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Hockey heroes

Alyson Annan - Australia   Alyson Annan - Australia
Kuala Lumpur 1998
 

Alyson Annan is known as the sharpest shooter in women's hockey, and regarded by many as the best player in the world.

Australian Annan forced her way into the history books during the Kuala Lumpur games when she became Australia's highest ever goal scorer with 110 goals. This achievement helped to shoot her and her sport onto the front pages back home and from then on she has become the focal point of just about any Australian hockey story.

 
Dhanraj Pillai - India   Dhanraj Pillai - India
Kuala Lumpur 1998
 

One of India's most celebrated hockey stars, Dhanraj led his team to fourth spot in the Kuala Lumpur games scoring five goals in the process. He has been described as his country's "pride and joy" after leading India to their first hockey gold for 32 years in the Asiad.

Pillaj has been a mainstay of the Indian team for over 10 years and was recently awarded the Rajiv Ghandi Khel Ratna, which is one of the highest accolades given to sportsmen in his country.

 
Balbir Singh Sr - India   Balbir Singh Sr - India
Never competed
 

One of the greatest hockey players of all time was Balbir Singh Sr. With Hockey first appearing at the Games in 1998, Singh never had the opportunity to grace the Commonwealth field, but he was the mainstay of the dominant Indian men's hockey team that won three Olympic gold medals in 1948, 1952 and 1956.

Few players could claim to hold a candle to the centre forward who seemed to be able to score goals at will. After he completed his playing days, Balbir Singh Sr furthered his success by becoming one of India's greatest ever team managers. A true great of the sport.

 
Suhaimi Ibrahim - Malaysia   Suhaimi Ibrahim - Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur 1998
 

Suhaimi Ibrahim was the youngest Malaysian hockey player at the Kuala Lumpur competition at the age of just 18 but has now matured into one of the stars of the modern game. His international strike partnership with Mirnawan Nawawi is seen by many as the most dangerous in the world, and only a surprise result or a solid defence will keep the Malays off the medal podium.

Ibrahim already possesses a silver medal from his last Commonwealth exploits and he'll certainly be looking to improve on that when hockey makes its second appearance at the Games in 2002.

 
Mirnawan Nawawi - Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur 1998

Current Malaysian captain Mirnawan Mawawi is known as the "dribble king" of Malaysia and currently plays in the same team (Bank Simpanan National) as Indian superstar Dhanraj Pillai, giving them one of the potent strike forces in the world.

Mawawi was in the Malaysian side that picked up the silver medal in Kuala Lumpur, after their surprising defeat by the Australian in the final. Always a threat up front with fellow countryman Suhaimi Ibrahim, the Malaysians could well be among the medals in Manchester once again.

 
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