Published: Sat, April 07, 2018
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Mack Horton won Australia's first 2018 Commonwealth Games gold on Thursday

Mack Horton won Australia's first 2018 Commonwealth Games gold on Thursday

"We've both got fantastic form at the moment which is a credit to our coaches and I think this crowd is pushing us over the line as well".

Canada finished second, with England third. "All the guys are swimming out of their skin really", Australia's head coach Jacco Verhaeren said.

James Magnussen notched a third consecutive Commonwealth Games gold in the men's 4x100m freestyle relay as the men echoed the exploits of their female counterparts from day one in grabbing gold, while an exuberant Clyde Lewis produced one of the personal bests of the Games thus far, shaving 3.5sec off his previous mark for gold in the men's 400m individual medley. Wilmott's effort was then backed up by Thomas Hamer and Eleanor Robinson in the S14 200m freestyle and S7 50m butterfly respectively, before James Wilby stormed home over the last 50 to capture the men's 200m breaststroke.

"There were a few times when I thought I couldn't come back". Horton added a Commonwealth gold to his Olympic title, easily winning the 400 in 3:43.76, about 1.5 seconds ahead of Australian teammate Jack McLoughlin. "With fans in the crowd, I wanted to give them something to cheer about by delivering a fast time".

"Rio is cool. But home crowd is always going to win - having 10,000 people cheering for you is pretty unreal".

He took silver behind the 21-year-old Englishman Charlie Tanfield, who streaked home in 4:15.952 to win the 4,000m individual pursuit.

Gareth Evans of Wales won the men's 69kg and Australia's Tia-Clair Toomey thrilled the home crowd when she won the women's 58kg category with a total lift of 201kg.

"Last night I was feeling really bummed. butt that's all behind me now!"

"It was fantastic, so good to win but it's not just us four girls who ride the bike, it's Georgia Baker, Rebecca Wiasak who made the journey over here and didn't get a ride but have been pushing us at training every day to perform", Cure said. "I pride myself on being tough and stubborn and not giving up".

They defended the title they claimed at Glasgow 2014, clocking a time of 42.877 in the final, with the three-time world champions and Rio 2016 silver medallists seeing off the competition of England. Australian Matt Willis took the bronze. Proud, who is also the reigning Commonwealth champion in the 50 butterfly and 50 freestyle, won his preliminary heat by almost a body length, but that was annulled after a referee disqualified the Englishman for movement on the starting blocks.

"A few more years (towards Tokyo) is going to be hard to stay up in the top end but the depth in Australian cycling is unbelievable, the culture is fantastic and I'm so proud to be part of the team, and hopefully in the next few years we can step up again and show the world what our country is all about". Chad le Clos of South Africa, now the gold-medal favorite in the race with Proud out, was the fastest semifinalist to quality for Friday's final.

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