6 record breaking moments from the Commonwealth Games
With only six months to go until the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) what better time than to look back at some of the record breaking moments that have happened within the 88 years of the games' history.
- The Kuala Lumpur games in 1998 saw sprinter Ato Bolden of Trinidad and Tobago take the Commonwealth Games Men’s 100m record with a time of 9.88 seconds. Although he is now retired, Ato still holds this record. Will we see a new record breaker at the Athletics Super Final on the 9th April 2018?
- At the last Commonwealth Games (2014) in Glasgow, cyclist Joanna Roswell set a new record during qualifying before going on to win the gold medal in the Women’s 3000m Individual Pursuit by almost 4 seconds with a time of three minutes and 31.6 seconds.
- Tanzanian Filbert Bayi's is one of the longest record holders at the Commonwealth Games, setting a new World Record in 1974 during the 1500 metres of 3 minutes and 32.16 seconds. Whilst his World Record was broken by Seb Coe five years later, Bayi’s achievement still remains as a Commonwealth record.
- In 2014 the Jamaican team consisting of Jason Livermore, Kemar Bailey-Cole, Nickel Ashmeade and the 100m world record holder Usain Bolt, set a new Commonwealth Games record of 37.58 seconds, winning gold in the 4x100m men’s relay event in Glasgow.
- Having already broken the Commonwealth Games record in the heats, the women’s Australian swimming team (Cate Campbell, Bronte Campbell, Melanie Schlanger and Emma McKeon) set a new World Record of 3 minutes and 30.98 seconds at the 4 x 100m freestyle relay. The team shaved more than seven tenths of a second off the previous record held by the Netherlands.
- In 2002, para-athlete Chantal Petitclerc made the headlines for winning gold in the 800m wheelchair - the very first fully-inclusive Para-sport medal. Chantal won a total of 21 Paralympic medals, 14 of them gold, between 1992 and 2008. The number of para-sports events at the Commonwealth Games is growing year by year with 2018 set to be a record breaker as 300 para-athletes attend to take part in 38 medal events across seven sports.
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