The third day of the Commonwealth Games 2022 was packed with action, with Australia continuing to sweep the medals and breaking records.
Australia’s star Dolphins team had a successful outing while there was glory in the rugby sevens after dominating in the pool on the first two days in Birmingham.
A record 11th gold in an Australian clean sweep goes to MCKEON. With a record-breaking 11th gold medal from the Commonwealth Games, Emma McKeon—already the most decorated Australian Olympian of all time—made swimming history. Before the women’s 50-meter freestyle final on Monday morning, McKeon was tied with Susie O’Neill, Ian Thorpe, and Leisel Jones for the record for the most gold medals in Commonwealth Games history. But McKeon’s attempt to break the record was always a matter of when, not if, and she succeeded on Monday by winning with a time of 23.99.
Meg Harris (24.32) won silver and Shayna Jack (24.36) took third, giving Australia a perfect score.
In her commentary for Channel 7, Annabelle Williams said, “What an amazing swim.” “From beginning to end. She got off to a great start, was very dynamic, and swept the podium. Speaking to Channel 7 after the race, McKeon struggled to articulate what makes her so exceptional. She replied, “I don’t know what you want me to say. “I simply go in and give it my all. One race at a time, please. I want to when I enter win obviously, just like the rest of the competitors. For me, it’s a fun occasion.
“I feel a lot more at ease this year than I did last year. I haven’t worked as hard as I did at this time last year, but I believe my performances reflect where I’m at mentally.
Australian world record in “extraordinary” scenes In the pool, there were many exciting moments to come, including an incredible world record swim by Australia in the women’s 4x200m freestyle final. The Australians were simply too good, finishing a staggering 12 seconds (7.39.29) ahead of second-place Canada (7.51.98) even without McKeon. The Australian team included Ariarne Titmus, Kiah Melverton, Mollie O’Callaghan, and Madi Wilson. Titmus won the competition with a time of 52.8 seconds, with coach Dean Boxall cheering her on from the sidelines.
In his commentary for Channel 7, Ian Thorpe stated that Australia had won by more than 12 seconds. “The depth we have in relays and sprints is really extraordinary, and we spoke about it earlier.”
AUSSIES MAKE A SPLASH IN THE POOL AND ARE STUNNED BY THE RESULT
Another successful day for the Australians in the pool was capped off by McKeon’s historical performance. In another event, the thrilling women’s 100m backstroke final saw Kaylee McKeown win the gold medal with an outstanding performance. The Canadian Kylie Masse, who came in second, was narrowly beaten by the world record-holder from Australia, who set a Games record time of 58.60. It was significantly better than the previous Comm Games, she told Channel 7 after the race. “I was looking for a little bit faster but you’ve got to take the positives,” she said.
The highly-anticipated Adam Peaty, who didn’t place in the medals, was shocked by James Wilby (59.25) in the men’s 50m breaststroke final. Bronze went to Zac Stubblety-Cook (59.52), and Sam Williamson, another Australian, finished third (59.82) with a personal-best time. Thorpe stated in the commentary for Channel 7 that “it is shocking.” Added Basil Zempilas: “Oh my goodness… It’s unbelievable that Peaty, who was in first place at the halfway point, did not place in the top three.
Stubblety-Cook got off to a slow start, but that wasn’t entirely unexpected because he usually finishes strong, and Peaty, who led at the halfway point, faded away. At the Commonwealth Games, Peaty was going for a hat-trick of 100-meter breaststroke victories and had not lost in this event since 2015. According to Stubblety-Cook, “I was pretty stoked.” Williamson, who is making his Dolphins debut this season, continued, “I didn’t really think that just happened, I’m sort of at a loss for words.” “Holy s***, No words come to mind. I anticipate crying at some point. Unbelievable.”
Kyle Chalmers made a statement by winning the men’s 100m freestyle semifinals, despite having had a “rough” past 48 hours, according to Chalmers. As fellow Australians William Yang and Zac Incerti also advanced, Chalmers set a Games record with a time of 47.36.
In the men’s 100m breaststroke SB8 final earlier in the day, New Zealander Josh Willmer narrowly defeated Australian Timothy Hodge to win another gold for Australia in the pool. Just before Hodge, who recorded a time of 1.14.19, came Willmer with a 1.14.12 time.
