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The athletes who lit up the Commonwealth Games

We take a look at five athletes who have left their mark on the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

August 8, 2022
By PA Sport Staff
8 August 2022

Many athletes have looked at these Commonwealth Games as especially important, given the reduced time between these Games and the 2024 Olympics in Paris. With the event drawing to a close, we take a look at five of the biggest stars of Birmingham 2022.

Emma McKeon

Despite attracting unwanted headlines amid her private life, involving Australian team-mates Aaron Chalmers and Cody Simpson, McKeon collected six golds, a silver and a bronze in the pool.

Emma McKeon won half a dozen golds in the pool (Tim Goode/PA)
Emma McKeon won half a dozen golds in the pool. (PA/Tim Goode)

Victory in the women’s 50 metres freestyle and butterfly were the unquestionable highlights for the 28-year-old from Wollongong, wo has now won 20 Commonwealth medals in three Games, including a whopping 14 golds.

Jake Jarman

Jarman was the first English athlete to win four gold medals at the same Games since shooter Mick Gault in 1998.

The 20-year-old gymnast, competing in his first major multi-sports event, was a revelation, topping the podium in the floor apparatus, individual and team all-around competitions and vault.

Jake Jarman has been described as a
Jake Jarman has been described as a “wonderkid”. (PA/Mike Egerton)

Joe Fraser, who won three golds himself despite a fractured foot, described his team-mate as a “wonderkid”.

Elaine Thompson-Herah

With Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce skipping the Games, fellow Jamaican Thompson-Herah took top billing, backing up her women’s 100m and 200m golds at the Tokyo Olympics last year with another sprint double.

Thompson-Herah had arrived in the midlands after a modest showing in last month’s World Championships in Eugene, winning only 100m bronze, but she set a new Games record in the 200m on Saturday night.

Elaine Thompson-Herah bounced back from a modest World Championships (Martin Rickett/PA)
Elaine Thompson-Herah bounced back from a modest World Championships to win the sprint double. (PA/Martin Rickett)

Aaron Gate

The first New Zealand athlete to win four gold medals at a single Commonwealth Games, Gate was the undisputed cycling kingpin, both on the road and track.

He and his fellow Kiwis began by defeating England in the men’s team pursuit.

In addition, Gate also walked away with top honours in the individual pursuit and points race.

And If that was not enough, Gate triumphed in the men’s road race.

Aaron Gate made New Zealand history (David Davies/PA)
Aaron Gate will come back from Birmingham with a New Zealand record medal haul. (PA/David Davies)
Madison de Rozario had a Games to remember (Tim Goode/PA)
Australia’s Madison de Rozario had a Games to remember (PA/Tim Goode/PA)

Madison de Rozario

De Rozario seemed to cruise to victory in the T53/54 marathon, defending the gold she won on the Gold Coast four years ago.

She scored the win in a Games record one hour and 56 minutes flat, although she later admitted she “hit a wall” two-thirds of the way through.

Days later De Rozario was back to defend her 1500m title, which she duly did for her fourth Commonwealth gold, the most of any Australian para-athlete.

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