England’s star triathletes, the Brownlee brothers, surprisingly failed to win a medal in the event where Jake Birtwhistle claimed silver. (AAP: Dean Lewins)
Australia’s first medal of the Commonwealth Games went to rising triathlon star Jake Birtwhistle, who claimed silver on Thursday afternoon.
South African Henri Schoeman won the event by a healthy eight seconds, with another Australian, Matt Hauser, just missing out on bronze to Scotland’s Marc Austin.
England’s highly-rated Brownlee brothers, Jonny and Alistair, who went one-two in Glasgow, missed out on the medals completely.
“One spot better would have been nice,” Birtwhistle told Channel 7 after the race.
“But it’s great to have that weight off my shoulders and have a good result.
“This is the start of something special, I think.”
Eyes turn to cycling track and pool
Two of the host country’s biggest swimming stars will go for gold tonight, with Mack Horton competing in the men’s 400m freestyle final at 7:46pm AEST and teenage sensation Ariarne Titmus following up in the women’s 200m freestyle final at 8:04pm.
The women’s 4x100m freestyle final, to be held at 9:45pm also presents an excellent chance for an Australian gold medal.
In the velodrome, Commonwealth records are expected to tumble on an extremely fast track, with the Aussie men’s team pursuit team a great chance of finishing top of the pops when the final is run at 8:34pm.
There are six golds up for grabs in the cycling and seven in the pool.
The Comm Games lose one of their brightest stars
Some success in the night sessions would help raise morale in the Australian camp after champion hurdler Sally Pearson announced she was withdrawing from the Games.
Pearson was forced out because of an Achilles tendon complaint and she confirmed her withdrawal at a media conference on the Gold Coast this afternoon.