Australia, Canada, England win Commonwealth Games pool golds

Beach on the Gold Coast. Credit Matthew Abbott for The New York Times

Beach on the Gold Coast. Credit Matthew Abbott for The New York Times

The Australian took silver in 1:56.36 while Scotland's Duncan Scott won bronze.

"It got me all teary; so many people have supported me through the past two years and to be able to share that with the rest of Australia was something very special to me". James Guy of England took the bronze.

"I'm so proud of you and everything you've achieved", Wu said.

Australian diver Taneka Kovchenko has been forced to retire from the sport, just days before the start of the Commonwealth Games.

"I thought of every scenario to try and continue diving till at-least the end of this season however the risks highly out weighed the options of continuing to dive and sadly had to make the heart breaking decision to stop diving", she writes on the eve of the Games.

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

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The 200m freestyle champion then swam the fastest split time in the relay but ran out of steam in the final few strokes.

England are a distant second on 14 total medals, seven of which are gold.

"I've been second nearly every single time", Wilmott said.

They each won their heats, but Cate Campbell, her sister Bronte Campbell and Shayna Jack were the three fastest qualifiers for the semifinals.

Bronte Campbell had given the host nation the lead on the second leg before McKeon handed over to Cate Campbell, who produced a storming finish to break the previous mark.

Fellow Australian team mates Jarrod Poort and 2014 Commonwealth Games 200m freestyle gold medalist Thomas Fraser-Holmes were given one-year bans for the same offense. That trio and Emma McKeon clocked a time of three minutes, 30.5 seconds.

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