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World-record holders, decorated Olympians and novice participants make up the 6,500 athletes representing 70 Commonwealth nations who share the aim of claiming prizes in 261 medal events in 17 sports.
Scotland hosts the 20th edition of the multi-sport event for the third time and instead of trying to emulate the success of the London 2012 Olympic Games, it will offer something quite different over 11 days of competition. Although the Games may not be held in the same regard as the Olympics or a world championship without superpowers such as the United States, China and Russia, there will be plenty of household names and fairytale stories.
Six-times Olympic gold medallist Bolt will bring a dose of showmanship to the Hampden Park running track when the towering Jamaican attempts to win his first Commonwealth medal in the 4×100 metres relay.
“I am available for relay duty if the selectors feel I can be an asset to the Jamaican team in Glasgow,” Bolt said.
“I have received lots of requests, invitations and messages of support from my fans in Scotland who are looking forward to a great event.
England’s double Olympic and world champion Farah, who is fit to take part in the 5,000m and 10,000m after recovering from abdominal pains, will join Bolt in Glasgow and the pair will be hoping to perform their customary ‘lightning bolt’ and ‘Mobot’ celebrations.
“The Commonwealth Games is different from the Olympics,” the 31-year-old Farah said.
“In terms of which countries are involved, you have everyone at the Olympics so it’s not going to be the same, but at the same time it’s another title.
“I’m very excited to compete for England and go out there.”
David Rudisha, Kenya’s Olympic 800 metres champion and world record holder, will return to Glasgow after romping to victory at the Diamond League meeting last week and New Zealand’s Olympic and world shot put champion Valerie Adams remains unbeaten in her last 53 competitions.
Australia is expected to dominate the swimming with the likes of Cate Campbell, Christian Sprenger and James Magnussen, but home favourite Michael Jamieson will receive strong support in his bid to become the 200 metres breaststroke champion.
South African Chad Le Clos, who beat the great Michael Phelps to Olympic gold in the men’s 200 metres butterfly in London two years ago, will also try to add to the five Commonwealth medals he won in New Delhi four years ago. “Hopefully, I can get one or two gold medals,” Le Clos said.
“I’m hoping to do better than I did four years ago.
“It’s not quite like the Olympic Games or the world championships where it’s the best in the world. It’s still going be tough having the Aussies, the Brits, and the Canadians there.
At cycling’s Velodrome, named after Scotland’s six–times Olympic champion Chris Hoy, England possesses a strong team and Hoy’s former sprint partner Jason Kenny is the man to beat in the individual sprint, while 2012 Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins takes part in the time trial.
But for all the talk surrounding the likes of Bolt and Farah, the Games also provides a platform for athletes from the lesser-known sports to make their name.
Squash is not recognised as an Olympic event and was rejected in favour of retaining wrestling at the 2020 and 2024 Games, meaning medals in Glasgow are the top prize for international competitors.
England’s three-times world champion Nick Matthew, who won the men’s singles and doubles titles in New Delhi, is the top seed in Glasgow and Malaysia’s defending champion Nicol David leads the women’s draw.
The integration of disability sports into the able-bodied programme ensures that the some of the world’s best athletes, regardless of classification, will be given equal billing.
Glasgow 2014 is a far cry from the Games that were held four years ago in New Delhi. The Indian hosts were dogged by preparation and security issues whereas the Scottish organizers’ main concern will be the reliability of the British weather.
Whatever the conditions, the historic Celtic Park, home of former European Cup football winners Celtic, hosts the opening ceremony on Wednesday before the competition sprawls across the city, taking in venues mirroring the diversity of the events.
It all culminates in the finale at Hampden Park on Aug. 3 but not before some familiar faces, along with a few new ones, have made their mark.
(Editing by Ed Osmond)
Sister Philomene Tiernan was on a spiritual high when she and 27 other Australians were killed in the MH17 attack, which claimed the lives of 298 passengers and crew.
The elderly nun was making her way home to Sydney after a sabbatical in France when the Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down by a suspected surface-to-air missile over eastern Ukraine.
Before boarding the doomed flight in Amsterdam she wrote to her good friend and boss, Kincoppal-Rose Bay principal Hilary Johnston-Croke.
“She had been on retreat at… the spirituality centre for the Society of the Sacred Heart and then she’d gone to Paris,” the devastated principal said.
“She’d gone to the shrine of… the foundress of the order so she was on a spiritual high.
“She was really looking forward to coming back. She’d had a great sabbatical. She was in a good space.”
