The Commonwealth Games 2014 were held from 23rd July to 3rd August 2014 at Glasgow, Scotland. This was the 20th edition of the iconic games. 71 countries and territories around the world participated in the multi sport event, which consisted of 18 different sports.
England was the top performing country winning a total of 174 medals. Here is a short summary of the medal standings:
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Swimming saw some of the best athletes and tough competition. Did you miss the action at the event? Want to know which athletes were the top performers? Here is a list of the top multi-medalists in the 2014 Commonwealth Games:
1) Chad Le Clos:
Chad Le Clos (full name Chad Guy Bertrand le Clos) is a 22 year old swimmer from Durban, South Africa. He performed amazingly and won 7 medals including two gold medals from the 100m and 200m butterfly, silver from the 4X100m freestyle relay, and bronze from 50m butterfly, 200m individual medley, 4X200m freestyle relay and 4X100m medley relay. This record equals the one made by the legendary Ian Thorpe of winning 7 medals in the games.
Chad has been swimming in competitions since he was just ten years old. Since then, he has won many titles at World Championships, Olympics and Commonwealth Games. His hero is Michael Phelps whose record he beat in the 2012 Olympics. He quoted about Phelps, “I just kept thinking I wanted to be up there on that podium,” he said. “I wanted to be in that race with him. I wanted to give him a run for his money. I wanted to make him proud.” His autobiography titled ‘Unbelievable’ was released by Penguin books and it is co-written with Myan Subrayan. It is the story of his journey, his dedication to swimming along with the support he received from his family and friends.
2) Patricia Bezzoubenko:
Patricia Bezzoubenko is a rhythmic gymnast of Canadian origin aged 17 years. She was a star at the Commonwealth games and delivered an exemplary performance. She won 6 medals including gold medals in individual hoop, individual ball, individual clubs and team all-around in addition to a bronze medal in individual ribbon.
An extremely talented gymnast, she was born in Vancouver, Canada and lives in Russia. She holds dual citizenship of both the countries. She has been receiving her training in Moscow with top level gymnasts who are Russia’s national team members. Before the Commonwealth, she won medals at 2014 Pacific Rim Championships as well.
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3) Emma McKeon:
Australia’s Emma McKeon is an extremely talented female swimmer. She won 6 medals which consisted of gold medals in Women’s 200m Freestyle, Women’s 4 x 100m Freestyle, Women’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay, Women’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay. She also won bronze medals in Women’s 100m Freestyle and Women’s 100m Butterfly.
She was born in Wollongong, New South Wales and is 20 years old. Both her parents were excellent swimmers and Emma has followed in their footsteps! Her father enrolled her into swimming lessons as a small child and he is now an open water coach in Australia. She previously won gold, silver and bronze medals at the Youth Olympic Games in 2010 and won 2 silver medals at the FINA World Championships in 2013. Her brother David McKeon is also an accomplished swimmer. Her hero is Libby Trickett who inspires her to work harder and focus better on her sport.
4) Cameron McEvoy:
Cameron McEvoy is a 20 year old male swimmer from Australia. At the Commonwealth games he won 6 medals in all which included gold medals in Men’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay and Men’s 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay. He also won silver medals in Men’s 50m Freestyle, Men’s 100m Freestyle, Men’s 200m Freestyle and Men’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay.
Cameron was born in Gold Coast, Queensland. He began swimming at a very young age when he was just 5 years old. His father used to work as a surf lifesaver. He follows Ian Thorpe and Michael Phelps and they are his role models. He has earlier won a silver medal in the 2013 World Aquatic Championships and in 2011 at the FINA World Youth Championships he won gold medals in 50m freestyle and 100m freestyle and bronze for 200m freestyle and 8th 4x100m freestyle relay. He also won at Singapore world Cup in 2011 at the 100m freestyle event.
5) Francesca Jones:
Francesca is a very experienced rhythmic gymnast from Wales. At the 2014 Commonwealth games she won a gold medal for Individual Ribbon and silver medals for Individual Hoop, Individual Ball, Individual Clubs and Individual All-Around.
Born in Kettering, United Kingdom she is currently 23 years old. She had taken part in the Commonwealth games for three times successively and is a champion in the Welsh and British Rhythmic Gymnastics. This time she was the flag bearer for Wales at the opening ceremony event at the games. She also won the David Dixon Award. She was awarded a silver medal in the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
The Commonwealth Games this year was a fantastic sporting event with a lot of brilliant accomplishments by the sportspersons. Apart from the above mentioned players, other brilliant players in the games were Siobhan O’Connor winning 6 medals including one gold medal in swimming category, Max Whitlock winning 6 medals including 3 gold in Artistic gymnastics and Claudia Fragapane from artistic gymnastics who won 4 gold medals. Commonwealth Games 2014 was a perfect blend of rising stars, new-comers, emotions, pride, and glory. If you missed any action backstage, we have all the drama stored for you. To stay updated on more articles about the Commonwealth Games, follow us on iBlog.