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Australians rule the pool, bag three gold

india Updated: Oct 05, 2010 00:38 IST
Somshuvra Laha
Somshuvra Laha
Hindustan Times
Australians rule the pool

Australia took charge of proceedings at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Aquatics Complex, winning three of the five gold on offer and breaking two Commonwealth Games records in the process.

Canada won a medal while South Africa’s Chad Le Clos broke the Commonwealth Games record in men’s 200m butterfly to win gold. India had a mixed day at office, failing to qualify for any of the individual categories but the men’s 4X100m relay team qualified for the final for the first time in Games history.

But the story of the day was the return of Australian Ryan Napolean, after he was banned for using a banned asthma drug. The suspension was later lifted but Sunday night, Napolean and Robert Hurley complained of food poisoning after having spaghetti bolognaise at the Games Village. Napolean went ahead to compete in the 400m freestyle category and was beaten to the gold by Canada’s Ryan Cochrane, who beat Napolean by 0.11 second.

Australian Alicia Coutts set the first Commonwealth Games record of the day when she outdid compatriot Jane Seebohm to the women’s 200m individual medley gold, bettering Stephanie Rice’s Melbourne Games mark of 2.12.90 min by more than three seconds.

The Indian men’s relay team was welcomed with a raucous applause from the home crowd but they could only finish sixth in the 4X100m freestyle race.