About 200 members of the Kincoppal-Rose Bay school community, including students and their parents, alumni and nuns, gathered on a cold Saturday morning at the Saint Mary Magdalene church in Rose Bay for a special memorial mass.
“I can’t tell you how much she’ll be missed,” Ms Johnston-Croke said outside the church.
“She’s just so loved by our community.”
Parish priest Monsignor Tony Doherty led the service and afterwards told reporters it was difficult to describe the death of someone like Sister Philomene.
“Phil was a beautiful spirit in the midst. It will be like losing one of the closest members of your own family.”
“Let me not be glib and suggest there’s any simple words for this.”
Other nuns had been hit hard by Sister Philomene’s death and it’s hard to reconcile the tragedy of what happened to those on MH17 with religious belief, Monsignor Doherty said.
“That sense of evil crushing grace is the very environment in which we try to sort out what faith means,” he said.
“They’ll cope. They’re strong women but at the moment the tragedy is overwhelming.”
Sister Philomene worked for more than 30 years as teacher and director of boarding at the exclusive Catholic school.
But she was more than just a teacher, Ms Johnston-Croke said.
“She was a leading light and will be an incredible loss to the Society of the Sacred Heart, and a huge loss to our school community.”
The Society of the Sacred Heart has schools in 44 countries and all have written to or called Ms Johnston-Croke with their tributes and condolences.
“I’ve been getting email and texts from all over the world,” she said.
As the news broke on Friday, students expressed their shock and grief.
“The impact of this is just unbelievable in the whole community,” a year 12 boarding student, who did not want to be named, said.
“I feel like since we are all away from our parents she seemed like a grandma that everyone just loved,” a year 10 student said.
The school has educated many famous women, including Gai Waterhouse, Ita Buttrose, Lucy Turnbull, Princess Michael of Kent and television presenter Samantha Armytage.
“As a former @KRBSchool/Sacred Heart girl,very sad to hear about the death of Sr Philomena Tiernan in today’s plane crash. May she #RIPMH17,” Armytage tweeted.
“Many women incl my wife Lucy & daughter Daisy were inspired by the love of Sr Phil Tiernan RSCJ. God bless her & all who died in MH17,” Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull tweeted.
A Malaysian disaster response team including two air accident investigators was due in Kiev, after the country’s leader appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to help them gain access to the MH17 crash site.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak told reporters late on Friday that he had spoken to Putin by phone to stress the need for an objective, unfettered probe into the crash that killed 298 people, amid concerns the site was vulnerable to tampering.
“I also told Putin that the site should not be tampered (with) before the team begins its investigation,” he was quoted as saying by Malaysian national news agency Bernama.
The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 came down in cornfields in a separatist-held region, with the US claiming it was shot down in a missile attack, a possible casualty of Ukraine’s battle with pro-Russian rebels.
A 62-strong Malaysian team was expected to arrive in Kiev early on Saturday, a Malaysia Airlines source told AFP.
Malaysia’s Transport Ministry said on Friday that the team would include two accredited air crash investigators that have been invited by Ukraine to take part in the probe into who was responsible for the disaster.
Though the plane went down in rebel territory in Ukraine, responsibility for investigating the disaster lies with the Kiev government, under international conventions.
But concerns have emerged after international observers from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) in Europe were able to gain partial access to one of the crash sites on Saturday, but were blocked from going further by armed rebels “for their own” safety.
International observers were to mount another attempt on Saturday to gain access to the crash site after being hindered by pro-Russian armed separatists “for their own” safety.
The monitors from the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), who are not forensic experts, reached the crash site near the Ukraine-Russian border, but were denied full access to the debris field by the rebels who control the area, chairman Thomas Greminger said.
Members of Ukraine’s Emergency Situations Service had reached the scene, but rebels were complicating their recovery efforts, said Serhiy Taruta, Kiev-appointed governor of the Donetsk region.
US President Barack Obama has said evidence suggests the plane was downed by a missile fired from the rebel-held zone, and there are concerns over the site’s vulnerability.
Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans, meanwhile, arrived in Kiev with a team of 15 investigators, the national ANP news agency reported. Nearly 200 Dutch nationals were on board the plane.
The Malaysian team also includes disaster response and rescue personnel, medical experts, and representatives of the Malaysian air force, Malaysia Airlines and the country’s Department of Civil Aviation.
The team would head to Kiev in hopes of eventually reaching the crash site.
“President Putin said he hoped the Ukraine president (Petro Poroshenko) would agree to a ceasefire to enable the entry of the investigation team into the site,” Najib was quoted as saying.
