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The legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games will be a grey area for years to come. Daniel0685/Flickr

The Glasgow games are over but the legacy debate continues

The 20th Commonwealth Games have come and gone. Glasgow has demonstrated that it can successfully deliver a large-scale, global, multi-sport and cultural event. It can fill the stadia, shuttle people around…
Gold for Michael Shelley, the first non-African winner of the Commonwealth men’s marathon title for 20 years. Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Going for gold: Australian success stories at the Glasgow Games

After 11 days of competition, the 2014 Commonwealth Games have wound up, with 35 countries sharing 1,385 medals in 261 medal events. It was also the first time since 1986 Australia didn’t finish top of…
An Aussie handover wouldn’t be complete without ‘our Kylie’. Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Kitsch and Kylie – but one surprise at the Glasgow closing ceremony

I hope you didn’t sleep through or otherwise avoid the closing ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, especially its Gold Coast 2018 handover component. If so, you surely missed a production…
Famous for its golden sandy beaches and almost year round sunshine, Australia’s Gold Coast will host the next Commonwealth Games. AAP Image/Dan Peled

From Glasgow to the Gold Coast: what to expect in 2018

It’s hard to think of any two Commonwealth Games host cities more different than Glasgow and the Gold Coast in faraway Australia, home to the 2018 Games. But as our small university delegation discovered…
Record breaking. EPA/Christophe Karaba

Can a human ever run 100m under nine seconds?

It is never easy to run 100m in less than ten seconds, as the recent Commonwealth Games demonstrated. However, as the world record stands at 9.58 seconds, the attention in recent years has turned to whether…
Sally Pearson acknowledges the crowd after winning the women’s 100 metres at the Perth Track Classic earlier this year. AAP/Theron Kirkman

Trust is a must for coaches and athletes – just ask Sally Pearson

Long-running tension between Australian athletics team captain Sally Pearson and head coach Eric Hollingsworth has boiled over after the coach was suspended for publicly criticising the Olympic gold medallist…
Scottish mountain biker Rab Wardell at the official opening of the Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails, Glasgow. Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Common ground: how mountain biking will leave a lasting legacy

Mountain bikers took to trails around Glasgow yesterday, with men’s and women’s cross-country races run at the new purpose-built Cathkin Braes Country Park. There’s more to the event than steep slopes…
Hockeyroo Edwina Bone is tackled by Scotland’s Linda Clement on day four of the Glasgow Games. EMPICS Sport

Perfect pitch: how Australian hockey took the world by storm

With the Commonwealth Games underway, it’s time to take a look at a sport with a long and successful history in Australia – field hockey. Both the Australian men and women’s teams have gone to Glasgow…
Despite the slightly shallower (and slower) Tollcross pool, Australia’s Daniel Fox set a world record in the Men’s 200m Freestyle S14 heat. Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Why swimming records stand, even with a broken pool floor

You may have seen some controversy regarding water depth in the Tollcross International Swimming Centre being used for competition at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. The pool has a movable floor that allows…
Jamaica’s Yohan Blake – a dual silver Olympic medallist – injured himself in the lead-up to the Glasgow Games. Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Strained from over-training? Sensors can help prevent injury

As the 2014 Commonwealth Games began in Glasgow last week, a number of potential medal winners could only watch the events unfold as they were sidelined by injuries incurred at training. Aussie track star…
The 2014 Commonwealth Games celebrates the old British Empire, yet the host country is considering independence. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A Scottish spectacle of sport and politics: the view from Australia

Sport mega events such as the Commonwealth Games are routinely described as global spectacles, but they always focus intensively on one part of the globe for a short period. For the hosts, this is the…
Medals for para-sport events in the Commonwealth Games, such as para-cycling tandem sprint, count towards national medal tallies. Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Integration not segregation: para-sports at the Glasgow Games

Australian athletes at the Commonwealth Games won a stack of medals over the weekend, bringing the nation to the top of the medal tally. Of the Aussie medal winners, para-swimmer Daniel Fox took gold in…
One star you won’t be seeing perform in Glasgow. John Walton/PA

Why isn’t tennis part of the Commonwealth Games?

Among those of us that follow the internal workings of the Commonwealth Games, eyebrows were raised when tennis was not included in the list of sports for Glasgow 2014. Scotland has of course got great…
He’s only 28 years old, but Eamon Sullivan has hung up his goggles. EPA/Julian Abram Wainwright

How athletes such as Eamon Sullivan cope with retirement

As the Commonwealth Games enters its last days, Australian sprinter John Steffenson announced he’s hanging up the spikes after the tournament is over, and diver Matthew Mitcham hinted at retiring too…
John Barrowman and Karen Dunbar and their complementary tailoring. Martin Rickett/PA

Was the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony any good?

From John Barrowman’s Scottish accent to Susan Boyle’s nervous take of Mull of Kintyre to the cheered tribute to Nelson Mandela, the Commonwealth Games gave us an opening ceremony to remember. And that’s…

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