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Commonwealth Games swimming program ends with more Australian gold

by ZwemZa on August 4th, 2022

Ariarne Titmus (left) won gold, with Kiah Melverton (right) taking bronze in the 400m final.(Getty Images: Mark Kolbe)

Australia’s swimmers have ended their Commonwealth Games with three more gold medals, as attention turns towards track and field, and team sports head towards the pointy end of competition.

The swimmers brought home 65 medals — 25 gold, 21 silver and 19 bronze — which is more than half of Australia’s total of 123 after six days.

As they have done throughout the first week in Birmingham, the women’s swim team dominated the final day in the pool, closing out the program with gold in the 4x100m medley relay for Kaylee McKeown, Chelsea Hodges, Emma McKeon and Mollie O’Callaghan.

McKeon ended her remarkable meet leading the individual medal tally with eight — including six gold, a silver and a bronze — while O’Callaghan ended her first Commonwealth Games with five gold medals and two silver. McKeown finished with six medals, including four gold.

Sam Short also took out the men’s 1,500m final and Ariarne Titmus added the Commonwealth 400m title to her famous Olympic gold in the event.

The Dolphins won nine medals on day six, which also included a thrilling silver medal for the men’s 4x100m medley team, with Kyle Chalmers touched out for gold by 0.08 of a second by England’s Tom Dean.

By Jon Healy and Kelsie Lorio

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