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What happened on 24 March

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Wen Chean Lim of Malaysia.
View the Gymnasts bend and twist their bodies in the physically and stylistically demanding competition of Rhythmic Gymnastics.
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There's just three days left of competition and it's a big day at sporting venues around Melbourne and regional Victoria with 21 gold medals to be distributed in 12 sports.

The first big Athletics event today will be the Men's 50km Walk at Docklands precinct, featuring Games record holder Nathan Deakes of Australia (who dazzled with gold after Monday's 20km Walk) and compatriots Duane Cousins and Chris Erickson fighting it out with the other Manchester medallists, Craig Barrett of New Zealand and Canada's Tim Berrett. The event is free to watch so there are bound to be thousands of supporters soaking up the atmosphere around Melbourne's newest precinct.

The MCG will light up tonight with Finals in Women's 100m Hurdles, Men's 3000m Steeplechase, Women's 800m, 800m EAD (T54), and 5000m on the track, and Men's Hammer Throw and Pole Vault and Women's Long Jump. The first of the Relays (4x100m and 4x400m) will add to the excitement and an MCG packed to capacity with cheering sports fans is an experience not to be missed.

There are also Finals in the Diving pool for Men's 10m Synchronised Platform and Women's 1m Springboard, with Australia and Canada the teams tipped for medals.

Men's Basketball reaches its thrilling conclusion tonight with England playing off Nigeria for bronze and an aggressive New Zealand side tussling it out with the home crowd favourites, the Australian Boomers, for gold.

Rythmic Gymnastics takes centre stage at the Rod Laver Arena with 11 teams competing in the Women's Team Finals. Will the Canadians prove too strong for the Manchester gold and silver medal winners of Australia and England, or can competitive teams from Malaysia and South Africa cause an upset?

There are more medals to be awarded at the Lawn Bowls in both Men's and Women's Singles, and Shooting sees medal contenders battle it out in the Women's Skeet Singles Finals, Men's 25m Centre File Pistol Singles and 50m Rifle 3 Positions Singles Final. Men's Skeet also gets underway.

The Women's duos will battle it out on the Squash court, and there are Singles and Doubles events in Badminton and Table Tennis. The Mixed Doubles medals will be fought out tonight in Table Tennis.

The Melbourne Exhibition Centre sees the last of the Weighlifting, with the inspirational Men's Open EAD Powerlifting Final a sell-out event.

Classification games continue in both Men's Hockey and Netball, with some great face-offs scheduled.

24 March 2006 Day 9 highlights

Mascots go head to head
24 Mar 06 13:38
In a day of hijinks and high-spirits at the Athlete's Village, Melbourne's Games mascot Karak took on the other resident team mascots.

Volunteers to receive medals
24 Mar 06 14:02
The Games volunteers and workforce will be awarded commemorative medals as a tribute to their hard work during the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Keeping it in the family
24 Mar 06 15:10
During the Games there have been a number of competitors who are family members such as sisters, brothers, husbands and wives or even father and son. We've identified a number of the Melbourne 2006 athlete families.

Gold Medal Tally Gold medal performances

Spectacular duels of high dive duos
24 Mar 06 23:49
Australia's Matthew Helm and Robert Newbery have won gold in the first of the three Synchronised Diving Finals today.

Hartley springs to Diving gold
24 Mar 06 21:01
The Women’s 1m Springboard Final has seen Canadian Blyth Hartley triumph, with a total of 644.65 points from the final and preliminary rounds.

Ochichi's 5000m triumph
25 Mar 06 00:28
Isabella Ochichi of Kenya has delivered a magnificent run to win the Women’s 5000m Final, crossing the line ahead of England’s Joanne Pavey.

Hooker's victory vault
24 Mar 06 22:32
The Men’s Pole Vault has been won by Australian Steve Hooker, with a Games Record vault of 5.80m.

Golden jump into record books
24 Mar 06 21:53
Australians have leapt to gold and silver in the Women’s Long Jump, with Bronwyn Thompson jumping to a Games Record.

Kenya's Steeplechase clean-sweep
24 Mar 06 21:35
A Kenyan medal haul in the Men’s 3,000m Steeplechase has seen Ezekiel Kemboi Yano taking first place ahead of Wesley Kiprotich Koech and Reuben Kosgri Seroney.

Jepkosgei in 800m boil-over
24 Mar 06 21:14
In a major upset, Mozambique’s four-time World Champion Maria Mutola has been pushed into third place in the Women’s 800m Final.

Canada's record-breaking run
24 Mar 06 20:28
Canada’s Chantal Petitclerc has smashed her Manchester Games Record to win the gold medal in the Women’s 800m T54 Final.

Hammer time for Aussie
24 Mar 06 20:26
Australia’s Stuart Rendell has won the Men’s Hammer Throw in a Games Record-breaking distance of 77.53m.

Foster-Hylton Hurdles to gold
24 Mar 06 19:29
Jamaica’s Brigitte Foster-Hylton has won a dramatic Final of the Women’s 100m Hurdles at the MCG.

Golden walk around Docklands
24 Mar 06 12:48
Australia's Nathan Deakes defended his Commonwealth Games Record in the Men’s 50km Walk with a record breaking performance.

Boomers win gold thriller
24 Mar 06 22:38
In true trans-Tasman rivalry, the gold medal play-off in the Men’s Basketball between Australia and New Zealand went right down to the wire, with Australia taking the top honours.

Getting into the Rhythm
24 Mar 06 21:07
Canada has won the first gold in Rhythmic Gymnastics, taking a strong lead in the competition.

Kerkow seizes remaining Bowls medal
24 Mar 06 21:04
Australian Kelvin Kerkow has defeated Robert Weale of Wales in the final of the Men's Singles Lawn Bowls, at the State Lawn Bowls Centre.

Malaysia claims Women's Singles
24 Mar 06 19:44
Malaysia's Siti Zalina Ahmad has claimed gold in the Women’s Singles on the final day of Lawn Bowls competition, defeating Elizabeth Morgan of Wales in the final.

The right position for success
24 Mar 06 16:09
Another great day for the Indian shooting team as Gagan Narang wins gold in the Men’s 50 Rifle 3 Positions after setting a new Commonwealth record.

Powerlifting podium finish for Nigeria
24 Mar 06 19:15
In Weightlifting’s final night, the Elite Athletes with a Disability (EAD) bench-pressed for medals in the Powerlifting competition, with Ruel Ishaku of Nigeria taking gold.

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