Australia's 4x100-meter women's freestyle relay team has done it again, breaking its own world record on the opening night of the swim program at the Commonwealth Games. Kelland O'Brien joined Leigh Howard, Alex Porter and Sam Welsford to beat England for the title and lower the previous record of 3:50.265 which Britain set at Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
The New Zealand team of of Rushlee Buchanan, Racquel Sheath, Bryony Botha and Kirstie James had to settle for a distant second, while Canada earlier dispatched England to claim bronze.
"Then I looked up at the board and I saw that I'd won", she said shortly after receiving her gold medal from Prince Charles, who is representing his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, at the games. "I left no stone unturned to get out here and race for Australia in the 100m hurdles and the 4x100m relay", Pearson said.
"This is the start of something special, I think."
"I think I'm still in shock".
Thomas Hamer also won the men's S14 200m freestyle in world record time, while compatriot Eleanor Robinson won the women's S7 50m butterfly in the para-swimming events to ensure England finished the day top of the table.
"That didn't happen so much in Rio".
"I probably won't sleep tonight at all because I'm just so excited to be part of that and I'm just so proud of that to have my name against that world record with the others. Ten thousand people cheering for you is pretty unreal".
They won 10 medals, with just one gold to Emily Seebohm in the women's 200m backstroke, to finish eighth on the table - their worst position since 1991 - and the Commonwealth Games has been seen as a step to regroup for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
In the opening race of the night, Willmott ended Scotland's Hannah Miley's two-Games reign as 400-meter individual medley champion by taking gold in a time of 4:34.90. "I would have preferred it to be a full-distance race on a super-hard course", Alistair said, lamenting the decision to race over sprint distance, or half an Olympic course.
According to stuff.co.nz, the bike failed a pre-race inspection by UCI commissaires ahead of the team's qualifying run, with adjustments made by team mechanics not doing enough for it to pass a post-race inspection after the team of Regan Gough, Nicholas Kergozou, Campbell Stewart, and Tom Sexton had set the third fastest time.
Wilby came with a late rush to tip out Murdoch in the 200m breaststroke final by 0.27secs in 2:08.05 with Australian Matt Wilson third.