The action has continued on the Gold Coast as the medal count grows for Australia in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
UWA-West Coast’s Blair Evans became the first Australian swimmer to claim a medal, winning bronze in the 400m Individual Medley on Thursday night (5/4).
Blair then returned to the pool on Sunday for the 200m Individual Medley, where she finished in fifth place after qualifying eighth for the final.
Coming up against Australian Emma McKeon and Rio medallist Penny Oleksiak on Friday, Brianna Throssell began her campaign with the 100m butterfly.
The 22-year-old swimmer took bronze in an all-Australian podium, with McKeon and Madeline Groves taking gold and silver respectively.
The UWA-West Coast swimmer then took her competition to the next level, forming a part of the gold-medal-winning and Commonwealth Games record-breaking Australian 4x200m freestyle relay team.
After previously passing on her spot in the Australian team for what became a world-record-breaking 4x100m final, the gold gave her plenty to smile about.
Elsewhere, UWA alumni Holly Barratt competed in the women’s 50m butterfly, where she also found herself on an all-Australian podium, with a silver medal between Cate Campbell and Madeline Groves.
The same night also saw UWA-West Coast’s Zac Incerti follow his team mates, claiming bronze in the 50m backstroke behind Mitch Larkin and Benjamin Treffers.
Broome product Zac qualified fastest for the semi-finals after winning his heat earlier on in the day.
With contributions from UWA athletes, Australia’s medal total now stands proudly atop at 84, with England the next highest country on 47.
There is still plenty more action to come this week in the Games.
Rounding out the UWA athletes, Nina Kennedy and Liz Parnov will square off in the women’s pole vault next Friday (13/4) with the hope of bringing home the gold on home soil.
The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games runs from 4 April to 15 April, and marks the fifth time Australia has hosted the multi-sport event.
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