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Oz dominate pool, Wales suffer doping shock

GLASGOW--Australia continued to dominate the Commonwealth Games swimming competition with four more golds on Friday while Wales were sent reeling by a second doping shock.

Australia's men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay team retained their title ahead of South Africa and England to claim their seventh victory from a possible 14 events.

Leiston Pickett became the first swimmer to retain a 50-meter Commonwealth breaststroke title, while there was an Aussie one-two in the men's 200-meter freestyle as Thomas Fraser-Holmes edged out Cameron McEvoy with Calum Jarvis claiming Wales' first medal of the meet in third.

There was also a world record for Maddison Elliott in the women's para-sport 100-meter freestyle S8 ahead of England's Stephanie Slater and another Australian Lakeisha Patterson.

There was more joy for hosts Scotland as Dan Wallace won the men's 400-meter individual medley and Canada's Katerine Savard took the women's 100-meter butterfly.

Benjamin Proud claimed England's first gold of the swim meet in the men's 50-meter butterfly ahead of South African duo Roland Schoeman and Chad le Clos.

Chris Walker-Hebborn ensured the men's 100-meter backstroke Commonwealth title remained in English hands with a Games record time of 53:12 seconds.

The biggest cheer of the evening was definitely reserved for Wallace as he won Scotland's third swimming gold in two days following the success of Hannah Miley and Ross Murdoch on Thursday.

Wallace admitted he had been inspired by the film "Braveheart" as he edged out Fraser-Holmes and Canada's Sebastien Rousseau.

The 21-year-old could be seen bellowing "freedom" after touching the wall to seal the win, just as his namesake William Wallace does in the film.

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