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October 8, 2010
Commonwealth Games' first days
NEW DELHI (AP) -- The pool water is clean, but the toilets in the aquatic venue are blocked. Ticket sales are on the increase but the stadiums still seem mostly empty. There was a "major communications blunder" at the track that nearly resulted in athletes being presented with their medals despite the race being under protest. It's day five of competition at the Commonwealth Games. But somehow, based on all the problems, they all seem to have a common theme. Commonwealth Games Federation President Mike Fennell on Friday said officials at the athletics stadium erred the previous night by not telling the medalists in the women's 100 that the event was under protest. The original winner, Sally Pearson of Australia, was later disqualified. On a day when 43 gold medals were to be presented, the sports often seemed to be an afterthought, not helped by a results system that has not worked properly since the games opened.(37 images)

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Australian swimmer Benjamin Austin competes in the final of the men's 100 metre S9 freestyle for The Commonwealth Games at the S.P. Mukherjee Aquatics Centre in New Delhi on October 8, 2010. Austin won gold. The Commonwealth Games are taking place in the Indian capital from October 3-14. AFP/ Getty Images / Francois Xavier Marit


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South Africa's Jean Basson competes in a Men's 200m Freestyle heat during the Commonwealth Games at the Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Swimming Stadium in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010. AP / Domenico Stinellis



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From right, South Africa's Roland Schoeman, Kenya's Jason Dunford and England's Antony James compete in a Men's 50m Butterfly heat during the Commonwealth Games at the Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Aquatics Stadium in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010. AP / Victor R. Caivano



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Australia's Sophie Edington, top, and New Zealand's swim in a 50 m backstroke heat during the Commonwealth Games at the Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Aquatics Center in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010. AP / Kevin Frayer



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Canada's Martha McCabe catches her breath following the 100 m breaststroke final during the Commonwealth Games at the Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Aquatics Center in New Delhi, India, Friday, Oct. 8, 2010. AP / Domenico Stinellis



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Australia's Eloise Amberger and Sarah Bombell,top, perform their bronze medal winning routine in duet synchronized swimming at the Commonwealth Games at the Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Aquatics Center in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010. AP / Kevin Frayer



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DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 07: The pairing of Olivia Allison and Jenna Randall of England compete in the Duet Free Routine at the Dr.S.P. Mukherjee Aquatics Complex during day four of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games on October 7, 2010 in Delhi, India. Getty Images / Ian Walton



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Riders from various countries compete in the men's track cycling 40 km points race heats at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Oct. 5 , 2010. AP / Kevin Frayer



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Riders from various countries compete in the men's track cycling 40 km points race heats at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Oct. 5 , 2010. AP / Kevin Frayer



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Australian cyclists race in the finals of the men's team pursuit during the Commonwealth Games at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010. Australia won the gold. AP / Saurabh Das



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Sarah Storey of England in action in the womens cycling 3000m individual pursuit at IG Sports Complex during day five of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games on October 8, 2010 in Delhi, India. Getty Images / Julian Finney



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Sam Michael Webster of New Zealand crashes during the men's team sprint final against Australia during the Commonwealth Games at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex in New Delhi, India, Friday, Oct. 8, 2010. AP / Saurabh Das



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Australia's Anna Meares celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's 500 meter time trial at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010. AP / Kevin Frayer



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Gold medal winner Deepika Kumari of India takes aim during the Women's Team Recurve event at Yamuna Sports Complex during day five of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games on October 8, 2010 in Delhi, India. Getty Images / Daniel Berehulak



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England women archery team member Nicky Hunt fires an arrow in the women's compound team competition during the Commonwealth Games at the Yamuna Sports Complex in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010. England won the gold medal in the event. AP / Manish Swarup



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A shooter pauses before fires in the men's 25m rapid fire pistol event during the Commonwealth Games at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi, India, Friday, Oct. 8, 2010. AP / Eranga Jayawardena



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Supporters cheer Australia's Alethea Sedgman participating in the women's singles 50m rifle 3 positions final during the Commonwealth Games at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010. AP / Anupam Nath



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The English flag is painted on the toe of gymnast Laura Edwards during the women's team final event at the Commonwealth Games at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex in New Delhi, India, Monday, Oct. 4, 2010. England took the silver medal, Australia the gold and Canada bronze. AP / Anja Niedringhaus



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Silver winner Singapore's Heem Wei Lim performs on the balancing beam event of the Women's Artistic Gymnastics Apparatus final during the Commonwealth Games at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex in New Delhi, India, Friday, Oct. 8, 2010. AP / Gurinder Osan



