The Commonwealth Games: Extraordinary Stories behind the Medals

The Commonwealth Games: Extraordinary Stories behind the Medals


How good are you aware the pleasant Games?
activities journalist Brian Oliver brings the Commonwealth video games to existence with riveting tales of the athletes who've competed through the years. He delves into the simplest stories of the previous and interviews the foremost protagonists to unveil the highs and lows of this idiosyncratic wearing competition.
there's the vintage contest among Roger Bannister and John Landy simply months after either had ultimately damaged the four-minute mile, and the lesser-known struggles of 1 of Australia's maximum swimmers, sunrise Fraser, opposed to the petty-minded and all-male ‘silver spoon mob' who ran beginner activity. learn the sorrowful story of Emmanuel Ifeajuna, the 1st ever black African to win a gold medal, in any game in any overseas occasion. He received excessive bounce gold in 1954 and have become a countrywide hero in Nigeria, yet after staging a coup was once arrested for treachery and shot via firing squad.
discover why the 1974 video games in Christchurch, New Zealand have been often called the ‘Emigration Games', and the tale at the back of the sour Nineteen Eighties swimming pool competition among England's Adrian Moorhouse and Victor Davis of Canada. there are various extra, from that of 4-foot 10-inch weightlifter useful McKenzie – who rose via brutal abuse and discrimination to record-breaking luck and a dance with the Princess Royal – to the penniless and boycotted 1986 video games in Edinburgh that have been ‘saved' via Robert Maxwell and a bucket of fried chicken.
The Commonwealth Games is an engaging perception into human stories of endeavour, good fortune and failure.

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