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Australia thrash India 8-0 in Commonwealth Games Hockey Final

aussie_attack.jpgAfter beating the higher ranked England team in the semi-finals of the Men's Hockey event at the Commonwealth Games, India failed to produce another upset in the final, as they succumbed to a massive 8-0 defeat at the hands of the mighty Australians. Australia's all-round display re-affirmed their supremacy in the world of men's hockey as India struggled to compete with a significantly stronger and faster team.

Australia, coached by Ric Charlesworth, the master tactician and former India coach, attacked from the word go and put early pressure on the Indians. The host nation began to keep good possession in order to slow down the game. On the attack, India continued to rely on long passes like they did against England in the semis, but this time around, Australia's defence checked each of those passes.

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Wales finish Delhi Games with 19 Medals as Francesca Jones adds finishing touch

With a final medal haul of 19, Team Wales are preparing to return home and are already looking forward to Glasgow 2014. Francesca Jones provided the silver lining on the last day of competition when she finished second in the rhythmic gymnastics.

After finishing fourth in the individual all-around, the 19-year-old qualified for all four apparatus events. She narrowly missed out on bronze medals in the rope and in the ball when she came fourth and she finished sixth in the ribbon. But it was the hoop that gave Frankie her podium position.

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Provisional suspension for Indian athlete Rani Yadav

In accordance with the CGF Anti-Doping Standard (ADS) for the XIX Commonwealth Games, the CGF's Federation Court conducted a Provisional Hearing this afternoon to consider an adverse analytical finding resulting from a random test of Indian athlete, Ms Rani Yadav, after the women's 20 kilometre walk on October 9.

The athlete's A sample tested positive for the substance 19-Norandrosterone, a prohibited Anabolic Agent under category S1 of the WADA List of Prohibited Substances and Methods.

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Kalmadi, Fennell applaud Delhi for successful hosting of XIX Commonwealth Games

"Delhi has delivered," is how Commonwealth Games Federation President Michael Fennell summed of the successful hosting of the Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi, as he and Mr. Suresh Kalmadi, Chairman, Organising Committee, Delhi 2010, applauded all, especially the population of Delhi, for the grand success.

"The Olympic disciplines were conducted extremely well and the athletes, who are the most important people for the Commonwealth Games, are satisfied with the way things have turned out," Mr. Kalmadi said. "There were apprehensions before the Games began but all aspects surrounding the athletes - the conduct of the event, the overall set-up, the Games Village, the entertainment and food - have been really enjoyed by them and they all return home with a great appreciation of India."

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47-year old Robert Weale wins Wales' 2nd Gold medal at Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games

Bowler Robert Weale today scooped Team Wales' second gold of the Games when he triumphed in the singles. He now takes the nation's medal tally up to 18: "It's an absolutely fantastic moment for me. Obviously you dream of winning gold but I've had a couple of goes at it now in the singles and it's third time lucky for me. I've had bronze in 2002, silver in 2006 and now gold. This is the icing on the cake - I am over the moon."

Weale has already tasted Commonwealth gold after winning in the fours event in Edinburgh in 1986. In the same Games, he collected two silvers in the pairs. And he completed the singles hat-trick today as he secured gold to sit alongside the silver he won in Manchester in 2002 and the silver in Melbourne in 2006.

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Delhi Games provide unique apprenticeship opportunity for female Canadian coaches

Along with celebrating top athletic achievement, the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games have been an extraordinary growth experience for two of Canada's most promising female coaches. Table Tennis coach, Junya Chen (Mississauga, ON), and Athletics coach, Christine Laverty (Calgary, AB), have been working with their respective national teams in Delhi through a partnership between Commonwealth Games Canada and the Coaching Association of Canada's Women in Coaching Program.

"The joint initiative was designed to enhance support, coaching and professional development opportunities for up-and-coming female coaches working toward the Commonwealth Games," says Sheilagh Croxon, consultant for the Women in Coaching Program with the Coaching Association of Canada. "This is a great partnership that has enabled national sport organizations to work together to benefit the development of women coaches in the Canadian sport system."

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Jennifer Abel caps great Commonwealth Games for Canadian divers with Silver

The future of Canadian diving appears to be in secure hands with Jennifer Abel of Laval, Que. Abel, 19, collected her third medal Wednesday at the Commonwealth Games earning the silver on women's three-metre springboard. Sharleen Stratton of Australia won the gold medal with 376.00 points, Abel followed at 338.55 and Jaele Patrick of Australia was third at 326.16. Abel, an Olympic team member in 2008, also won gold this week on one-metre and three-metre synchro with Emilie Heymans of St-Lambert, Que.

"I did a great performance, I couldn't ask for much more," said Abel. "I made a mistake on the fourth dive, but I was able to turn the page and finish strong. This was my first Commonwealth Games and I didn't expect to win so many medals. It shows I'm on the right track for the Olympics."

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