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Jennifer Khwela of South Africa competes in the Artistic Gymnastics Women Vault Final during the Commonwealth Games at the Indira Gandhi stadium in New Delhi on October 7, 2010. The Commonwealth Games are taking place in the Indian capital from October 3-14. AFP/ Getty Images / Prakash Singh



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England's silver winner Max Whitlock performs on the pommel horse in the men's artistic gymnastics apparatus final during the Commonwealth Games at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010. AP / Gurinder Osan



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Canadian Tariq Dowers performs on the roman rings in the Gymnastics Team Final event of the Commonwealth Games at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex in New Delhi, India, Monday, Oct. 4, 2010. AP / Gurinder Osan



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Gold winner in the men's individual all-round final England's Luke Folwell celebrates after performing his last routine on the Horizontal Bar during the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010. AP / Gurinder Osan



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Nigeria's Margareth Okoko takes a throw in the Women's F52 Shot Put final during the Commonwealth Games at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010. AP / Lee Jin-man



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South Africa's Christiaan Harmse warms up before the Men's Hammer final during the Commonwealth Games at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, India, Friday, Oct. 8, 2010. AP / Anja Niedringhaus



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England's Andy Turner, second from right, reacts as he crosses the finish line ahead of England's Lawrence Clarke, left, Scotland's Chris Baillie, second from left, and Jamaica's Eric Keddo Men's 110m Hurdles final during the Commonwealth Games at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, India, Friday, Oct. 8, 2010. AP / Anja Niedringhaus



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Martin Brockman of England reacts after winning the men's 1500 metres in the men's decathlon during day five of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on October 8, 2010 in Delhi, India. Martin Brockman of England was the eventual bronze medalist of the men's decathlon. Getty Images / Michael Steele



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Louise Hazel of England cools off in between events in the women's heptathlon during day five of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on October 8, 2010 in Delhi, India. Getty Images / Mark Dadswell



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India's Harikrishnan competes during the Long Jump qualification event of the Track and Field competition of the XIX Commonwealth games on October 8, 2010 in New Delhi. The Commonwealth Games reaches the halfway stage of competition on October 8, with the busiest day of gold medal action in prospect. AFP/ Getty Images / William West



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Malaysia's Nicol David is photographed with her national flag by spectators as she celebrates winning the women's singles squash final for the XIX Commonwealth Games at Siri Fort Sports Complex in New Delhi on October 8, 2010. David beat England's Jenny Duncalf for the gold. AFP/ Getty Images / Deshakalyan Chowdhury



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Table tennis players from Australia, right, and Malaysia play during action in the preliminary round of the women's team competition at the Yamuna Sports Complex at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, Monday, Oct. 4, 2010. AP / Kevin Frayer



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Light reflects off the red paddle of New Zealand's Karen Li as she prepares to serve to India's Shamini Kumaresan, not seen, during action in the preliminary round of the women's team table tennis competition at the Yamuna Sports Complex at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, Monday, Oct. 4, 2010. AP / Kevin Frayer



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India's Shamini Kumaresan keeps her eyes on the ball as she serves to New Zealand's Karen Li, not seen, during action in the preliminary round of the women's team table tennis competition at the Yamuna Sports Complex at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, Monday, Oct. 4, 2010. AP / Kevin Frayer



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Kelly Sibley of England competes in the table tennis women's team bronze medal competition at the Yamuna Sports Complex as part of the the XIX Commonwealth Games in New Delhi on October 8, 2010. The Games reaches the halfway stage of competition on October 8, with the busiest day of gold medal action in prospect. AFP/ Getty Images / Pedro Ugarte



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Nigeria's gold medal winner Obioma Agatha Okoli attempts a lift during the women's 63 kg weightlifting clean and jerk event during the Commonwealth games at Jawaharlal Nehru sports complex in New Delhi on October 7, 2010. AFP/ Getty Images / Manpreet Romana



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India's Anita holds up her gold medal during the 67 kg women's wrestling medal ceremony at the Commonwealth Games 2010 in New Delhi on October 8, 2010. Anita defeated Canada's Megan Buydens to win the gold. AFP/ Getty Images / Raveendran



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Samuel Belkin (R) of New Zealand competes against Eric Feunekes of Canada in the Greco-Roman 96 kg repechage bout at the Inidra Ghandi Sports Complex during day two of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games on October 5, 2010 in Delhi, India. Getty Images / Matt King



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