Record-breaking Aussies rebound from Pearson pull-out

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Australia shattered the women's 4×100 metres freestyle world record for their second gold medal on the opening night's finals at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games yesterday. Kelland O'Brien joined Leigh Howard, Alex Porter and Sam Welsford to beat England for the title and lower the previous record of 3:50.265 which Britain set at Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

England's James Guy, who pushed the Aussies all the way, finished third.

The Gold Coast is staging the 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games, but cycling and shooting events are being held in refurbished Brisbane venues that were initially built for the 1982 Games. "I knew that this time it could have been me if I just swam the race a little bit better".

While Australia came away with two gold, three silver and four bronze from the pool, they were upstaged by an England team who took home four gold medals of their own.

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"I think there is something to be said about a home-crowd advantage".

Canada finished second, almost four seconds behind.

Rising star Ariarne Titmus was pipped in a thrilling dual with Canada's Taylor Ruck (1:54.81) in the 200m freestyle final. Australia's Pearson, the 100m hurdles world champion and a Gold Coast resident, earlier said she was in tears when she realised she had to withdraw, but added: "My health comes first".

Chalmers, who earlier on Friday night won the individual 200m freestyle, then ensured victory with a strong last leg. The 17-year-old Ruck also won two medals at the Rio Olympics and is one Canada's best young swimmers. Horton recorded a time of 3:43.76, with McLoughlin following in 3:45.21.

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"I've raced against Hannah in every meet and I've been second every time", Willmott told reporters.

Miley, 28, was bidding to become the first Scot to claim three consecutive golds in the same event at the Commonwealth Games after winning gold at Delhi 2010 and Glasgow 2014. Australian Matt Willis took the bronze.

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