Olympics 2012

Follow the London Olympics with exclusive and live coverage from our reporter Ed Mezzetti and photographer Jessica Mann. And if you're at the Olympic Stadium or bump into one of the stars, send us your pictures and stories via the Green Plus above.

PARALYMPICS: Brave Craig learns to walk for grand finale

Oxford Mail: Oxford Mail columnist Caroline O’Connor, who coxed the women’s eights, is pictured on top, with Helen Glover, Women’s Pair gold medallist, centre left. They were supported by brothers Peter and Richard Chambers, wearing sunglasses, who won silver in

9:30am Tuesday 11th September 2012

LAST year Private Craig Winspear lost his legs in Afghanistan but at the Paralympic Closing Ceremony he walked again in front of a global audience.

PARALYMPICS: Our rowers' moment to shine on victory parade

Oxford Mail: Oxford Mail columnist Caroline O’Connor, who coxed the women’s eights, is pictured on top, with Helen Glover, Women’s Pair gold medallist, centre left. They were supported by brothers Peter and Richard Chambers, wearing sunglasses, who won silver in

9:30am Tuesday 11th September 2012

As the parade celebrating Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic sporting heroes snaked its way through the city of London yesterday, some of Oxfordshire’s elite athletes limbered up to create a human pyramid on one of the tour buses.

Olympic star power at dragon boat race

Oxford Mail: Silver medalists Richard, left, and Peter Chambers, right front, joined the competitors with paddles

9:30am Monday 10th September 2012

THERE was an Olympic flavour to Abingdon’s annual dragon boat race as three members of Team GB took to the water.

PARALYMPICS: Baker's delight at double gold

Oxford Mail: Golden girl Natasha Baker poses with her horse, Cabral

10:00am Tuesday 4th September 2012

Dressage star Natasha Baker, who trains at Milton-under-Wychwood, admitted that winning her second gold medal was beyond her wildest dreams, writes STUART WEIR.

PARALYMPICS: Baker's glory

Oxford Mail: Natasha Baker

10:30am Monday 3rd September 2012

Natasha Baker, who trains with Emile Faurie at Milton-under-Wychwood, decribed striking gold in the individual Grade 2 dressage as “amazing”.

PARALYMPICS: Lily 'ecstatic' at gold strike

Oxford Mail: Cox Lily van den Broecke (right) celebrates with her crew of (from left) Pamela Relph, Naomi Riches, David Smith and James Roe

10:20am Monday 3rd September 2012

OXFORD cox Lily van den Broecke was “ecstatic” with joy after steering Great Britain to gold at Eton Dorney. The 20-year-old, from Headington, guided the legs, trunks and arms (LTA) mixed four to a thrilling victory over Germany yesterday.

Archery finals hit the target with young fans

Oxford Mail: Team GB archer Larry Godfrey on his way to victory in the National Series Finals at Church Church Meadows

11:00am Monday 27th August 2012

FAMILIES were still in the London 2012 spirit watching Olympic archers in Oxford before having a go themselves.

Willkommen to Barton

Oxford Mail: Willkommen to Barton

9:00am Monday 27th August 2012

WELCOME to the German city of Freiburg.

Triathlon event a triumph

1:00pm Tuesday 21st August 2012

HUNDREDS of Olympics-inspired competitors took part in an amateur triathlon.

Designer creates own Olympic tail

Oxford Mail: The new £2 coin to commemorate the end of the 2012 Olympics was designed by Witney’s Jonathan Olliffe

7:00am Tuesday 21st August 2012

A WITNEY man has designed the latest coin to celebrate the end of the Olympics.

OLYMPICS: Time of our lives

Oxford Mail: Oxford’s Andrew Triggs Hodge (left) and his men’s four colleagues salute the passionate home crowd after rowing to a gold medal at Eton Dorney

12:00pm Wednesday 15th August 2012

Ed Mezzetti, who covered London 2012 for the Oxford Mail, reflects on a golden Games for Britain and Oxfordshire

OLYMPICS: Clarke happy at family gamble

Oxford Mail: Lawrence Clarke

12:00pm Wednesday 15th August 2012

OXFORDSHIRE’S rising star, Lawrence Clarke, was one of Britain’s athletics surprises with his fourth place in the 110m hurdles final.

