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Why should boys have all the fun, ask Oz girls

other Updated: Oct 09, 2010 02:27 IST
Somshuvra Laha

It's no secret but rarely do we admit — men still have a lot of catching up to do when it comes to winning medals. For women have a clear edge in this department. At the time of writing this report, Australia were leading the medal tally here at the 19th Commonwealth Games with 47 gold, out of which the women have won 25. For Canada, placed fourth, women have won an incredible nine out of 14 gold medals. India and England are the only aberration in the top-four. Currently second, the Indian women have accounted for only seven of the 20 gold while English women have won seven gold out of 18.

It's not a revelation, though. The US's monopoly with retaining pole position in Olympics was finally broken by China in 2008. But it was due to women who snapped up 27 gold medals out of the total 51 that China became the only country other than the USA or the former Soviet Union to lead the pack for the first time since 1936.

Even in the last Commonwealth Games at Melbourne, Australian women had won 48 gold out of their total haul of 84. The male predicament was even more profound in swimming, definitely an Australian bastion. It finally took Australia's oldest swimmer Geoff Huegill to break the drought after he won the 100m butterfly on Friday and become the country's first gold medal winner since Grant Hackett won the 1500m at Kuala Lumpur in 2002. “We are just awesome,” grinned Meagen Nay, after winning the women's 200m backstroke final on Friday. “On a serious note though, I sincerely hope the boys step up and make it count because there are a lot of medals on offer,” she said.

When asked about his take on women's dominance, the 31-year-old Huegill said: “I know we still lag behind the girls but that's not upsetting in any way. Our (boys') performance here has been better than the one in Melbourne. We are a young team now and hopefully when it's time for London, we will be ready to win.”

But with the likes of Leisel Jones - whose win in the 100m breaststroke moved her to within one of the record 10 earned by Australian greats Ian Thorpe and Susie O'Neill - still around, it pretty much looks like a lost cause for men.