Commonwealth Games: Australia shows its early superiority in 2018 event
The Commonwealth Games are underway on the Gold Coast of Australia and the home nation
has thus far proved its superiority in many of the competition’s events. The Aussies have
claimed 57 medals after three days of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, while England and
Canada is distant third and fourth in medal totals, respectively.
The Australians have won 50 gold medals, which leads this year’s Commonwealth Games as
well. Seventy-one teams are competing this year on the Gold Coast, and thus far, 19 nations
have collected medals.
Leaders of the pack
Australia and England have dominated many of the contests the two nations have competed in.
The countries have gone head to head in many events with one of the nations taking gold and
the other having to settle for silver or bronze.
England sits second in the Commonwealth Games’ medal table, and the English have performed
well after three days in Australia. England has won 32 medals and on day three, the country’s
Adam Peaty collected gold in the men’s 100m breaststroke. Peaty’s win saw him successfully
defend the title he won at the previous Commonwealth Games. Although Peaty secured the
gold, the swimmer was disappointed not to finish the race in 57 seconds. He claimed gold with
a 58.84 performance.
Compatriots, and two of the most famous British athletes competing at this year’s
Commonwealth Games, the Brownlee brothers, helped England win the silver in the triathlon
relay. Alistair and Jonny Brownlee along with Jess Learmonth and Vicky Holland took silver as
the mixed triathlon team was edged out by the Australians. The Aussies’ Jacob Birtwhistle,
Ashleigh Gentle, Gillian Backhouse and Matt Hauser finished in the gold medal place for the
Australia and England lead their respective netball groups after two games in pool play. The
Aussies have been perfect in Pool A, as the team has secured four points from four. Jamaica are
level on points with the Aussies and the countries will face off on the final day of pool play on
England is level with New Zealand on four points in Pool B. The two nations will meet on the final day of pool play as well. Expectations are high that Australia and England will meet
in the final on April 15.
A Commonwealth Games of firsts
While both Australia and England have done well in the medals categories, one nation claimed
its first ever Commonwealth Games medal this year. The Solomon Islands took home it’s first
ever medal as Jenly Tegu Wini won bronze in the 58-kilogram women’s weightlifting event.
Wini lifted a total of 189kg, which placed the 34-year-old weightlifter behind Australia’s
Tia-Clair Toomey and Canada’s Tali Darsigny.
“I made history today,” Tegu Wini said after winning bronze.
“It’s a big thing for my country.”
“In Solomon Islands, girls normally don’t do this kind of sport. I think now that I’ve created
history for the country, maybe more girls will be interested in weightlifting now.”
Le Clos moves toward Commonwealth Games history
Chad Le Clos swam to gold for a third straight Commonwealth Games as the South African won
the 200m Butterfly. Le Clos is now the second most successful athlete to participate in the
games. He has now won 16 medals during his Commonwealth Games career.
Le Clos is one medal away from Australia’s Phillip Adams for the most medals won at the
Commonwealth Games. Le Clos has the chance to tie and break the Aussie’s record at this
India performing well
India has performed well at this year’s games, although its wins have come in just one
competition. India has surprisingly become a top nation in weightlifting. Athlete Ragala Venkat
Rahul lifted a total of 338kg in the men’s 85kg weightlifting competition. Rahul won India’s
fourth gold of this year’s Commonwealth Games. All six of India’s medals at this year’s games
have come in weightlifting events. The country has put a focus on weightlifting and it has paid
The Commonwealth Games continues until April 15. The athletics competition kicks off on
Sunday, April 8; and the track and field competition may see several countries improve their
overall medals standing at the Commonwealth Games. Other events that will start this week
are wrestling, diving and cycling.