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Date Inducted:10 Oct 2006
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Kerryn McCann - Athletics

At the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, Australia, at the age of 38, Kerryn McCann defended her Commonwealth title, winning gold in the marathon in a time of 2:30:54, just two seconds ahead of Kenyan Hellen Cherono Koskei. The time was her second best result ever in the marathon. The lead changed six times in the final two kilometres of the race, before Kerryn pulled clear in the final 200 metres around the athletics track inside the MCG. Kerryn described the race as "probably the greatest victory I've ever had".

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When considering the stature of an athlete or for that matter any person, I set great store in certain qualities which I believe to be essential in addition to skill. They are that the person conducts his of her life with dignity, with integrity, courage, and perhaps most of all, with modesty. These virtues are totally compatible with pride, ambition, and competitiveness.