Daily Summary - What was on today at the Games
With 20 gold medals ready for presentation today, day eight of Games competition is set to offer thrills for competitors and spectators alike at all event venues.
Yesterday's spell-binding competition at the Diving will be followed today with the men's 3m Springboard and women's 10m Platform gold-medal thrillers.
There's a rest day at the MCG this morning, but tonight's Athletics competition will offer 8 gold medal chances. On the track, watch for finals in the men's and women's 200m, the men's and women's 400m Hurdles featuring Jana Pittman, men's 800m and 200m EAD, and the women's 800m semi final heats. In the field there's men's Javelin and Triple Jump, women's Pole Vault, with finals in women's High Jump and men's Discus.
A highlight of the day will be the women's Basketball, where Australia meets New Zealand in the gold medal game, and England and Nigeria battle for the bronze.
The popular Mountain Bike Cycling competition starts today with medals chances in both men's and women's Individual Cross Country events.
Tonight sees the super men appear to take on the challenge of the really big lifts of the competition in the final of the Men's 105+ kg Weightlifting.
Netball will continue to offer tense matches with the courageous Malawi team taking on Manchester silver medallists New Zealand, and Singapore facing the strong Australian team.
There are more finals at the Shooting ranges, with men's and women's Double Trap Singles medals for the taking, and more medals on offer in the Open Singles Full Bore, women's 10m Air Pistol Singles, men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Singles and women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions Singles.
There are elimination rounds in Singles and Doubles events at the Badminton and men's semi finals in Boxing, as well as women's semi finals in Hockey.
At the Lawn Bowls, men's and women's Singles and Pairs competition continues.
Men's, women's and Mixed Doubles matches continue at the Squash and Table Tennis which also features the Women's EAD Wheelchair Singles qualifying rounds.
23 March 2006 Day 8 highlights
Get ready to rock
23 Mar 06 11:53
Melbourne should get ready for the biggest party this city has seen as details of the Melbourne Closing Ceremony are released.
Parade for the people
23 Mar 06 14:27
Victoria's Premier Steve Bracks announced today that there would be a special parade of Athletes and Volunteers through the streets of Melbourne on Monday 27 March.
Melbourne hooked on Fish
23 Mar 06 15:44
Melbourne's most popular attraction outside the sporting venues are 'the fish', the 36 installations that dominate a kilometre of the Yarra River landscape between Princes Bridge and the Swan Street Bridge.
Gold medal performances
In sync to win gold
23 Mar 06 00:55
Australian super-fish duos have taken out the gold and silver placings for the Women’s 10m Synchronised Platform medals, ahead of a Canadian bronze finish.
South Africa’s record breakers
23 Mar 06 21:35
South Africa has won gold and silver in the Men’s 400m Hurdles Final, with a flying run from Louis Van Zyl.
Pittman sets the record straight
23 Mar 06 21:45
In front of a roaring crowd of 82,000 sports fans, Australia’s Jana Pittman claimed the title of Women’s 400m Hurdles gold medallist, setting a new Games record time of 53.82 seconds.
Killeen conquers the mountain
23 Mar 06 18:09
England’s Liam Killeen has won the Men’s Cross Country Mountain Bike event, improving on the bronze medal he won for the same event in Manchester in 2002.
Photo finish goes to Jamaica
23 Mar 06 20:47
In a dramatic Men's 200m Final, Jamaica's Omar Brown has come from behind to pip Stephen Buckland from Mauritus on the line.
Track hot for Canadian mounties
23 Mar 06 15:48
Canadian Marie-Helene Premont won the Women's Mountain Bike race at the State Mountain Bike Course (Lysterfield Park) in a time of 1 hour 55 minutes and 4 seconds.
India's the top shot country
23 Mar 06 14:16
Anuja Jung has added another gold to the family collection with a victory in the Women's 50m Rifle Three Positions Individual at the Melbourne International Shooting Club. This is India's 13th gold in the shooting.
Third sucessful shot at gold
23 Mar 06 13:32
Australia's Lalita Yauhleuskaya has secured her third gold of the Games, with a victory in the Women's 10m Air Pistol Individual.
EAD inspiration on the Track
23 Mar 06 20:00
Australia's Heath Francis put aside the distractions of four false starts by competitors in the Men’s 200m T46 Final for Elite Athletes with a Disability (EAD), to take the gold medal at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Kenya adds to Track tally
23 Mar 06 22:16
Canada's Achraf Tadili has denied Kenya a gold-silver finish in the Men’s 800m Final, taking second place in 1:46.93.
Opals win gold
23 Mar 06 22:41
Australia are the Women's Basketball gold medallists after a convincing win over New Zealand recording a resounding final score of 77-39.
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