Aussies rule the pool as SA join the party too

first_imgThe swimming quartet of Virdhawal Khade, Anshul Kothari, Arjun Jayaprakash and Aaron D’Souza made history on Monday by becoming the first Indian men’s team to qualify for the 4x100m relay final at the Commonwealth Games.But the team failed to improve on its performance in the final and finished in sixth- place while the Australian swimmers stamped their authority to grab three of the five gold medals at stake.The Indian quartet clocked 3.27.14 seconds in the 4x100m final, which was won by the Australian team with a Commonwealth Games record.Khade, who will shoulder the burden of a majority of India’s hopes, said he was satisfied with the performance but pointed out that he did not exert himself entirely. ” It was good to be become the first Indian team to qualify for the finals and we qualified sixth which is reasonably well,” said the Kolhapur swimmer after the final.”I didn’t give my 100 per cent because our aim was to qualify and we did that,” he added.A reasonable decision considering Khade will be in action again on Tuesday in the 50m butterfly and will compete in four other categories in the following days.But the Olympian expects to come up with better performances in the 100m freestyle and the 100m butterfly which he believes would be his best opportunities for glory.”I am feeling better although I have five more events left in the competition. I will do all that I can but I believe the 100m butterfly and the 100m freestyle are the two events in which I can do better.” Most of the other Indians in the fray found the going really tough against a star- studded field. Badrinath Melkote (27.26 sec) and Subha Chittranjan ( 30.00 sec) managed to reach the semi- finals of the men’s 50m backstroke and the women’s 50m butterfly respectively, but lacked the experience and the expertise to push ahead.advertisementAustralian Olympic champion Kylie Palmer started the flurry of medals as she eclipsed both the Games record and her personal best to tough home in 1.57.50 sec in the 200m freestyle to grab the first gold medal for her team.Palmer finished ahead of Wales’ Jazz Carlin ( 1.58.29 sec) and England’s Rebecca Adlington whose late surge helped her clock in at 1.58.47 sec.In the men’s 400m freestyle, it turned out to be a thrilling finish with Australian Ryan Napolean just falling short of the pole position as Canadian Ryan Cochrane’s late charge saw him move ahead – a lead he maintained to finish first with a timing of 3.48.48 sec.Napolean ( 3.48.59 sec), who was slapped with a three- month ban for testing positive for a banned substance earlier this year, had to remain content with a secondplace finish ahead of Scotland’s Darry Carry ( 3.50.06sec).Alicia Couts brought home the second gold for Australia in the record time of 2.09.7 sec in the women’s 200m individual medley.Emily Seebohm, 18, of Australia grabbed the silver medal while Canadian Julia Wilkinson ( 2.12.09sec) came in third.South African Chad Guy Detrand Le Clos made the most of the absence of Australian Nick D’Arcy, who failed to qualify for the 200m butterfly final, and broke the Games record clocking in at 1.56.48sec to win the gold, while Englishman Michael Rock ( 1.57.15sec) and Canadian Stefan Hirniak ( 1.57.26sec) followed him in the second and third place respectively. In the 4x100m final for men’s relay, Australia clinched the gold, while England came in second.last_img

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