Another fantastic day in the pool was capped by Adam Peaty and James Wilby’s one-two in the men’s 100m breaststroke, culminating in an excellent medal haul of 14 medals on Day 3 for Team England as they continue to close the gap on the hosts in the medal chart.
Peaty set the tone from the outset, emerging in front from the dive and his lead never looked threatened as he stormed to England’s sixth gold in the water and tenth overall medal of the 2018 Games. Wilby, who was victorious in Day 1’s thrilling 200m breaststroke, snuck in to snatch the silver, and England’s eleventh swimming medal, by just a hundredth of a second.
Peaty declared that “no one in Europe is better than me,” despite admitting he wasn’t pleased with his individual performance.
Elsewhere, Nile Wilson and James Hall secured another one-two in the early hours of the morning, as they dominated the all-around men’s gymnastics finals.
In a thrilling final, Wilson and Hall staved off the threat posed by Cypriot Marios Georgiou, who could only manage bronze. The pair have added to their Gold Coast medal total after sweeping up the men’s team gymnastics award in similarly dominant fashion.
Speaking after his final routine, the ever-emotive Wilson declared his performance as “an incredible moment and one of the greatest experiences of my career so far. I smiled my way through it and it’s just an amazing feeling to come away with a gold medal”.
Breaking their own world record in the process, Sophie Thornhill and pilot Helen Scott took their second gold medal of the Games in blistering fashion as they beat Australian Jessica Gallagher and pilot Madison Janssen in the B&VI 1000m time trial final. After the hosts’ Games record-worthy time in the prior trial, all eyes were on Thornhill and Scott to perform, and they went one better, decimating her own world record.
There was delight in the England camp once again this morning as Joe Townsend and Jade Jones were able to claim gold medals in the maiden men’s and women’s Para-Triathlon events.
Later in the day, Alice Kinsella, who was part of the women’s team that claimed silver on Day 2, sealed bronze with an assured performance in the women’s all-around event.
Despite nursing a back injury, Zoe Smith defied expectations as she secured a second-place finish in the women’s 63kg weightlifting final.
“I've had maybe the worst competition prep of my life,” Smith explained. “My preparation was going really well until about three weeks ago when I had another back injury flare up, and I've not trained for three weeks”.
In the men’s weightlifting, Jack Oliver set the tone for Smith to follow by claiming silver, just 20 minutes after the men’s gymnasts’ successes.
Molly Renshaw and the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay team clinched silver and bronze, respectively, with Renshaw sneaking past Wales’ Chloe Tutton who had burnt out while keeping up with eventual winner Tatjana Schoenmaker.
Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, joined by Team England’s first medallist of the Games, Jess Learmonth, and Vicky Holland in the mixed triathlon relay team managed silver in the early hours of the morning, while Chris Latham took the last medal of Day 3 for Team England after securing bronze in the 15km Scratch.