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Aussies claim double podium sweep in sizzling swim bonanza: Oz Comm Games LIVE

Aussies claim double podium sweep in sizzling swim bonanza: Oz Comm Games LIVE

Australia is enjoying a superb start to the Commonwealth Games, highlighted by sweeping all three medals in two swimming events on the first night in the pool.

The Aussies won five out of seven gold medals on offer in the opening night of swimming action, plus three gold medals on the cycling track.

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Ariarne Titmus won gold in the women’s 200m freestyle with a time of 1:53.089, also setting a Commonwealth Games record. 18-year-old Aussie Mollie O’Callaghan (1:54.01) claimed silver in an unbelievable late charge, ahead of Madison Wilson (1:56.17) in bronze. All three won their respective heats.

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That came afterElijah Winnington won gold in the men’s 400m freestyle with a time of 3:43.06 in the final, ahead of fellow Aussies Sam Short (3:45.07) in silver and Mack Horton (3:46.49) for the bronze.

Horton had enjoyed the second-fastest time of the heats – quicker than his fellow Aussies – but could not convert that into gold.

Also in the pool, Zac Stubblety-Cook won gold in the men’s 200m breastroke in 2:08.07s, adding to his gold medals in both the Olympics and World Championships.

Kiah Melverton won her second ever Commonwealth Games medal with a superb silver in the women’s 400m Individual Medley, coming home in 4:36.78s, but was soundly beaten by Canada’s unbelievable teen sensation Summer McIntosh with a Commonwealth Record 4:29.01s. McIntosh is just 15 years old.

In the final race of the night, Australia won gold in the mixed 4x100m relay, with William Yang, Kyle Chalmers, Mollie O’Callaghan and Emma McKeon coming home in 3:21.18s, just ahead of England in 3:22.45s. Australia had used an entirely different team in the heats, showing the incredible depth of the team.

There was disappointment for Kyle Chalmers, Matt Temple, and Cody Simpson – with none of the three making the finals of the men’s 50m butterfly. All three reached the semi-finals but were unable to reach the final.

Simpson’s girlfriend Emma McKeon also enjoyed a sizzling performance in the women’s 100m butterfly heat and clocked in with a time of 57:34, the fastest of anyone in the heats.

In the para-swimming events, Tim Hodge won his first Commonwealth Games gold with a Games record 1:01.88. in the men’s S9 100m backstroke, ahead of Harrison Vig in fourth and Brenden Hall in 5th.

Emily Beecroft won silver in the Women’s 100m Freestyle S9, while Australia’s most decorated female Paralympian Ellie Cole came fifth in her final Games.

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CYCLING SENSATIONS

Australia’s Jessica Gallagher and pilot Caitlin Ward won gold medals in the Women’s Tandem B Sprint track cycling, Australia’s first gold of the Games, winning both races in the final over Scotland.

Gallagher is an all-time great of Australian sport, becoming the first ever Australian to win a medal at the winter and summer Paralympics, in skiing and cycling respectively.

She has also competed at the Paralympics in athletics and attempting to compete in rowing.

They were followed by Georgia Baker, Sophie Edwards, Chloe Moran and Maeve Plouffe, who won the Women’s 4000m Team Pursuit, having earlier set a Commonwealth Games record of 4:14:605 in the heats.

Then Leigh Hoffman, Matthew Richardson and Matthew Glaetzer won gold in the men’s team sprint final ahead of England in a Commonwealth Games record.

The night comes to a close with another shot at a medal, this time it is Sophie Linn, Charlotte McShane and Natalie von Coevorden in the Women’s Sprint Distance Final.

AUSTRALIA’S FIRST MEDAL!

Matthew Hauser won Australia’s first medal of the Games with bronze in the triathlon sprint distance final.

Hauser nailed the Sutton Park course in 50:50, behind England’s Alex Yee (50:34) and New Zealand’s Hayden Wilde (50:47).

Two more Aussies in Jacob Birtwhistle and Brandon Copeland finished fourth and 22nd.

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Despite losing four wickets in the first five overs, Australia somehow turned it around to beat India by three wickets with Ash Gardner producing a superb knock of 51 from 34 deliveries.

Alyssa Healy departed for a duck on the second ball of the innings and was quickly followed by skipper Meg Lanning (8), Beth Mooney (10) and Tahlia McGrath (14).

Whle the flow of wickets began to slow, they were still being lost at a worrying rate.

