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Records tumble in pool

18 Mar 06 09:59

Matthew Cowdrey after receiving his gold medal 

Matthew Cowdrey after receiving
his gold medal

Matthew Cowdrey of Australia has broken the record in the Elite Athletes with a Disability (EAD) 50m Freestyle Final and become the first Aussie male of these Games to pick up a gold in the pool.

Benoît Huot of Canada came second and Matt Walker of England picked up the bronze.

Speaking about his gold medal, Matthew said, "It means an enormous lot - representing Australia is the greatest that can happen to you."

Other great swims in the Men's program tonight included Gregor Tait of Scotland winning the 200m Backstroke Final with a Commonwealth Games record of 1:58.65.

South African Johannes Du Rand claimed the silver and Cameron Gibson of New Zealand came in third to win bronze.

In the 50m Butterfly final, South African Ronald Schoeman finished first in a time of 23.34. Australia's Matt Welsh and Michael Klim were awarded silver and bronze respectively. Australian Matthew Targett touched in second place but judges disqualified him for swimming under the water for too long after the dive.

England scored another Gold and silver in the Men's 100m Breaststroke Final. Christopher Cook came first in a time of 1:00.98 only narrowly beating fellow country man James Gibson. Brenton Rickard of Australia collected the bronze.

Brenton said after the race, "Not as fast as I would have liked but I'm getting there slowly." 

The Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Final produced a most exciting race with the lead switching many times between Australia, Scotland, England and Canada.

England's team of Simon Burnett, Alexander Scotcher, Dean Milwain and Ross Davenport pulled out some fabulous swims to inch ahead and win gold.

Scotland came second and Australia won bronze. Australia has won every gold in this race since 1954.

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