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Queenslanders rake in half of Australia's medals - GC2018 days 5 wrap up

10 April 2018

After four days of thrilling competition, day five certainly didn’t disappoint. At the half way point of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Queenslanders are showing the rest of the country and the world just how strong they are. With 53 medals credited to Queensland athletes so far, this accounts for exactly half of Australia’s 106 total medal haul, which is a huge effort. Sitting behind Australia on the overall medal tally is England on 63 medals, which means Queensland would be placed third overall at this point in time.

Starting off the day was Decathlete Cedric Dubler, who after five events will go in to day two in fourth position. In the final day of Artistic Gymnastics competition, Gerogia-Rose Godwin won her fourth medal of the championships, this time taking silver in the Balance Beam. Finishing a mere 0.634 points behind gold, this competition has certainly been one to remember in her debut Games.

With many sports making their way through qualification rounds, day five saw several exciting matches. In the boxing Clay Waterman took the win over Scotsman Sean Lazzerini which sees him progress to the quarterfinal. The Lawn Bowls teams also progressed through their rounds, as did the Netballers, beating Fiji 108-23. In a tightly fought battle, the Hockeyroo girls had a nil-all draw with the New Zealanders, which will mean they will be looking for redemption in tonight’s match against Scotland. On the Weightlifting stage, Commonwealth Games veterans Deborah Acason and Damon Kelly finished 4th and 5th respectively.

Kicking off the evening session in the pool was the 200m Backstroke, which saw Australia take another trifecta and Queenslander Mitch Larkin win his third gold medal of the meet. This win makes him the first person in history to win the 50m, 100m and 200m Backstroke events at the Commonwealth Games. Straight afterward young gun Ariarne Titmus put together a perfect race in the 800m Freestyle to win her first international gold medal in an all Queensland podium, with Jessica Ashwood in second and Kiah Melverton in third. Georgia Bohl, coached by her father Michael, also won her first international medal which was a bronze in the 100m Breaststroke.

Again proving that age is just a number, 17-year-old Paige Leonhardt posted a blistering time of 1:18.81 in the SB9 100m Breaststroke to take home the silver medal. It was then Laura Taylor and Emma McKeon’s turn, taking home silver and bronze respectively, in one of the toughest events on the program, the 200m Butterfly. Then, if that wasn’t already enough action from the pool, Bronte Campbell edged out her sister Cate in the 100m Freestyle final in one of the most anticipated swims of the meet, with training partner Shayna Jack in fourth. To round out a huge day for Queensland, Grant Irvine had the race of his life in the 100m Butterfly to win a bronze in a time of 51.5 ahead of fellow Queenslander David Morgan in fourth.

Day six will no doubt be just as huge, with the swimming program set to wrap up, culminating in what is sure to be some exciting 4x100m Medley Relay finals. The day will also see Decathlete Cedric Dubler progress through the final events of his program, as well as young gun Riley Day hit the track for the 200m heats. Qualifying rounds of the Badminton, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Lawn Bowls, Squash and Table Tennis will also play out and World Champion cyclist Katrin Garfoot will hit the road for the Time Trial on the beachfront at Currumbin, plus much more.

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10 April 2018