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Canada's Hayden wins 2nd gold in Comm Games pool

other Updated: Oct 09, 2010 19:00 IST
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Canada's Brent Hayden won the 50 meters Saturday to complete a freestyle sprint double, while Australia and its record-equaling swimmer Leisel Jones topped the gold medal count in the Commonwealth Games pool.

Hayden finished in 22.01 seconds to beat defending champion Roland Schoeman of South Africa, a three-time Olympian who won the 50 at the recent Pan-Pacific championships, on the final night of the six-day meet.

The big winner in the gold category was Australia, which won four more on Saturday to move to 22 for the meet. Jessicah Schipper and Brenton Rickard won individual races and Australian teams won both 4x100 medley relays.

Jones swam the breaststroke leg for the Australian team and the gold was the 10th of her Commonwealth Games career and third of this meet. The 10 career golds equals other Australian swim stars Ian Thorpe and Susie O'Neill for the most number by an individual at the games.

"I have a feeling the team will do it for her," O'Neill said from an Australian television network's broadcast podium before the night's finals.

Alicia Coutts swam the freestyle leg on the Australian team to win her fifth gold of the games _ three individual and two on relays.

Ryan Cochrane gave Canada another gold on the night with victory in the 1,500 meters in a time of 15:01.49. Heerden Herman of South Africa was just over two seconds behind to take silver and Daniel Fogg of England won the bronze.

"I've been telling everyone that I wanted to win two gold medals, but to actually live it out is amazing," said Hayden, who won the 100 earlier in the week. "I always seem to make my move in the last 15 meters so I need to work a little on my first half."

Defending champion Schipper won the 200 butterfly, finishing in two minutes, 07.04 seconds. Audrey Lacroix of Canada won the silver and Ellen Gandy of England was third.

"That was a tough last 25 meters, but I knew I had already done the hard work and I was able to hold on," said Schipper. "I love racing, that's why I do all the training."

Rickard won the 200 breaststroke, finishing ahead of Michael Jamieson of Scotland and Australia's Christian Sprenger. Hannah Miley of Scotland won the 400 individual medley, with Samantha Hamill of Australia second and Keri-Ann Payne of England third.

Stephanie Rice of Australia, the Olympic champion in both the 200 and 400 IM, did not compete in New Delhi due to recent shoulder surgery.

"To win the Europeans in day one (beginning of the season) and the Commonwealth Games in day six (end of the season) is so great," said Miley.

Natalie du Toit of South Africa won the Paralympic 100 butterfly S9. One of the biggest cheers of the night was for Kiran Tak of India, who finished the race more than 45 seconds after du Toit touched the wall.

Meanwhile, games officials on Saturday sought to clarify quotes from Schoeman during Friday's session which they say were incorrectly reported by some media.

In response to crowd noise that saw him nearly disqualified from a race, Schoeman told Australia's Ten Network that it was an "absolute disgrace" that some spectators were allowed to make so much noise at the start.

"There's a guy in the stands just shouting, shouting, shouting," the organizing committee said in a statement. "Someone like that needs to be ejected from this place. It's unacceptable to be at a professional event like this and have the stand and have people going on like monkeys."

Despite his comments, Schoeman was greeted with warm applause and no boos when he was presented with his silver medal Saturday. Schoeman said after the medal ceremony that he was unhappy with the way the "monkey" remark was interpreted.

"I'm disappointed in the way the Australian media portrayed what I said," he said. "It wasn't meant to be a racist remark _ in South Africa when someone calls you a monkey they mean hooligan. The comment was aimed at only one individual who was acting like a hooligan."