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Queensland's medal tally surpasses 70 - GC2018 day 7 wrap up

12 April 2018

GC2018 Bronze medallist Brianna Coop. (Photo: Athletics Australia)

GC2018 Bronze medallist Brianna Coop. (Photo: Athletics Australia)

Mixed B2/B3 Pairs Gold medallist Lynne Seymour.

Mixed B2/B3 Pairs Gold medallist Lynne Seymour.

With only a handful of days left to go for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Queenslanders are holding their own amongst some of the world best athletes, with 72 medals, 30 of which are gold, already been won. Day 7 saw four medals won across three different sports, with a host of athletes also progressing through their qualification and pool rounds as they approach the finals towards the end of the week.

Our first medal of the day was won by Georgia Sheehan in the Women’s Synchronised 3m Springboard Final with partner Esther Qin. Going into the final dive in fourth position, the dynamic duo posted an incredible score of 284.1, surpassing England who were the early favourites to win gold. Georgia will also compete in the Women’s 1m Springboard, with the preliminary and final rounds to be held on Friday.

As the sun set, all eyes were on Henry Frayne in the Long Jump final who set a new Commonwealth Record in the qualification round the previous day. With Henry’s biggest competition being current World Champion Luvo Manyonga from South Africa, he knew the final would be a hard battle. After the Queenslander hitting the lead in the second round with a jump of 8.33m, Manyonga left his biggest jump of 8.44m to last, leaving Henry with the silver medal. A medal he was very proud of.

“It was awesome and I couldn't have asked for a better Commonwealth Games.

“It was an amazing crowd and electric atmosphere. I'm proud of my effort. My preparation wasn't ideal but the crowd helped lift me,” Henry said.

On the track, 20-year-old Brianna Coop won a bronze medal in the T35 100m behind team mate Isis Holt and Scottish athlete Maria Lyle.

The action continued at the Lawn Bowls, with para athletes Lynne Seymour and Jake Fehlberg taking home the gold medal in the Mixed B2/B3 Pairs against South Africa, winning 12-9. The duo, who are directed by Lynne’s partner Bob and Jakes father Grant, were the hot favourites leading into these championships, but are still shocked with their gold medal winning performance.

"I never thought we would be anywhere near that standard. Once we found out Lynne was blind, we thought that was the end of it. And then we found out about visually impaired bowls," Bob Seymour said. 

The action continues at Carrara Stadium today, where Naa Anang (Long Jump), Tarryn Gollshewsky (Discuss) and Joseph Deng (800m) will line up for their finals. Taliqua Clancy will also be competing in the final of the Beach Volleyball tonight and Tony Bonnel will be bowling for gold in the Open B6/B7/B8 Triples.

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12 April 2018