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The Melbourne 2006 Opening Ceremony soundtrack has sold more than 35,000 copies in just two days.

Ceremony soundtrack goes gold

17 Mar 06 10:30
The official soundtrack to the Games Opening Ceremony has achieved gold status in record sales in Australia just two days after the MCG spectacular wowed millions of people worldwide.
New Zealand swimmer Matt Burmester wins gold and sets a Games record.

A fantastic first day

16 Mar 06 23:32
The first day of competition, watched by approximately 110,000 sports fans, saw new records set as 10 gold medals were awarded.
Australia Post stamp showing Australian gold medal swimmer Stephanie Rice.

Stamping to a world record

16 Mar 06 21:05
Australia Post is attempting to create philatelic history with the daily release of a new series of stamps, featuring Games highlights from the previous day's events.
Athletes of the Commonwealth.

Practice makes perfect

16 Mar 06 01:30
With the Opening Ceremony just a memory, athletes must now put in the hard yards in order to achieve their dreams of Games glory.
Skaters light up the 'G.

Skaters light up the ‘G

16 Mar 06 01:11
An inside look into the preparation, execution and celebration from performers in the Games Opening Ceremony.
Jersey arrive at the Opening Ceremony.

Small teams with determined athletes

15 Mar 06 23:46
Among the 71 nations and territories in last night’s Opening Ceremony were twelve small but proud teams, each with fewer than ten competitors at the Games.
Delta Goodrem closed the show.

What the press said

15 Mar 06 20:36
Spectacular, glittering, surreal, elaborate and extravaganza are words used by the international media to describe the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.
The Opening Ceremony begins.

Games opened by the Queen

15 Mar 06 09:27
The Melbourne skyline erupted in a blaze of fireworks as the city celebrated the groundbreaking Opening Ceremony to mark the start of the XVIII Commonwealth Games.
Microsoft chairman Bill Gates.

Gates launches Games Website

15 Mar 06 04:44
The Games website was officially launched with a message of support from Microsoft chairman Bill Gates.
Arrive early, travel light.

Arrive early, travel light

15 Mar 06 01:08
Commuters are reminded to plan ahead when making their way into the city, the Yarra River and the MCG for tonight’s Games Opening Ceremony festivities.

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See you at Delhi 2010
Fireworks at the MCG at the closing of Melbourne 2006.
After eleven fun packed days, Melbourne 2006 is now over and all thoughts turn to the next Games - Delhi 2010. Nameste! See you in Delhi 2010! Swagatam!
Revisit the Incredible India Closing Ceremony gallery.

Medal Table

Country Gold Medal Tally
Gold
Silver Medal Tally
Silver
Bronze Medal Tally
Bronze
Australia flag Australia 84 69 68
England flag England 36 40 34
Canada flag Canada 26 29 31
India flag India 22 17 11
South Africa flag South Africa 12 13 13


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