Another big night for Australia in Commonwealth Games pool
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — There was yet more gold for Australia on the final night of swimming at the Commonwealth Games, along with personal milestones for South African Chad le Clos and Canadian teenager Taylor Ruck.
Australia added six more gold medals Tuesday: Ariarne Titmus won the women’s 400-meter freestyle, adding to her 800 title, Emily Seebohm took the 50 backstroke, Mitch Larkin the 200 individual medley and Jack McLoughlin the 1,500 ahead of last-lap Australian victories in the medley relays.
Australia finished with 73 medals — 28 gold, 21 silver and 24 bronze — in the swimming program.
In the only other final Tuesday, England’s Benjamin Proud won the 50 freestyle.
Titmus, 17, was dominant in her race, winning by 4.5 seconds in 4 minutes, 00.98 seconds. She nearly cost her coach, Dean Boxall, a serious haircut.
“Dean said if I won, he would get his hair in braids, so I’m really excited,” Titmus said. “He said if I went under four minutes, he would shave his head. Maybe we will save that for another time.”
Ahead of the last night of competition, le Clos won gold in all three butterfly distances — the 50, 100 and 200, and had a silver in the 100 freestyle. Those four medals had increased his career Commonwealth Games total to 16, a record for a swimmer, and two fewer than the record 18 overall held by two shooters.
Le Clos made it 17 when South Africa won bronze in the medley relay.
The 17-year-old Ruck finished with eight medals at these Games, breaking a 52-year-old Canadian women’s record. Canadian Elaine Tanner won seven medals (four gold and three silver) at the 1966 edition in Kingston, Jamaica.
Ruck had one gold, five silver and two bronze medals on the Gold Coast, picking up her eighth medal when Canada finished second in the medley relay.
“I’m just so honored to be able to win that many medals,” Ruck said after the medley. “This meet has been so much fun, and I’m so glad to finish it with these girls by my side.”
Games officials said Ruck’s eight medals equaled a single games record. Australian swimmer Susie O’Neill and Seebohm had done it previously.