Kiev accused pro-Russian separatists battling Ukrainian forces of committing a “terrorist act” as stunned world leaders urged a full investigation into the disaster, which could further fan the flames of Russia’s confrontation with Ukraine.
The Russian government cannot guarantee it would or could control separatists fighting in eastern Ukraine where a Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down, a senior Australian minister says.
Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb says he spoke with his Russian counterpart, Denis Manturov, on Friday about whether Russia could force a ceasefire in the region to aid an independent investigation.
“Australia is looking for an unequivocal Russian assurance that they will fully co-operate with an independent and thorough UN investigation and urgently,” Mr Robb told Sky News on Saturday.
“The Russian trade minister did convey their deep condolences and indicate the government would co-operate with … (a) UN investigation.”
“They did not give me an assurance that Russia would or could stop the separatists with their current activities.”
Mr Robb said the Australian government’s concerns would be passed along to the Russian prime minister directly and suggested trade sanctions may be considered.
“These are things we need to consider in the goodness of time,” Mr Robb said.
“It is a matter of how Russia responds, co-operates and is proactive in seeking answers, ensuring we understand where this equipment came from, what really happened and who trained the people who carried out this horror act.”
Labor foreign affairs parliamentary secretary Matt Thistlethwaite said the opposition would support further trade sanctions on Russia provided they were lawful.
Australia currently has travel bans and financial sanctions on 50 Russian and Ukrainian individuals.
At 8:03 a.
m. on July 9, three minutes into the third daily running of the bulls at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, I stood near the tunnel into the arena, panting and frustrated. It was my 10th year running with the bulls, and I wasn’t having good luck. Four days earlier, I lost my backpack, which held my computer and passport; since then, things had been off.
It was raining off and on that morning. The cobblestones were extra slick. First-time runners were everywhere, and the crowd was roaring. I saw the long willow canes of the pastores, the official herdsmen of the run, poking out above tourists’ heads.
Suddenly, a suelto, a lone bull, appeared ahead of me. When a bull has separated from the pack, he loses his herding instinct and sees all runners as predators. That’s exactly what this one did — throwing his horns at the dozens of scattering runners. Two legends, Miguel Angel Perez and David Rodriguez, ran masterfully in front of the suelto, using their bodies to guide him toward the corrals.
“Go find my wife and tell her I’m sorry.”
With the arena at my back, I stalked toward them, stepping past three British runners in matching blue shirts. The monstrous bull trotted toward me and I crouched, reaching my rolled newspaper — which, like a matador’s cape, attracts a bull’s attention — into his line of sight.
The bull surged toward Perez. I drew the animal’s eyes with my paper, and together we lured him up the street; for a moment he was calmed. I reached my free hand behind me to let those nearby know that I was backing up. Suddenly one of the blue-shirted Brits screamed and pushed my hand, refusing to move out of my way. One of his friends gripped the barricades separating the runners from the crowd, screaming at my side. When I had my first run a decade ago, just like them I was frightened and dangerous.
I had no room to escape when the bull charged toward me. I tripped over one Brit’s feet, and another slammed his hand into my back, propelling me toward the bull’s horns. Two of the Brits crisscrossed the animal while getting out of the way, while the third sputtered backward. The bull, named Bravito, meaning “fierce one,” pierced his horn through my right thigh and lifted me into the air.
I grabbed my crotch and thought: Thank God it’s not my balls. I want to have kids.
At first, there was no pain.
As I fell to the ground and scuttled toward the barricades on my back, Bravito gored my leg again. When paramedics pulled me to safety, I saw a racquetball-size hole in my mid-thigh. Blood ran down my leg and flooded my shoe.
Legendary runners such as Joe Distler had schooled me on how dangerous a thigh wound is; if the femoral artery is severed, you can bleed to death in seconds.
Michael Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway’s great-grandson, was taking photographs nearby and rushed to my side. He took my hand and asked the medics if the artery had been pierced, translating their answer. “No. It’s just the meat, the flesh,” he said.
“Go find my wife and tell her I’m sorry,” I told him.
A gory tradition
Being gored is part of the bull-running tradition. Even the great runners have been gored: Matt Carney, David Rodriguez, Julen Madina, Juan Pedro Lecuona. And all ran again.
There have been 15 fatalities in the past century, but there are usually about 10 gorings a year.
The sense of danger — and the excitement of narrowly escaping it — are part of what got me into bull running. Danger has always been a part of my life.
