Australia storm to freestyle relay gold

GAMES ON  Brian Harrington Helen Rekdale Liz Smith Abbie Wilkins Sara Lewis Vicki Hauser Helen Jorgensen Nola Hedger  Stephen Waddell Brett Davis and Carol McNaughton

Australia storm to freestyle relay gold

Australia won eight of nine golds in the men's 400m freestyle from 1970 to 2002 - but lost out to Scotland's David Carry in 2006 and Canada's Ryan Cochrane in 2010 and 2014.

The Kookaburras are the number 1 ranked team in the world and go into the tournament as strong favourites, aiming to win their sixth consecutive Commonwealth Games title.

McKeon set a Commonwealth record of 56.78 seconds to beat Groves, whose 57.19 was faster than the time she swam on Thursday.

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That was 0.374s quicker than a New Zealand foursome had gone before.

The tall, 17-year-old Ruck, however, was arguably the best swimmer on show on Saturday, finishing in a dead heat with Australian Bronte Campbell for silver in the 50m freestyle, then winning bronze in the 100m backstroke some 20 minutes later.

"I told the boys to back off a bit because the shark was right next to us", he added.

Earlier, the Kiwis recorded the second fastest time of 4m 22.331s in qualifying, 0.153s ahead of Canada.

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