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Post by kosovohp on Sat Oct 02, 2010 12:18 pm

Around 24% Australians over the age of 15 regularly participate in organised sporting activities in Australia.[180] Australia has strong international teams in cricket, field hockey, netball, rugby league and rugby union, having been Olympic or world champions at least twice in each sport in the last 25 years for both men and women where applicable.[290][291][292][293][294][295][296][297] Australia is also powerful in track cycling, rowing, and swimming, having consistently been in the top-five medal-winners at Olympic or World Championship level since 2000.[298][299][300] Swimming is the strongest of these sports; Australia is the second-most prolific medal winner in the sport in Olympic history.[301][302][303]

Some of Australia's most successful sportspersons are swimmers Dawn Fraser, Murray Rose, Shane Gould and Ian Thorpe; sprinter Betty Cuthbert;[304] tennis players Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, Ken Rosewall, Evonne Goolagong, and Margaret Court; cricketer Donald Bradman; three-time Formula One world champion Jack Brabham; five-time motorcycle grand prix world champion Mick Doohan; golfer Karrie Webb;[305] and prodigious billiards player Wally Lindrum.[306] Nationally, other popular sports include Australian rules football, horse racing, surfing, soccer, and motor racing.

Australia has participated in every summer Olympics of the modern era,[307] and every Commonwealth Games.[308] Australia hosted the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne and the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney,[309] and has ranked among the top six medal-takers since 2000.[310] Australia has also hosted the 1938, 1962, 1982, and 2006 Commonwealth Games.[311] Other major international events held in Australia include the Australian Open tennis grand slam tournament, international cricket matches, and the Australian Formula One Grand Prix. The highest-rating television programs include sports telecasts such as the summer Olympics, FIFA World Cup, State of Origin, and the grand finals of the National Rugby League and Australian Football League.

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