Glasgow: Canada’s Patricia Bezzoubenko was crowned queen of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Saturday, completing a five gold medal haul in rhythmic gymnastics, while the undisputed king Usain Bolt was arriving for Jamaican relay duty.
Bezzoubenko had already won two gold medals in the team and all-around events and she added three more on Saturday in the clubs, ball and hoop individual disciplines.
Australia’s Daniel Repacholi won the men’s 10m air pistol. But the spotlight was on third-placed Mick Gault of England, who, at 60, won a record-equalling 18th Commonwealth Games medal.
Gault retired due to illness after Delhi 2010, but returned to compete in Glasgow. “It didn’t matter what colour it was, I’ve got the 18 medals now,” Gault said. “That’s exactly what the aim was, so it’s job done now.” He is level with Australian shooter Phillip Adams, who last competed in 2002, on 18 CWG medals and has the chance to go one better in the 50m air pistol event on Monday.
Scotland’s Daniel Wallace delighted the host nation with a sensational victory in the 400 metres individual medley and England claimed their first gold medal in the pool, here on Friday.
England’s Ben Proud kick-started the session with a surprise victory in the 50 metres butterfly before Chris Walker-Hebborn ensured England enjoyed double success when he won the 100 metres backstroke in a Games record time of 53.12 seconds.
Australia also enjoyed a successful night in the pool with Fraser-Holmes beating compatriot Cameron McEvoy in a 200 metres freestyle race, while Leiston Pickett successfully defended the 50 metres breaststroke title she won in New Delhi four years ago.
Canada’s Katerine Savard broke a Games record in the women’s 100 metres butterfly before Australia finished off proceedings with gold in the 4x100m freestyle relay, thanks to Tommaso D’Orsogna, Matt Abood, James Magnussen and McEvoy.
England won the first ever mixed relay triathlon with South Africa taking silver, just ahead of Australia.
New Zealand, meanwhile, crushed Canada 39-0 to get the rugby union sevens tournament underway on a day when 27 gold medals were up for grabs notably in swimming, judo, shooting and cycling.