Big powers rule Day 1
GLASGOW – There have been no surprises so far at the Commonwealth Games.
Traditional powers England and Australia dominated the first day of competition yesterday, and an Australian women’s relay team set a world record in the pool.
England picked up six gold medals – including both in triathlon – and Australia added five, including two in track cycling.
Australia’s 4×100-metre freestyle relay team eclipsed by nearly three-quarters of a second the mark held by the Netherlands from the 2009 Rome world titles.
Emma McKeon, a member of the relay team, won her second gold of the day: she earlier finished first in the 200 freestyle.
Scotland, buoyed by the home crowds, picked up four gold medals, including by swimmer Hannah Miley in the 400 individual medley and Ross Murdoch in the 200 breaststroke.
India and Canada won two gold medals each.
Olympic champion Anna Meares of Australia won a record-equalling fifth gold in track cycling in the 500-metre time trial while her country’s pursuit team relegated Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins and the England men to silver. Meares equalled fellow Australian Bradley McGee’s record of five gold medals in track cycling, and made her the first athlete to win a medal
in track cycling at four Commonwealth Games. (AP)