C’wealth Games

Aussies break records on day-1

Afp, Gold Coast

6 April, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Australia smashed world records in swimming and cycling on day one of the Commonwealth Games as they rebounded quickly from hurdler Sally Pearson’s shock pull-out on Thursday.

Australia’s three gold medals at the Anna Meares Velodrome included a world record in the men’s 4,000m team pursuit as they stamped their authority on the cycling competition.

It was only a slightly less fruitful night for the Aussies in the pool, where they won two golds including a new world mark in the 4x100m women’s freestyle relay.

Olympic champion Mack Horton won the men’s 400m freestyle although Canada’s Taylor Ruck pipped two Aussies — fellow 17-year-old Ariarne Titmus, and Emma McKeon — in the women’s 200m free.

Flora Duffy won the competition’s opening gold medal in the women’s triathlon, becoming Bermuda’s first female medallist at the Commonwealth Games.

In the men’s race, Olympic gold and silver medallists Alistair and Jonny Brownlee of England trailed home 10th and seventh as the 2016 bronze-winner Henri Schoeman accelerated away for gold.

India also won their first gold through women’s 48kg world champion weightlifter Chanu Saikham Mirabai, who set three new Commonwealth records in her runaway win. Wales had a day to remember when Anna Hursey, the Games’ youngest competitor at just 11, won a doubles table tennis match in the women’s team event against India, together with partner Charlotte Carey.

England won the men’s team gymnastics and two swimming gold medals through Aimee Wilmott and James Wilby, who upset Scottish favourites Hannah Miley and Ross Murdoch.