Australia has had a flying start to the track and field competition at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Long distance runner, Michael Shelley, beat a field of African runners to take gold in the Commonwealth Games marathon event.
Shelley, who finished 16th in the London Olympics, clocked a personal best of 2hr 11min 15sec on the largely flat course around the streets of Glasgow, to better his silver-medal showing in Delhi four years ago.
“I’ve got to pinch myself, it is very exciting. To come back and actually win is indescribable,” said Shelley. “Now I have had a bit more experience, to come away with my first win is indescribable.”
“You just try to run the best you possibly can and it was a dream to be honest. I’m still buzzing, I can’t believe it.”
Shelley added: “It probably wasn’t until a kilometre out that I got a bit of a feeling. I just kept pushing on. My main idea was to stay relaxed and I was always there in the lead group.
“At 35k there was a surge. I just had to stay strong and it paid off.”
Stephen Chemlany of Kenya and Abraham Kiplimo of Uganda won silver and bronze respectively.
Jess Trengrove also beat her personal best, winning bronze in the women’s marathon in two hours, 30 minutes and 12 seconds.
Aussies fill the podium at the pool
Australian swimmers continued their domination with James Magnussen winning the gold in the 100m freestyle.
The two-time world champion clocked 48.11 seconds as Australia claimed the trifecta in the pool’s blue riband event.
National title holder Cameron McEvoy won silver in 48.34 with Tommaso D’Orsogna taking third in 49.04.
“Obviously it wasn’t the quickest time I’ve done in recent times, but I wasn’t really focused on times tonight,” said Magnussen.
“I had a race plan to let ‘Cam’ turn first and be ahead at 75m and really save myself for that last 25m to guarantee the win.”
And Australia made it four golds from four in the relays as the men’s 4x200m freestyle team held off an impressive challenge by Scotland and South Africa, who finished in second and third respectively.
There was more gold and silver for Australia in the first event of the evening as Belinda Hocking held off teammate Emily Seebohm to win the women’s 200m backstroke with Canada’s Hilary Caldwell in third.
Alicia Coutts also took home a medal, coming second in the women’s 200m individual medley.
Australia’s para-athletes also performed with Madeline Scott taking home silver in the para-sport 100m breaststroke.