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Commonwealth Games 2018: Aussies surge to medal tally lead after incredible night

Commonwealth Games 2018: Aussies surge to medal tally lead after incredible night

Calling her 100m freestyle loss "the greatest choke in Olympic history", she stepped away from competition in 2017 to refresh and returned at the Australian nationals last month. "We weren't expecting to get near it tonight and then we did; I don't know how that happened".

Australia's first medal of the games, however, was won by Tasmanian triathlon competitor Jake Birtwistle, who took silver on Thursday afternoon, beaten only by South Africa's Henri Schoeman.

James Magnussen notched a third consecutive Commonwealth Games gold in the men's 4x100m freestyle relay as the men echoed the exploits of their female counterparts from day one in grabbing gold, while an exuberant Clyde Lewis produced one of the personal bests of the Games thus far, shaving 3.5sec off his previous mark for gold in the men's 400m individual medley.

While he trailed for the opening 200m, Horton was always confident he had the race right where he wanted it.

"It's good. Just swimming in front of the home crowd is unreal".

The women's pursuit team - Ashlee Akudinoff, Annette Edmondson, Amy Cure and Alexandra Manly - also took gold, nearly lapping New Zealand, The Australian reported. "I probably feel more emotional being here than in Rio, the whole crowd is cheering for you".

Horton added a Commonwealth gold to his Olympic title, easily winning the 400 in 3:43.76, about 1.5 seconds ahead of Australian teammate Jack McLoughlin. Muhammad Azroy Hazalwa won the first of two gold medals for Malaysia in weightlifting, a result he celebrated by dancing and doing a lap of honour of the lifting area.India also won their first gold through women's 48kg world champion weightlifter Chanu Saikham Mirabai, who set three new Commonwealth records in her runaway win.

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Chalmers was more than a second adrift of Le Clos at that point but surged back into contention before holding off compatriot Mack Horton to win in a time of one minute and 45.56 seconds.

"I've been second nearly every single time", Wilmott said. "I knew that this time it could have been me if I just swam the race a little bit better".

Miley, who won the 400 IM at both the New Delhi Games in 2010 and four years later at Glasgow, had to settle for silver in 4:35.16.

Wilby came with a late rush to tip out Murdoch in the 200m breaststroke final by 0.27 in 2:08.05 with Australian Matt Wilson third.

Canada finished second in 3:33.92 with England third nearly five seconds further back.

The 17-year-old Titmus is the rising star of Australian swimming after becoming the first Australian woman in 14 years to complete the 200m/400m/800m freestyle treble at the selection trials last month.