Gold Coast Officially Opens Commonwealth Games

Ruben Holloway
April 7, 2018

New Zealand's first medal of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games is silver, won by the women's team pursuit quartet behind Australia on the first day of the track cycling program.

Australia's swim team saved its best for last on the first night in the pool at the Commonwealth Games.

Australia, with sisters Bronte and Cate Campbell, Emma McKeon and Shayna Jack, clocked a time of 3 minutes, 30.5 seconds Thursday night at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.

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Leigh Howard, Sam Welsford, Kelland O'Brien and Alex Porter blazed across the line in three minutes 49.804 seconds, smashing the mark of 3:50.265 seconds set by Britain at the Rio Olympics.

It was Australia's second gold medal Thursday, the opening night of competition at the Anna Meares Velodrome in Brisbane. England took the bronze, more than eight seconds behind Australia. I probably feel more emotion here than in Rio (2016 Olympic Games) because the whole crowd is cheering for you. "My coach said 'the atmosphere out there is electric, go out, soak it up.' I think that is what we have done". "I think that as perfectionists we can always look for the next thing and we don't stop and appreciate the incredible moments when they happen and this is one of those rare and incredible moments". 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].

Wilmott, beaten by Miley in the 2014 Glasgow final, fought back tenaciously in the final freestyle leg to pip the Scot by 0.26secs with Australia's Blair Evans third.

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Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the XXI Commonwealth Games being held in Gold Coast, Queensland. "I would have preferred it to be a full-distance race on a super-hard course", Alistair said, lamenting the decision to race over sprint distance, or half an Olympic course. "I knew that this time it could have been me if I just swam the race a little bit better".

Some 6,600 athletes from 71 nations and territories - all of them former British colonies that now make up the Commonwealth of Nations - are taking part in 18 sports (seven para-sports) for a chance to pick up a total of 275 gold medals.

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In the Gold Coast Games, the composition of the team appears to be good and the Indian boxers will certainly be amongst medalists. No longer able to dive, the young athlete has vowed she won't be a "stranger" to the sport.

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