Silver! Cyclists earn first Games medal for NZ

Taneka Kovchenko has been forced to retire from diving on the eve of the Commonwealth Games

Taneka Kovchenko has been forced to retire from diving on the eve of the Commonwealth Games

"I am indigenous. As far as I'm concerned, I was born here, this is my country as much as anyone else... anyone who is of Aboriginal descent, the same age as I am, why have they got more right to this land than what I do?"

That trio and Emma McKeon clocked a time of 3 minutes, 30.5 seconds, lowering the world record of 3:30.65 that Australia (with the Campbell sisters and McKeon part of the team) set in winning Olympic gold at Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

Campbell's path back to the winners' circle began on Thursday when she anchored the Australian 4x100m freestyle relay team to a world record.

I think there is something to be said about a home-crowd advantage.

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There was no sleep-in for the world record-holders in the Commonwealth Games pool on Friday.

Schoenmaker, swimming at her first Commonwealth Games, controlled virtually the entire women's 200m breaststroke to pull away from England's Molly Renshaw and Chloe Tutton of Wales.

Meanwhile, the Australian men beat their fierce English rivals to take top spot in the team pursuit cycling, beating the record Britain set at the Olympics.

"This is my first Commonwealth Games so a medal is quite big for me now", the 20-year-old said.

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That was 0.374s quicker than a New Zealand foursome had gone before.

"I definitely felt it on the third 50 meters of that 200", Ruck said.

Emerging star Titmus and McKeon were then pipped in the 200m freestyle final by Canada's Ruck.

"This was a borderline case but the bike was re-measured a second time and was found not to be compliant".

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