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Australian Sporting Highlights for 2012

The year 2012. Another successful year in sports for Australian athletes. The summer Olympic Games in London was the sporting highlight of the year. Australia had a relatively disappointing Olympic campaign, with the swimmers not winning as many gold as expected.

The golden girls for Australia at the Olympics were hurdler Sally Pearson and cyclist Anna Meares. The sailors also performed above expectations.

In Rugby league, Queensland extended its record with a seventh straight State of Origin series success. In football, Brisbane Roar beat Perth Glory in the grand final to become the first club to win back-to-back A-League titles.

In cricket, it was the year of Michael Clarke, who scored the most runs (1595) by any Australian ever in a calendar year. We also saw the retirement of Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey.

Australian Joel 'Parko' Parkinson became the world surfing champion. Although hampered by injuries, NBA player Andrew Bogut was the highest paid Australian athlete for 2012, the second year running.

The 2012 Don Award, which recognises the sporting achievement of the year which has inspired the people of Australia, was awarded to hurdler Sally Pearson.

Below is a timeline of some significant results in Australian sport for the year 2012.

Date(s) Sport Event Location Results
Jan 16-29 Tennis Australia Open Melbourne Novak Djokovic (Serbia) beat Rafael Nadal (Spain) in a record longest grand slam final of nearly 6 hrs. Victoria Azarenka beat Maria Sharapova in a one sided contest
Apr 22 Soccer A-League Grand Final Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Brisbane Roar beat Perth Glory
Jun 30-July 22 Cycling Tour de France France 2012 Defending champion Cadel Evans finished 7th
July 19–22 Golf The Open Championship Royal Lytham & St Annes won by South African Ernie Els, after a capitulation by Australian Adam Scott in in the final holes.
July 27-Aug 12 Multi Summer Olympic Games London The sailors surprised with 3 golds, and the total of 7 gold medals had us finishing 10th on the medal tally.
Sept 29 AFL Grand Final MCG, Melbourne Swans beat Hawks
Sept 30 Rugby League Grand Final ANZ stadium, Sydney Melbourne Storm beat Canterbury Bulldogs
Nov 6 Horse Racing Melbourne Cup Victoria won by Green Moon

If you have a correction or know of events that should be included here, please let me know.

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