Thursday, October 14, 2010

Commonwealth Games 2010 Week 2 and Wrap up

Delhi The Aussie Team have been absolutely brilliant at these Commonwealth Games. Many triumphs were witnessed.

One of these stories include Geoff Huegill’s gold medal win! His road to these Commonwealth Games is truly inspirational He retired from swimming in 2004, he gained some weight and lost his athletic physique. In 2008 he announced that he will return to competitive swimming so he worked diligently to lose the excess weight and trained to be an elite athlete again. To compete at this year’s game at the age of 31, he is considered quite the veteran in the sport. Maybe this win will make him eye the 2012 Olympics in London.

Another golden story from this year’s game is Sally Pearson’s. She got the fairytale ending that she deserved, winning the gold medal in the 100m hurdles event. Last week she won the gold medal in the 100m sprint event but after protest from the English team, she was disqualified of her medal due to a false start. What a nightmare for Sally to go through. It’s truly admirable that she overcame all that and was able to focus on her 100m hurdles event win the top prize.

Following the Commonwealth games was really exciting because Australia won gold medals everyday. Absolutely incredible! One of my favourite events is the Rhythmic Gymnastics and it was awesome to see that Australia won gold medals in this event at these games. That win reminded me of the Canadian Commonwealth Games in 1994 when Australia’s Kasumi Takahashi won an incredible 5 gold medals in the different Rhythmic Gymnastic events. She was just flawless in all her routines!

Did anyone stay up last night to watch the closing ceremony? You know I tried but like the opening ceremony I fell asleep and did not catch any of the action. So this morning I had to read about the event in the news and have a look at the photos. It looked incredible especially the laser show. On the news this morning I heard that they booked the European Laser company only last Tuesday! The Laser company somehow scrambled in the short period of time to put on a great laser show for the Comm Games. Kudos to them.

The Final Medal Tally Update

1 Australia G74 S55 B48 Total: 177
2 India G38 S27 B36 Total: 101
3 England G37 S59 B46 Total: 142

Ref: The Age

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