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Queensland secures 7 medals on first day of competition - GC2018 day 1 wrap up

6 April 2018

After an amazing Opening Ceremony, which featured Queensland Hockey player Mark Knowles as the flag bearer, the Australian team were ready to attack 11 full days of competition. 

With the women’s Triathlon being the first medal event of the Games, Queenslanders Ashleigh Gentle and Gillian Backhouse had a very strong showing where they placed a commendable 5th & 9th.  The men then lined up in what was a very wet and windy race. After an incredible swim, youngster Matt Hauser was amongst the top placings right through the bike and run legs, finishing an impressive fourth place in the first major championship of his career. Fellow Queenslander Luke Willian finished in 8th place, just 1:02 behind the winner from South Africa. 

From here, Queenslanders continued to shine! The men’s team in the Gymnastics, featuring three Queenslanders, finished a credible 5th and our lightweight Weightlifter, Alyce Stephensen lifted a PB total of 144kg, which placed her 7th overall. 

The night’s finals saw a flurry of medals for Queensland in the pool, which included a silver medal for Jack McGloughlin in the 400m Freestyle, a silver and bronze for Ariarne Titmus and Emma McKeon in the 200m Freestyle, as well as a silver and bronze for Liam Schluter and Daniel Fox in the S14 200m Freestyle. Then, to top off a huge night the Women’s 4x100m Freestyle relay team, made up of four Queenslanders, Cate Campbell, Bronte Campbell, Shayna Jack and Emma McKeon won gold in a new World Record time of 3:30.05.

If that wasn’t enough, Jordan Kerby competed in the heats of the Men’s 4000m Team Pursuit in the Cycling with the team winning gold and setting a new World Record in the final.

The day also saw Sally Pearson hold a press conference, confirming that she was withdrawing from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games due to an ongoing achilles injury. The Olympic and Commonwealth Games athlete has no doubt given herself every opportunity to be prepared to race and as tough as this decision would have been to make, her ongoing health is priority. The QAS looks forward to seeing Sally continue in her role as Athletics Co-Captain and supporting her fellow athletes for the duration of GC2018 like the true champion that she is.

Day two will see plenty of swimming action, Taliqua Clancy will compete in the Beach Volleyball, Jordan Kerby is back in action at the Velodrome and Tia-Clair Toomey (the “fittest woman in the world”) will compete in the Weightlifting.

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6 April 2018