Australia's female sprint relay team sets world record

Australia's female sprint relay team sets world record

Javier Howell
April 7, 2018

The team of Shayna Jack, Emma McKeon, and sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell wiped 0.6 of a second off their Rio mark in recording a time of 3:30.05, sending the near 10,000-strong crowd delirious as they finished ahead of Canada and England.

The Australians, who had won the title at the last six Games, were facing arguably their biggest threat in a Commonwealth final since they were beaten by England at the Victoria Games in 1994.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 05: Gold medalists Ashlee Ankudinoff, Amy Cure, Annette Edmondson and Alexandra Manly of Australia celebrate during the medal ceremony for the Women's 4000m Team Pursuit Gold Final during the Cycling on day one of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Anna Meares Velodrome on April 5, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia.

Canada finished second, almost four seconds behind. "My coach said 'the atmosphere out there is electric, go out, soak it up.' I think that is what we have done".

The former Olympic champion, 31, is the face of the Games but she said a long-standing Achilles' problem flared up two days ago and left her unable to clear hurdles in training.

Earlier, Horton again saluted for Australia, taking out the 400m freestyle with a powerful finish down the stretch under the night sky at the Optus Aquatic Centre.

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Canada narrowly beat England in the ride for bronze.

"To come back from a year off and to be part of something where you're the best in the world is a pretty special moment", she told reporters. Blair Evans of Australia took the bronze. "And I think I was controlling it for the whole race, I know if they're going out that hard they're going to sting a lot on the way home".

Thomas Hamer also won the men's S14 200m freestyle in world record time, while compatriot Eleanor Robinson won the women's S7 50m butterfly in the para-swimming events to ensure England finished the day top of the table.

"I was devastated after not winning a medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics, and since then I have made it my life's mission to become the best in my sport", Mirabai said.

Chad le Clos of South Africa, now the gold-medal favorite in the race with Proud out, was the fastest semifinalist to quality for Friday's final.