Emma McKeon, an Australian swimmer, won a record 11th gold medal in the women’s 50 meter freestyle on Sunday, making her the most successful Commonwealth Games competitor ever.
At the Sandwell Aquatic Centre, it was a historic evening when South African Chad Le Clos won his 18th medal, a silver in the men’s 200-meter butterfly, to become the most decorated Games athlete ever, joining shooters Michael Gault and Phil Adams.
Then, Australia closed the night on a high note by winning the women’s 4×200-meter relay in a world record time of 7 minutes, 39.29 seconds, breaking the previous record of 7 minutes, 40.33 seconds set by China at the Tokyo Olympics.
Wilson Madison and Melverton With an outstanding anchor leg, Mollie O’Callaghan and Ariarne Titmus finished 12.69 seconds ahead of Canada, who took second place and silver, and England, who rounded up the podium.
Following victories in the women’s and mixed 4100 freestyle relays, McKeon now leads the gold medal standings by herself, ahead of fellow Australian swimmers Susie O’Neill, Ian Thorpe, and Leisel Jones.
Meg Harris and Shayna Jack, who joined McKeon on the podium and took silver and bronze, respectively. McKeon, who took home seven medals at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, was able to enjoy the historic event.
It is unique, according to McKeon. It causes me to think back on the eight years since my first Commonwealth Games, and I am able to gauge my progress both as a person and as a competitor.
10 years ago today, Le Clos defeated Michael Phelps in the identical event at the London Olympics, marking a major victory for him.
Le Clos was defeated to the wall by Lewis Clareburt, who swam out of lane five, the same lane from which he defeated Phelps, with a winning time of one minute, 55.60 seconds.
He came in just 0.29 seconds behind the New Zealander to win silver over England’s James Guy, although he was unable to avoid entering the record books.
Le Clos admitted that he was disappointed not to have won and added that he intended to stand at the top of the podium before the Games were through. I would have sacrificed my finger to win tonight. Everyone was in the stands, and my friends flew in for this event, so it meant the world to me and my family.