2006: The Perfect finale
This Nine Network news story from the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne reports on the women's 4 x 100 metres relay team smashing its own world record by more than a second. The team set the previous world record at the Athens Olympics two years before.
In her enthusiasm Libby Lenton almost earned the team a disqualification by exiting the pool before all swimmers had completed the race. The Australian women’s team outshone the men with Libby Lenton winning five gold medals and Leisel Jones winning four. The men's team won gold in the 4 x 100 metres medley relay on the final night of competition.
Australian television broadcasters excel at sports coverage and this is a good example. The story captures the intense competition and excitement at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre and effectively brings it home to the television viewing audience. This segment is an engaging small story that wraps up the end of swimming competition at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.