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Britain’s Jake Dennis wins the opening double race of the 2022 SABIC London E-Prix

BIRMINGHAM, Great Britain: Emma McKeon needs just one more title to break the record for most Australian Commonwealth Games gold medals after yet another pool win on Saturday as Nova Scotia Zeeland dominated on the cycle path.

McKeon, 28, swam the anchor leg as Australia won the women’s 4×100 meters relay to put her alongside Ian Thorpe, Susie O’Neill and Leisel Jones on 10 gold medals.

“It’s good to do this 10th in a relay,” she told Channel 7 in Australia.

“It’s a bit of a blur, I guess. It’s been a long time. I mean my first was in 2014 and I was so young.

Scotland’s Duncan Scott avenged his Olympic loss at the hands of his friend Tom Dean.

Scott beat England’s Dean in a thrilling duel over the men’s 200m freestyle, pulling away from the Olympic champion in the final 50m to win in 1:45.02.

The 25-year-old returned to the pool to claim bronze in the 400m individual medley behind New Zealand gold medalist Lewis Clareburt, who won in 4:08.70.

South African Lara van Niekerk won the women’s 50m freestyle while her compatriot Pieter Coetze triumphed in the men’s 100m backstroke.

New Zealand dominated the track cycling events at London’s Lee Valley VeloPark, winning three of the four titles on offer.

Aaron Gate won the men’s 4,000 meter pursuit with compatriot Tom Sexton taking silver.

Bryony Botha won the women’s 3000m individual pursuit and Ellesse Andrews won gold in the women’s sprint, beating Canadian Olympic champion Kelsey Mitchell.

For Gate and Andrews, it was their second gold of the Games.

“My grandma and grandpa love coming to watch the races,” Andrews said. “It’s my first elite result ahead of them because they couldn’t come to Tokyo (Olympic Games).

“To be able to go give them a big hug afterwards, I can’t even explain how special it is.”

Gate and Andrews had waited just 24 hours to add to their gold collection – a nod to the 56 years it took an athlete from Trinidad and Tobago to reach the cycling podium on track.

Nicholas Paul, 23, was the man who ended the long wait since Roger Gibbon won two gold medals in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1966, returning home to win the keirin.

“To be able to race in London again, go to my second Commonwealth Games and win a gold medal, it’s amazing,” he said.

Track athletics does not start until Tuesday but the marathons served as an aperitif.

Victor Kiplangat established himself as a talent for the future on a bigger stage by winning the first-ever Commonwealth Games marathon gold medal in Uganda.

The 22-year-old even overcame a moment of confusion when he took the wrong turn in the last kilometer and still had more than a minute to spare against his closest rival, Alphonce Tibu of Tanzania.

“People riding the motorcycles confused me,” he said.

“They told me to go back.

“I think Uganda is proud of me today. We were expecting this.

Jessica Stenson has waited eight years to be crowned Commonwealth marathon champion and the brave Australian has finally lived it after two successive bronzes.

The 34-year-old showed few signs of a recent bout of Covid-19 as she returned home alone and said having a child had changed her outlook on life.

“I do this because I can,” she said.

“It’s a privilege. I feel fulfilled anyway and everything here is just a bonus.

Hosts England, buoyed by raucous home support, claimed the women’s team gymnastics title to go along with their triumph in the men’s event.

But the support wasn’t just for English athletes, as Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu discovered it to his surprise when he won the 49kg category for his second consecutive title.

“Every athlete wants the crowd to support them and roar for them and I was surprised there was such an Indian presence in Birmingham,” she said.

“They were roaring their lungs for me, and that got me going.”