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England's fastest man Mark Lewis Francis to duel with the best at the Athletics Australia Invitational.

MCG set for sprinter showdown

09 Feb 06 05:18
England’s fastest men will get a chance to warm-up against their Australian rivals in a sprint battle set to welcome the return of athletics to the MCG for the first time in 50 years.
Monette Russo will head the Australian Gymnastics team in March.

Aust gymnasts' golden ambition

09 Feb 06 04:26
Australia is looking to build on the growing success of its gymnastics team by naming a young squad for the Commonwealth Games.
The Queen is presented with the Baton at the launch of the Queen's Baton Relay.

Share your birthday with The Queen

09 Feb 06 01:40
Victorian women celebrating their 80th birthday in 2006 are being offered the unique chance to meet Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in a reception at the MCG immediately prior to the Opening Ceremony of the Games.
NZ Shot Putter Valerie Vili has been chosen for her second Commonwealth Games team

Thompson inspires NZ athletes

09 Feb 06 01:03
British Athletics great Daley Thompson has been called in to help inspire an experienced New Zealand Track and Field team.
Robert Newbery is hopeful of being selected for the Commonwealth Games Diving team.

Newbery springs towards Diving team

09 Feb 06 00:15
Husband and wife Diving combination of Robert and Chantelle Newbery have both moved closer to Commonwealth Games selection with the couple claiming victory in their respective finals at the Australian Open Diving Championships.
The St Kilda Foreshore course will be the venue for the Games Triathlon.

Canada's Triathletes to Hobart

08 Feb 06 06:36
Canada’s triathletes heading to Games will warm up with a run at the Hobart Oceania Cup Triathlon on February 19 with all of Australia’s representatives and most of the New Zealand team out on the course.
Kookaburra Brent Livermore, celebrating the gold medal in Athens, is set to represent Australia in his third Games team.

Australian Hockey teams facing tough field

08 Feb 06 06:13
Australia has named a men’s Hockey team heavy on experience, and a women’s team built around young players to make the gold medal challenge in Melbourne.
Papua New Guinea’s Dika Toua will challenge the best at the Games.

Oceania's lifters threaten records

08 Feb 06 01:34
Some of the Commonwealth’s top female weightlifters have issued a strong challenge for both their competitors and Commonwealth records in March with an intense training regime at the Oceania Weightlifting Institute in Samoa.
400m champion Jane Pittman

Aust athletics biggest team ever

07 Feb 06 06:38
Australia’s largest ever Athletics team, comprising 123 athletes in total, will head to Melbourne in March looking for Games gold on the Track and Field.
Chris Rae will be competing in the heaviest class, the 105+kg division.

Weightlifting team raises bar

07 Feb 06 06:03
On naming its team, and with strong competitors from Malaysia, India, England, Canada, Nauru and the Cook Islands, the Australian team will have it tough in Melbourne.

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Fireworks at the MCG at the closing of Melbourne 2006.
After eleven fun packed days, Melbourne 2006 is now over and all thoughts turn to the next Games - Delhi 2010. Nameste! See you in Delhi 2010! Swagatam!
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Australia flag Australia 84 69 68
England flag England 36 40 34
Canada flag Canada 26 29 31
India flag India 22 17 11
South Africa flag South Africa 12 13 13

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