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article imageRecord-breaking Aussies storm Commonwealth Games medal table

By Aidan Phillips     Oct 8, 2010 in Sports
Delhi - As the Delhi Commonwealth Games 2010 continues through its fifth day, Australia dominated the medals chart with 47 golds, tallying 98 medals altogether as they currently dominate the quarto-annual competition.
At the time of writing (6.00pm, October 8th), Australia lead the 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medals table by more than double their closest opponent, the hosts themselves India, whom currently hold 20 with England close behind in third place with 18. With such an impressive start to this year's Games, the representing Australian team have not only been prosperous on the medals chart but have also managed to break a few records along the way, re-writing the tournament's history books.
Over four days of intense track cycling events, they've managed to clean up 12 out of a possible 14 golds, with records broken in five events, namely the Men's Individual and Team Pursuit, the 500m and 1000m Time Trials and the Men's Team Sprint, overshadowing their previous achievement of 8 golds at the Manchester 2002 Games. With additional successes such as in the Men's Parasports 100m and the Women's 100m Butterfly, it appears that Australia are this year's team to beat.
That's not to say that they're the only competitors performing well in Delhi however, as, despite being miles behind on the gold medals table with only 18, England are closing in on them in the overall medals tally with an admirable 70 so far. Taking first prize in such events as the Women's Parasports 100m and the 800m Freestyle Swimming, thanks to the double gold Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington, England lead the silver medal table almost as much as Australia dominate the gold with 35 medals, 11 more than their closest competitor. India too are enjoying prosperity, as they currently hold onto second place, with golds in events such as the Women's 55kg Freestyle Wrestling as well as a historical first time podium position in the Artistic Gymnastics, where athlete Asish Kumar picked up bronze. Canada trail closely behind both in fourth place, with dominance in the Synchronized Swimming and Women's Wrestling events securing their position as worthy contenders for a top three finish.
However, it cannot be disputed that so far this has been Australia's year, a phrase used often throughout the history of these Games for the country whom hold both records for the most gold medals and most medals overall won at a tournament, in 1984 and 2002. Coming a long way from the 1938 team, whom were composed of farmers kitted out in a Sydney Department Store, the nation can this year boast the largest contingent of athletes and officials they have ever sent, with 600 members making up the current tournament leaders.
And so, with so many events yet to be played and finished, it seems that we have not seen the last of Australia's medal haul just yet; and deservedly so. For even when they do underperform, and not make it to the podium, they still bow out as good sports, such as 76kg Women's Freestyle Wrestler Emma Chamber who, after losing to her Canadian opponent without scoring a single point, simply stated - "It's the first time I have wrestled a Canadian. It was fun. Painful but fun."
Such is the attitude that makes this team worthy of their early success.
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