Swimming: McClatchey ruins Lenton's dream
Friday 17 March 2006
Scotland surprisingly ended the first day of the swimming competition on top of the medals table as Caitlin McClatchey and David Carry took gold yesterday.
McClatchey won the 200m freestyle to ruin an attempt at a record seven golds by the Australian Libby Lenton, and Carry triumphed in the 400m freestyle just minutes later. Trailing Lenton and England's Melanie Marshall in the opening half of the race, McClatchey produced a storming finish in a Games record of 1min 57.25sec.
The absence of the world record holder, Ian Thorpe, had thrown the 400m freestyle wide open, and Carry took full advantage with a perfectly paced race. The 24-year-old from Aberdeen was second to the Welshman David Davies after 300m but powered his way to the front to finish in a time of 3:48.17.
* England justified their billing as one of the favourites to win gold at the rugby sevens after humbling the host nation Australia 14-12 en route to a place in the quarter-finals.
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