Silver! Cyclists earn first Games medal for NZ

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Games rookie Titmus, 17, claimed silver and McKeon bronze, with Canadian Taylor Ruck, also aged 17, capturing a surprise medal on the opening night of the swim program.

Australian diver Taneka Kovchenko has been forced to retire from the sport, just days before the start of the Commonwealth Games.

Meanwhile, the Australian men beat their fierce English rivals to take top spot in the team pursuit cycling, beating the record Britain set at the Olympics.

Uganda's star runner Joshua Cheptegei says he is hungry for a gold medal at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Australia shattered the women's 4×100 metres freestyle world record for their second gold medal on the opening night's finals at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games on Thursday.

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"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.

Horton became Australia's first 400 metres freestyle victor at the Commonwealth Games since the great Ian Thorpe with his victory.

Woodward should be in contention for the finals at his first Commonwealth Games and from there anything is possible.

"Obviously it was painful but I wanted to make sure I was comfortably winning.it was my fastest ever 150m split and then I knew, with respect, that the rest was over". "The whole South African team just jumping up, it just made me emotional". Blair Evans of Australia took the bronze.

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.

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