Published: Sat, April 07, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Commonwealth Games: Horton ends Australia's long wait for 400 freestyle champion

Commonwealth Games: Horton ends Australia's long wait for 400 freestyle champion

"I left no stone unturned to get out here and race for Australia in the 100m hurdles and the 4x100m relay", Pearson said.

On Thursday, Canada finished second, almost four seconds behind.

Horton was the first Australian champion in the race, seen as one of the premier titles on the programme, since retired swimming great Ian Thorpe at Manchester in 2002.

"I knew I had to mow him that last 200".

"To come back from a year off and to be part of something that you're the best in the world at is a pretty, pretty special moment".

"This is the stuff of dreams and to have that a reality is something that I will never take for granted ever again", she said. "My coach said 'the atmosphere out there is electric, go out, soak it up.' I think that is what we have done".

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"I think I'm still in shock".

New Zealand's disqualification saw the Welsh team of Sam Harrison, Rhys Britton, Joe Holt, and Ethan Vernon promoted to fourth place in qualifying, but they were unable to take bronze as the medal instead went to Canada who beat the Welsh quartet by just under a second. Olympic champion Mack Horton won the men's 400m freestyle although Canada's Taylor Ruck pipped two Aussies - fellow 17-year-old Ariarne Titmus, and Emma McKeon - in the women's 200m free. Horton recorded a time of 3:43.76, with McLoughlin following in 3:45.21.

Barras also said that he was unsure how the bike had failed to pass technical checks after it had been deemed compliant at the Track World Championships in March, but said that the compression of the arm rest pads could have elongated the gap between the pads and the ends of the aero bars.

"It's good. Just swimming in front of the home crowd is unreal".

"I've raced against Hannah in every meet and I've been second every time".

The Gold Coast is staging the 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games, but cycling and shooting events are being held in refurbished Brisbane venues that were initially built for the 1982 Games. Wilmott's effort was then backed up by Thomas Hamer and Eleanor Robinson in the S14 200m freestyle and S7 50m butterfly respectively, before James Wilby stormed home over the last 50 to capture the men's 200m breaststroke.

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