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cartoon of kit on podium Records are smashed as athletes get better and faster all the time…

Who’s the highest jumper? Who’s the fastest swimmer?
Which athlete has won the most medals of all time at the Commonwealth Games?

Find out about these and other exciting records in this part of my website.

Keep an eye out for new records broken at this summer’s Commonwealth Games!
  Daley Thompson
Daley Thompson - England
Edmonton 1978, Brisbane 1982, Edinburgh 1986

Born in Nottting Hill in 1958, Daley Thompson is one of the most successful all-round athletes ever. His first Decathlon win in Wales in 1975, was the first of many great victories. Just three years later he won his first Commonwealth gold.

The nation was glued to their TV sets as Thompson increased his collection of gold medals at the 1982 and 1986 Commonwealth Games, as well as the 1980 and 1984 Olympic Games where he scored a world record of 8847 points. Winning the world Decathlon Championship gold in 1983 adds to the amazing career of a true Champion.
 
       
  Cathy Freeman Cathy Freeman - Australia
Victoria 1994

In 1994 Cathy Freeman became the first Aboriginal sprinter to win a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games and the first athlete in Commonwealth history to win golds in both the 200m and 400m events. She caused a stir after the races too by carrying the Aboriginal flag as well as the Australian one in a victory lap.

Her sporting exploits have touched the heart of her nation, so much so that she was chosen to light the Olympic flame in Sydney. She’s was also voted Young Australian of the Year 1990, and Australian of the Year 1998.
 
       
  Allan Wells Allan Wells - Scotland
Edmonton 1978, Brisbane 1982

Allan Wells has won 3 Commonwealth medals, but surprisingly that’s not what he’s most famous for. In a strange incident in the 200m final, he was jointly awarded gold along with the Englishman Mike McFarlane, after the computers registered both their times as 20.43 seconds. Wells also won gold at the 100m in Moscow, making him one of the most successful Scottish athletes ever.
 
       
  Shane Kelly Shane Kelly - Australia
Victoria 1994, Kuala Lumpur 1998

One of Australia’s most successful track cyclists, Shane Kelly picked up gold medals in the last 2 Commonwealth Games. However, the former world champion will be remembered for a mistake at the 1996 Olympics when, speeding his way to a landslide victory, his foot slipped out of the pedal, leaving his dreams in tatters.
 
       
  Lennox Lewis Lennox Lewis - Canada
Edinburgh – 1986

Back in 1986 an unknown super-heavyweight fighting in the colours of Canada, stepped into the ring. Lennox Claudius Lewis, born in West Ham, England blasted his way to Commonwealth gold under the banner of the maple leaf. Two years after his Falkirk Commonwealth success, he was collecting gold at the Seoul Olympics.

After turning pro, and switching his loyalty to the country of his birth, Lennox became the first boxer to win both world heavyweight titles since Iron Mike Tyson 10 years before him.
 
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