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

Calvin Saunders
April 7, 2018

Campbell, who anchored Australia to a world record as they won the 4x100m freestyle relay Thursday, broke the Games mark with 23.88 seconds in her 50m freestyle semifinal.

Matt Glaetzer added a second gold in quick succession in the men's keirin with Scotland's Katie Archibald maintaining her cadence brilliantly to relegate Rebecca Wiasak to silver in the women's 3000m individual pursuit, in which Annette Edmonson also claimed bronze in an all-Australian clash with Ashley Ankudinoff.

The Australians also triumphed in the women's team pursuit and women's team sprint - each time over New Zealand - to carry home three of the four golds up for grabs on the first day of cycling action on the track.

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.

It was a much closer contest in the men's team sprint final until the last lap, when favourites New Zealand pulled away.

"We've never had that before and now we can see what that does for us".

There was no sleep-in for the world record-holders in the Commonwealth Games pool on Friday.

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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.

Glaetzer, Australia's sprint king, paid tribute to his late coach Gary West, who lost his battle with motor neurone disease a year ago, aged 57. "I was like, "omigosh", and then I looked up at the board and I saw that I'd won".

For the Campbell sisters and McKeon this is not the first time they have been a part of a world-record relay squad.

"I think that was really incredible".

Horton won the men's 400m freestyle final tonight but fancied compatriots Ariarne Titmus and Emma McKeon were trumped in the women's 200m freestyle medal race. "I knew she had gone out hard, the crowd was going mental", said Archibald, who set a Commonwealth-record 3:24.119 earlier in the day.

"I know I have a lot of fans who were wanting to watch me race".

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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