Double gold for dominant Rebecca Adlington in Delhi
8 October - Day Five Evening Session
Double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington scooped her fourth Commonwealth medal on day five in Delhi, dominating the 400m Freestyle to strike gold.
It feels absolutely amazing - I got a taste for this feeling last night and wanted it again!
Having looked comfortable in her 800m victory yesterday, the 21-year old took her supremacy to another level in the 400m final, leading by almost two seconds at the half way point before touching in 4:05.68 – 2.17 clear of Australia’s Kylie Palmer in silver.
Jazz Carlin (4:08.22) continued her breakthrough meet with bronze, edging out England teenager Anne Bochmann (4:08.30) by 0.08 to become the first Welsh female swimmer in 80 years to win two Commonwealth medals at one Games.
But neither could contend with Adlington on the day as she smashed Sarah Hardcastle’s 24-year old Games record to emulate her result from the Beijing Olympics two years ago. And the double Commonwealth champion, who also captured bronze in the 200m Freestyle and 4x200m Freestyle relay, admitted she had dug deep to leave an impression in her final race of the Games.
“It feels absolutely amazing,” said Adlington, whose England teammate Jo Jackson (4:10.37) finished sixth. “I’m so tired but this was my last race. I got a taste for this feeling last night and I wanted it again so I just gave it my all.”
Liam Tancock doubled his golden tally in Delhi, defending his 100m Backstroke title in style. The 25-year old cruised to 50m gold on Tuesday and had few problems doubling up over 100m, leading from start to finish before touching in a Commonwealth Games record of 53.59.
“I’m really pleased with that,” said Tancock. “To come away with two golds in such a tough environment with a tough crowd and tough opponents is great.
“To be a double Commonwealth champion feels pretty cool.”
James Goddard was the third home nation swimmer to scoop his second gold of the meet, scoring England’s first Men’s Individual Medley title in Commonwealth history with victory in the 200m IM.
Having qualified fastest for the final, the 27-year old 200m Backstroke champion repeated his dominance in the evening session to win in a Games record 1:58.10.
Joe Roebuck ensured an England one-two, touching in 1:59.86 to replicate his repeat from the 400m Individual Medley and lift his second medal.
England’s Fran Halsall scooped her third individual medal of the Games with silver in the 50m Freestyle. The 20-year old struck 50m Butterfly gold and 100m Freestyle bronze earlier in the week and finished in 24.98 to complete her collection of gold, silver and bronze.
Competing in her second final of the week, England's Amy Smith clocked 25.74 to finish seventh.
England’s Lizzie Simmonds echoed Halsall’s result in the 200m Backstroke, taking silver behind Australia’s Meagan Nay. The European champion touched in 2:07.90 with Gemma Spofforth (2:09.08) and Stephanie Proud (2:09.12) fifth and sixth respectively.
Spofforth bounced immediately back to take her second silver of the Games in the 50m Backstroke. The 22-year old, who finished in the same position in the 100m back, missed out on gold by 0.03 seconds as she finished in 28.03 behind Australia’s defending champion Sophie Edington.
Georgia Davies clocked a Welsh record 28.33 to finish tied for bronze with Australia’s Emily Seebohm and collect Wales’ first Commonwealth medal in women’s backstroke and her nation’s fourth medal of the Games.
Antony James struck silver to collect England’s first 100m Butterfly medal since Andy Jameson’s gold in Edinburgh 24 years ago.
I'm so ecstatic - I came in thinking I had to swim my own race and I just hit it hard.
Australia’s Geoff Huegill (51.69) took a fairytale gold 12 years after his first Commonwealth title but after turning fourth at 50m, James rallied to touch in 52.50 – tied for silver with Papa New Guinea’s defending champion Ryan Pini.
“I’m so ecstatic,” said the 20-year old. "I came into the race thinking I needed to swim my own race, hit it hard and see what happens.”
Scotland’s Andrew Mayor (53.85) finished seventh.
Scotland’s Sean Fraser broke his British record to strike silver in the S8 100m Freestyle. The 20-year old finished just 0.33 off the top spot as he clocked 1:00.77 with Wales’ David Roberts, who usually swims in the S7 category, fourth in 1:02.88.
Kate Haywood ended England’s barren spell of 20 years without a medal in the Women’s 100m Breaststroke to capture her second silverware of the Games.
The 23-year old – who took bronze in the 50m Butterfly - repeated the feat over double the distance, eventually touching in a season’s best 1:08.29.
England's Women's 4x100m Freestyle Relay team rounded off the evening with silver. The quartet of Smith, Halsall, Emma Saunders and Jess Sylvester finished in 3:40.03 with Scotland (3:49.79) finishing fifth.
Finally, England Simon Burnett (22.66) and Adam Brown (22.75) progressed to tomorrow’s 50m Freestyle final in seventh and eighth respectively.
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