OLYMPICS: How Oxfordshire's competitors fared

Oxford Mail: Zac Purchase (left) and Mark Hunter get their silver medals

12:00pm Wednesday 15th August 2012

ROWING

‘Experience of a lifetime’

Oxford Mail: Tristan Hale

9:30am Tuesday 14th August 2012

IT WASN’T just the opening and closing ceremonies which featured Oxfordshire people.

‘Night we’ll never forget’

Oxford Mail: Danielle Plummer, from Bicester, got to dance with ballet star Darcey Bussell, pictured during Sunday night’s performance

9:30am Tuesday 14th August 2012

DANCING with Darcey Bussell is a dream of many ballerinas.

HOCKEY: Sarah delighted with bronze medal

Oxford Mail: Sarah Thomas celebrates with team-mate Crista Cullen

10:00am Saturday 11th August 2012

Oxfordshire's Sarah Thomas reflected on a crazy two days after helping Great Britain’s women to a hockey bronze at London 2012.

Carrying on torch legacy

Oxford Mail: Grandmother Mo Merchant carries the Olympic torch through Nettlebed

7:00am Saturday 11th August 2012

Grandmother Mo Merchant, 70, from Wantage, was nominated to carry the torch through Nettlebed because of her long and continuing commitment to the Air Training Corps.

Live Olympics August 10

2:39pm Friday 10th August 2012

Women's hockey bronze medal play-off

OLYMPICS: Clarke - Bring on Rio

Oxford Mail: Lawrence Clarke

9:50am Friday 10th August 2012

LAWRENCE Clarke has set his sights on Olympic gold after his superb fourth place in the 110m hurdles final.

OLYMPICS: Hannah staying upbeat

Oxford Mail: Hannah England

9:30am Friday 10th August 2012

OXFORD’S Hannah England hopes her Olympic pain can spur her on to bigger and better things.

OLYMPICS: Clarke urges coach to carry on

10:40am Friday 10th August 2012

OXFORDSHIRE 110m hurdler Lawrence Clarke has urged veteran coach Malcolm Arnold not to retire but lead him to Olympic glory.

OLYMPICS: Thomas bids for bronze

10:30am Friday 10th August 2012

OXFORDSHIRE’S Sarah Thomas goes for a bronze medal today as Britain’s women’s hockey team take on New Zealand at 3.30.

Volunteer offers life-saving skills at Olympic sailing events

Oxford Mail: Red Cross volunteer Mary Broughton

1:00pm Thursday 9th August 2012

AS the country is gripped by Olympic fever, one Oxford teenager has been making sure everything runs smoothly.

OLYMPICS: Clarke can't believe fourth place in final

Oxford Mail: OLYMPICS: Clarke can't believe fourth place in final

9:30am Thursday 9th August 2012

Lawrence Clarke was struggling to come to terms with what he achieved after finishing fourth in the Olympic 110m hurdles final.

OLYMPICS: Injury took its toll, says sad England

Oxford Mail: Oxford's Hannah England trails in ninth in her 1500m semi-final

9:20am Thursday 9th August 2012

Hannah England said her Achilles injury had ultimately cost her a place in the Olympic 1,500m final.

Live Olympics August 8

5:38pm Wednesday 8th August 2012

Tonight's athletics action

‘Time is right to invest in rowing’

Oxford Mail: Zac Purchase

12:00pm Wednesday 8th August 2012

ROWERS say the time is ripe to invest in the sport in Wallingford to create a lasting legacy of the Olympic Games.

An oar-some Olympic maize maze

Oxford Mail: The maze

12:00pm Wednesday 8th August 2012

A MAZE depicting two of Team GB’s incredible gold-winning rowers is emerging at a field in Abingdon.

ATHLETICS: Clarke relieved to make final

Oxford Mail: Lawrence Clarke qualifies for the semi-final

10:00am Wednesday 8th August 2012

Lawrence Clarke said he had gone from tears to cheers after reaching the Olympic 110m hurdles semi-finals.

WINDSURFING: Shaw smiles through

10:00am Wednesday 8th August 2012

Bryony Shaw, who learned her windsurfing at Farmoor Reservoir while growing up in Oxford, was quick to look on the bright side after failing to sneak a medal – admitting she deserved to leave the Olympic regatta in Weymouth empty-handed.

