Gold Coast - Australia
shattered the women's 4x100m freestyle world record for their
second gold medal on the opening night's finals at the Gold Coast
Commonwealth Games on Thursday.
The team of Shayna Jack, Bronte Campbell, Emma McKeon and Cate
Campbell went 0.60 seconds under Australia's previous world record set
at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
They posted a blistering three minutes 30.05 seconds with Cate
Campbell bringing home the world record with a flying final leg of
Australia beat home Canada and England for their second gold medal of
the opening night after Olympic champion Mack Horton claimed the 400m
freestyle final earlier in the programme.
Horton became Australia's first 400m freestyle winner at the
Commonwealth Games since the great Ian Thorpe with his victory.
Horton swam a perfectly judged race to reel in team-mate Jack
McLoughlin and England's James Guy to win gold in three minutes 43.76
Horton tracked the leading duo in the first half of the race before making his charge in the final 150m.
Horton, who upset Chinese defending champion Sun Yang to snatch gold
at Rio two years ago, joined five-time Olympic champion Thorpe, who was
the last Australian man to win the 400m free in Manchester in 2002.
Fittingly, Thorpe presented Horton with his gold medal at the podium presentation.
"It's really about swimming to win. It was a good race with James - he's always out quick," Horton said.
"I knew I had to mow him that last 200. I was still a bit soft and slow in that first 200.
"It's good. Just swimming in front of the home crowd is unreal. I
probably feel more emotion here than in Rio (2016 Olympic Games) because
the whole crowd is cheering for you.
"That didn't happen so much in Rio. Ten thousand people cheering for you is pretty unreal."
It was Horton's third career Commonwealth Games medal after winning
4x200m freestyle gold and 1 500m freestyle silver in Glasgow in 2014.
England also claimed
two gold medals on the opening night with Aimee Wilmott denying Hannah
Miley's bid for a Scottish record three consecutive 400m individual
medley gold medals and James Wilby dethroning Scottish defending
champion Ross Murdoch in the 200m breaststroke.
Wilmott, beaten by Miley in the 2014 Glasgow final, fought back
tenaciously in the final freestyle leg to pip the Scot by 0.26 with
Australia's Blair Evans third.
"I've been second almost every single time," Wilmott said.
"I've raced against Hannah in every meet and I've been second every
time. I knew that this time it could have been me if I just swam the
race a little bit better."
Miley was 0.03secs ahead heading into the final leg but Wilmott finished strongly for the gold medal.
Miley, 28, was bidding to become the first Scot to claim three
consecutive golds in the same event at the Commonwealth Games after
winning gold at Delhi 2010 and Glasgow 2014.
Wilby came with a late rush to tip out Murdoch in the 200m
breaststroke final by 0.27 in 2:08.05 with Australian Matt Wilson
Canada's Taylor Ruck upset the fancied Australians Ariarne Titmus and
defending champion Emma McKeon to win the 200m freestyle gold.
Ruck set a new Games record of 1:54.81 to deny the fast-closing
Titmus by just four-hundredths of a second in a desperate finish, with
McKeon taking bronze.
The 17-year-old Titmus is the rising star of Australian swimming
after becoming the first Australian woman in 14 years to complete the
200m/400m/800m freestyle treble at the selection trials last month.