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Australia has won at the Commonwealth Games, four years after losing to New Zealand in the inaugural women’s rugby sevens final. Against Fiji, the Aussies jumped out to a quick 22-0 lead and never looked back, winning 22-12. Madison Ashby and Madi Levi added tries to Australia’s tally in the first half, and Faith Nathan scored two tries. Fiji prevailed over Australia and Fiji in their previous matchup in the pool stages, but Australia came through when it mattered most, recovering from its heartbreak at the Tokyo Olympics the year prior.
When defending its title at the time, Australia came up short, losing to Fiji in the quarterfinals 14-12.
Australia’s men’s sevens team lost to New Zealand 26-12 in another match, letting New Zealand take the bronze medal. Early in the second half, with the score at 7 all, the Australians were still very much in the game. However, Moses Leo’s 80-meter sprint for a goal gave the New Zealanders the lead. From that point on, New Zealand did not look back, winning the bronze medal as Australia lamented the costly injury to Samu Kerevi, who hurt his knee on Saturday.
In a T20 statement, Australians demonize Barbados.
In the Twenty20 cricket match at Edgbaston on Monday morning, Australia was wary of a “dangerous” Barbados team but ended up easily defeating its opponents, winning by nine wickets.
Meg Lanning scored a game-high 36 runs from 21 balls, and Alyssa Healy added 23 runs as Australia overcame Barbados’ 64-run target. The Australians won the match by a score of 1-68 and finished off the run chase in just 8.1 overs. Tahlia McGrath finished with figures of 3-13, Ashleigh Gardner also claimed two wickets, and Alana King finished with figures of 4-8. The victory guarantees Australia a place in the Games semifinals and was a significant improvement over the first-up triumph over India, where the Australians fell behind early on by a score of 5-49 before coming back.
GODWIN SEALS GOLD IN 12-YEAR FIRST
Since Lauren Mitchell at the Delhi Games in 2010, Georgia Godwin is the first Australian woman to win the women’s all-around rhythmic gymnastics championship. Godwin nearly opted out of Birmingham after having two ankle operations in the months before her second Game. But she put on her game face and delivered, scoring 12.950 on the floor and 53.550 overall to win her first gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. Ondine Achampong (53.000) of England came in second, and Emma Spence (52.350) of Canada won the bronze medal.
I had to endure a lot. I entered this contest with no expectations; all I wanted to do was give it my all, and now here we are, Godwin, told reporters. Because you don’t want to muck it up, it was actually quite difficult for me to get on the floor. But I’ve already told you to enjoy it because you’ve done this 100 times. Your final floor exercise is now. Simply take it all in. Engage the public and grinned at the judges. The floor routine is brand-new. It’s a song that has evolved with me. Godwin is referring to Michael Buble’s song “Feeling Good.”
When I’m feeling down, I always play this song by Michael Buble because he always finds a way to cheer me up, she continued. Therefore, it was the only option for my new floor music.
AUSSIES FIRE ON THE TRACK, BUT THERE ARE DISPUTES OVER ONE CALL
The Australians have experienced a lot of success on the track as well as some controversy. Let’s start with Matthew Richardson, who shocked everyone by winning the men’s sprint final and a gold medal. For teammate Matthew Glaetzer, who was denied a bronze medal in a contentious finish, the news was not as good. It happened after Glaetzer was involved in a terrifying keirin collision with Englishman Joe Truman, which left home hopeful unconscious and necessitated hospitalization. The occurrence
“After yesterday, I wasn’t expecting too much… Without a doubt, I’ll give it my all. Prior to that, Australia continued its successful day on the track by having Kristina Clonan win gold in the 500-meter time trial. With 33.234 points, Clonan finished ahead of Kelsey Mitchell of Canada (33.294) in second and Sophie Capewell of England (33.522) in third. With an outstanding performance in the women’s 25km points race, Georgia Baker continued Australia’s winning streak, and Jessica Gallagher won her second gold of the competition.
The most recent was when Gallagher and her pilot Caitlin Ward won the women’s tandem 1000-meter time trial, finishing ahead of England and Scotland.