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Martin delights phenomenal crowd

23 Mar 06 12:39

Australian Scott Martin has upset Canadian Jason Tunks to claim the Men's Discus gold medal, adding to the bronze he won in the Men's Shot Put.

Tunks was impressive in the earlier rounds of the competition and had been tipped to win. But to the delight of the local crowd, the popular Australian took out the gold medal with a giant final throw of 63.48 metres.

Tunks captured the silver medal with a throw of 63.07m, and Canadian Dariusz Slowick finished with bronze.

“I’m still getting goose bumps," said Slowick. "The crowd was phenomenal. It was sold out…the greatest moment of my life. I probably won’t sleep tonight.”

South Africa's Johannes Hopley finished fourth with a throw of 60.99m, while Englishman Carl Myerscough rounded out the top five with a throw of 60.64m, well below his personal best.

In other Field action, South African Anika Smith won the gold medal in the Women's High Jump after jumping 1.91m, beating her previous personal best of 1.90m.

Julie Crane of Wales won the silver medal after jumping 1.88m but was unable to clear 1.91m height.

Bronze medals were shared by to Jamaica's Karen Beautle and Angela McKee of New Zealand after they both cleared 1.83m but could not be split on a countback. Four other competitors cleared 1.83m but were ruled out of medal contention on the countback.

For more results, visit the Athletics Schedule and Results section of this Website.

- Games News Service

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