Carlin shines for Wales, Aussies continue to lead

 29 Jul 2014 - 0:00

Sri Lanka’s Amila Kumarasiri competes in the Men’s 200m Individual Medley SM8 Final at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow, yesterday.


GLASGOW: Jazz Carlin won Wales’ first swimming gold at the Commonwealth Games, while there was more success for Australia and England, yesterday.
Carlin posted a new personal best and smashed the Commonwealth Games record in a time 8min 18:11sec to take the women’s 800m freestyle.
The 23-year-old shaved over four seconds off the previous record she set in qualifying fastest for the final on Sunday.
World 800m freestyle bronze medallist Lauren Boyle took silver for New Zealand, whilst Brittany MacLean claimed bronze for Canada.
There was a third all-Australian podium of the meet in the men’s 200m backstroke as Mitch Larkin claimed gold ahead of Josh Beaver and Matson Lawson.
Victory secured Larkin’s third medal of the meet, but it was his first gold having taken silver in both the 50 and 100m backstroke.
“It has been a long week, but a fantastic week,” said Larkin. “It feels unreal to get a gold tonight.”
And England’s Oliver Hynd cruised to victory in the para-sport 200m individual medley SM8 as he finished nearly nine seconds clear of the field in a time of 2min 22:86sec.
Jesse Aungles and Blake Cochrane of Australia completed the podium as they took silver and bronze respectively.