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1 The Commonwealth Games of 2022 were originally due to take place in which South African city?
Answer: Durban

Durban was selected as host city for the games in 2015. However, due to financial difficulties, it was stripped of the hosting rights two years later. Birmingham then outbid fellow English city Liverpool for the rights, and the games were saved.
    Your options: [ Pretoria ] [ Durban ] [ Johannesburg ] [ Cape Town ]
  From Quiz: 2022 Commonwealth Games
2 The British Empire Games were held for the first time in 1930, in a place called Hamilton. In which country is this particular host, Hamilton?
Answer: Canada

The first Empire Games were held in Hamilton, Ontario in Canada. They were organised by a sports journalist, for the "Hamilton Spectator" newspaper, named Bobby Robinson.
    Your options: [ New Zealand ] [ Canada ] [ Australia ] [ England ]
  From Quiz: The Empire Games
3 Which female swimmer took out the butterfly triple (50-100-200) at the 2002 games?
Answer: Petria Thomas

Petria became the first female in history to win the same event at three consecutive Commonwealth Games. Inge de Bruijn and Jenny Thompson were not a part of the Commonwealth.
    Your options: [ Inge de Bruijn ] [ Jenny Thompson ] [ Susie O'Neill ] [ Petria Thomas ]
  From Quiz: Swimming - Commonwealth Games
4 Which existing stadium was upgraded to host the athletics events as well as the opening and closing ceremonies?
Answer: Alexander Stadium

Alexander Stadium, in the northern outskirts of Birmingham, has existed since 1976. A three-year renovation program saw the capacity raised to 32,000 in time for the opening ceremony. The other three options are soccer stadiums belonging to local teams - Aston Villa (Villa Park), Birmingham City (St Andrews) and West Bromwich Albion (The Hawthorns).
    Your options: [ Villa Park ] [ Alexander Stadium ] [ The Hawthorns ] [ St Andrews ]
  From Quiz: 2022 Commonwealth Games
5 At the first Empire Games, in 1930, which was the only event to have women competitors?
Answer: Swimming

There were only six sports in total at the 1930 Games, and the only one with female participants was swimming. Of the fifteen swimming medals awarded to women, all but one were won by athletes from the United Kingdom. By the following games in 1934, women also took part in some of the athletics events.
    Your options: [ Rowing ] [ Swimming ] [ Ballroom Dancing ] [ Equestrianism ]
  From Quiz: The Empire Games
6 Who won the female 4 X 200m Freestyle Relay at the 2002 Commonwealth Games?
Answer: England

Australia placed second in the event.
  From Quiz: Swimming - Commonwealth Games
7 One of the highlights of the opening ceremony was a ten-metre high mechanical version of what animal, synonymous with the city of Birmingham?
Answer: Bull

Perry the Bull, the mascot for the games, snorted smoke and was a popular attraction throughout the games after he was moved to Centenary Square in the city centre. His name comes from the Perry Barr area where the main stadium is located, whilst the bull bit refers to the Bull Ring market/shopping centre. All medalists at the games received a small cloth version of Perry.
  From Quiz: 2022 Commonwealth Games
8 From the first Empire Games in 1930, until the 1950 Games, the Parade of Nations during the Opening Ceremony was led by a bearer carrying which flag?
Answer: Union Jack

Although England, Scotland, Wales, and several islands of the UK compete as separate teams in the Games, the bearer still carried the Union Jack during the Parade of Nations.
    Your options: [ Games Flag ] [ Union Jack ] [ Host Nation's Flag ] [ Cross of St. George ]
  From Quiz: The Empire Games
9 Where were the 2002 Commonwealth Games held?
Answer: Manchester

Melbourne won the rights to host the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
  From Quiz: Swimming - Commonwealth Games
10 Susie O'Neill won how many Gold Medals at the 2002 Commonwealth Games?
Answer: 0

Many people will remember Susie O'Neill as 'Madame Butterfly'. Susie retired in 2000.
  From Quiz: Swimming - Commonwealth Games
11 Which country or territory won their first-ever Commonwealth Games medal when Duken Tutakitoa-Williams took bronze in the men's heavyweight boxing competition?
Answer: Niue

