Aussies top medal recipients, Bolt breezes in
AFP Monday, July 28, 2014, 12:03 am TWN
GLASGOW -- Australia's swim stars sent their country top of the Commonwealth Games medals table on Saturday while Jamaican sprint sensation Usain Bolt sprinkled a little stardust on Glasgow.
The women's 4x200-meter freestyle relay team took Australia's gold haul to 11 from a possible 21 after three days at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre as they smashed the previous Games record by nearly four seconds.
There was an Australian one-two in the women's 200-meter breaststroke as Taylor McKeown sealed gold ahead of teammate Sally Hunter before Emily Seebohm set a new Games record in retaining her 100-meter backstroke title.
Daniel Fox got another Australian gold in the men's para-sport 200-meter freestyle to add to his new world record time from qualifying.
South Africa's Chad le Clos solidified his status as the world's best 200-meter butterfly swimmer as he retained his title but he almost came a cropper before he even got into the pool after twisting his ankle when slipping off a bus as he arrived back at the athletes' village on Friday.
However, once he was in the water he sped clear of the field in the final 50 meters.
"Last night I slipped off the bus, so I was a bit worried, my ankle was a bit swollen," said Le Clos.
"This morning it was quite bad in the heats so I was a bit worried, but we had 10 hours to strap it up and needle it a little bit so thanks to the physios."
The most impressive individual performance in the pool was by England's Fran Halsall as she broke two Games records in winning the women's 50-meter freestyle and qualifying fastest for Sunday's 50-meter butterfly final.
There was more joy for England as 19-year-old Adam Peaty beat Olympic champion Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa into second in the men's 100-meter breaststroke.
In track cycling, Australia took their medals tally to 15 with Annette Edmondson winning the women's scratch race and Scott Sunderland landing the men's 1-kilometer time trial.
The 22-year-old Edmondson, who was silver medalist in the individual pursuit, matched brother Alex's tally of team gold and individual pursuit silver.
Australian duo Jason Niblett and Kieran Modra missed out in the men's Para Sprint B tandem as Scotland's Neil Fachie and Craig Maclean claimed a second gold of the Games with a 2-1 victory.
New Zealand shone in the men's 40-km points race with Thomas Scully claiming gold and Aaron Gate winning bronze. Peter Kennaugh claimed Isle of Man's first medal of the Games, finishing second.
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