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Scotland's brave performance

20 Mar 06 08:23

Scotland's Caitlin McClatchey added to her medal haul with gold in the 200m Freestyle. 

Scotland's Caitlin McClatchey
added to her medal haul with
gold in the 200m Freestyle.

Scotland put up a fight in the pool with the women adding gold and bronze to their collection.

Caitlin McClatchey won the 400m Freestyle, swimming five seconds faster than her qualifying time in 4:07.69. Australia’s Bronte Barratt followed Joanne Jackson from England for the bronze medal.

McClatchey acknowledged it was a very close race “Up until the last 50m it was anyone's race.

"It's just a fantastic team. Hopefully we'll go on and win a few more tomorrow."

McClatchey won the 200m Freestyle Final and is scheduled to also swim the 800m.

Australia’s Leisel Jones has outperformed herself, setting another World Record in a time of 1:05.09 for the 100m Breaststroke Final.

Jones touched more than two seconds faster than fellow Aussie Jade Edmiston, with Scotland’s Kirsty Balfour taking bronze and Australia’s Tarnee White swam fourth.

Earlier in the pool Libby Lenton managed to hold off a fast-finishing Jodie Henry, to claim gold in another Australian trifecta in the pool. Alice Mills battled strongly for third.

Finishing the 50m Freestyle Final in 24.74, Lenton set a new Games record and replicated the result of the 100m Freestyle when the three Australians swan 1, 2 and 3.

"I did have high hopes for tonight's race," said Lenton after the race.
 
"Basically tonight was just a celebration of my week so far, I've had a fantastic week."
 
Commenting on her silver medal performance Henry said "It was a PB by 0.2sec. I'm really happy with that because I don't have a good dive - it's all up to my speed."
 
Australia's Joanna Fargus has gone one better than Manchester to win her first Games Backstroke gold medal in the 200m Backstroke Final.

Setting a new Games record in 2:10.36, she was followed by England’s Melanie Marshall and New Zealand’s Hannah McLean.

"I'm so over the moon,” enthused Fargus. “The 200m Backstroke is my baby."

The tightest race of the night was the Women’s 50m Backstroke, with Australia’s Giaan Rooney and Sophie Edington battling to touch the wall first. Edington claimed the gold medal .01 faster than Rooney, equalling the Games record set by Rooney in the Semi-Final, 28.42.

Tayliah Zimmer, who finished third in 28.71, is thrilled to be part of a winning team.   "The other girls are sprint queens so it was great to be up there with them," she said. "It's more than I could have hoped for.

The last race of the night was the 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay, which Australia romped in in 3:36.49 – with a lead of around three body lengths. England and Canada fought it out for silver and bronze respectively.

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