The True Significance of Modern Athletics in Commonwealth Games

 August 7, 2014   R K Gupta

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In a huge shift of focus in past several years, there has been an increasing number of top athletes from the Caribbean and several erstwhile British colonies of African continent. Time was when US and Europe dominated athletics but when men and women from the Caribbean, East, West, North, Central and Southern Africa enrolled into […]

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India’s Relatively Poor Show in 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow

 August 5, 2014   R K Gupta

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In contrast to the last three Commonwealth Games at Manchester (2002), Melbourne (2006), and New-Delhi (2010), India’s 15 gold medal haul reflects a rather poor performance. Despite fielding a 215 member strong contingent with participation in all events except Netball, Rugby Sevens and Triathlon, overall performance fell short of expectations. Regardless, there were at least […]

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runner Jo Pavey

Pavey belies her 40 years by winning Commonwealth 5,000 metres bronze medal

 August 3, 2014   John Welsh

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Usain Bolt may have captured the headlines by anchoring the Jamaican team to win the 4×100 metres relay gold medal on the final day of track and field athletics competition at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, but on the same evening, it was a veteran 40 year old athlete who proved that age and experience can […]

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Rudisha beaten in Commonwealth

Rudisha beaten in Commonwealth final as Amos sprints to gold

 August 1, 2014   John Welsh

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When David Rudisha won the 800 metres gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics, he not only set a new World record for the distance but it was described as possibly the best athletic performance of the entire games. Since then, he has been beset by injuries and at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games 800 […]

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Laura Weightman

Weightman joy at 1500 metres silver medal demonstrates importance of Commonwealth Games

 July 31, 2014   John Welsh

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In recent days, there has been much discussion concerning the relative value of the athletics programme in the 2014 British Commonwealth Games with the absence of Mo Farah, Usain Bolt and Christine Ohuruogu among others from their respective individual events. It is true that the current Glasgow games do not share the same prestige as […]

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Michael Shelley

Shelley overcomes African challenge to win 2014 Commonwealth Games marathon

 July 28, 2014   John Welsh

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In winning the 2014 British Commonwealth Games men’s marathon in Glasgow, Australian Michael Shelley proved that the African domination at the distance is not insurmountable and the mere presence of athletes from the that continent should not spread fear into the remainder of a competitive field. For too long now, African athletes have tended to […]

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