The Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Manchester in 2002
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Manchester Commonwealth Games has 'walking tall' legacy

An expert on the impact of major sports events said the legacy of Manchester's Commonwealth Games was that "people of the north west of England walk around half an inch taller".

Speaking on the 10th anniversary of the Games, Leeds Metropolitan University's Kate Hughes said it had allowed local people to be "proud to say they were involved with the Commonwealth Games".

The event, which opened on 25 July 2002, saw 5,000 athletes from 72 countries visit the city to compete.

Alongside the city's existing sports venues, major new structures were built for the games, including the City of Manchester Stadium, which has since become home to Premier League champions Manchester City, and the Manchester Velodrome, where Great Britain's elite cyclists are based.

  • 24 Jul 2012