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McKeon makes Commonwealth history


By AFP
Published : 03 Aug 2022 08:09 PM | Updated : 03 Aug 2022 08:09 PM

Australian swim star Emma McKeon made Commonwealth Games history on Tuesday by winning her 19th medal as Jacob Kiplimo raced to victory in the 10,000m on the first day of track and field.

McKeon reached the landmark in the mixed 4x100m medley relay final in Birmingham -- the final race of a pulsating night of action at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre -- with Australia taking gold.

The 28-year-old now has a total of 13 golds, five bronze medals and one silver across three Commonwealth games. McKeon pulled one ahead of shooters Michael Gault and Phil Adams and fellow swim star Chad le Clos, who has endured a nightmare Games in Birmingham.

The 30-year-old South African had looked set to take the record himself when he came to Birmingham but so far he has just a silver medal to show for his efforts.

On another dramatic night of action in the pool, Adam Peaty showed the mentality that has brought him three Olympic titles.

The 27-year-old Englishman admitted to being at the "bottom of the bottom" after his shock defeat in the 100m but bounced back on Tuesday to take gold in the 50m.

"I had two options this morning I either fight or don't fight," he told the BBC. "Everyone who knows me, knows I fight."

Prince William, his wife Kate and their seven-year-old daughter Charlotte attended the morning session of the swimming events.

The evening again belonged to dominant Australia, who have now won 22 golds at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre out of a total of 43 on offer.