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CWG: Gold rush for Australian swimmers, cyclists

Last updated on: July 28, 2014 03:30 IST

Australia swimmers make a splash with three golds!

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Australia grabbed eight swimming medals, including three golds, in a record-breaking session in the Commonwealth Games pool on Saturday.

Teenager Taylor McKeown, Emily Seebohm and the women's 4x200 metres freestyle team all took golds and their colleagues also secured three silvers and two bronzes at the Tollcross Swimming Centre.

"Oh my goodness -- Commonwealth champion," the 19-year-old McKeown told reporters after winning the women's 200 breaststroke final.

"In the last 50 metres I couldn't see where I was so I just went for it and tried to hold on."

Australia began the evening well when Grant Irvine claimed the silver behind Olympic champion Chad le Clos of South Africa who retained his 200 butterfly title with a Games record time of one minute 55.07 seconds.

McKeown then stormed to gold, with teammate Sally Hunter snatching silver to ensure an Australian one-two.

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Image: Gold medallist Taylor McKeown of Australia looks at her medal during the medal ceremony for the Women's 200m Breaststroke Final at Tollcross International Swimming Centre on Day 3 of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on Saturday
Photographs: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

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Campbell sisters set new record

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Cate and Bronte Campbell became the first sisters to pick up medals in the same individual swimming event at the Games when they took silver and bronze respectively in the 50 freestyle behind English winner Fran Halsall.

Another gold and bronze followed for Australia when Seebohm edged out Georgia Davies of Wales and fellow countrywoman Belinda Hocking in the 100 backstroke.

Arch-rivals England also enjoyed a good night in the pool with Halsall beating the Campbell sisters in a Games-best time of 23.96 seconds.

Eighteen-year-old Molly Renshaw swam a personal best in her first major final to take the bronze in the 200 breaststroke and Adam Peaty, 19, added to England's tally with a surprise gold and another Games record time in the 100 breaststroke.

Peaty pushed Olympic champion Cameron Van der Burgh of South Africa and Scotland's Ross Murdoch, a gold medallist in the 200 equivalent on Thursday, into second and third positions.

Fittingly, the night ended with another record and yet more gold for Australia as they edged out Canada and England in the women's 4x200 freestyle relay. 


Image: Silver medallist Cate Campbell (left) of Australia and bronze medallist Bronte Campbell of Australia pose during the medal ceremony for the Women's 50m Freestyle Final at Tollcross International Swimming Centre on Saturday
Photographs: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

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Australia pedal away to double gold in cycling

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Annette Edmondson and Scott Sunderland won gold for Australia at the Chris Hoy Velodrome on Saturday but England were left subdued after four of their Olympic gold medallists failed to get on the podium.

The 22-year-old Edmondson claimed victory in the women’s 10km scratch race with a time of 12 minutes 53 seconds, beating compatriot Amy Cure and Wales’ Elinor Barker.

England’s Olympic team pursuit champions Dani King and Laura Trott finished fourth and 11th respectively, while another Olympic champion Joanna Roswell, who won gold in the 3,000m individual pursuit on Friday, finished 19th out of 24 riders.

"I didn't know we had all done so well until I looked on the board and (had) seen the replay,” Edmondson told reporters.

“The aim was to get first and to do anything else was a bonus."

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Image: Australia's Annette Edmondson (centre) holds her gold medal with compatriot and silver medal winner Amy Cure (left) and bronze medal winner Elinor Barker of Wales after the women's 10km scratch cycling race at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland on Saturday
Photographs: Andrew Winning/Reuters

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'It was difficult coming in as the reigning champion'

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Sunderland took gold in the 1,000m time trial to retain the title he won in Delhi four years ago, while New Zealand duo Simon van Velthooven and Matthew Archibald finished second and third.

England's Ed Clancy, a gold medallist in the team pursuit at London 2012, had to settle for fourth.

"It was difficult coming in as the reigning champion. I had really good form and training," Sunderland said.

"It was certainly difficult coming into the last lap. I started to get really light-headed. The crowd were really cheering me on but I didn't know what my time was.

“It took me a lap to realise I had won. I could half see the numbers and I was scanning up and down. The time I rode was spectacular, I felt."

In the men’s 40km points race final, New Zealand’s Tom Scully won gold with 98 points ahead of Isle of Man’s Peter Kennaugh and fellow Kiwi Aaron Gate.


Image: Scott Sunderland of Australia celebrates winning gold after the Men's 1000 metres Time Trial at Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome on Saturday
Photographs: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

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