Commonwealth Games: Horton, relay team give Australia golden start in the pool
Commonwealth Games: Horton, relay team give Australia golden start in the pool
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06 April, 2018, 14:22
Mack Horton claimed gold in the men's 400m freestyle, a repeat of his efforts in Rio, while the women's 4x100m freestyle relay team capped off the day by placing first and smashing the world record in the process.
Cate Campbell brought home the world record with a flying final leg of 51.00secs after sister Bronte was under world record pace with her second leg of 52.03secs.
It was the first time an Australian had won the event at the Comm Games since Ian Thorpe led another one-two with Grant Hackett in 2002.
The 21-year-old had to chase down James Guy and Jack McLoughlin to win the title, pulling ahead in the final 100 metres to edge out compatriot McLoughlin and the Englishman to touch in three minutes, 43.76.
South African Henri Schoeman won the event by a healthy eight seconds, with another Australian, Matt Hauser, just missing out on bronze to Scotland's Marc Austin.
"It's really about swimming to win".
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While he trailed for the opening 200m, Horton was always confident he had the race right where he wanted it. I don't know how that happened. I was still a bit soft and slow in that first 200.
"I am not anxious about who I meet in the semifinal, I am ready", she added.
"I probably feel more emotion here than in Rio because the whole crowd is cheering for you. Ten thousand people cheering for you is pretty unreal".
A Nielsen poll, commissioned by the Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF), found that Australians believe the biggest long-term benefit of the Games will be the promotion of the Gold Coast on the global stage (40 per cent), beating out improved infrastructure and services (22 per cent) and additional jobs and economic growth (14 per cent).
Canada finished second in 3:33.92 with England third nearly five seconds further back. 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.
"I've raced against Hannah in every meet and I've been second every time", Willmott said.
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