Top 10 Commonwealth Sport Moments

As we look forward to Gold Coast 2018, insidethegames.biz and the Commonwealth Games Federation look back on 10 iconic Commonwealth sporting moments.

#1 Roger Bannister beats John Landy in the "Miracle Mile" at Vancouver 1954

The build-up to the mile at the 1954 British Empire Games in Vancouver was more like a heavyweight world title fight than a running race.

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#2 Filbert Bayi sets world record in the 1,500m at Christchurch 1974 in one of greatest races in history

Athletics is always of a high standard at the Commonwealth Games but the programme at Christchurch 1974 was perhaps the best ever.

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David Beckham with Kirsty Howard - Manchester 2002

#3 David Beckham joins Kirsty Howard for inspirational handover of Baton to Queen at Manchester 2002

In 2002, there was no bigger sportsman in the world than David Beckham, the England footballer who played for Manchester United and whose marriage to a Spice Girl made him an international icon just as likely to appear on the front pages of the newspapers as the back.

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Cathy Freeman carries the Aboriginal and Australian flags on victory laps at Victoria 1994

#4 Cathy Freeman carries the Aboriginal and Australian flags on victory laps at Victoria 1994

At just 16-years-old Cathy Freeman ran her way into the history books at Auckland in 1990 when she became the first female Aboriginal ever to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal in the 4x100 metres.

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Jim Peters collapses at end of the marathon in the 1954 British Empire Games

#5 Jim Peters collapses at end of the marathon in the 1954 British Empire Games

Even now, more than 60 years after it happened, the grainy black-and-white newsreel footage is still painful to watch. 

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Dawn Fraser and Ian Thorpe win four Commonwealth Games gold medals at Perth 1962 and Kuala Lumpur 1998

#6 Dawn Fraser and Ian Thorpe win four Commonwealth Games gold medals at Perth 1962 and Kuala Lumpur 1998

If there is one sport at the Commonwealth Games that Australia loves more than any other, it is swimming.

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Nicola Adams adds Commonwealth Games gold at Glasgow 2014 to Olympic glory as women's boxing makes debut

#7 Nicola Adams adds Commonwealth Games gold at Glasgow 2014 to Olympic glory as women's boxing makes debut

Although women have participated in boxing for almost as long as the sport has existed, female bouts have been effectively outlawed for most of the fight game's history, with officials refusing to sanction contests and most nations officially banning them.

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Trailblazer Chantal Petitclerc wins first Commonwealth Games gold medal in Para-sport

#8 Trailblazer Chantal Petitclerc wins first Commonwealth Games gold medal in Para-sport

Sport for Para-athletes has existed for more than 100 years but it was not until after World War Two that it became widely introduced to help veterans injured in the conflict recover.

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Queen late for appointment after watching Precious McKenzie win weightlifting gold again at Christchurch 1974

#9 Queen late for appointment after watching Precious McKenzie win weightlifting gold again at Christchurch 1974

Legend has it that the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were late for an official engagement at the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch because she wanted to watch Precious McKenzie win his third consecutive gold medal in weightlifting.

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David Bryant wins a fourth consecutive lawn bowls singles title at Edmonton 1978

#10 David Bryant wins a fourth consecutive lawn bowls singles title at Edmonton 1978

Englishman David Bryant looked like everyone's favourite uncle rather than the ruthless assassin he was when he stepped onto the bowls lawn.

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