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41 medals for Queensland after 4 days of competition - GC2018 days 2, 3 and 4 wrap up

10 April 2018

What a weekend of competition, with Queenslanders picking up a total of 34 medals which takes the States total to 41. With 15 gold, 15 silver and 11 bronze medals, this would unofficially place Queensland third on the overall medal tally after just four days of competition. 

After an excellent first day of competition, day two saw Weightlifter Tia-Clair Toomey win Australia’s first Commonwealth Games gold medal in 12 years and at the Swimming, Mitch Larkin and Emma McKeon won gold in the 100m Backstroke and Butterfly respectively. To cap off a huge day of competition, the men’s 4x100m Freestyle relay team, featuring Queenslanders Cameron McEvoy and Jack Cartwright (with James Roberts swimming in the heats) also won a gold medal.

Day three then came along, with the Australian team already well clear on the overall medal tally, ahead of England in second and Canada in third. Kicking off the day was the Para-Triathlon event which saw Nic Beveridge and Bill Chaffey come away with silver and bronze medals in the mens event and Emily Tapp take home silver in the women’s. To finish off an awesome campaign for the sport, the teams Triathlon event which featured Queenslanders Ashleigh Gentle, Gillian Backhouse and Matt Hauser was a race not to be missed. With the first two legs being a tight tussle between Australia and England, Ashleigh Gentle powered through the third leg, putting a huge gap on England and tagging Tasmanian Jake Birtwhistle who bought the team home for a gold medal.

Then it was Swimming’s turn, where Cate Campbell in the 50m Freestyle and the women’s 4x200m relay posted blistering times to both set new games records and take home the gold medals. Bronte Campbell came away with a silver behind her sister in the 50m Freestyle, with Emily Seebohm also picking up a silver in the 100m Backstroke and Blake Cochrane winning the bronze medal in the SB8 100m Breastroke, which he was swimming up a class for.

Day four saw Queensland continue to compete like a small nation of champions, with athletes winning medals in the Artistic Gymnastics, Lawn Bowls, Shooting, Athletics and Swimming. Kicking off the day and the action for Athletics was Dane Bird-Smith who raced along Currumbin Beachfront in the 20km Race Walk where he put together a perfect race, coming away with a gold medal and a games record. With Queenslanders winning a total of 14 medals throughout the day, there were plenty of highlights.

With a new personal best, Matthew Denny won silver in the Hammer Throw, which is Australia’s first medal in the event in 12 years. Matt will also be lining up in the Discus Throw on Friday, and should he win a medal will become the first person to do so in both events in 80 years. Then, over in the pool, Lakeisha ‘Lucky’ Patterson set her own piece of history when she came away with a surprise win in the S9 100m Freestyle. The teenager was competing up a class for the event, and with a strong finish posted a time of 1:03.02, which is a new world record for her S8 category. With the Swimming team claiming two clean sweeps as well as a host of other medals throughout the night, Australia’s total swimming medal tally in Games history surged past 700.

On day five, Decathlete Cedric Dubler will take to the track and field, and Queensland’s Boxers, Gymnasts, Lawn Bowlers, Weightlifters, Shooters, Swimmers, Netballers and Hockey players will continue their campaigns for gold.

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10 April 2018