Commonwealth Games 2006
|Commonwealth Games 2006|
|venue||Melbourne , Australia|
|Competitions||247 in 16 sports|
|Opening ceremony||March 15, 2006|
|Closing ceremony||March 26, 2006|
The 18th Commonwealth Games took place from March 15 to 26, 2006 in the Australian city of Melbourne . It was the biggest sporting event ever held in Melbourne. It even eclipsed the 1956 Summer Olympics .
247 competitions were held in the sports of badminton , basketball , bowls , boxing , weightlifting , hockey , athletics , netball , cycling , 7-a-side rugby , shooting , swimming (including synchronized swimming and diving ), squash , table tennis , triathlon and gymnastics (incl. Rhythmic gymnastics ). 4049 athletes from 71 countries took part.
The opening ceremony took place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The first highlight was the floating in of an over 80-year-old Melbourne tram car . Numerous cultural performances followed. The invasion of the teams did not take place in alphabetical order as usual, but arranged according to regions. They were musically accompanied by the Australian band The Cat Empire . Swimmer Adam Pine took the oath of the athletes and John Landy handed the baton to Queen Elizabeth II as the last relay runner of the Queen's Baton Relay . The Queen read the message that she had put on the baton exactly one year earlier and opened the games. Finally, Delta Goodrem sang the official song Together We Are One as the Melbourne night sky lit up with fireworks .
Cycling: England celebrated a triple victory in the 4,000-meter individual pursuit; Paul Manning won ahead of Rob Hayles and Steve Cummings . Together they also won the team pursuit. After a break of 20 years, Mark Cavendish was able to win a gold medal for the Isle of Man again. The most successful track cyclist was the Australian Ryan Bayley with two gold and one bronze medal. Ten out of twelve medals in road races went to Australia.
Swimming: As expected, the Australian swimmers were in a class of their own and won 16 out of 19 possible gold medals. The most successful was Lisbeth Lenton with five wins. Leisel Jones set a new world record over 100 m breaststroke, as did the Australian individual medley relay ( Sophie Edington , Leisel Jones, Jessicah Schipper , Lisbeth Lenton). The men's races were far more even, with winners from eight different countries.
Other sports: In the women's squash singles, Australian Natalie Grinham beat her sister Rachael; the former also won mixed and, together with her sister, doubles. The Canadian Alexandra Orlando won all six competitions in rhythmic gymnastics. Athletes from India dominated the shooting competitions, making up 16 out of 40 winners.
The closing ceremony also took place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. It started with fireworks, followed by musical performances by Paul Kelly , Ben Lee , the BodyRockers and Sarah Blasko . The Commonwealth flag was hoisted to the sound of a Wurundjeri choir. Then the host of the next Commonwealth Games introduced itself, the Indian capital New Delhi . Numerous well-known Indian film stars danced typical Bollywood scenes, among them Rani Mukerji , Saif Ali Khan and Aishwarya Rai . Accompanied by Lara Dutta and Priyanka Chopra , the mascot, the tiger Sheba , walked through the stadium and greeted the spectators. Prince Edward then officially declared the Games over. The celebration ended with further musical and comedic performances ( Casey Donovan , Dame Edna Everage , John Farnham ).
The 2006 Commonwealth Games competitions were held at the following locations.
- Docklands : Go
- Melbourne Cricket Ground : athletics, opening and closing ceremonies
- Melbourne Exhibition Center : badminton, boxing and weightlifting
- Melbourne Gun Club : clay pigeon shooting
- Melbourne International Shooting Club : Shooting
- Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Center : swimming, squash and table tennis
- Hisense Arena : basketball finals, track cycling and netball finals
- Rod Laver Arena : gymnastics
- Royal Botanic Gardens : road bike race
- State Lawn Bowls Center: Bowls
- State Netball Hockey Center : Netball preliminary round and hockey
- St Kilda : Triathlon and Time Trial
- Telstra Dome : 7-a-side rugby
Outside of Melbourne
- Ballarat Minerdome, Ballarat : basketball
- Bendigo Stadium, Bendigo : basketball, shooting
- Geelong Arena, Geelong : basketball
- Lysterfield Park: mountain bike
- Traralgon Sports Stadium, Traralgon : basketball
Sports and schedule
The table below shows the schedule. The links in the first column lead to pages with detailed results. The yellow boxes show the number of decisions made on the day, and the last column shows the total number of competitions in the individual sports.
|Opening ceremony||qualification||decision||Graduation ceremony|
|Rhythmic sports gymnastics||2||4th||6th|
|Complete medal table|