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James Magnussen’s redemption after his disappointing London Olympics has continued with a gold medal in the 100 m freestyle at the Commonwealth Games.

It was Magnussen’s first individual Commonwealth Games gold and second gold medal in Glasgow after helping the men’s 4×100 m freestyle to victory on Friday.

After the trauma of London, in which Magnussen swam below expectations and was embroiled in the Stilnox “bonding session”, he said it was “probably the most fun I’ve had on the big stage”.

But he made clear there was still unfinished business, saying: “Now I’ve just got the Olympics left on the bucket list.”

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The result was the highlight of another extraordinary day for Australia, in which it won eight gold medals to go clear of England at the top of the medal table. 

• Four in the pool, to Maggnussen, Belinda Hocking in the women’s 200 m backstroke, Ben Treffers in the 50 m backstroke and the men’s 4 x 200 m freestyle relay.

• Michael Shelley, who had a stunning win in the men’s marathon. Read more about that race here.

• Two gold medals at the velodrome to Stephanie Morton in the sprint and Matthew Glaetzer in the keirin.

• Jodi Elkington in the women’s T37/38 long jump.

Australia won 11 medals overall in the pool: four gold, five silver and two bronze.

Magnussen, a two-time world champion, came home with a wet sail to clock 48.11 seconds as Australia claimed the trifecta in the pool’s blue riband event.

National title holder Cameron McEvoy won silver in 48.34 with Tommaso D’Orsogna taking third in 49.04.

Magnussen said that, coming in to the race, he felt McEvoy was his only real competition. “It was a two-man race,” the 23-year-old said. “I had to sit next to Cam and switch up a gear when I had to and I did.”

McEvoy’s victory over Magnussen at the national championships earlier this year had him under the spotlight but D’Orsogna somewhat snuck in under the radar and, while obviously thrilled with his bronze, was disappointed they could not go faster.

“It wasn’t the time I wanted, but it doesn’t matter at the end of the day,” D’Orsogna said.

“It was all about the race that night. In the end, what matters is that we got one, two, three.”

He will attempt to add another as part of the men’s 4×200 m freestyle relay team later on Sunday.

James Magnussen wins the applause of bronze medallist and Australiam teammate Tommaso D'Orsogna. Photo: Getty
James Magnussen wins the applause of bronze medallist and Australiam teammate Tommaso D’Orsogna. Photo: Getty

Hocking wins gold, Coutts & Scott win silver, Elmslie wins bronze

Australian Belinda Hocking has won the gold medal in women’s 200m backstroke.

Hocking clocked a Games record of two minutes and 7.24 seconds to win Sunday’s final with compatriot Emily Seebohm taking silver in 2:08.55.

Canada’s Hilary Caldwell (2:08.55) was third.

In the 200 m individual medley, Delhi star Alicia Coutts won silver, overcoming an interrupted preparation in which she was hampered by a virus that she said had hit her “for a sixer”.

The event was won by England’s Siobhan O’Connor.

In the 50 m butterfly, Brittany Elmslie won bronze, a race that was won by England’s Francesca Halsall from Vanderpool Wallace of the Bahamas.

In the 100 m breaststroke SB9 final, Australia’s Madeleine Scott won silver from New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe. Crowd favourite, 13-year-old Scottish girl Erraid Davies, took bronze.

Gold medallist Belinda Hocking flanked by silver medallist Emily Seebohm (R) and bronze medallist Hilary Caldwell of Canada. Photo: Getty
Gold medallist Belinda Hocking flanked by silver medallist Emily Seebohm (R) and bronze medallist Hilary Caldwell of Canada. Photo: Getty

Ben Treffers wins gold in backstroke, men take 200 relay

Australia’s Ben Treffers claimed the 50 m backstroke gold.

National champion Treffers, 22, clocked 24.67 seconds at his first Games, ahead of compatriot Mitch Larkin (24.80).

England’s Liam Tancock took bronze (24.98). Australia’s Josh Beaver (25.19) was fifth.

London Olympian Larkin, 20, was also the 100m backstroke runner-up at Glasgow.

In the final events of the night, the Australian men’s 4 x 200 m relay team of Cameron McEvoy, David McKeon, Ned McKendry and Thomas Fraser-Holmes won came from behind to win gold in a Games record time of 7:07:38. Scotland was second and South Africa third.

Ben Treffers sets off in the backstroke final. Photo: Getty
Ben Treffers sets off in the backstroke final. Photo: Getty

Morton tames good mate Meares in sprint final

Australian Stephanie Morton has scored the biggest win of her track cycling career, beating Anna Meares in the sprint final at the Commonwealth Games.

The rising star beat Meares with sheer pace in the best-of-three ride off for the gold medal, winning two heats to nil.

While it is far from the first time that 23-year-old Morton has beaten Meares, she has never managed it on such a big stage. The result was a reversal of the 500 m time trial, in which Meares defeated Morton.

Morton surprisingly qualified fastest on Saturday, beating Meares’ Games record, while the Olympic champion was second.

Morton hugged her parents Richard and Catherine at the side of the track after the win.

