Australia's Jodie Henry broke
a Commonwealth record in the
heats of the Women's 100m
Records continued to fall throughout Day Two of competition - nine Commonwealth Games records were smashed and a huge number of excited fans attended last night’s Rugby 7s matches.
New Zealand took out the Rugby 7s crown defeating England 29-21 in the final last night. Fiji won bronze, overcoming a gallant Australia 24-17. The bronze medal match was marred by an injury to Australian Western Force Super 14 player Scott Fava who sustained severe concussion, and had to be taken from the field of play.
The Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre is continuing to cement its reputation as a ‘fast’ pool – a total of four commonwealth games records were broken across yesterday’s events.
Australia’s Danni Miatke smashed the existing Games record set in Manchester to claim the gold medal in the final of the Women’s 50m Butterfly with a time of 26.43 seconds.
In semi final swims, South Africa’s Roland Schoelman set a new Games record in the Men’s 50m Butterfly and England’s Christopher Cook set a new record in the Men’s 100m Backstroke.
The Games record of the Women’s 100m Freestyle was broken twice – first by Australia’s Alice Mills in heat four, only to be broken again by Jodie Henry in the following heat.
South Africa’s Natalie Du Toit broke her own world record in winning gold in the Women’s 50m Elite Athletes with a Disability (EAD) Freestyle.
In Shooting for gold, India’s Men’s 10m Air Rifle Pairs team broke the record they set in the same event at Manchester.
At the Weightlifting, the Commonwealth Games record in the Women’s 58kg class was broken a total of five times. Taking out the silver medal, Papua New Guinea’s Dika Loa Toua set a new Games record with a lift of 103kg in the Clean and Jerk. This was then broken twice by Canada’s Maryse Turcotte who finished the day with a lift of 108kgs. Maryse Turcotte set a new Games record with a total score of 188kg's – earning her the gold medal.
Record crowds flocked to the various Festival Melbourne 2006 live sites. Last night at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl the crowd showed their support of the performance of South Africa diva Miriam Makeba with thunderous applause and a standing ovation.
More records are predicted to fall today, on Day Three of competition.
In the pool Australia’s Jodie Henry and Alice Mills will be swimming off in the final of the Women’s 100m Freestyle and Leisl Jones will be aiming for gold in the Women’s 200m Breaststroke.
A total of nine gold medals are up for grabs today in the pool.
Australia’s cycling Meares sisters and Ryan Bailey will be back in action as competition continues at the velodrome.
Medals will also be awarded in the both the Men’s and Women’s Individual Gymnastics, and medals up for grabs in the shooting and weightlifting.
This weekend heralds the start of the Road events with the Triathlon taking to the beach and streets of St Kilda. This is the first free sporting event and spectators are encouraged to join the crowds and show their support to these elite athletes. There is also a Festival Melbourne 2006 live site at St Kilda – plenty of action for onlookers.
There are a variety of other Festival Melbourne 2006 activities kicking off today.
HRH Prince Edward will open the Spirit of the Games exhibition at the Melbourne Museum. This is a spectacular showcase of props, costumes and other items from the Opening Ceremony.
Other highlights will be the 1000-strong Sing for Water choir celebrating the power of the collective voice in the Alexandra Gardens with guest artist Paul Kelly.
With so much exciting activity happening both on and around the sporting venues – what are you doing this weekend?
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