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Saturday, March 25, 2006

Champions: Clean pair of heels

Imagine taking three times your body weight and crushing it down on the 56 tiny bones, 66 joints and 214 ligaments that make up your feet. Now, imagine doing that 15,000 times. Sound painful? Well according to the American Podiatric Medical Association, that is exactly what the average runner does when she goes 10 miles. So we can sympathise with the athletes at the 18th Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. Well done one and all. Excellent effort and entertainment. Often a winner is described as showing a clean pair of heels to their opponents but shortly before she won gold in the Women’s 3,000m steeplechase champion, Dorcus Inzikuru (Uganda) could not find a pair of shoes to fit her. Fortunately she did and the 24-year-old won the first medal for Uganda timing 9 minutes 19.51 seconds. Jana Pitman (Australia) has had an on off relationship with her country if press reports are to be believed. When she won her gold the champion hurdler took to a lap of honour with the Australian flag around her shoulders and to the delight of the camera and fans her hurdling shoes with Australian flags on the back. Still to compete in the men’s long jump is Andrew “Black Socks” Murphy . He wears them for practical reasons and of course ‘good luck’ which he is hoping will bring him gold luck, tonight.

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