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Health Sciences' students looking golden at the Games


11 October 2010

Diagnostic radiography student Prashanth Sellathurai and master's student Alexandra Croak have achieved outstanding success at the Delhi Commonwealth Games with both students winning gold in their events.

Australian gymnast and second-year diagnostic radiography student Prasanth Sellathurai has exceeded expectations bagging two gold medals in the first week of competition.

Early last week Prashanth was part of the Australian men's artistic gymnastics team which won its first ever Commonwealth Games' gold.

The team, comprising Joshua Jefferis, Prashanth Sellathurai, Samuel Offord, Luke Wiwatowski and Thomas Pichler each tackled the horizontal bars, floor, pommel, rings, vault and parallel bars, with their combined scores securing top place in front of England and Canada respectively.

On Friday Prashanth competed individually in the pommel horse, his signature event, and again brought home the gold after a breathtaking performance.

Alex Croak
Alex Croak

Only hours ago diver Alex Croak and partner Melissa Wu also added to Australia's gold medal tally, securing first place in the women's synchronised 10 metre platform.

But it wasn't just the gold medal moment that had Alex smiling. The win also put her down in sporting history as our first Commonwealth Games athlete to secure gold across two different sports.

Alex, who completed an undergraduate degree in occupational therapy and is now pursing the master's program in sexual health, made the switch from gymnastics to diving after securing gold in the 2002 Commonwealth Games team gymnastics.

Both students are studying with the Faculty of Health Sciences under the University of Sydney's Elite Athlete program.

The faculty congratulates Prashanth and Alex the on their fantastic achievements and wishes all other competing athletes from the University of Sydney the best of luck in the Games.