The gold medal hopes of Australia's women's basketball team have suffered a huge setback with star forward Penny Taylor ruled out of the London Olympics.
The track cycling world championships in Melbourne provided five days of thrilling racing and the perfect preview to the tense battle between Australia and Great Britain at the London Olympic Games.
Australian Olympics hopeful Shane Rose cruised to victory in the Kihikihi international horse trial, heading home New Zealander Joseph Waldron by more than 20 points.
In the most dramatic of sprint semi-finals, Anna Meares and Victoria Pendleton clashed, crashed and faced relegations before a photo finish split the pair, in a night that ended in tears for the two Olympic Champions.
Thursday was a fantastic day for the Australian Cyclones at the UCI Track World Championships in Melbourne. The Team Pursuit girls won silver, Anna Meares broke a world record and progressed to the Sprint semis and Glenn O’Shea leads half-way through the Omnium.
Undoubtedly one of Australia’s toughest couples, fiancées Safwan Khalil and Carmen Marton have kicked 2012 off with outstanding results in world class Taekwondo tournaments.
Defending champions Australia qualified second-fastest behind arch-rivals Great Britain in the men's team pursuit on day one of the world track cycling championships.