Monday, 24 September, 2018

Australia, Canada, England win Commonwealth Games pool golds

Aussie swimmers set early pace at Games Australia, Canada, England win Commonwealth Games pool golds
Sidney Guerrero | 08 April, 2018, 01:36

That win made up for Rebecca Wiasak's heartbreak in the women's 3000m individual pursuit decider, who lost to Scotland's Katie Archibald in the final.

This time around, the Games are taking place during a period of heightened awareness for indigenous rights, following large-scale protests on Australia Day in January.

Meanwhile, Kyle Chalmers led an Aussie one-two in the 200 meters freestyle and anchored an emphatic relay win as the hosts grabbed a stunning five gold medals in the pool.

Many Australians see the Commonwealth Games as a sporting celebration but for Aboriginal activists they symbolise invasion, dispossession and a culture shunted to the sidelines.

Less than 12 hours after breaking the world mark in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay, three of the four Australian women were back at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre in morning heats for the 50-meter freestyle. "All the guys are swimming out of their skin really", Australia's head coach Jacco Verhaeren said.

By 10.15pm, they had 14 as the golds came thick and fast, at a rate of better than one every 15 minutes.

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Horton became Australia's first 400 metres freestyle victor at the Commonwealth Games since the great Ian Thorpe with his victory. "I can't choose a medal but they're all special".

Campbell continued her sizzling form at the Gold Coast meet with another record in the 50m freestyle semifinal.

Hanson, an anti-immigration firebrand known for her outspoken views, said the ceremony's opening sequence was "over the top", but denied her views were racist.

The result caps another excellent day for Australia, who now have a total of 32 medals from their exploits in the pool, including 11 golds.

McKeon's victory was particularly memorable for the fact it was a one-two-three finish for Australia, with Madeline Groves winning silver and Brianna Throssell bronze.

The women's pursuit team - Ashlee Akudinoff, Annette Edmondson, Amy Cure and Alexandra Manly - also took gold, nearly lapping New Zealand, The Australian reported.

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