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At the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, 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” and it was later declared by a panel of experts to have been the highlight of the Games.

In 2015 McCann’s win was enshrined as a SAHOF Hall of Fame Moment.

Image: Commonwealth Games Australia Twitter


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