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Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - COMMONWEALTH GAMES -

THEY were billed as the Friendly Games and no one could dis­pute that.

The tone was set on the first day of the Games when 20km race walker Claire Tal­lent was dis­qual­i­fied in a neck-and-neck tus­sle for gold with team­mate Jemima Mon­tag.

The heart-bro­ken com­peti­tor col­lapsed in tears but quickly brushed aside her own an­guish to make her way to the fin­ish line to warmly em­brace and con­grat­u­late the younger com­peti­tor.

Then, dur­ing the track and field pro­gram, Aus­tralia’s three 10,000m run­ners – Eloise Wellings, Made­line Hills and Celia Sul­lo­h­ern – fin­ished well out of the medals.

But in­stead of im­me­di­ately leav­ing the track they waited for last-placed Le­sotho run­ner Li­neo Chaka to fin­ish, some min­utes in ar­rears, and con­grat­u­late and em­brace the African ath­lete on a fine ef­fort.

Their ges­ture was not lost on the huge crowd at Car­rara Sta­dium and the mil­lions of view­ers around the world.

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Eloise Wellings, Made­line Hills and Celia Sul­lo­h­ern won the crowd’s ap­pre­ci­a­tion when they made the ef­fort to con­grat­u­late last placeget­ter Li­neo Chaka of Le­sotho af­ter the 10,000m.

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Beki Smith con­soles dis­qual­i­fied Claire Tal­lent as she fin­ishes the women’s 20km race walk (left) be­fore Tal­lent em­braces gold medal­list Jemima Mon­tag at the fin­ish line.

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Beaten in a bronze medal, Aussie Cameron McEvoy con­grat­u­lates English 50m freestyle win­ner Ben­jamin Proud.

Con­cern is shown for Jes­sica Judd at the end of the 1500m fi­nal.

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