Comm Games Day 11: Madison strikes Success

Madison de Rozario. Photo: Getty
Madison de Rozario. Photo: Getty

AFTER 11 action-packed days the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games are over, with Australia falling just two medals shy of the 200 mark.

Australia’s 198 medals included 80 gold, 59 silver and 59 bronze, smashing their 2014 medal tally of 137, which included 49 gold.

The final day of action included a number of WA athletes competing both individually and in the team sports.

Read how they went below.

Madison de Rozario (athletics) from Success made it two from two when she took out gold in the women’s T54 Marathon Final.

In the early stages of the marathon de Rozario and fellow Australian Eliza Ault-Connell exchanged the lead a number of times before England’s Jade Jones and Scotland’s Samantha Kinghorn had their stints at the front.

The Success athlete, who is now based interstate, proved too strong though, taking the lead just after the halfway point and never giving it back up.

It was a great day for Australia in the marathon races, with Ault-Connell taking the silver and fellow Australian Kurt Fearnley winning gold in the corresponding men’s race.

In the runners marathon, Australia took gold in the men’s thanks to Michael Shelley and silver and bronze in the women’s after Lisa Weightman and Jessica Trengove finished behind the Namibian athlete.

Earlier in the games de Rozario won gold in the women’s T54 1500m final.

In the team sports the Australian men’s basketball team, which included four Perth Wildcats in Damian Martin, Jesse Wagstaff, Lucas Walker and Angus Brandt, had no difficulty accounting for Canada, running out huge 40 point winners to take out the gold after the Australian women did the same against England the night before.

Australia’s netball team, including Subiaco’s Caitlin Bassett and Southern River’s Courtney Bruce, suffered a shock 52-51 loss to England in the gold medal game.

Australia’s Olympic gold medal winning rugby 7s women also had to settle for silver after New Zealand scored a try in extra time to win the gold medal game 17-12.

The Australian rugby 7s men finished fifth.

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