Mack Horton won Australia's first 2018 Commonwealth Games gold on Thursday

Mack Horton won Australia's first 2018 Commonwealth Games gold on Thursday

With AP Photos.Australia's 4x100-meter women's freestyle relay team has done it again by breaking its own world record on the opening night of the swim program at the Commonwealth Games.

The women's pursuit team - Ashlee Akudinoff, Annette Edmondson, Amy Cure and Alexandra Manly - also took gold, nearly lapping New Zealand, The Australian reported.

England also claimed two gold medals on the opening night with Aimee Wilmott denying Hannah Miley's bid for a Scottish record three consecutive 400m individual medley gold medals and James Wilby dethroning Scottish defending champion Ross Murdoch in the 200m breaststroke.

Team England had been hot on the Aussies' heels for the first half of the race but slipped down to third place in the third leg when Freya Anderson came up against Canada's Rebecca Smith.

Australian swimmer Mack Horton says his Commonwealth Games gold medal is triggering more emotion than his Olympic glory.

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Miley, who won the 400 IM at both the New Delhi Games in 2010 and four years later at Glasgow, had to settle for silver in 4:35.16.

"I have opted to run only in the 5,000m and leave out the 10,000m because it would tire me yet I have another race early next month", said Cheptegei.

All indications suggested they would need to go faster in the final after Australia set their first Games record of the day with 4m 17.218s. "But I just tried to keep my head down and race".

Proud, who is also the reigning Commonwealth champion in the 50 butterfly and 50 freestyle, won his preliminary heat by almost a body length but that was annulled after a referee disqualified the Englishman for movement on the starting blocks.

"We weren't expecting that at all tonight", Bronte Campbell said. "With fans in the crowd, I wanted to give them something to cheer about by delivering a fast time".

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