Australian women smash 4x100 freestyle mark

Australian women smash 4x100 freestyle mark

 Australia set a new women’s 4x100M freestyle relay world record of 3 minutes 30:98 seconds as they retained their Commonwealth Games title here.

Having already broken the Commonwealth Games record in the heats, the addition of 100M freestyle world champion Cate Campbell to the final team proved the difference as they shaved more than seven tenths of a second off the previous record held by the Netherlands. England took the silver medal with Canada coming third for bronze.

“It wasn’t even a topic that we had discussed, but I think we all had an inkling in the back of our heads that it was possible,” said the elder states­woman of the team, Melanie Schlanger.

It was a particularly special evening for another of the team Emma McKeon as she also claimed gold in the 200M freestyle and qualified for the 100M butterfly final.Indeed the McKeon family had three medals to celebrate on the evening as her brother David also took silver in the men’s 400m freestyle. 

Scotland's Ross Murdoch upset the odds by swimming a Commonwealth Games record time to beat favourite Michael Jamieson and secure an unexpected gold in the 200 metres breaststroke. The 20-year-old could barely believe his career-best time of two minutes 7.30 seconds, a British record.

Sejwal in semis

Sandeep Sejwal entered the semifinals of the men’s 100M breaststroke on Friday.Sejwal finished fourth in his heat and 12th overall after clocking 1:02.97 seconds in the heat to advance to the next round. 

Adam Peaty of England topped the qualification round with a timing of 59.47 seconds, while Scotland’s Ross Murdoch finished second.

In the 200m freestyle event, as Sajan Prakash finished a lowly 22nd in the qualification, tming 1:53.82.

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