THE BEST OF DAY 5: COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2018
The records are still being broken, and history is still being made on another medal-filled day of competition at GC2018, with 33 gold medals claimed.
History Made at Carrara Stadium
In the women’s 100m final, Michelle-Lee Ahye became the first woman from Trinidad and Tobago to win 100m Commonwealth games gold and the nation’s first gold medallist since Ato Bolden won the men’s 100m race in 1998.
In the men’s 100m final today, Akani Simbine won gold in a time of 10:03 seconds. Marking the first time in 20 years that an athlete from a Caribbean country has not held the title of the Commonwealth’s fastest man. He was closely followed by Henricho Bruintijies, also from South Africa (silver) and bronze was claimed by Yohan Blake, the favourite to win the race.
Also on the track, Australian Evan O’Hanlon won gold in the men’s T38 100m final in 11.09 seconds, falling after he crossed the finish. "I think I overstepped my ability a little bit there and ended up on the ground," he said.
Cook Islands into the Record Books
The Cook Islands has won its first medal in Commonwealth games history when Aidan Zittersteijn and Taiki Paniani won bronze in the Lawn Bowls men’s pairs competiton. All it took was a little mojo. “We started off good then we really got our rhythm – we call it mojo – and we were set. We played well,” he said.
Another drought was broken in Lawn Bowls when the Australian team won the women’s fours in a 18-16 victory against South Africa, finally claiming the gold after 12 years.
Weightlifting Wraps Up in Dramatic Fashion
Throughout the games, the weightlifting competition has been full of drama and the final day was no different. New Zealand’s Laurel Hubbard was the favourite heading into the women’s 90kg + competition but had to withdraw after injuring her arm on the final snatch. Despite her disappointment, Hubbard said she had no regrets about her performance at the games.
Fiji claimed gold with their 18-year-old superstar Eileen Cikamatana in the women’s 90kg category and in the women’s 90kg +. Sanele Mao of Samoa lifted a personal best of 360kg to claim gold over the Indian favourite Pardeep Sign in the men’s 105kg class.
Another Golden Night for The Aussies
Yet again, the Australian Dolphins have impressed us all winning four of the nine gold medals up for grabs. Mitch Larkin became the first backstroke to complete the 50/100/200m treble when he won the 200m backstroke final. It was a clean sweep as fellow dolphins Bradley Woodward and Josh beaver claimed silver and bronze.
The young superstar of the pool, Ariarne Titmus won her first individual gold in the 800m final. Once again, the Aussies got a clean sweep with Jessica Ashwood taking silver and Kiah Melverton taking bronze.
After finishing second to sister Cate in the 50m freestyle on Saturday, Bronte Campbell joked that it would be nice if the roles were reversed occasionally, and tonight it happened! Bronte Campbell beat her sister Cate to the wall for gold in the 100m with 17-year-old Canadian Taylor Ruck close behind the sisters claiming bronze. Ruck, another young swimming sensation to keep an eye on as she has won a medal in every event she has competed in so far.
Adding to the Aussie’s golden night, Matthew Levy took home gold in the men’s S7 50m freestyle final.
South African Chad le Clos completed his own version of a clean sweep in the men’s butterfly events, overtaking our Susie O’Neill, to become the most decorated athlete in Commonwealth Games History.
Vanuatu is Launched into the History Books
Vanuatu’s Friana Kwevira won bronze in the women’s F46 javelin throw, securing her country’s first ever Commonwealth Games medal.