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Melbourne 2006: Highlights
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Melbourne 2006: Highlights

Dean Macey (above) finished 30 seconds clear of Australia’s Jason Dudley to win the decathlon title having trailed him going into the final discipline. It was his first major championships title.

Swimmer Ross Davenport won gold in the 200m which he would describe as ‘the highlight of [his] career’ upon retiring in 2012.

Liam Tancock won the 100m backstroke event by setting a personal best, British and Commonwealth Games record of 54.53 seconds.

Melanie Marshall (above) won six medals surpassing the five won by June Croft in 1982, Karen Pickering in 1994 and Karen Legg four years earlier. She also equalled the England record tally set by both swimmer Brian Brinkley in 1974 and shooter Malcolm Cooper in 1982.

Rebecca Cooke set a British record of 4:44.60 in the 800m freestyle on her way to a gold medal.

Both the men’s and women’s 4x100m relay quartets set British records en route to winning silver medals.

Sue Gilroy retained her women’s wheelchair singles title, dropping just one game throughout her Melbourne 2006 campaign.

Phillips Idowu (above) made up for his Manchester 2002 disappointment by winning gold in the triple jump, recording a distance of 17.45m in the very first round – a distance further than anyone else competing had ever jumped.

Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms won mixed doubles gold by beating New Zealand pair Daniel Shirley and Sara Runesten Petersen.

The first ever Commonwealth Games medal in basketball went to England’s women who won bronze. England’s men also recorded a bronze medal win.

England’s netball team recorded a last-gasp 53-52 win over Jamaica to win bronze. The same opposition had denied them the same medal at both the Manchester 2002 Games and the 2003 World Championships.

England dominated the boxing competition with nine competitors reaching the quarter-finals and only one then missing out on the semi-finals. They brought home eight medals in total including five gold. James Degale, who won gold for England at the Commonwealth Youth Games two years earlier in Australia, won bronze and went on to win Olympic gold in Beijing two years later. (Above: England's successful boxers)

Cyclist Victoria Pendleton won gold in the women’s sprint event – an achievement she would repeat at the Beijing Olympics two years later. Six years later she would return to Melbourne for yet another gold medal at the World Championships.

Louis Smith, who would be one of the headline makers for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics, won gold aged 17 taking the only men’s individual medal of the Games.

Three years earlier England had won the Rugby World Cup in Sydney and this time the Rugby 7s side recorded a silver medal win, missing out by eight points to New Zealand.

Mick Gault (above) brought a gold, two silvers and a bronze medal back to England. He would also return as England’s most decorated medal winner.

Lee Beachill and Peter Nicol retained their men’s doubles title in the squash by beating Australians Anthony Ricketts and Stewart Boswell – the same pair they had beaten in Manchester four years earlier.