I grew up as a very angry, violent young man in a rough neighborhood on Chicago’s Far North Side. My father was a gang leader in his youth and a street fighter. My eldest brother followed in his footsteps — becoming a gang member, getting addicted to heroin and then doing seven years in prison for armed robbery. A stray bullet from a drive-by shooting struck my sister, Katy, when she was 17, lacerating her liver and lung. She was resuscitated before surgeons saved her.
I knew I had to get out of Chicago before I got killed or stuck in prison. At age 15, I discovered boxing, which helped me refocus my life and get into college. But change took time: At 19, I served three months for battery as a result of a street fight.
When I read Hemingway’s “The Sun Also Rises” my freshman year in college, I decided to travel to Spain to run with the bulls. At the time, I was also dealing cocaine and suffering from undiagnosed bipolar disorder. I sought out violent situations on a regular basis, and that is partly what led me to Pamplona. “Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result,” Winston Churchill wrote in 1898. That is the joy of running with the bulls and surviving unscathed.
The run started as an adventure and became a way to get sober and redirect my life. I immersed myself in the Spanish bull-running culture, and found grace and camaraderie within it.
The first time I ran, in 2005, police kicked me off the course because I was doing everything wrong. I snuck back onto the path and ran La Curva, one of the more dangerous stretches, nearly getting trampled by a steer. Later in that day’s run, I got to sprint alongside the pack but not close to it. This was more intense than any drug high. I felt more powerful than I had during any boxing match.
Still, I didn’t think about coming back to San Fermin until I saw Miguel Angel Perezsave Xabier Salillas’s life on July 11, 2005. A bull named Vaporoso had gored Salillas in the face, chest, stomach and leg. Perez grabbed the bull’s tail, halting the attack, and then led him up the street and out of sight. That is what the run is all about — risking your life to come to another’s aid.
I thought: I need to know this man. I need to understand this tradition.
In 2010, after running for several years, I ran a suelto with Perez for 100 yards. He has taught me that it’s a runner’s duty to move the bull up the street and keep everyone safe.
With time, I became more skilled at running with the bulls. So much so that the great runners, television and newspapers began to notice. Spaniards invited me to smaller bull runs, and I went. (The oldest run of all, in Cuéllar, about two hours north of Madrid, is my favorite.) In recent years, though, I realized that the tradition I loved so much in Pamplona was struggling. Thousands of foreign runners were traveling to Pamplona, uninformed — just like I had been my first time. They were doing things that get people hurt: running drunk, not staying down when they fell, pausing to take photos or pushing people.
Rules of the run
So I started giving tours to first-time runners during the festival and writing articles on how to run with the bulls. Alexander Fiske-Harrison and I came up with an idea for a guidebook for English-speakers, “Fiesta: How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona,” which he contributed to, edited and published last month. John Hemingway, Ernest’s grandson, and Joe Distler, one of the greatest bull runners of all time, contributed chapters. European Pressphoto Agency war photographer Jim Hollander supplied pictures. Our goal was to give back to the fiesta we love so much by teaching newcomers how to run safer.
One example is to be careful about where you choose to run. An Australian runner was standing in La Curva this year when a Miura bull walked to where he and many others were watching. It sliced open his thigh, from knee to hip, and then followed him as he ran the wrong way up the street and gored him again. No first-time runner should be near La Curva; it’s simply too dangerous.
When doctors stuck their fingers in my leg while repairing it at the hospital in Pamplona, it felt like someone had put a live electrical wire four inches into my thigh. I was screaming in pain. Finally they gave me morphine, then an epidural, and surgically removed pieces of the horn and clothing from my leg. The wound is partially open, with rubber drains in it to allow it to heal from within.
I’ve been in the hospital for more than a week. I feel good, and my doctors say the wound is under control. It will be stitched up when I’m ready to go home to Chicago, which should be soon.
My wife is considering divorcing me, though she has taken great and tender care of me in the aftermath. Before anyone told her the news, she knew I’d been gored; she said she just felt it in her gut. When she saw me after the accident, I was laughing. She told me I was stupid and smacked my right foot, sending a shot of pain to my wound. I run because it is part of who I am, and she knew that when we met nine years ago.
Some of my friends want to find those three Brits who got in my way. I don’t. The run has taught me that there’s no sense in revenge. But I would like to meet them, show them what happened to me and teach them how to react next time.
I will keep running for another chance to lead a Spanish fighting bull up the street. When that happens, I become one with the fiercest, most majestic animal on Earth. And in those moments, I am at peace.
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Bill Hillmann is the author of “The Old Neighborhood” and “Fiesta: How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona.”