She said the victory was a massive relief after needing surgery in the last year and that beating Meares was something special.

“I have had a couple of wins against her but not in a major comp like this,” Morton said. “I really had to step up today and prove myself as an athlete.”

While Meares had a fierce rivalry with Pendleton, the two Australians are roommates in the Games village and train together daily.

“Anna and I are really close and we hardly ever talk bikes when we are out of the velodrome,” Morton said.

“We’re really lucky that we can switch off like that. We were hanging out all day just as normal … breakfast, lunch, that is what we try to do when we come to these races – keep a sense of normality. I see her more than I see my own family.”

Anna Meares looks up to gold medal winner Stephanie Morton at the velodrome. Photo: Getty
Anna Meares looks up to gold medal winner Stephanie Morton at the velodrome. Photo: Getty

Keirin win caps velodrome glory

Matthew Glaetzer capped off Australia’s successful Commonwealth Games track cycling program when he won the men’s keirin final.

Glaetzer held off New Zealander Sam Webster and Malaysian Azizulhasni Awang in a photo finish to the final event of the program.

The Australian won his first Games gold medal by only a couple of centimetres, with Webster taking the silver and Awang winning bronze.

Australia finished as the top track cycling nation with seven gold, eight silver and five bronze from the 17 events.

The gold medal is redemption for the 21-year-old Glaetzer after his disappointing result in the sprint.

Glaetzer qualified fastest for that event in Games record time, but did not progress past the quarter-finals.

All the Australian entrants made the six-rider keirin final, with former world champion Shane Perkins finishing fourth and Peter Lewis fifth.

Perkins, who had a back injury ahead of the Games and did not start in the sprint, had to come through the round-one repechage to reach the final.

Australia's Matthew Glaetzer (R) crosses the finish line to win the gold medal in the men's keirin. Photo: Getty
Australia’s Matthew Glaetzer (R) crosses the finish line to win the gold medal in the men’s keirin. Photo: Getty

Australia takes bronze in rugby

Australia defeated Samoa 24-0 in the bronze medal play-off in the rugby sevens after losing to New Zealand in the semi-final.

The Kiwis relegated Australia to the battle for third place after winning the semi-final 19-7 to move through to the final against South Africa.

Earlier, Australia progressed to the semis thanks to a a dramatic 21-19 win over Wales.

A big shock looked on the cards as the Welsh flew out to a 19-0 lead, thanks to tries from Lee Williams, Luke Morgan and William Harries.

But the comeback started just before the half-time whistle as Sean McMahon and Ed Jenkins scored to put Australia within a converted try of victory.

Wales had the chance to seal the win when a three-on-one overlap on the left wing was somehow stopped through desperate defence.

The Welsh then looked on as the Australians worked the ball towards the other end of the pitch and, with the siren already blown, Pama Fou powered over beneath the posts to score the match-winning try.

In the final, South Africa had a shock 17-13 win over New Zealand, the first defeat to the Kiwis in the history of Commonwealth Games rugby sevens.

Pama Fou of Australia scores the winning try against Wales. Photo: Getty
Pama Fou of Australia scores the winning try against Wales. Photo: Getty

Hockeyroos thump Scotland 9-0

Coach Adam Commens has challenged the free-scoring Hockeyroos to go through the Commonwealth Games campaign without conceding a goal.

The world No.2 Australians demonstrated their class on a wet Sunday morning in Glasgow by brushing aside Scotland 9-0 – taking their goal tally for the women’s hockey tournament to 22 in three games.

And, while not tested consistently yet, their defence has also been impressive.

It’s been 210 minutes since a goal was last put past Hockeyroos goalkeeper Rachael Lynch and Commens believes they’re good enough to keep clean sheets for the rest of the competition.

“I would like to think we could go through the entire tournament without conceding a goal,” Commens said. “We’ve got the capacity to do that.

“We were very good in not only the World Cup but also the practise games and I think we’ve continued to improve.”

Six of the nine goals against the Scots came from penalty corners, with Jodie Kenny claiming a hat-trick for the second successive game.

Anna Flanagan, who missed a penalty stroke late on, added two more with Georgia Nanscawen also hitting the back of the board from a set-piece.

The result equalled the margin of victory against a Wales side ranked 31st on Saturday, but Commens was far more impressed with how his players dismantled the world No.16 Scots.

Jodie Kenny has scored hat-tricks in each of her last two matches. Photo: Getty
Jodie Kenny has scored hat-tricks in each of her last two matches. Photo: Getty

Diamonds dominate Barbados

The Australian Diamonds made it three wins in a row in the Commonwealth Games netball pool stage with an easy 77-27 win over minnow Barbados.

Australia was never troubled in the clash, leading 20-9 at quarter-time and 38-13 after two periods.

Barbados never made double figures in any quarter as Australia sped away in the third stanza, before finishing with a flourish, netting 22 points in the final quarter.

Caitlin Thwaites did the majority of the damage for the Diamonds, netting 42 from 50 attempts, while Tegan Caldwell scooped 35 goals from 39 shots.

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