This Basketball 50 Cent dodecagonal coin commemorates the XVII Commonwealth Games held in Melbourne during 2006. The
The XVIII Commonwealth Games took place in Melbourne, Australia between the 15th - 26th March 2006. The Games included 24 disciplines held over the eleven days (Melbourne 2006, 2013) . There were athletes from 71 competing nations and territories. The opening ceremony contained the journey of the Queens Baton, which had travelled over 180,000 kilometres, continued down the Yarra River in the hands of the 16 Australian Football League captains. The baton was then handed to football legend Ron Barassi, then Olympic great Herb Elliott before entering the packed stadium. The baton travelled around the stadium in the hands of athletic champions Catherine Freeman, Ron Clarke and Marjorie Jackson-Nelson. The baton was presented to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by the Governor of Victoria, and former Olympian, John Landy.
This Basketball tournament was the first ever to be part of the Commonwealth Games. Despite being part of the Olympics, it had never appeared on the Commonwealth schedule. It was held outside of Melbourne in various venues around Victoria. These included Traralgon Sports Stadium in Gippsland, Bendigo Stadium, Ballarat Minerdome and Geelong Arena in Coreo Bay. These venues could all be reached within a two-hour journey from Melbourne. The men's event was won by Australia who beat India in the final by 133 - 49. They were unbeaten throughout as were the Australian women's team who beat New Zealand by a smaller margin of 81-76, to great applause from the local crowd (Wikipedia, 2013) .
Indian athlete Samaresh Jung won the David Dixon Award for the most outstanding athlete of the Commonwealth Games. He won two individual golds, the first in the Men's 10m Air Pistol and then in the Men's 50m Pistol. He also won an individual bronze, a team silver and three team Gold medals. A total of 7 medals was topped by setting three new Games records.There were some amazing moments during the Melbourne Games but one stood out for the Australian public. Enter Australian Marathon champion Kerryn McCann, her second Gold medal along with an emotional victory lap with her son, have been heralded as the Most Memorable Moment of the Games by a panel of Australia's leading sports and news identities. McCann led the race from start to finish with the exception of being headed at the 10 kilometre point.The Games were officially closed by His Royal Highness Prince Edward.
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