Glory for Chad Le Clos, Fran Halsall, four more golds for Australia at CWG
Glasgow: South Africa`s Chad le Clos solidified his status as the world`s best 200m butterfly swimmer as he retained his Commonwealth Games title, while Australia added another four golds in the pool.
The most impressive individual performance, however, went to England`s Fran Halsall as she broke two Commonwealth Games records in winning the women`s 50m freestyle and qualifying fastest for Sunday`s 50m butterfly final.
Le Clos nearly came a cropper before he even got into the pool on Saturday after twisting his ankle when slipping off a bus as he arrived back at the athletes` village on Friday night.
However, once he was in the water he sped clear of the field in the final 50 metres.
"Last night I slipped off the bus, so I was a bit worried, my ankle was a bit swollen," said Le Clos.
"It wasn`t too bad, so I just iced it. 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."
Halsall proved just as strong as she set a new personal best to see off Australian 100m freestyle world champion Cate Campbell by just four hundredths of a second in 23:96sec. Cate`s sister Bronte Campbell took bronze.
"It`s been a fairytale evening for me tonight," said Halsall.
"To set a best time in the 50m freestyle and then another one in the fly. I can`t ask for more than two best times in one evening, especially with how special the crowd were in really supporting me.
"It has been an amazing evening that I will remember for a very long time."
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 100m breaststroke.
Ross Murdoch continued his excellent meet with bronze after claiming gold in the 200m breaststroke to increase Scotland`s medal tally in the pool to six.
Daniel Fox got Australia`s first gold of the evening in the men`s para-sport 200m freestyle to add to his new world record time of 1min 57:16sec from qualifying on Saturday.
Thomas Hamer took silver for England with Wales` Jack Thomas claiming bronze.
There was an Australian one-two in the women`s 200m breaststroke as Taylor McKeown sealed gold ahead of teammate Sally Hunter, while England`s Molly Renshaw claimed bronze.
Emily Seebohm also set a new Commonwealth Games record of 59:37sec in retaining her 100m backstroke title.
Georgia Davies rounded off an encouraging evening for Wales with silver with another Aussie Belinda Hocking taking bronze.
And the women`s 4x200m freestyle relay team took Australia`s gold medal tally to 11 from a possible 21 after three days in the pool at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre as they smashed the previous Games record by nearly four seconds in 7min 49:90sec.
Australian attention on Sunday will turn to the dual for gold between James Magnussen and Cameron McEvoy after they cruised into the final of the men`s 100 freestyle.
Magnussen was fastest in both the heats and the semi-finals on Saturday, but insists he has plenty more to give in the final.
"I`m still holding a bit back, but that is to come out," he said.
"It is hard to say where I am until I`m put under pressure, it wasn`t really that close so with Cam next to me tomorrow it will test me out a bit more."
Another Australian Ben Treffers went fastest in qualifying for the men`s 50m backstroke final ahead of 100m backstroke gold medallist Chris Walker-Hebborn of England and Wales` Marco Loughran.