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Badminton heroes

Rashid Sidek  Malaysia   Rashid Sidek Malaysia
Auckland 1990, Victoria 1994

Two Commonwealth golds medals and an Olympic bronze for his native Malaysia never kept the Nusa Mahsuri player away from controversy as his club often found themselves at odds with the Malaysian badminton authorities and he eventually found himself out of the squad.

Keen watchers of badminton results could often be confused by the number of Sidek's knocking about as Rashid's two brothers, Razif and Jalani who all took part in the 1990 games in fact Rashid and Jalani won the men's doubles beating Razif and his partner in the final.

Helen Troke England
Brisbane 1982, Edinburgh 1986

Until early in 2001, Helen Troke had been the highest ever ranked English player in women's badminton. Her achievement of reaching Number nine in 1989 came after she had scooped consecutive gold medals in the 1982, 1986 Commonwealth Games and had become the darling of the English game.

As with Gillian Gilks in the seventies, Troke helped to popularise the sport in the eighties, providing England with much sought after medals against stiff competition.

Jo Goode - England   Jo Goode - England
Victoria 1994, Kuala Lumpur 1998

Jo picked up three golds at Kuala Lumpur in 1998 in the ladies' team gold, mixed doubles gold and ladies' doubles gold partnering Simon Archer and Donna Kellogg. These she added to two earlier golds (ladies' doubles and team gold) at the Victoria games in 1994.

Since those Commonwealth successes she has gone on to win an Olympic bronze in Sydney with Archer, becoming the first ever British players to achieve that goal.

Goode will be looking to make it a third successful Games in a row if she makes the Commonwealth Games squad for Manchester 2002.

Tan Aik Hueng - Malaysia
Kingston 1966

Tan Aik Hueng won both the men's individual and men's doubles titles (with Yew Cheng Hoe) in 1966 - the first year badminton made an appearance at the Commonwealth Games.

A formidable stroke-player Hueng held the distinction of being the only Malaysian to hold the All-England badminton title for over thirty years. In addition to his golden double Tan Aik Hueng won numerous world titles and was a member of Malaysia's Thomas Cup team.

Kelly Morgan - Wales   Kelly Morgan - Wales
Kuala Lumpur 1998

Highly rated Kelly Morgan from Wales scored a great win in Kuala Lumpur to scoop the gold medal.

Arriving in KL as the number one seed in a sport the locals adore, Kelly faced the bizarre situation of being virtually unknown back in her homeland. That didn't last for long though as she breezed through to the semi-finals without dropping a single set.

The most memorable moment of Morgan's win was her Pat Cash style celebration, clambering over seating to get to her parents who had a well-deserved beer waiting for her!

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