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Records fall as Queenslanders bag 14 medals - GC2018 day 6 wrap up.

11 April 2018

Katrin Garfoot - GC2018 Gold Medallist

Katrin Garfoot - GC2018 Gold Medallist

Emily Seebohm won Australia's 300th swimming gold medal. (credit: Swimming Australia)

Emily Seebohm won Australia's 300th swimming gold medal. (credit: Swimming Australia)

Day six of competition certainly didn’t disappoint, with Queensland athletes bagging an incredible 14 medals, nine of which were gold. With the Swimming concluding, the Athletics heating up and the team’s competitions reaching finals stages, the next few days are promised to be exciting.

Starting the day off on a high, Henry Frayne produced a remarkable first jump in the qualifying round of the men’s Long Jump, breaking the Games Record and setting a new personal best of 8.34m. The male and female Commonwealth Games long jump records are now both held by Queenslanders, with Bronwyn Thompson (Current QAS Board Chair) holding the women’s record set in 2006.

After this great start to the day, the focus turned to Decathlete Cedric Dubler who was reaching the final stages of his event. After suffering an elbow injury a few weeks before the Games commenced, Cedric posted some gutsy results which saw him claim the Bronze medal with 7983 points. A great result for the 23-year-old who will now turn his focus to the World Championships in 2019 and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. In the Hammer Throw it was an Oceania clean sweep with Queenslander Lara Nielsen bagging a bronze medal with a throw of 65.03m.

Winning the first gold medal of the day was cycling superstar Katrin Garfoot who won the Individual Time Trial by almost one minute. The Gold Coast local beat home the defending champion from New Zealand in what was an awe inspiring performance. Katrin will also feature in the Women’s Road Race on Saturday, the event in which she claimed silver in at last year’s World Championships.

In the final night of swimming, Queensland yet again asserted its dominance as the premier swimming state, bagging 11 of Australia’s 13 medals. Ariarne Titmus started the night off beautifully, winning the 400m Freestyle and her fourth medal of the meet, setting a new Games Record. Following this, a flurry of medals were won by Queenslanders, with Cameron McEvoy winning bronze in the 50m Freestyle, Lakeisha Patterson taking out gold in the S8 50m Freestyle, Brenden Hall and Logan Powell securing gold and bronze respectively in the S9 100m Backstroke and Jack McLoughlin putting together a perfect race to beat home a strong field and win gold in the coveted 1500m Freestyle.

Launching themselves into the record books was Emily Seebohm and Mitchell Larkin who both bagged two gold medals in the final night of competition. After winning the 50m Backstroke and being a member of the gold medal winning team in the 4x100m Medley Relay, Emily won Australia’s 300th swimming gold medal from the Commonwealth Games and equalled Susie O’Neill’s medal record.

Matching her heroics, Mitch Larkin became the first Australian man since Ian Thrope to win five gold medals at one Games, after winning the 200m Individual Medley and leading out the 4x100m Freestyle Relay.

With so many huge results being posted right throughout the swimming program, there’s plenty to be excited about leading into the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. With 41 Queensland swimmers on the Australian team, these athletes secured an incredible 51 of Australia’s 73 medals, 22 of them being gold.

What a performance!

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11 April 2018