Published: Fri, April 06, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Games: Horton, relay team give Australia golden start in the pool

Games: Horton, relay team give Australia golden start in the pool

We won three gold in the Velodrome up in Brisbane on Thursday, with a new record set in the men's 4000m cycling team pursuit, while the women placed first in the team sprint and team pursuit as well.

England were able to put their rivals under pressure for the first 1500m but Australia eventually won by five and a half seconds, breaking the world record set by Great Britain at the Rio Olympics 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. "We weren't expecting to get near it tonight and then we did; I don't know how that happened".

"It's good. Just swimming in front of the home crowd is unreal".

Robertson said she wouldn't stop just at a bronze in what is her debut appearance at the Games.

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.

Canada's Taylor Ruck, however, ended a potential Australian gold rush and temporarily sucked all of the frenzied expectation out of the venue when she held off a fast-finishing Ariarne Titmuss in the women's 200m freestyle.

But a night of medals were kicked off by Australia's talent-stacked women's team pursuit.

Australia's bid for back-to-back Commonwealth Games gold medals in the netball started with a win, as expected, against Northern Ireland. After sitting in third for the first 200m, Horton flicked the switch to run down teammate Jack McLoughlin [silver] and England's Guy James [bronze].

They won 10 medals, with just one gold to Emily Seebohm in the women's 200m backstroke, to finish eighth on the table - their worst position since 1991 - and the Commonwealth Games has been seen as a step to regroup for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

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.

It was only a slightly less fruitful night for the Aussies in the pool, where they won two golds including a new world mark in the 4x100m women's freestyle relay.

England picked up its second gold of the evening when Wilby beat Glasgow defending champion Ross Murdoch of Scotland in the 200-meter breaststroke.

"I've raced against Hannah in every meet and I've been second every time", Willmott told reporters.

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