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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

2006 Commonwealth Games


The Games are over.

The medal tally, for the Commonwealth Games held over 11 days in Melbourne,
there were 40 nations who won medals, some, like Kenya and Nigeria simply
dominate in certain events, (distance running) others, who fielded very small
teams were ecstatic when they won or were placed in their events.

While Australia had the largest team, the domination was more than had been
expected, our lady swimmers were superb, (the men did not fare at all well
with only 1 gold, part of the reason for this was because Ian Thorpe had to
withdraw for health reasons) the cyclists and divers also were above
expectations.

As has been the case when we have staged any major sporting event these
Games were rated as the best ever, (as was the case at the conclusion of
the Sydney Olympics in 2000)

Melbourne managed to turn on perfect weather, (this is not something that
Melbourne is known for!!) the volunteers who pitched in to assist with every
detail were superb, the venues were all turned out to perfection, the crowds
were both large and well behaved, the atmosphere between the athletes was
excellent as were their performances.

You just might be able to detect the sound of a very proud Australian here
if you look and listen closely.

Country

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

1

Australia

84

69

68

221

2

England

36

40

34

110

3

Canada

26

29

31

86

4

India

22

17

11

50

5

South Africa

12

13

13

38

6

Scotland

11

7

11

29

7

Jamaica

10

4

8

22

8

Malaysia

7

12

10

29

9

New Zealand

6

12

13

31

10

Kenya

6

5

7

18

11

Singapore

5

6

7

18

12

Nigeria

4

6

7

17

13

Wales

3

5

11

19

14

Cyprus

3

1

2

6

15

Ghana

2

0

1

3

16

Uganda

2

0

1

3

17

Pakistan

1

3

1

5

18

Gambia

1

1

0

2

19

Papua New Guinea

1

1

0

2

20

Isle of Man

1

0

1

2

21

Tanzia

1

0

1

2

22

Nambia

1

0

1

2

23

Sri Lanka

1

0

0

1

24

Mauritius

0

3

0

3

25

Northern Ireland

0

2

0

2

26

Bahamas

0

2

0

2

27

Cameroon

0

1

2

3

28

Botswana

0

1

1

2

29

Malta

0

1

1

2

30

Nauru

0

1

1

2

31

Bangladesh

0

1

0

1

32

Lesotho

0

1

0

1

33

Grenada

0

1

0

1

34

Seychelles

0

0

2

2

35

Barbados

0

0

1

1

36

Samoa

0

0

1

1

37

swaziland

0

0

1

1

38

Mozambique

0

0

1

1

39

Fiji

0

0

1

1

40

British Virgin Isles

0

0

1

1

12 comments:

Karen said...

Wow, congrats to Australia! You have a right to be very proud! :-)

Have a great day!

StringMan said...

Bravo to our Aussie friends. Dominance indeed. I'm surprised at the fall off from England to Canada.

Cliff Morrow said...

You're like a proud Daddy.

Marcus said...

Almost sounds like you were there!

Talking of being there, can we expect an on the spot report from Pro Hart's state funeral? You did such a good job on Sir Joh's!
A quick trip down to Broken Hill by Tuesday should be do-able!

I was amazed to learn today that none of his works hang in the National Gallery! That needs to be rectified.

Davo said...

Vale "Pro" Hart. and we also scored 12 people from Sierra Leone in the...Commonwealth Games tally.

bornfool said...

Nice showing by the Aussies!

Merle said...

Hi Peter ~~ A good summary of the games. They were great viewing.
As well as Thorpey being out, so too was
Grant Hackett. Left the men a bit on the outer. Always next time in India.
Cheers, Merle.

LZ Blogger said...

Peter ~ Ever since we had that Party in our Boston Harbor, we just don't get invited to these games anymore! Congratulations though! ~ jb///

kenju said...

Looks like everyone who participated got at least 1 medal; Australia did it up right!

Jamie Dawn said...

Too bad the Thorpido had to pull out.
He's a great swimmer!

personal update:
Our weekend was a whirlwind. The 50th anniversary dinner party was wonderful, and Courtney's media presentation made everyone cry. It was a lot of work for all of us, but it was worth it.
Courtney had her sinus surgery on Monday morning, and she is doing well. She's got a drippy, bloody nose, but her pain is not bad. She will be fully recovered in about a week.

Hale McKay said...

Your countrymen were impressive. Quite a gap between Australia and England, one more than double. That must have felt pretty good for everyone down under.

Lyn said...

Hi Dad..I see by the tally that every country at least achieved a medal..Thats a good thing.