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CWG: The foreign biggies



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ALICIA COUTTS (SWIMMING) Alicia Coutts was wallowing in virtual anonymity among the long list of swimming stars from Down Under but emerged as the showstopper with five gold medals. The 23-year-old Queenslander's life has been full of speedbreakers. After abdominal surgeries for an intercepted bowel in 2007 and 2009, and glandular fever in 2006 (that kept her out of the last CWG), nobody expected her to make such an impact. After years in the shadow of double Olympic champion, glamour girl Stephanie Rice, Coutts has finally made her mark. London calling? Gold medals: 100 m freestyle, 100 m butterfly, 200 m individual medley, 4x100 m freestyle relay, 4x100 medley relay.

CWG: The foreign biggies

October 16, 2010


ALICIA COUTTS (SWIMMING) Alicia Coutts was wallowing in virtual anonymity among the long list of swimming stars from Down Under but emerged as the showstopper with five gold medals. The 23-year-old Queenslander's life has been full of speedbreakers. After abdominal surgeries for an intercepted bowel in 2007 and 2009, and glandular fever in 2006 (that kept her out of the last CWG), nobody expected her to make such an impact. After years in the shadow of double Olympic champion, glamour girl Stephanie Rice, Coutts has finally made her mark. London calling? Gold medals: 100 m freestyle, 100 m butterfly, 200 m individual medley, 4x100 m freestyle relay, 4x100 medley relay.

STEVE HOOKER (POLE VAULT) He wants the Olympic gold in 2012, and is almost certain to get it. Australian Hooker was one of true stars at the Commonwealth Games and he did not disappoint. He waited for the lesser mortals to finish before taking the stage. Hooker, named by no less than Sergay Bubka himself as someone who is most likely to break the Ukranian legend's world record, was never going to be challenged in New Delhi. He has a personal best of over 6 m and this season, he has recorded a jump of 5. 95 m. The Commonwealth Games gold with an effort of 5. 50 m has come cheap for Hooker. Had there been a better competition, he might have attempted the 6 m mark again.

CWG: The foreign biggies

October 16, 2010


STEVE HOOKER (POLE VAULT) He wants the Olympic gold in 2012, and is almost certain to get it. Australian Hooker was one of true stars at the Commonwealth Games and he did not disappoint. He waited for the lesser mortals to finish before taking the stage. Hooker, named by no less than Sergay Bubka himself as someone who is most likely to break the Ukranian legend's world record, was never going to be challenged in New Delhi. He has a personal best of over 6 m and this season, he has recorded a jump of 5. 95 m. The Commonwealth Games gold with an effort of 5. 50 m has come cheap for Hooker. Had there been a better competition, he might have attempted the 6 m mark again.

NANCY LANGAT (ATHLETICS) This unassuming Kenyan woman can walk in a crowd without being recognised. However, put her on an athletics track and you have a champion. At the Commonwealth Games, she didn't really have to exert herself for the 800 m and 1500 m gold medals. The 1500 m title came in 4:05. 26s, a new Games record. However, that was a pale shadow of her season's best of 4:00. 13s. In 800 m, 2:00. 05s was good enough, as against the 1:57. 75 that she had run in Luasanne in July. She knew exactly what was required and did exactly that.

CWG: The foreign biggies

October 16, 2010


NANCY LANGAT (ATHLETICS) This unassuming Kenyan woman can walk in a crowd without being recognised. However, put her on an athletics track and you have a champion. At the Commonwealth Games, she didn't really have to exert herself for the 800 m and 1500 m gold medals. The 1500 m title came in 4:05. 26s, a new Games record. However, that was a pale shadow of her season's best of 4:00. 13s. In 800 m, 2:00. 05s was good enough, as against the 1:57. 75 that she had run in Luasanne in July. She knew exactly what was required and did exactly that.

NICOL DAVID (SQUASH) Nicol, five-time world champion and the undisputed queen of squash, was on a mission in Delhi. The Malaysian was here to capture the only missing silverware in her already overflowing trophy cabinet, which has every single title on offer in squash. The world No 1 had a very disappointing CWG in Melbourne in 2006, finishing out of the medals bracket, and she was here to make amends. And the 'Duracell Bunny' did that in such dominating fashion that her opponents didn't have time to think about what hit them. Nicol won gold in the women's singles and then, alongside partner Ong Beng Hee, went on to win bronze in the mixed doubles event to round-off a successful CWG.

CWG: The foreign biggies

October 16, 2010


NICOL DAVID (SQUASH) Nicol, five-time world champion and the undisputed queen of squash, was on a mission in Delhi. The Malaysian was here to capture the only missing silverware in her already overflowing trophy cabinet, which has every single title on offer in squash. The world No 1 had a very disappointing CWG in Melbourne in 2006, finishing out of the medals bracket, and she was here to make amends. And the 'Duracell Bunny' did that in such dominating fashion that her opponents didn't have time to think about what hit them. Nicol won gold in the women's singles and then, alongside partner Ong Beng Hee, went on to win bronze in the mixed doubles event to round-off a successful CWG.

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