Athletes at the 2006 Commonwealth Games

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  1. Tatiana Grigorieva

    Tatiana Grigorieva


    Tatiana Grigorieva (Russian: Татьяна Григорьева; born 8 October 1975 in Leningrad, Soviet Union) is a retired Australian pole vaulter. She retired from the sport in 2007 after a 10-year career that saw her win Olympic, Commonwealth and World Championship medals. She went on to star in series six of Dancing with the Stars and as Olympia on the 2008 revival of Gladiators.

  2. Asafa Powell

    Asafa Powell


    Asafa Powell, CD (born 23 November 1982) is a Jamaican sprinter who specialises in the 100 metres. He held the 100 metres world record between June 2005 and May 2008, with times of 9.77 and 9.74 seconds respectively. Powell has consistently broken the 10-second barrier in competition, with his personal best of 9.72 s being the fifth fastest time in the history of the event. As of October 2012, Powell has broken the ten-second barrier legally more times than anyone else – 94 times.

  3. Jessica Ennis

    Jessica Ennis


    Jessica Ennis-Hill, CBE (born 28 January 1986), née Ennis, is a British track and field athlete, specialising in multi-eventing disciplines and 100 metres hurdles. A member of the City of Sheffield & Dearne athletic club, she is the current Olympic and world heptathlon champion. She is also the former European heptathlon champion and the former world indoor pentathlon champion. She is the current British national record holder for the heptathlon. She is a former British record holder in the 100 metres hurdles, the high jump and the indoor pentathlon.

  4. Valerie Adams

    Valerie Adams


    Valerie Kasanita Adams (formerly known as Valerie Vili), ONZM (born 6 October 1984) is a shot putter from New Zealand. She is a four-time World champion, three time World Indoor champion and two-time Olympic and three-time Commonwealth champion. She currently holds the New Zealand, Oceanian, Commonwealth and equal World Championship records with a personal best throw of 21.24 metres.

  5. Daniel Batman

    Daniel Batman


    Daniel Batman (20 March 1981 – 26 June 2012) was an Australian sprinter who competed in the 2000 Summer Olympics. He was the Australian national men's 200 metre champion in 2005 and 2008. His best international achievement was a sixth place at the 2003 World Indoor Championships.

  6. Veronica Campbell-Brown

    Veronica Campbell-Brown


    Veronica Campbell-Brown C.D (born 15 May 1982) is a Jamaican track and field sprinter, who specializes in the 100 and 200 meters. A seven-time Olympic medalist, she is the second woman in history to win two consecutive Olympic 200 m events, after Bärbel Wöckel of Germany at the 1976 and 1980 Olympics. Campbell-Brown is one of only nine athletes to win world championships at the youth, junior, and senior level of an athletic event.

  7. Christine Ohuruogu

    Christine Ohuruogu


    Christine Ijeoma Ohuruogu, MBE (born 17 May 1984) is a British Track and field athlete who specialises in the 400 metres, the event for which she is the former Olympic, World and Commonwealth Champion.

  8. Aaron Armstrong

    Aaron Armstrong


    Aaron Nigel Armstrong (born 14 October 1977) is a track and field sprint athlete who competes internationally for Trinidad and Tobago.

  9. Sunette Viljoen

    Sunette Viljoen


    Sunette Stella Viljoen (born 6 October 1983) is a South African javelin thrower, who has won gold at the Commonwealth Games and African Championships. She also made one Women's Test cricket and 17 Women's One Day International appearances for South Africa between 2000 and 2002.

  10. Chris Lambert (athlete)

    Chris Lambert (athlete)


    Christopher Patrick Lambert (born 6 April 1981 in Dulwich, London) is a former professional sprinter from England.

  11. Patrick Johnson (sprinter)

    Patrick Johnson (sprinter)


    Patrick Johnson (born 26 September 1972 in Cairns, Queensland, Australia) is an Australian athlete. He is the current Oceanian and Australian record holder in the 100 metres with a time of 9.93 seconds, achieved in Mito, Japan, on 5 May 2003. With that time he became the first person not of African ancestry to break the 10-second barrier (Frankie Fredericks, a Namibian, had been the first non-West-African in 1991). The time has made him the 17th fastest man in history at the time and 38th man to crack the 10-second barrier. He was regarded as the fastest man of non-African descent before Christophe Lemaitre ran 9.92 seconds in French National Championships in Albi on 29 July 2011. His personal best also makes him the fastest Oceanian in history.

  12. Greg Rutherford

    Greg Rutherford


    Gregory James "Greg" Rutherford, MBE (born 17 November 1986) is a British track and field athlete who specialises in long jump and also competes as a sprinter. He represented Great Britain at the Olympics, World and European Championships, and England at the Commonwealth Games.

