Commonwealth Games 2018: West Aussie wins gold on day one

Brianna Throssell.
Brianna Throssell.

THERE were a number of WA athletes competing in Day 1 of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Between the four individuals they won two medals, including a gold and a bronze, and broke one world record and one games record.

See how they fared below.

-Blair Evans (swimming) from Padbury came second behind fellow Australian Meg Bailey in heat 1 of the women’s 400m individual medley, qualifying fourth fastest for the final.

Evans would go on to secure a bronze medal after finishing behind England’s Aimee Willmott in first and Commonwealth Games record holder Hannah Miley from Scotland in second.

Bailey finished seventh.

-Brianna Throssell (swimming) from City Beach took out the first heat of the women’s 100m butterfly competition in 58.96 seconds.

She backed up her heat effort in the first semi final, finishing first behind fellow Australian Emma McKeon and Canadian Penny Oleksiak.

She will compete in tonight’s 100m butterfly final in lane 1, with the final expected to start at 7.51pm AWST.

-George Harley (swimming) from Woodvale finished fifth in heat 2 of the men’s 200m breastroke with a time that was just good enough to see him scrape into the final.

Harley swam hard again in the final but fell just short, again finishing in fifth.

Fellow Australian Matt Wilson won the bronze.

-Sam Welsford (track cycling) from Woodlands was part of the Australian team of four that won the Men’s 4000m team pursuit qualifier in a Commonwealth record time of 3:52.041.

The split was more than a second faster than the Commonwealth Games record the Australians set in Glasgow four years earlier.

Not only did Welsford and his teammates go on to win the gold medal over England later in the day, but they also smashed the world record by 0.461 seconds as they did so.

In the team sports, the Australian women’s hockey team secured a hard fought 1-0 win over Canada, while the Australian netballers, including Subiaco’s Caitlin Bassett and Southern River’s Courtney Bruce, demolished Northern Ireland 94-26.