The fastest man in history caused quite the stir as he landed in the country, but it was the athletes on the field who stole the show with 15 gold medals to be claimed.
Throws of a Champion
Australian Kathryn Mitchell broke the Commonwealth Games and Australian record on her first javelin throw and then broke down once she realized she had won the gold medal. Her throw of 68.92m was the longest throw in the world for five years.
Historic Gold for Jamaica
Jamaican Aisha Praught claimed a historic Commonwealth Games gold for her country, smashing the Kenyan dominance of the 3000m steeplechase. Best known for their sprinting powerhouses, Jamaica has never won a Commonwealth medal in an even longer than the 800m. The race appeared over as Kenyan teenage Celliphine Chespol took a 20-metre lead. However, Praught slowly made up the distance and overtook Chespol in the final bend.
Diving Takes Stage with Major Upsets
Australians Esther Qin and Georgia Sheehan won gold in the women’s synchronized 3m springboard diving after a dramatic competition. Qin and Sheehan came from behind to claim gold after Australia’s other pairing of Maddi Keeney and Annabelle Smith failed to score on their final dive due to an error. Canada’s pairing of Jennifer Abel and Melissa Citrini-Beaulieu were also in gold medal contention after here rounds, but also failed to make the podium after a mistake on their final dive.
Aussie Hits Gold
Australian Daniel Repacholi won the men’s 50m final with a Games record score. He won with a score of 227.2, and Shakil Ahmed of Bangladesh took silver, while Om Mitharval of India claimed bronze.