  13. Nick Willis

    Nick Willis


    Nicholas Ian Willis (born 25 April 1983) is a New Zealand middle distance runner. He won the silver medal in the 1500 metres at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and is the current New Zealand record holder for the same event with a time of 3:29.66. He was a gold medallist in the 1500 metres at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and a bronze medallist at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. He was the first athlete from New Zealand to win the 1500 metres at the Commonwealth Games (although Peter Snell and Jack Lovelock both won gold in the Mile at the Empire and Commonwealth Games).

  14. Kelly Sotherton

    Kelly Sotherton


    Kelly Jade Sotherton (born 13 November 1976) is an English former heptathlete and 400m sprinter. She was the bronze medallist at the 2004 Summer Olympics and was fourth at the 2008 Summer Olympics. She also was a bronze at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics, and was the heptathlon gold medallist at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. In November 2010, she announced her decision to retire from the heptathlon, due to foot and back injuries. After considering "the Rebecca Romero route" she then chose instead to focus on the 400 m. Sotherton's funding from UK Athletics was cut in 2010 but in 2011 she returned to heptathlon training.

  15. Chantal Petitclerc

    Chantal Petitclerc


    Chantal Petitclerc, CC (born December 15, 1969 in Saint-Marc-des-Carrières, Quebec) is a Canadian wheelchair racer.

  16. Pinki Pramanik

    Pinki Pramanik


    Pinki Pramanik (born 10 April 1986 in Purulia) is an Indian track athlete who specialises in the 400 metres and 800 metres. Pramanik had success with the national 4×400 metres relay team, winning silver at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, gold at the 2006 Asian Games, and gold at the 2005 Asian Indoor Games. She won three gold medals at the 2006 South Asian Games, winning the 400 and 800 m events, as well as the relay.

  17. Maria Mutola

    Maria Mutola


    Maria de Lurdes Mutola (born October 27, 1972) is a retired female track and field athlete from Mozambique who has specialized in the 800 metres. She was born in Maputo, hence the nickname of "The Maputo Express". She is the fourth athlete to compete at six Olympic Games. She is a three-time world champion in this event and a one-time Olympic champion.

  18. Darren Campbell

    Darren Campbell


    Darren Andrew Campbell MBE (born 12 September 1973) is a British former sprint athlete. He is currently the sprint coach at football club Cardiff City. He competed in the 100 metres and 200 metres, as well as the 4 × 100 metres relay. Campbell is the European record holder in the relay event with 37.73 seconds.

  19. Shevon Stoddart

    Shevon Stoddart


    Shevon Stoddart (born 21 November 1982) is a Jamaican hurdler.

  20. Phillips Idowu

    Phillips Idowu


    Phillips Olaosebikan Idowu, MBE (born 30 December 1978) is a British athlete who specialises in the triple jump. He is a former World Outdoor and Indoor, European Outdoor and Indoor, and Commonwealth triple jump champion. He was also a silver medalist at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Idowu is a member of the London-based Belgrave Harriers athletics club and has been for much of his career.

  21. Omar Brown

    Omar Brown


    Omar Brown (born 21 June 1982 in Trelawny) is a Jamaican sprinter who specialises in the 200 metres.

  22. Amantle Montsho

    Amantle Montsho


    Amantle Montsho (born July 4, 1983) is a female sprinter from Botswana who specializes in the 400 metres. She represented her country at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics, reaching the final at the latter edition. She has also competed at the World Championships in Athletics and the IAAF World Indoor Championships, and is the former World Champion over the 400m, winning in a personal best time of 49.56 in Daegu.

  23. Louis Jacob van Zyl

    Louis Jacob van Zyl


    Louis Jacobus van Zyl (born 20 July 1985), better known as L. J. van Zyl, is a South African athlete competing in the 400 metre hurdles. He is the South African record holder in the event with a personal best of 47.66 seconds. He is a three-time African Champion in the event and competed for his country at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

  24. Jana Pittman

    Jana Pittman


    Jana Pittman-Rawlinson (born 9 November 1982) is an Australian athlete, who specialises in the 400 metres run and 400 metre hurdles events. She is a two-time world champion in the 400 m hurdles, from 2003 and 2007. She also won the gold medal in this event at the 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games and was part of Australia's winning 4 × 400 metres relay teams at both events.

  25. Lisa Dobriskey

    Lisa Dobriskey


    Lisa Jane Dobriskey (born 23 December 1983 in Ashford, Kent) is an English middle distance athlete. She was the Commonwealth champion in the 1500 m in 2006. More recently, she won a silver medal in the 1500 m at the 2009 World Championships.

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