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Commonwealth Games: England win six golds on day one of Gold Coast 2018

Commonwealth Games: England win six golds on day one of Gold Coast 2018 on Swimming shockwaves, dazzling gymnasts & Brownlees stunned
2018 Commonwealth Games
Venue: Gold Coast, Australia Dates: 4-15 April
Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV and Red Button with extra streams on Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and app; listen on Radio 5 live; follow text updates online.

England won a flurry of gold medals on day one of Gold Coast 2018, with Max Whitlock helping the artistic gymnastics team to victory.

That gymnastics success was preceded by track cyclist Sophie Thornhill and pilot Helen Scott taking gold in the blind and visually impaired (B&VI) sprint.

Swimmer Aimee Willmott made it three golds in a matter of minutes as she won the 400m individual medley.

Further gold medals for swimmers James Wilby, Eleanor Robinson and Thomas Hamer swelled England’s tally to six and ensured they ended day one at the top of the medal table ahead of Australia, who finished with five.

medal table

Cyclist Neil Fachie earned Scotland’s first gold medal, winning the B&VI 1000m TT final, with Wales’ James Ball and pilot Peter Mitchell taking silver.

Scottish gold medal hopes Hannah Miley and Ross Murdoch had to settle for silver in the pool, while Scotland came third in the gymnastics.

Jessica Learmonth started England’s successful opening day with silver in the triathlon.

But in the men’s event, the Brownlee brothers – favourites for the title – failed to win a medal, with Scotland’s Marc Austin taking bronze.

There was also disappointment for the hosts earlier in the day, as 100m hurdler Sally Pearson – Australia’s face of the Games – withdrew with an Achilles tendon injury.

Key moments from day on

Back-to-back golds for England’s gymnasts

Commonwealth Games: England win men’s gymnastic team gold

England went into the gymnastics team event as defending champions, with double Olympic champion Whitlock in their ranks alongside Nile Wilson, Courtney Tulloch, James Hall and Dominick Cunningham.

England finished with 258 points, 10 points clear of second-placed Canada, with Scotland in third.

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Thornhill and Fachie light up velodrome

 England’s Thornhill wins track cycling gold

Double Paralympic champions Thornhill and Scott had set a new world record in qualifying.

They beat Australia’s Jessica Gallagher and her pilot Madison Janssen in the final, as Thornhill won her third Commonwealth medal.

Fachie also became a three-time Commonwealth champion, as he and pilot Matt Rotherham beat Wales’ James Ball and pilot Peter Mitchell, who had to settle for silver.

Australia set a new world record as they won the men’s 4,000m team pursuit final, with England taking silver.

Favourites New Zealand then took gold in the men’s team sprint, with England in second place.

Wales lost out to England in the women’s team sprint bronze medal race.

England’s swimmers make a splash

Commonwealth Games: Willmott beats Miley to women’s 400m individual medley gold

Miley was bidding for a third Commonwealth gold, having beaten Willmott in the same event in Glasgow four years ago.

But Willmott got her revenge, powering through the final 50m to win in four minutes 34.90 seconds.

English teenager Hamer set a world record to win gold in the men’s S14 200m freestyle final, while 16-year-old Robinson won the women’s S7 50m butterfly.

England’s James Guy won bronze in the 400m freestyle final, but world champion Ben Proud was disqualified from the 50m butterfly.

Wilby delivered another English victory as he won the men’s 200m breaststroke ahead of defending champion Murdoch, who finished 0.27 seconds back.

The final race of the day saw England take bronze in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay, with Australia winning in a world record time.

Brownlees fail to win a medal

 Austin takes bronze as Brownlees miss out

The first gold medal of the Games went to Bermuda’s Flora Duffy, as she took victory in the women’s triathlon, 43 seconds ahead of Learmonth, who won England’s first medal.

The men’s event was won by South Africa’s Henri Schoeman, with two-time Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee finishing 10th while brother Jonny came home seventh.

The pair later said injuries had hampered their training.

Wales stun India in women’s hockey

Commonwealth Games: Wales’ match-winning moment against India

In the women’s hockey Wales, ranked 26th in the world, shocked India with a 3-2 win, while Scotland were thrashed 6-1 by New Zealand.

England began their campaign with a comfortable 2-0 win over South Africa.

England made the ideal start in the netball as Tracey Neville’s world number three side thrashed Scotland 74-28 in their opening pool game.

In the men’s basketball, Scotland beat England 78-65 in their group game.

Winning debut for Wales’ Hursey

Eleven-year-old Anna Hursey won on her Commonwealth Games debut in the table tennis doubles alongside Charlotte Carey, but Wales lost 3-1 to India overall.

The Cardiff schoolgirl is thought to be the youngest athlete to ever represent Wales at senior level in sport.

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