Getting hooked on London 2012

10:00am Wednesday 8th August 2012

SO Olympic fever is gripping the nation…. As the boy who was always picked last at PE I wasn’t overly excited about the Olympics, but I surprised myself by getting hooked and from the Olympic ceremony onwards, my TV has barely been off.

Hurdler goes for glory

Oxford Mail: Hurdler goes for glory

9:00am Wednesday 8th August 2012

LAWRENCE Clarke is targeting glory in the Olympic 110m hurdles tonight.

Live Olympics August 7

9:10am Tuesday 7th August 2012

Athletics action

OLYMPICS: Clarke reaches semi-final

11:08am Tuesday 7th August 2012

OXFORDSHIRE'S Lawrence Clarke reached the Olympic 110m hurdles semi-finals today with a solid display.

Hannah seals semi-final spot in style

Oxford Mail: Hannah England salutes the fans after reaching the 1,500m semi-final

9:00am Tuesday 7th August 2012

Hannah England felt she was back where she belonged after reaching the Olympic 1,500m semi-finals.

Inspired to reach for Olympic gold

Oxford Mail: Inspired to reach for Olympic gold

9:30am Tuesday 7th August 2012

LONDON 2012 gold medallist Davis Tarwater returned to the university that helped rekindle his love for swimming to share his Olympic glory.

Champ on stamp

9:30am Tuesday 7th August 2012

OXFORD’S golden boy has been honoured with his face on a stamp.

Chinese leaders learn about city sport

Oxford Mail: Lord Mayor Alan Armitage, left, with Yan Weizhi, centre, and interpreter William Wang

9:30am Tuesday 7th August 2012

CHINA’S athletes may be topping the Olympic medals table, but sports chiefs from the country have been in Oxford to take a leaf out of the city’s book.

Soldiers take pride in their Olympic duties

9:30am Tuesday 7th August 2012

SOLDIERS from Bicester are doing their bit to ensure the Olympic Games go without a hitch.

Oxford City runner through to 1,500m Olympics semi-final

Oxford Mail: Hannah England has secured a place in the 1,500m semi-finals

9:00am Tuesday 7th August 2012

HANNAH England was delighted after progressing to the semi-finals of the 1,500m at the Olympic Games.

Live Olympics August 6

11:00am Monday 6th August 2012

Athletics action

OLYMPICS: England eases into semi-finals

12:45pm Monday 6th August 2012

OXFORD City ace Hannah England reached the Olympic 1,500m semi-finals today after finishing fifth in her heat.

Triggs Hodge revels in golden glory

Oxford Mail: Triggs Hodge revels in golden glory

9:50am Monday 6th August 2012

OXFORD'S Andy Triggs Hodge revealed the pressure Britain’s men’s four felt under before winning their Olympic gold medal.

Hannah England ready for action

9:00am Monday 6th August 2012

OXFORD City ace Hannah England will be something of an unknown quantity when she begins her Olympic 1,500m campaign in the heats today (11.50).

Injury heartache for Yamauchi

10:40am Monday 6th August 2012

OXFORD’S Mara Yamauchi was in tears after pulling out of the Olympic Marathon due to a heel injury.

Purchase and Hunter have mixed feelings over silver

Oxford Mail: Zac Purchase (left) and Mark Hunter show off their silver medals after their brave display in the lightweight men’s double sculls

10:00am Monday 6th August 2012

IT may have come as little consolation, but a silver medal for Wallingford’s Zac Purchase and Leander’s Mark Hunter completed Britain’s most successful rowing Olympics.

Golden glory means rower can go on honeymoon after two-year wait

Oxford Mail: Andy Triggs Hodge celebrates with his wife Eeke

9:30am Monday 6th August 2012

OXFORD Olympic gold medal winner Andy Triggs Hodge has two reasons to celebrate – he can now finally go on his honeymoon.

Wedding will help to take Zac’s pain away

Oxford Mail: Zac Purchase and his girlfriend after the medal ceremony

9:30am Monday 6th August 2012

WALLINGFORD rower Zac Purchase says getting married in three weeks’ time will help heal his Olympic heartache.

Shaw keeps slim medal hopes alive

9:20am Monday 6th August 2012

WINDSURFER Bryony Shaw achieved her best result of the Games yesterday – but needs to do similar tomorrow to make the final.

Olympics August 5

10:24am Sunday 5th August 2012

Action from the women's marathon






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