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What happened on 20 March

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Yujia Li of Singapore is a picture of concentration as her partner Hendri Saputra watches.
The men and women of the Mixed Teams vie for bronze (New Zealand, India), silver and gold (England, Malaysia).
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A total of 39 gold medals will be decided in day five of competition at the Games.

Eleven of the 39 gold will be won in the pool. The Australian Swimming captain, Giaan Rooney, is vying for her first gold medal of the meet in the Women’s 50m Backstroke final, which she qualified for in Games record time.

The Athletics competition is headlined by the glamour events of the Games being decided in the Men’s, Women’s and EAD 100m finals. Australian hopes for a medal on the track on day four will be pinned on middle-distance superstar Craig Mottram in the Men’s 5,000m.

The Race Walks get underway at Docklands, whilst preliminary Basketball matches continue at regional venues.

The mixed team events in the Badminton competition is set for a dramatic climax with England and Malaysia playing-off for gold in the evening session.

Gold medals also will be decided in Lawn Bowls, Shooting, Squash, Table Tennis and Weightlifting.

The most action packed day of the Games so far!

20 March 2006 Day 5 highlights

Games brings record visitor numbers
20 Mar 06 16:03
Early indications suggest Melbourne is on track to receive 90,000 visitors from overseas and interstate. The boosted visitor numbers are expected to inject an estimated $270 million into the State’s economy.

Records expected for waterfront Walk

20 Mar 06 06:06
Melbourne’s newest precinct will be buzzing on day five of the Games as Australians Jane Saville and Nathan Deakes go for gold in the 20km Race Walks, a free event.

Track Cycling golden moments
20 Mar 06 08:34
After four nights of racing at the velodrome, Australia has topped the medal tally by claiming seven of the 12 gold medals on offer.


Gold Medal Tally Gold medal performances


Scotland's brave performance

20 Mar 06 19:23
Scotland put up a fight in the pool with the women adding gold and bronze to their collection.

Mixed bag of pool medals
20 Mar 06 19:11
Papua New Guinea has won its first gold medal, with a win in the pool.

Jamaica doubles up on gold
20 Mar 06 23:36
Jamaica has won gold in the prestigious men’s and women’s 100 metres finals at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

Kenya's golden Games record
20 Mar 06 22:33
Kenya’s 19 year old Augustine Choge has set a new Commonwealth Games record in the Men’s 5000m final.

Games record hammered
20 Mar 06 21:46
Australia’s Brooke Krueger has set a Commonwealth Games record to win the gold medal in the Women’s Hammer Throw final.

Nigeria claims Shot Put double
20 Mar 06 14:57
Nigeria has claimed gold and silver in the Final of the Women's Seated Shot Put, as Njideka Iyiazi took gold and team-mate Virginia Ohagwu won silver.

Deakes smashes own Games record
20 Mar 06 13:48
Defending champion Nathan Deakes smashed four and a half minutes off his Games record, to win the Men's 20km Walk.

Australia sweeps Walk medals
20 Mar 06 12:26
Australian Jane Saville has won her third consecutive Commonwealth Games gold medal in the 20km Walk – in another medal trifecta for Australia.

Strong arms of the floor
20 Mar 06 21:35
Despite incurring a deduction, Canada has grabbed the gold in the Men's Artistic, with England stepping out for the Women.

India hits the bullseye
20 Mar 06 16:00
Competition is on fire in the disciplines of Shooting. Spectators have been treated to a day of skill dominated by India.

Aussie girls' golden Skeet
20 Mar 06 14:08
Australia’s Lauryn Mark and Natalia Rahman have won gold in the Women’s Skeet Pairs ahead Cyprus and England.

Family gold, silver in Squash
20 Mar 06 21:08
Australia’s Natalie Grinham triumphed in the battle of the “Squash Sisters” when she defeated her sister Rachael to win gold in the Women’s Singles Squash final.

India and Singapore share honours
20 Mar 06 19:18
In a tense five match struggle, India overcame Singapore to win the gold medal in the Men’s Table Tennis Teams final while Singapore easily accounted for Australia in the Women’s Table Tennis Teams final.

Canada snatches gold
20 Mar 06 18:30
Canada’s Jeane Lassen has snatched gold in the Women’s 69kg Weightlifting and set a new Games record in her first Commonwealth Games.


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