Campbell soars to second gold

Campbell soars to second gold

Campbell soars to second gold

Cate Campbell fought back tears at the Commonwealth Games on Saturday after winning her first individual medal since ending a self-imposed exile from swimming.

The 25-year-old Australian took off the whole of 2017 to deal with the disappointment of a Rio Olympics campaign in which she was the favourite to clinch both freestyle sprint titles but failed in both.

Campbell's path back to the winners' circle began on Thursday when she anchored the Australian 4x100m freestyle relay team to a world record.

Her Saturday 50M freestyle victory was one of three for the host nation on the third day of competition at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, with Ariarne Titmus holding off a flying Taylor Ruck of Canada to give them the women's 4x200m freestyle relay title.

Para-swimmer Tim Disken lead an Australian clean-sweep of the men's S8 100m breaststroke medals.

Chad le Clos and Tatjana Schoenmaker gave South Africa two gold medals, while England's Adam Peaty continued his four-year unbeaten run in the men's 100m breaststroke and Canada's Kylie Masse held off Emily Seebohm in the 100m backstroke.

Le Clos, whose bid on the Gold Coast to take the outright lead as the most successful Commonwealth athlete in history ended on Friday, set himself up for a sweep of butterfly titles when he comfortably claimed the 200m.

The 25-year-old, who won the 50m title on Friday, touched in a Commonwealth Games record of 1:54.00, well ahead of David Morgan. The Australian took silver in 1:56.36 while Scotland's Duncan Scott won bronze.

Sajan eighth

India's Sajan Prakash finished eighth in the men's 200M butterfly event on Saturday.

Earlier, in the heats, Sajan obliterated his own national mark clocking 1:58.87 bettering the 1:59.35 he had set in 2016.

In the 50M backstroke heats, Bengaluru's Srihari Nataraj broke Madhu PS' national record (26.73) finishing in 26.47 seconds.

In the semifinal, Srihari timed 26.50 but it was still not enough to help him seal a spot in the final as he finished just outside the top-eight.

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