5 of the most incredible sporting moments from the Commonwealth Games 2022
It still promises to deliver moments that not only unite a nation, but will be remembered for generations to come, and for the athletes competing in Birmingham at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, their performances were nothing short of extraordinary.
We have been spoiled when it comes to sports competitions lately. With the postponement of Tokyo 2020 pushing back the Olympics, it feels like yesterday that our daily routines were ruled by the calendar of events in international sporting competition. More recently we had the World Athletics Championships in Oregon, with many Aussies testing their mettle against the best in the world only to line up again a few weeks later at Birmingham for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The Australians have always sought to assert their dominance at the Commonwealth Games, but this year’s team exceeded all expectations, encapsulating a level of talent that many have considered to be the strongest in our sporting history. Made up of 351 able-bodied athletes, 76 para-athletes and eight guides, the Australian team competing in Birmingham this year is the second-largest contingent in history behind the 2018 Gold Coast representative.
Within this group were a number of names that commanded attention, giving their all in their chosen sporting endeavors with feats of endurance, strength, tactical skill and sheer courage that will forever be etched in the memory. consciousness of a nation as we seek to remember the epic. moments they have delivered to us through sports entertainment for decades to come.
As the Games quickly draw to a close the following day, here we look back at five of the most incredible moments to take place in Birmingham. Whether in the pool or on the track, our Australian athletes have once again proven that even though Australia is relatively small, it can still produce some of the greatest talent the world has ever seen.
OLLIE HOARE GOLD MEDAL GAMES RECORD PLEASE YOU!!!!!!
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In what is considered one of the greatest 1500m races of all time, Ollie Hoare stunned the crowd with a perfectly executed race that saw him knock out the world champion and break a Commonwealth Games record in the process. Evoking memories of Australian icon Herb Elliott with a final kick that saw him overtake his competitors, Hoare triumphed in the race and ended a 64-year drought to Australian success in the race.
At just 25 years old, it was a remarkable performance from Hoare who set a new Games record of 3:30.12. As commentator Bruce McAvaney explained: “This is an extraordinary moment in Australian sport. It’s one of those that we will forever etch in the history books and how lucky we are to have been here and that you watched it. The last 100 meters is the stuff of legends.
It’s 🥈 for Peter Bol! 🙌
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He carried the hopes of a nation on his shoulders and did not disappoint until the 800m final. But while many hoped Bol would walk away with gold, he won silver behind Kenya’s Wyclife Kinyamal. Yet in what was a remarkable race in which Bol attacked early and managed to hold onto second place, he proved he could handle the pressure well and never gave anything less than his best in competition.
“I felt like the favourite. I knew there was a lot of pressure, a lot of expectations,” Bol said after the race. “But at the same time, in our sport, pressure is a privilege. We know it’s there. And I was relaxed, really confident. [I] felt really strong. I thought I could really win tonight. I just missed it and can’t say more than that.
After being engulfed in a media storm around what would have been a ‘love triangle’ threatening to break up the Australian swim team thanks to Cody Simpson and Emma McKeon, Chalmers did what he did best: stay focused, put his head down and got to work. It saw the swimming champion take gold in the 100m freestyle, hitting the wall in 47.51 seconds to beat England’s Tom Dean and Scotland’s Duncan Scott.
With a finger on his lips after the race was over, Chalmers’ victory was proof not only of his greatness, but also of the fake news that had plagued his run at the Commonwealth Games. Chalmers has been outspoken at his press conferences and detailed how media reports – most of which are baseless and untruthful – can have a significant impact on a person’s mental and emotional well-being. . “It’s social to win, but unfortunately I think it’s hard to enjoy the moment when everything that happened has happened,” Chalmers said.
“It makes for a tough time. I’m grateful to be people – able to block enough to get up and win tonight. I hope this is a learning point for everyone. And I hope no one else has to go through what I went through.
Marschall produced a superb Commonwealth Games campaign to defend his gold medal in the men’s pole vault. Joining the likes of Steve Hooker – the man credited as the first Marschall to inspire the sport – he won back-to-back pole vault titles amid fierce competition, clearing 5.70m to beat the English duo by Adam Hague and Harry Coppell, who won silver and bronze respectively.
GOLD for Aaron Wilson in men’s bowls singles…
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He is known for his epic sporting celebrations, and Aaron “Disco” Wilson did not disappoint when he won a singles gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in grass ball. True to his reputation as a ‘party animal’, Wilson didn’t hold back after picking up the win, which saw him become the first turf-burner in 44 years to win back-to-back men’s singles titles. Wilson triumphed over Northern Irishman Gary Kelly 21-3 in the final, before celebrating.
“I wish I had a better platform, but that’s life,” he said after ripping off his shirt and jumping for joy during a rehearsal of his Gold Coast celebrations there. barely four years. “I was certainly quite happy with my performance. This [body] was well seasoned.