Commonwealth Games

Are the CGames 'shit'?

2014-07-30 14:35
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Chad's magnificent 7!

2014-07-30 09:21

South Africa's Chad le Clos equalled Australian legend Ian Thorpe's record of seven medals at the Commonwealth Games.

Cape Town - Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt has denied calling the Commonwealth Games "shit"... but what if he'd been correct to do so?

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The fastest way to make enemies of those sportsmen and women who train day in, day out to gain success and fame at the Commonwealth Games would be to call into question the importance of their achievements.

But stats, times and distances don't lie!

This year's Commonwealth Games men's 100m winner - the blue riband event of the Games - was Jamaica's Kemar Bailey-Cole who stopped the clock in 10 seconds flat.

Had he posted that time at the 2012 London Olympics he'd have finished eighth...

And in the pool, 100m freestyle winner in Glasgow, Australia's James Magnussen, would've also finished eighth - and last - in the London final...

Chad le Clos made "UN-believable" headlines in London and became a house-hold name with his sensational victory over American superstar Michael Phelps in the 200m butterfly.

Le Clos "defended" his title in Glasgow in a time of 1:55.07. Had he posted that mark in London, he'd have finished in a tie for fifth...

With the absence of the top NINE finishers on the medal standings from London (USA, China, Great Britain*, Russia, South Korea, Germany, France, Italy and Hungary) the depth in talent in Glasgow leaves a lot to be desired.

How many athletics and swimming "heats" have we seen lead straight into finals, bypassing the Round 2 and semi-finals stages at Olympic Games?

The best analogy would be for all those golfers out there who turn up on Saturday afternoon for their weekly club competition only to discover - yippee - that half the field has withdrawn, BUT the competition will go ahead AND the first prize remains the same!

But try telling that to all the medal winners in Glasgow...

*Great Britain aren't competing at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games as one "country", but are doing so in the guise of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales

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