Top 10 Greatest Aussie Athletes in the Commonwealth Games

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By Addah Arcilla | August 4, 2014 1:00 PM EST

Let's have a look back at the top 10 greatest Aussie athletes that have given us pride and honour over the years in the Commonwealth Games.

10. Michael Klim (swimming)

Michael Klim first competed in the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada and since then has competed in 10 more. Klim has won five gold medals, four of which he had won at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The last gold medal he won at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games for the men's 4x100m Medley Relay, together with a silver for the 4x100m Freestyle Relay and 100m Butterfly and a bronze for the 50m Butterfly.

9. Hayley Lewis (swimming)

Hayley Lewis is most remembered as the 16-year-old who dominated the 1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games by winning five gold medals in the 400m Freestyle, 200m Freestyle, 200m Butterfly, 400m Individual Medley and the 4x200m Relay. She has also won gold medals in the 1991 World Swimming Championship and in the 1993 and 1995 Pan Pacific Championship.

Hayley Lewis competed in 11 Commonwealth Games and has won seven gold medals.

8. Ian Thorpe (swimming)

Ian Thorpe's success started early when he became the youngest male athlete ever to represent Australia at the 1997 Fukuoka Pan Pacific Championships. A year later he became Australia's youngest male world champion by winning a gold in the 400m Freestyle at the 1998 Perth World Championships.  That same year, Thorpe dominated the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, winning four gold medals in the 200m Freestyle, 400m Freestyle, 200m Freestyle Relay and the 100m Freestyle Relay.  

Ian Thorpe competed in 11 Commonwealth Games and has won a total of nine gold medals. In addition to this are five Olympic gold, 14 World Championship victories and 22 world records.

7. Leisel Jones (swimming)

Regarded by many as one of the world's best female breast-strokers, Leisel Jones levels up with Ian Thorpe for the most medals won by an Australian athlete. Aside from winning 10 commonwealth Games gold medals, Leisel Jones has also won nine Olympic medals (three gold, five silver and one bronze), seven World Championship titles, 23 national titles and 12 individual world records.

6. Ivan Lund (fencing)

Ivan Lund was one of the few Australian athletes to have competed for Australia in fencing in world sport events. From 1950 to 1962, Ivan Lund competed in four British Empire and Commonwealth Games. He had won a total of 13 medals, which was an Australian Commonwealth record for all sports until it was matched by Michael Wenden in 1974.

5. Petria Thomas (swimming)

Despite illness and physical injuries that have plagued her career, Petria Thomas rose to become one of Australia's most successful female athletes. Her professional career includes nine Commonwealth Games gold medals, three gold Olympic medals, three World Championships, three Pan Pacific Championships and 13 Australian Championships. She also broke the Commonwealth records in the 100m and 50m Butterfly and was part of two world records setting teams.

4. Michael Wenden (swimming)

Michael Wenden is most remembered for breaking the 100m world record and the 200m Olympic record and for beating American superstars Don Schollander and Mark Spitz at the 1968 Olympics. Of course, he also took home silver, bronze and two individual gold medals, which was Australia's finest at a single Olympics since 1956.

Michael Wenden's career has amassed him four Olympic gold medals, nine gold Commonwealth Games medals, 11 individual titles, 16 national titles and held six world records.

3.  Bruce Quick (sports shooting)

Bruce Quick started sports shooting at the age of 14 after watching his father shoot at a local club. He was inspired to take it seriously after seeing the 1984 Olympics and made it to his first national team three years later.

Bruce Quick made his debut during the 1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games and has collected a total of 14 medals from the games. He is competing in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games where he plans to add more to his tally.

2. Susie O'Neill (swimming)

One of Australia's most successful swimmers, Susie O'Neill holds the astonishing record of 35 Australian Open Swimming Championships, eight Olympic medals, 10 Commonwealth Games gold medals and six medals at the Pan Pacific Championships.  Susie O'Neill always came home with a medal from any international competition she's been to-a streak that lasted from 1990 to 2000.

She is also noted for breaking the 200m world record of Mary T. Meagher, the world's first "Madame Butterfly." Her record stood until Italia Jedrzejczac beat her time in 2002.

1. Philip Adams (sports shooting)

The legendary pistol shooter has competed in 18 Commonwealth Games and has won seven gold, which are spread over six games from 1982 to 2002.

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