.

Tribunal clears NZ Paralympian to compete

A New Zealand Paralympian has tested positive for a banned substance but will be allowed to compete in the upcoming Paralympics in London.

Dibaba hoping to secure another track double

With an historic sprint double-double in the bag for Jamaican Usain Bolt, Ethiopian athlete Tirunesh Dibaba hopes also to achieve another track double at the London Olympics.

Brilliant Bolt wins Olympic double

Usain Bolt declared himself "the greatest athlete" to have lived after winning an Olympic sprint double. (AUDIO)

New world record set in men's 800m

Kenya's David Rudisha caused a sensation in the main Olympic stadium on Thursday by winning the 800m in a new world record time of 1min 40.91s.

Newdick finishes 12th in decathlon

New Zealand's Brent Newdick has finished 12th overall in the Olympic decathlon.

US still champions in women's football

The United States won their third successive women's Olympic football tournament when they beat world champions Japan 2-1 at Wembley Stadium on Thursday. Canada won the bronze.

Broken leg didn't stop US relay runner

American Manteo Mitchell competed with a broken leg in the 4x400m relay event at the Olympic Stadium.

US top of medal table

The United States has overtaken China at the top of the Olympic medal table, with 90 medals including 39 gold.

Adams makes boxing history at Games

Britain's Nicola Adams has made Olympic history, becoming the first woman to win a boxing title.

Willers into BMX semi, Pickard crashes out

New Zealand's Marc Willers cruised into the semifinals of the BMX competition at the London Olympics, but teammate Kurt Pickard is out after a heavy crash.

South Africa into relay final after appeal

Double amputee Oscar Pistorius has been handed a chance for an historic Olympic medal after South Africa was given the spare ninth lane in the 4x400m relay final despite failing to finish the heat.

Sailing events postponed at windless Weymouth

Sailing events at the Olympic Games were postponed on Thursday due to a lack of wind.

Hungarian hangs on to win marathon swim gold

Eva Risztov of Hungary held on to win the gold medal for the women's marathon swim at the London Olympics after a desperate sprint finish to the 10km race.

Dujardin wins individual dressage

Britain's Charlotte Dujardin has won the Olympics gold medal in the equestrian dressage individual event.

Olympic Park welcomes two millionth spectator

London 2012 organisers have hailed the 'passion and spirit' of the British public after the two millionth ticketed spectator passed through the Olympic Park since the Games began on July 27.

NZ canoeists 7th in finals

New Zealand canoeists have come in seventh in their finals at the London Olympics.

Black Sticks men win playoff against Argentina

The New Zealand men's hockey team have finished their Olympic campaign with a 9th place playoff win against Argentina.

Campbell out of taekwondo competition

New Zealander Logan Campbell has missed out on the quarterfinals of the men's under 68kg category in the taekwondo at the London Olympics.

Bolt 20 seconds away from Olympic double

Usain Bolt's bid for an unprecedented Olympic sprint double double in the 200m is the highlight of the seventh day of athletics action at the London Games.

NZ 16th on medals table

New Zealand is 16th on the medals table at the Olympic Games in London, with three golds, two silvers and five bronzes on Wednesday.

Walker second in BMX seedings

New Zealander Sarah Walker justified her reputation as one of the world's best BMX riders, recording the second-fastest time of the 16 competitors in the Olympic seedings round on Wednesday.

Farquhar in javelin final

Stuart Farquhar of New Zealand qualified for the men's Olympic javelin final on Wednesday with his first throw of 83.32m.

Dramatic hurdle event

There was a sensation in the men's 110 metres hurdles final at the Olympics in London on Wednesday when the leading runner failed to finish.

Sailors win NZ's 100th Olympic medal

New Zealand has won its 100th Olympic medal with sailors Peter Burling and Blair Tuke taking a silver in the 49er class at the London Games.

Black Sticks lose semi thriller against Netherlands

The New Zealand's women's hockey side will play for the bronze medal at the London Olympics after losing a thrilling semifinal to the Netherlands.

Kayaking pair miss out on medal

New Zealand kayakers Steven Fergusson and Darryl Fitzgerald have missed out on a medal in K2 1000m final at the London Olympics.