Niue is a self-governing island territory in the Pacific Ocean in free association with New Zealand. It first competed in the Commonwealth Games in 2002, but had never won a medal until Duken Tutakitoa-Williams reached the semi-finals of the heavyweight boxing. He lost to Ato Plodzicki-Faoagali of Samoa but was guaranteed a bronze medal for getting that far.
    Your options: [ Norfolk Island ] [ Niue ] [ Tonga ] [ Eswatini ]
  From Quiz: 2022 Commonwealth Games
12 The official flag of the Empire Games was designed in 1931; what did the flag look like?
Answer: Dark blue ground with a gold crown, chain, and BCG on it

The flag was made by British Empire Games Association of Canada, and used until 1950. This was when the Games became the British Empire and Commonwealth Games, and the flag was retired.
  From Quiz: The Empire Games
13 How many Gold Medals did Ian Thorpe win at the 2002 games?
Answer: 6

Everyone from Australia knows who Ian Thorpe is. He is unbeaten in over 7 years in his pet event, the 400M Free. Events won at 2002 games were 100M, 200M, & 400M Freestyle, and all three relays.
  From Quiz: Swimming - Commonwealth Games
14 Eilish McColgan of Scotland followed in the footsteps of her mother Liz by winning Commonweath gold in which athletics event?
Answer: 10,000 metres

Liz McColgan (nee Lynch) won gold for Scotland in the 10,000 metres on home soil in Edinburgh in 1986, and retained her title in Auckland in 1990. Daughter Eilish kept it in the family by triumphing over the same distance in Birmingham.
    Your options: [ High Jump ] [ 10,000 metres ] [ Javelin ] [ 400 metres hurdles ]
  From Quiz: 2022 Commonwealth Games
15 Who won the men's 50M Freestyle at 2002 Games?
Answer: Roland Schoeman

Roland Schoeman is from the Republic of South Africa, and is very fast over the 50M & 100M freestyle.
  From Quiz: Swimming - Commonwealth Games
16 Cricket returned to the Commonwealth Games for the first time since 1998, with the Twenty20 format being used. Australia won the women's gold medal, but which country won the men's event?
Answer: Nobody - it was a women only event

Only the women took part in the cricket event at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Australia defeated India in the gold medal match, with New Zealand claiming bronze. All the matches took place at the Edgbaston test cricket stadium in Birmingham.
Cricket in 1998 (Kuala Lumpur) was a men's tournament over 50 overs.
    Your options: [ India ] [ Nobody - it was a women only event ] [ England ] [ New Zealand ]
  From Quiz: 2022 Commonwealth Games
17 Beginning with the British Empire and Commonwealth Games of 1958, a baton is carried and passed from person to person until it arrives at the venue for the Opening Ceremony. Where does this baton start its journey?
Answer: Buckingham Palace in London

The Queen's Baton Relay begins, in a Games year, at Buckingham Palace, as part of the Commonwealth Day celebrations. Commonwealth Day (formerly Empire Day) falls on the second Monday in March each year. Inside the baton is a message from the reigning British monarch to the athletes who will be competing in the Games.
  From Quiz: The Empire Games
18 Who won the 100M backstroke for women at Kuala Lumpar in 1998?
Answer: Giaan Rooney

Giaan Rooney of Australia, was the 2001 World Champion in the 200M Freestyle. Giaan qaulified for the Athens Olympics in the 100M backstroke.
  From Quiz: Swimming - Commonwealth Games
19 Which country finished the games on top of the medal table?
Answer: Australia

Australia finished on top of the table with 178 medals, including 67 golds. England, Canada and India finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively.
    Your options: [ England ] [ Australia ] [ Canada ] [ India ]
  From Quiz: 2022 Commonwealth Games
20 At how many many individual events did the Australian swimming team take Gold-Silver-Bronze at the 1998 Commonwealth Games?
Answer: 4

The events were the Men and Women's 100M Butterfly, Mens 200M and 400M Freestyle.
  From Quiz: Swimming - Commonwealth Games
21 The 2022 Commonwealth Games ended on August 8th with a spectacular closing ceremony. Which legendary music star brought down the curtain on proceedings with the final act of the night?
Answer: Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne was born and brought up in the West Midlands and has never lost his "Brummie" accent. He took to the stage at the end of the evening with Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi and a couple of the band's touring members to perform their most famous song, "Paranoid".
    Your options: [ Eric Clapton ] [ Ozzy Osbourne ] [ Elton John ] [ Cliff Richard ]
  From Quiz: 2022 Commonwealth Games
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