Nick Miller won England's first track and field gold of Super Saturday by peaking at the right time in the men's hammer throw final.
Miller unleashed a winning throw of 76.43m to beat Canada’s Ethan Katzberg and reach the top step of the podium in front of a home crowd he relished competing in front of.
He said: "The crowd today was incredible. I was like 'wow this is a lot of energy'. Commonwealth champion, I'm over the moon.”
Victory on home soil was a strong response to Miller’s performance at last month’s World Championships in Eugene where he placed 11th.
That represented a setback after he claimed a superb sixth at his second Olympics last summer in Tokyo.
Miller is now back on track and still has a European Championships in Munich to come in the closing stages of a bumper campaign.
“I threw a little further on the Gold Coast but being at home and winning in front of a home crowd is really special.”
Miller was joined in the final by England team-mates Joseph Ellis who finished fourth and Craig Murch in eighth.
He said: “Joe did incredibly well today and Craig, top eight, he just had Covid. I’m really proud of the English guys and definitely moving in the right direction."
Elsewhere this morning at the Alexander Stadium, young middle distance runner Matt Stonier ran a three-second personal best in a stacked 1500m final, in which England's Elliot Giles finished ninth.
He said: “I can’t put it into words. I may have come seventh but I’m over the moon. It’s my first senior championships, it’s unbelievable.
“I just wanted to go out there and have fun. It was either going to be quick, and I’d have to run my own race and not go too hard at the start, or it was going to be slow and a bit of a burn-up.
"It was quick, so I knew my position wasn’t really in the mix, but I just ran to time and tried as hard as I could.”
And high jumper Morgan Lake narrowly missed out on a medal, despite jumping the same height (1.92) that won her a silver medal on the Gold Coast four years ago.
“I was so nervous coming out here," she said. "When I flipped those nerves into using the crowd, it just lifted me so much. If I could go back in time, I’d do that from the beginning.
“I’m proud of how I jumped, it’s probably the best I’ve felt this season, so I’m excited for Europeans but gutted for today."