THE BEST OF DAY 2: COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2018
What a day. We have now pushed past England to claim 1st on the Medal Tally, with a total of 36 medals. On the second day of competition we won nine gold, five silver and seven bronze for a total of 21 medals.
Upset at the Weights
Welsh weightlifter Gareth Evans caused massive upset in the men’s 69kg class on Friday, with consistent lifting, forcing his rivals to take risks and change strategies. Opening with a snatch of 130kg, Evans sent his competitors scrambling and ultimately finished with six successful lifts out of six, totaling 299kg which earned him gold.
The Fittest Woman on Earth
Tia-Clair Toomey, also known as the fittest woman on earth is now a Commonwealth Games champion after a victory in the women’s 58kg weightlifting category. The Australian claimed gold in the last lift, a 114kg clean and jerk, winning by just 1kg over Canadian Tali Darsigny who claimed silver. “This gold medals means more than just a gold medal. My family, my team, my husband, we’ve trained so hard for this, it is a dream come true,” Toomey told Channel 7. “I didn’t know exactly how much was on the bar, before the crowd was so electric, I was really in the zone and to be able to do it in front of the home crowd was beyond words, it was simply incredible. Knowing my family were there and teammates, it was incredible memory I’ll cherish forever.”
Games Records Obliterated
Another rivalry has been formed between Australia’s Emily Seebohm and Canada’s Kylie Masse as they both broke the Commonwealth Games record in their heat swims in the women’s 100m backstroke. Seebohm broke her standing games record time of 59.37 which she set in Glasgow, touching the wall in 58.91 seconds. However, just minutes later, Masse went even faster finishing in just 58.70 seconds.
Our very own, home grown Kyle Chalmers took out gold in the men’s 200m freestyle on Friday, beating a star-studded line up which included Chad Le Clos, Rio 2016 Olympic Silver medalist. Le Clos lead the field for the first half of the race before he was overtaken by the majority of the field, including Chalmers who touched first with a personal-best time of 1:45.56. He was closely followed by fellow Australian Mack Horton (1:45.89) who claimed silver and Scotland’s Duncan Scott who took home bronze (1:46.30).
No to be over shadowed by the boys in the pool, our girls got a clean sweep in the women’s 100m butterfly, with Emma McKeon winning gold in a new Commonwealth Games record time of 56.78 seconds. She lead the race the entire time closely followed by Madeline Groves who won the silver in 57.19 whilst Brianna Throssell claimed the bronze in 57.30.