THE BEST OF DAY 3: COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2018
Chad Le Clos is moving closer to Commonwealth Games history with another gold medal, whilst the gymnastics finals went down to the wire in both the men’s and women’s competitions. The para and mixed triathlons were filled with shock and India’s weightlifting gold rush continued on Day 3.
Le Clos Dominates the Commonwealth Pools
South African swimmer, Chad Le Clos claimed another gold medal in the 200m butterfly for the third consecutive Commonwealth Games. The gold was Le Clos’ 16th medal at a Commonwealth Games, making him the second most successful athlete, ever, at a Commonwealth Games. "I wanted to get the three - 2010, 2014, 2018,” he said. "No one has done the triple before so I feel like the Michael Phelps of the Commonwealth (Games) - I'm happy. Tonight was all about history, it was all about business. I had to get in, get the job done, and come out as unscathed as possible." With more events yet to come at the GC Games, Le Clos is still on target to win more medals during the games.
Seebohm & Masse Rivalry Continues
In a heart-stopping 100m backstroke final, Canadian Kylie Masse pipped Australian Emily Seebohm by just 0.03 seconds for gold. Seebohm led the entire race and looked set to win her third consecutive 100m Commonwealth title, before being beaten at the touch. "I know she always goes out quite fast,” Masse said of Seebohm. “I knew she was going to be right there. We were going to be there together. I had no idea how close she was at the end until I got out of the pool and I looked up at the times. She's an incredible swimmer."
England Dominance in the Gymnastics
Nile Wilson of England claimed England’s third consecutive Commonwealth Games men’s individual all-around gymnastics gold with a total score of 84.950 points. On the very last apparatus, only 0.25 points separated the top-three gymnasts heading into the horizontal bar. At this stage, Wilson’s teammate James Hall led the standings, with Wilso and Rio 2016 finalist Marios Georgiou both in second place. First up on the last apparatus was Georgiou, but after a good routine and an all-around total of 83.750, he was quickly outsourced by Hall (83.975).
Canada’s First Gymnastic Commonwealth Gold Since 2002
Elsabeth Black claimed Canada’s first women’s all-around Commonwealth gold medal since Kate Richardson in 2002, by just 0.4 of a point ahead of Australian Georgia Godwin. "I just wanted to show what Canadian gymnastics is all about,” Black said. “I still had some mistakes, but it's a big step up from last time (coming fourth in the all-around at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games)."
Australia Dominates the Triathlon
Our Aussies continued to dominate the triathlon scene and took home the gold in the mixed team relay. Ashleigh gentle led her country to victory with an outstanding performance in her leg of the triathlon, making up a 15 second deficit on the bike leg before pulling away to beat England by 52 seconds. Already a silver medalist in these games, Jake Birtwhistle had the honour of crossing the finish line to claim the gold medal in a combined time of 1:17.36.
Weightlifting Gold Rush
India claimed yet another gold medal in the weightlifting. Sathish Kumar Sivalingam won the gold medal in the men’s 77kg division. It was India’s third goal in weightlifting and fifth medal overall from the weightlifting program.
McCulloch Does it Again
Australian Kaarle McCulloch claims another gold in the Anna Meares Velodrome. In the race that made Meares a household name, it was fitting that a fellow Aussie would take home the gold in the 500m time trial. Australia’s Stephanie Morton claimed the silver and New Zealand’s Emma Cumming took bronze.