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Tuesday 31 January 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# London 2012

All time
# essential viewing
The film that will make you fall in love with sport again
The42 chats to directors Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui about ‘Rising Phoenix’.
# Team GB
UK Sport deny using London Olympians as 'guinea pigs' for DeltaG drink
An investigation by the Mail on Sunday says that 40% of athletes give the drink in 2012 reported side effects.
# legacy
'Protecting the 2012 Games by covering up a scandal was more important than protecting Londoners'
Read this extract from Michael Gillard’s book on the Olympics.
# Looking Back
'I kind of wish I'd appreciated it more in the moment'
In part four of our series, Olive Loughnane discusses life after the Olympics.
# against the tide
'It's post-traumatic stress. You don't know what to do. Your world has just crumbled'
In part two of our series, Irish swimmer Melanie Nocher recalls adapting to life after the Olympics.
# Adaptation
The melancholy of the former distance runner
In the first part of our series, Irish Olympian Ciarán Ó Lionáird discusses life after high-level sport.
# huphup
'I never like to use that word sacrifice. It's a choice'
Former Olympian Gavin Noble is part of the duo behind HupHup, a coaching team hoping to help Irish athletes reach an elite level.
# Doping
British Olympic sprinter suspended for failing drugs test on comeback from motorbike accident
Nigel Levine has been provisionally banned by UK Athletics after allegedly testing positive for clenbuterol.
# Trauma
'I thought I was going to die,' says US Olympian of doctor's abuse
McKayla Maroney is one of more than 100 victims to have accused Larry Nassar of sexual assault.
# highs and lows
‘I wasn’t planning to stop swimming… It was a pretty abrupt decision’
Irish Olympian Sycerika McMahon chats to The42 about her decision to retire from the sport.
# indignation
Watch: Emotional Mo Farah insists he is a clean athlete
The British athlete also confirmed his intention to rebrand as ‘Mohamed’.
# Multi-talented
Bobsleigh at the Winter Olympics and the track at London 2012, to taking the tag scene by storm
Claire Bergin is living a life immersed in tag rugby, having represented Ireland at the Olympics in 2010 and 2012 respectively.
# Waving the white flag
'I'm a fighter, but this fight got me' - Irish Olympian Reid calls time on her career
The triathlete has announced she is retiring from the sport due to injuries.
# Old Enemies
Britain's Natasha Jonas on another collision course with Katie Taylor after turning professional
The Liverpudlian was beaten by the Olympic gold medallist at London 2012.
# Drugs
Caster Semenya in line to take London 2012 gold after another Russian is banned
800m winner Maria Savinova has been banned for four years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport
# Not so fast
Women's relay team the latest Russian athletes to be stripped of Olympic medals
Antonina Krivoshapka has been disqualified from the London Olympics.
# nutrition
British Olympic medallist Tom Daley on the key to healthy eating
The 22-year-old diver told us about his new book ‘Tom’s Daily Plan’.
# Interview
From 14-year-old Olympian to sporting icon - the story of Tom Daley's incredible rise
The British diver chats to The42 about his decorated career.
# Wave Goodbye
Irish Olympian Nolan retires from boxing to 'enjoy a few years of hurling'
The 29-year-old plays GAA with Oulart the Ballagh.
# go pro
Eddie Hearn tight-lipped following reports that he's signed Katie Taylor to pro deal
The former Olympic gold medallist has reportedly signed with Matchroom Sports.
# Dream Come True
Four years later, Rob Heffernan will finally be presented with his Olympic medal
The Irish race walker is looking forward to receiving the bronze at a special ceremony in Cork.
# Dopes
Weightlifter sent home from Rio for doping set to win London 2012 bronze despite finishing 9th
Poland’s Tomasz Zielinski will receive a bronze medal after six competitors from London tested positive.
# Feature
'One of their big worries is: how do I handle walking into the Olympic Village and seeing my heroes'
Niamh Fitzpatrick chats to The42 about working as Team Ireland’s sports psychologist.
# Looking Back
'I got very nervous when I was winning at the 2012 Olympics'
Irish sailor Annalise Murphy says she is more equipped to deal with pressurised situations now.
# success
Ireland's Natalya Coyle has officially qualified for the Rio Olympics
The 25-year-old previously competed in the London 2012 Olympics.
# Controversy
Irish Olympian hits out at Aer Lingus following flight debacle
The athlete had been travelling to a competition as part of his preparations for Rio.
# Road to redemption
Rob Heffernan set to finally receive London 2012 Olympic medal as Russian walker stripped
While Olive Loughnane finally looks set to claim gold from the Berlin World Championships.
# The Waiting Game
A decision was expected today but Rob Heffernan's wait for Olympic medal goes on
The Cork athlete is in line for a bronze medal.
# Interview
'Choosing to represent Ireland at the Olympics was a no-brainer for me'
Tori Pena chats to The42 on dual nationality, ‘cracking under pressure’ and her hopes for Rio 2016.
# Seeking redemption
'I have to get back out there and redeem myself at the Olympics'
Even this far out, Ciarán O’Lionaird has Rio on his mind.
# An Ras
'I went from just starting to ride a bike to the London Paralympics in two years'
Mullingar’s Damien Shaw talks his hopes for Rio 2016 and this year’s An Post Rás.
# Interview
Irish pentathlete Natalya Coyle on Rio 2016, the 'big' year ahead and her love of sleep
After enjoying an encouraging 2014, the Meath woman is confident of qualifying for Brazil.
# Golden Girl
Power ranking Katie Taylor's 8 most memorable victories
On the back of the Bray native’s World Championships win yesterday, we recall her greatest triumphs.
# Take a Bow
Two more Irish sailors qualify for the 2016 Olympics
Ryan Seaton and Matt McGovern booked their places in Rio earlier today.
# Star
Katie Taylor looking forward to taking part in 'big competitions' again
The Irish boxer is set to compete in the Europeans later this month.
# bally
British tennis player Elena Baltacha dies of liver cancer, aged 30
The daughter of former Ipswich Town player Sergei Baltacha won 11 singles titles during her career.
# going pro
Jason Quigley turns pro after signing up with Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy
The Donegal boxer surrendered his national title in February, sparking speculation he was to leave the amateur ranks.
# Recovery
John Joe Nevin told both his legs were broken in Mullingar attack
The boxer will be confined to a wheelchair for some time.
# Anniversary
Seán Bán Breathnach is celebrating 45 years on air, so here's a chance to revisit his classic Katie Taylor commentary
No better excuse to recall the Irish boxer’s triumph.
# Interview
'People don’t know who I am' - Irish Olympian and European bronze medalist Barry Murphy on the pitfalls of being a world-class athlete
The Dubliner tells us that €12,000 isn’t enough for sportspeople such as himself to get by on.