However, Gardner and Alana King steadied the ship and ensured Australia got their T20 campaign off to a winning start.

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OTHER RESULTS

The Australian Diamonds have thrashed Barbados in their opening match of the Games, dominating the underdogs 95-18 to get their gold medal chase off to the best possible start.

Boxing star Billy Polkinghorn got off to a flyer as the referee stepped in to end his contest after just 30 seconds of action when a looping overhand right caught his opponent clean and turned his legs into jelly.

The Australian men’s Rugby Sevens decimated Jamaica 62-0, with Wallabies star Samu Kerevi bagging a first-half hat-trick.

The men’s stunning show came hot on the heels of the women’s Rugby Sevens, as they defeated South Africa 38-0 with Charlotte Caslick and Maddison Levi both bagging two-try hauls each.

It was also a blistering start for the women’s table tennis team, as six-time Games competitor Jian Fang Lay led a 3-0 win over Malaysia after winning her singles in straight sets and the doubles.

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Have grown up watching events like these, Harmanpreet Kaur on CWG debut | Commonwealth Games 2022 News – Times of India

Have grown up watching events like these, Harmanpreet Kaur on CWG debut | Commonwealth Games 2022 News - Times of India
BENGALURU: Indian women’s cricket team captain Harmanpreet Kaur has “grown up” watching multi-sporting events like the Commonwealth Games and she is already getting goosebumps thinking about the walk she will take with the rest of the contingent at the opening ceremony on July 28.
Women’s cricket is making its debut at the Commonwealth Games.
“This tournament is very important for us. This time we are playing for a medal. If I speak about myself, we have grown watching these kinds of tournaments and we are glad that we are also getting an opportunity, we will be part of a big event.
“I think in the future, if we keep getting these (kind of) opportunities, it will be great for us,” Harmanpreet said at the pre-departure press conference on Saturday.

India's history at the Commonwealth Games

India’s history at the Commonwealth Games

Harmanpreet, who has played in the World Cups before, is looking forward to a “different” experience.
“When you were speaking, I actually felt that I am walking on that (CWG) road, because that is what we are talking about and this time we are going to be part of a multi-sporting event.
“Now it is not only about cricket but other teams also and we will be there for them to cheer up and we want to celebrate each and every medal. This time it will be totally different and we are all very excited,” she said.
Each game crucial
India are clubbed in Group A alongside arch-rivals Pakistan, Australia and Barbados. They open their campaign against Australia on July 29.
“Whenever we play against them (teams like Australia), they have always given us tough competition. And this time also, we are looking very positive. Every game will be crucial for us and we will try to give 100 percent.”
According to Harmanpreet, it is important to perform well in big events.
“Yes, as a cricketer, we always want to play more cricket and this year we are getting to participate in a multi-sport event. So, when you go for a big-event it is important to perform well, the more we get such tournaments, it is good for women’s cricket.”
Harmanpreet said she will think about what approach the team will take after seeing the conditions. The team departs on Sunday.
“Look, you are speaking about targets (totals), once we reach England, then only we can see. Right now we don’t have any idea about the wickets. If you talk about our team, we always love to play positive cricket and that is what we have been doing for a long -time and the approach will be the same,” she added.
Important to have batters who can bowl
“….it is very important, when you have so many (bowling) options, the main bowlers do not feel pressure. And if you have more options, then you take off pressure from the bowlers,” she added.
Head coach Ramesh Powar wants team to meet Sindhu and Neeraj
“If there is an opportunity, we all would like to meet PV Sindhu and Neeraj Chopra, because both of them have set the bar high. And I would love to go into their minds and I am curious about their preparations, because the way they handle the pressure of billion people, it is commendable,” Powar said.
“We as a group would like to exchange some notes with these top-class athletes.” the head coach added.
Powar is excited to be a part of a multi-sporting event.
“This is the first time we are participating in a tournament of this magnitude. It is a bigger platform for our girls and a great opportunity to showcase talent, our game. We can tell the world that women’s cricket can participate in different kind of events.
“We all as cricketers, myself watched the Olympics and Commonwealth Games and we see our nation’s flag flying high. It is kind of opportunity for all of us to showcase good performance, give our best and make the country proud.”
“Happy with the squad”
Powar said the team management was happy with the squad chosen for the CWG.
“We all get together and we try and pick the best combination, which is suited for that particular competition. We are happy with the squad, because we were part of the discussion and we took this call collectively.”