FLYING THE FLAG: Michael Shelley celebrates after winning the men’s marathon in Glasgow. PHOTO: Alex Livesey/Getty Images
FLYING THE FLAG: Michael Shelley celebrates after winning the men’s marathon in Glasgow. PHOTO: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Grandmother Rita Cowling cheers home marathon man Shelley

MICHAEL Shelley is the name on everybody's lips after becoming the first Australian to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal in the men's marathon since Steve Moneghetti.

Shelley added a Glasgow gold to the silver he won at Delhi in 2010, as he became the first non-African winner of the event in 20 years.

There was one keen Clarence Valley resident keeping a close eye on his two hour, 11 minute and 15 second personal best, however - grandmother Rita Cowling. "I watched the whole thing," the proud Cowling said.

"It was lovely to see him push through and hold on. I didn't get to see him on the podium as that wasn't until 3.30am but I caught a replay this morning.

"I'm very proud of him."

Shelley became the fourth Australian to win Commonwealth Games gold in the marathon, joining Rob De Castella (two-time winner) Steve Moneghetti and Dave Power in the record books.



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