Sydney University athletes have returned from the Commonwealth Games in Delhi with 13 medals (individuals who won a team medal count as one medal on the official medal tally), with 11 of our 14 athletes receiving medals.

A number of the athletes are part of the very successful Sydney University Elite Athlete Program.

Matthew Phelps, High Performance and Club Development Manager for Sydney University Sport and Fitness, was extremely pleased with the overall results of the athletes in Delhi.

“Given the calibre of our athletes we expected they would perform very well but they certainly exceeded expectations,” Mr Phelps said.

Interestingly, if Sydney University was a country, Sydney University athletes would have finished in 12th place on the 2010 Commonwealth Games medal ladder (five gold, seven silver and one bronze) in front of the likes of Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Samoa, Wales and Jamaica.

Gymnast Prashanth Sellathurai won gold in two events – the men’s individual apparatus- pommel horse and the men’s team event. He also received a bronze medal in the men’s individual apparatus – parallel bars. Sellathurai is in his second year studying a Bachelor of Applied Science (MRS) Diagnostic Radiography at Sydney University, having previously studied a Bachelor of Health Science.

Alexandra Croak, who is studying her Masters of Health Sciences (Sexual Health), created history by becoming the first Australian athlete to win Commonwealth Games gold in two different sports. Croak won diving gold at this year’s Commonwealth Games, having won gold as a gymnast at the 2002 Games.

The 2008 Olympic gold medallist Matthew Mitcham secured four silver medals in his four events in Delhi. Mitcham, in his second year of studying a Bachelor of Arts and Science, was disappointed with not claiming gold but was optimistic looking forward to the 2012 Olympics in London.

Kaarle McCulloch, a former student, picked up gold in the women’s cycling team sprint and silver in the 500m time trial.

Sydney University athletes were equally dominant in team sports, picking up gold in women’s hockey (Megan Rivers and Emily Hurtz) and silver in the rugby sevens (Pat McCutcheon, Nick Phipps, Bernard Foley and Ed Jenkins) and netball (Susan Pratley).

Sydney University Sport and Fitness would like to congratulate all of our athletes who competed at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.