Australia Roars Past England to Top the Medals Table at the 2014 Commonwealth Games
By Mohammad Sohaib | July 27, 2014 7:30 PM EST
Amid the MH17 tragedy, which had stunned many around the country, Commonwealth Games have come as a bout of Joy for the Kangaroos. The golden athletes went on to notch seven more golds on the third day at Glasgow to replace England at the top of the table.
Members of Australia's team enter he stadium during the opening ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland, July 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young
Australia has an old rivalry with their neighbors New Zealand, but it is the Englishmen that our proving to be the deadly competitors. Even as Australia finished a gold ahead of England, with a total of 51 medals in the Games, the netball nail bitter seemed to have been the highlights of the days play.
After a second straight win in the Netball pool match, Australia are all set to lead their pool as they edged past England in the final moments of a nerve wrenching contest. With 10 seconds to spare and the game tied at 48 a piece, Caitlin Bassett's goal proved to be a death punch for the English team.
Day three saw more joy for Team Australia in their favored track and pool events. 16 out of the 18 golds have come through cycling and pool events. The Aussie swimmers grabbed four more, 11 in three days, to take a clear lead at the medals table.
It was the 18 years old wonder girl, Emma McKeown who led the women's 200 m breaststroke by half a second to make it three golds in as many days. Talking to Leisel Jones of the Australian, McKeown was over the moon. "It hasn't fully sunk in until this moment. Oh my goodness, I'm Commonwealth champion and I've advanced so far in the 12 months and I'm really happy with my progress," McKeown said. Earlier today, she was part of the women's 4 x 200 m freestyle relay triumph, featuring Alicia Coutts, Brittany Elmslie and Bronte Barratt.
Meanwhile, James Magnussen tickeld past his opponent Cameron McEvoy to book a place in the semi finals of the men's 100m free style. Earlier, the Aussie giant Daniel Fox broke his own world record ahead of the 400m freestyle finals. He clocked 1:57:16 in the heats, giving clear indication of the winner of the finals.
The cycling bore no surprises as well, Annette Edmondson won women's 10 km scratch race to claim her first Gold for the Games. It was a proud moment for her as she equaled her brother, Alex's tally of a gold and a silver a piece.
Finally, men's 1000m time trial saw Scott Sunderland produce a blistering finish after he was well behind his competitors with a lap to go. Daniel Repacholi's, on the other hand, won Australia's second shooting medal of the Games to end the day on a high.
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