Australian gold juggernaut continues

The Australian 4x400m men’s relay team of Joel Milburn, Brendan Cole, Kevin Moore and Sean Wroe successfully defended Australia’s relay title in a thrilling final

Moore ran a stunning third leg to hand the baton to anchor runner Wroe in first place.

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The Victorian was never headed, showing the same strength and determination in the final straight that delivered him the silver medal in the individual race three days ago.

Australia clocked three minutes 3.30 seconds to win ahead of Kenya and England.

Australia continue their very proud modern history in the event, having also won gold at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games, silver at the 2004 Athens Olympics and bronze at last year’s world championships in Berlin.

Meanwhile in the field events Australian Jarrod Bannister scored a commanding victory to claim the gold medal in the men’s javelin at the main stadium.

Bannister took the lead with his opening throw of 79.11m and was never challenged, increasing the advantage with 80.12m and his best overall effort of 81.71m in the next two rounds.

Any of his three best throws would have been good enough to secure the gold as Stuart Farquhar of New Zealand claimed the silver medal with 78.15m and India’s Kashinath Naik took the bronze with 74.29m.

There was also gold for Australia’s women with Pole Vaulter Alana Boyd making her own piece of Australian athletics history by winning the women’s pole vault at the Delhi Games.

Boyd’s parents Ray and Denise also won individual Commonwealth track and field titles – the first time this feat has ever been achieved by an Australian couple and a sibling.

When it wasn’t gold for the Australian team it was silver, with the Rugby sevens side winning a silver medal after losing the final 24-17 to defending champions New Zealand at Delhi University.

Coach Michael O’connor’s side fell by four tries to three in the gold medal play-off but the silver eclipsed the bronze won in 1998 at Kuala Lumpur as the best ever result by Australia in sevens competition at the Games.

At the pool, Matthew Mitcham collected his third Commonwealth Games silver medal as Australia’s divers were served up another master-class by Canadian star Alexandre Despatie.

The veteran Canadian claimed his ninth career Commonwealth Games gold medal after teaming up with Ross Rueben to take out the men’s 3m synchro platform event.

Mitcham and partner Ethan Warren took second, just as they did in the 10m synchro platform earlier on Tuesday, to continue a rush of silver medals for Australia’s divers.

Malaysia’s Bryan Lomas and Ken Yeoh finished third while Australia’s second team of Scott Robertson and Grant Nel finished fifth.

The silver medal was Australia’s sixth from eight diving events, with Melissa Wu and Alex Croak winning the only gold so far in the synchro 10m platform.

There could also be more gold on the horizon for Australia with the Kookaburras Hockey team winning their gold medal match against New Zealand to take on India in the final and the Australian women’s netball team defeating England to take them through to the gold medal match against arch rival New Zealand.

Medal Tally:

Australia 68 45 40 153

India 32 24 28 84

England 30 50 40 120

Canada 25 16 34 75

South Africa 12 11 10 33

Kenya 10 9 7 26

Nigeria 8 8 11 27

Malaysia 7 8 9 24

Scotland 6 8 6 20

Singapore 6 5 6 17

New Zealand 3 18 7 28

Samoa 3 0 1 4