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Iconic Commonwealth Games Moments

With the Commonwealth Games in full swing, we’ve decided to have a look at the most remarkable moments the games has ever seen.

Cathy Freeman (1994)

The British Columbia Commonwealth Games in 1994 was when Cathy Freeman really showed her spirit. She took home gold in both the 200m and 400m and also scored a silver in the 4x100m relay. What was even more amazing was her celebrations after winning, draped in both the Australian and Aboriginal flag. It caused so much controversy in Australia, that Prime Minister Paul Keating even responded to the matter. Despite the celebration being banned after her 400m win, Freeman again used the Aboriginal flag after winning the 200m, a stance that strongly conveyed her strong views on her heritage.

Andrew Lloyd (1990)

Australian long-distance runner Andrew Lloyd went to the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland. There were suggestions of the pressure of big races getting to him previously hampering his performances. But to everyone’s amazement in the 5000m, Lloyd stormed home late upsetting Olympic Champion John Ngugi from Kenya. Lloyd produced a monumental effort in the last 100m to reel in Ngugi and move clear over the concluding stages creating a memorable finish and overcoming his doubters.

Roger Bannister and John Landy Miracle Mile (1954)

In 1954 Roger Bannister and John Landy (AUS) became the first men in the world to break the four-minute mark in the mile. There was plenty of excitement surrounding the race and it certainly lived up to it, with Bannister overtaking Landy on the final stretch and both men running sub four-minute miles. The most memorable moment from the remarkable race was when Landy turned to his inside to check where Bannister was, only for his rival to make the winning move on his outside at the very same time. This was a truly a great Commonwealth Games moment and will go down in sporting history.

Jade Jones (2018)

Para triathlete Jade Jones couldn’t swim 18 months before the Commonwealth Games in Sydney, but that didn’t stop the Englishwoman becoming the first women’s Para Triathlon champion in Commonwealth Games history. Jones competed in the London and Rio Paralympics and Glasgow Games as a wheelchair racer, but decided to take up para triathlon after watching the Olympic event in Rio. There was only one problem – the swim! However, Jones was unphased and went on to win bronze in the women’s T54 marathon, adding to her impressive collection.

The Most Medalled Man in Commonwealth History

Winning his first medal at just 15 years old, Ian Thorpe announced himself at the 1998 Kuala Lumpur games winning an incredible four medals. Thorpe bulked up his upper body by a further five kg to 105kg, making him the heaviest elite swimmer in history despite his coaches’ advice.  After being cited as genetics gone crazy, he went on to become the most gold medalled male athlete in Commonwealth history at the 2002 games.  As a result, he was awarded the honour of carrying the flag at the closing ceremony.

Here at sportshotels.com we have thoroughly enjoyed the Games so far and hope to see some more iconic Commonwealth Games moments.

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