Commonwealth Games: Aussies dominate pool, Wales suffer doping shock

Last Updated: Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 11:22

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 4x100m 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 50m Commonwealth breaststroke title, while there was an Aussie one-two in the men`s 200m 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 100m 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 400m individual medley and Canada`s Katerine Savard took the women`s 100m butterfly.

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

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

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.

"I just screamed `freedom` at the top of my lungs because just being here in front of a home crowd just brought out the Braveheart inside of me," he said.

"I watched it just last week to get ready for this. It`s such a Scottish thing. It warms my heart."

Joanna Rowsell won England`s 20th gold medal in Commonwealth Games track cycling by shattering Australia`s and New Zealand`s dominance of the women`s 3000m individual pursuit.
The 25-year-old finished nearly four seconds ahead of Australia`s Annette Edmondson with Amy Cure also of Australia edging out Scotland`s Katie Archibald for bronze.

It was the first time that a country other than Australia or New Zealand had won this event.

Sam Webster claimed gold for New Zealand in the men`s sprint final for his second gold of the Games following his victory in the team sprint on Thursday.

AFP

First Published: Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 11:22

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