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Women's 4x100m Freestyle Relay Team Win

published  First Published: 09/10/2010
Article written by: Nigel Brookson
To cap a remarkably successful night for Australia in the pool in Delhi, the women's 4x100m freestyle relay team has impressively won gold in a new Commonwealth Games record time.
 
Claiming a sixth gold medal on a frenetic and dramatic night at the Dr.SP Mukherjee Aquatics Complex, the Australian combination of Alicia Coutts, Marieke Guehrer, Felicity Galvez and Emily Seebohm finished in 3:36.36, thirteen-hundredths of a second faster than the previous record.
 
They finished ahead of England (3:40.03) and New Zealand (3:42.12). Canada (3:38.91) touched the wall in second place but was later disqualified. For 23-year-old Coutts, she racked up gold medal No.4 in Delhi after chiming in with the opening leg of the relay.
 
Suddenly Coutts is shouldering the burden of expectation as she looks to extend her tally even further in Saturdays 4x100m medley relay.
 
A five-strong haul would place her just one spot behind fellow Brisbane girl Susie O'Neills Australian record for gold medals at a single Games.
 
Other Golden Moments from Day Five at the 2010 Commonwealth Games Delhi
 
SWIMMING
 
Australia has now claimed five gold medals in the pool at the Delhi Games, with Sophie Edington setting a new Commonwealth Games record in winning the women's 50m backstroke final.
 
Edington pulled away late in the race to touch the wall in 28.00 seconds.
England's Gemma Spofforth (28:03) won silver while Australian Emily Seebohm won her sixth medal at these Games in sharing the bronze with Georgia Davies of Wales (28:33).
 
Leisel Jones has claimed her ninth Commonwealth Games gold medal, comfortably winning her pet event the women's 100m breaststroke with a commanding swim at the Delhi Games.
 
Jones added the 100 to her 200m breaststroke title already secured during this competition and stands on the cusp of joining Ian Thorpe and Susie O'Neill as winners of 10 Commonwealth Games gold medals.
The 25-year-old won by a body-length, touching the wall in 1:05.84, still well behind her Commonwealth Games record (1:05.09) set during her barnstorming run in Melbourne four years ago.
 
It was an Australian 1-2 with Jones finishing ahead of teammate Sam Marshall (1:07.97) and England's Kate Haywood (1:08.29).
Jones's ninth career gold medal means she now moves within one of the record 10 earned by her fellow Australian swimming greats.
 
Geoff Huegill has triumphed in the men's 100m butterfly final in a staggering comeback story.
 
The one-time overweight former athlete has set a new Commonwealth Games record in winning the event in 51.69 seconds, just days after he was narrowly beaten to the gold medal in the 50m event.
 
Huegill's time is the equal second-fastest time this year behind Michael Phelps.
Huegill also held the previous Games record, swimming a time of 52.36 seconds in Manchester eight years ago.
In between, he retired, gained weight and then embarked on a drastic comeback campaign.
Papau New Guinea's Ryan Pini and Englands Antony James dead-heated for second (52.50).
It was the sixth gold medal of Huegills career, coming 12 years after his first.
 
ARCHERY
 
Australias mens recurve archery team has won the Commonwealth Games gold medal, defeating No.3 ranked Malaysia 219 points to 212.
 
Matthew Gray, Mathew Masonwells and Taylor Worth led Muhammad Izz Abdul Radhim, Chu Sian Cheng and Arif Farhan Ibrahim Putra from start to finish in the hot and humid conditions at the Yamuna Sports Complex.
 
CYCLING
 
Another gold for Australia at the velodrome. The combination of Scott Sunderland, Jason Niblett and Dan Ellis smashes the Commonwealth Games record in winning the men's team sprint.
 
Racing against New Zealand in the final, the Australian trio combined beautifully to stop the clock after 43.772 seconds.
 
New Zealand rider Sam Webster took a heavy fall, leaving him with a badly-injured shoulder, but his tumble did not affect the outcome of the race.
Australia's individual men's sprint gold medallist Shane Perkins pulled out of the event earlier today, saying it was a self-imposed punishment for his controversial finger gestures at officials after he was disqualified from the men's keiren on Wednesday.
The Kiwis were represented by Eddie Dawkins, Ethan Mitchell and Webster in the gold medal ride-off at Indira Gandhi Sports Complex.
 
Yet another gold medal for Australia at the velodrome. Cameron Meyer has picked up his third gold with a scintillating performance in the men's 20km scratch race.
 
And it was also an Australian quinella with Michael Freiberg grabbing a silver medal thanks to some excellent team tactics. Canada's Zach Bell claimed bronze.
 
Meyers victory followed his earlier wins in the men's points race and team pursuit. He equalled Anna Meares three gold medals in Delhi.
 
This latest gold medal leaves Australia with 12 of the 14 golds on offer at the velodrome. New Zealand and Malaysia secured the two other golds after five days of cycling finals. Australia also won two silvers and three bronze medals.
 
SHOOTING
 
Australian shooters Stacy Roiall and Laetisha Scanlan win a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games womens trap pairs.
 
The pair shot a Games record score of 93 out of 100 to finish ahead of Englands Abbey Burton and Anita North on 91 and Canadas Cynthia Meyer and Sue Nattrass on 90.
 
GYMNASTICS
 
Lauren Mitchell etched her name into the record books on Friday night by equalling the best-ever Commonwealth Games result by an artistic gymnast.
 
The 19-year-old West Australian clinched her fourth gold medal of the Delhi Games in the beam to match the record set a year before she was born by Canadian Lori Strong.
The dominant victory in one of her two pet events now has Mitchell poised to surpass Strongs mark at the 1990 Auckland Games.
 
The biomedical science student also started the final night of the artistic gymnastics program as the raging-hot favourite to win the floor final, the last womens event of the competition.
In a remarkable return from a 10-month injury lay-off, Mitchell has won every event she has contested in the absence of English world champion Beth Tweddle (rested) - the all-around, uneven bars, beam and womens team.

 

 

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