Written by Staff Writer
27 Jul, 2014 | 8:06 am
Australia have taken the lead from England at the top of the Commonwealth Games medals table.
At the end of day three, both countries had 17 gold medals and 14 silver, but Australia led 19 to 14 on bronze.
Australia picked up seven golds on Saturday. Four of them came in the pool through Emily Seebohm, Taylor McKeown, the women’s 4x200m relay team and Para swimmer Daniel Fox.
Annette Edmonson and Scott Sunderland added gold in track cycling while at the shooting Daniel Repacholi won the 10m air pistol event.
Edmondson won the women’s 10km scratch race, with compatriot Amy Cure taking the silver, while Sunderland successfully defended his 1km time-trial title.
“I’ve represented Australia in quite a few events and I’ve never brought home a gold,” Edmondson said.
“I’ve always been second or third, so that really really means a lot to me. I’m absolutely stoked.”
Sutherland regained his Games record from New Zealand’s Matthew Archibald, taking the kilo in 1:00.675.
With a lap to go, Sunderland was behind the pace set by Archibald in the heat before him, but roared home in the last 250m to reclaim the record he set in winning gold four years ago in Delhi.
“To do that time, I’m very emotional about what’s just happened,” he said.
“It’s always hard being a reigning champion with a record as well, so to come out and execute that time tonight was something special.”
Edmondson’s gold in the 10km scratch race adds to the silver she won in the individual pursuit, to match her younger brother Alex’s haul.
The medals continued Australia’s dominance on the track in what has been a bitterly disappointing Games at the velodrome for their huge rivals England.
In the pool, McKeown took gold in the 200m breaststroke, with Sally Hunter taking silver. Fox won the para-sport 200m freestyle final and Seebohm took the honours in the 100m backstroke.
The relay team of Emma McKeon, Alicia Coutts, Brittany Elmslie and Bronte Barratt completed another good day’s work in the pool for Australia with gold in the final event.
It was Emma McKeon’s third gold for the Games, after her 200m freestyle and 4x100m relay wins, while she also nabbed a surprise 100m butterfly bronze on Saturday.
“I never thought I would have four medals [at this stage of the meeting] – I am still a bit shocked about my butterfly medal,” said McKeon, who has more medal chances in the medley relay and 100m freestyle.
Australia had to overcome a scare from England in a fiercely contested netball pool game.
After trailing for most of the game and staring at a four-point deficit early in the last quarter, the world champion Australians clawed their way back to land the winning goal with 15 seconds left.
The 49-48 result left the English in tears and Australia relieved they will probably avoid a semi against New Zealand .
“There’s that rivalry we’ve always had with New Zealand, but that’s obviously growing now with the English and that’s fantastic,” said goal shooter Caitlin Bassett after scoring the match-winning goal.
Hours later, the rivalry intensified on the rugby pitch where Australia beat England 15-7 in a sevens group game,
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