Australia break women's 4x100m freestyle world record

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

In the opening game on Thursday, Uganda fail to resist a more experienced England side.

Annette Edmondson has credited the "whirlwind" new regime in Australian cycling for paving the way for a dominant Commonwealth Games gold medal ride in the women's team pursuit.

The Ugandan national women's netball team, who are appearing at the Games for the first time, registered their first ever win after beating Malawi 54-52 in the pool stages.

In the singles, Uganda's dependable Edwin Ekiring succumbed two-straight (21-11/21-15) to England's Rajiv Ouseph in the men's category.

Australia, with sisters Bronte and Cate Campbell, Emma McKeon and Shayna Jack, clocked a time of 3 minutes, 30.5 seconds Thursday night at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre. It was one of three gold medals for Australia at the Anna Meares Velodrome in Brisbane on the opening night of track cycling competition.

The host nation led the race from start to finish, eventually clocking in with a time of 7:48.04 - a new Games record, usurping their own record from four years ago in Glasgow by nearly two seconds.

"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?"

Aboriginal culture stretches back tens of thousands of years before the British began colonising Australia in the late 1700s.

The biggest cheer of the night erupted in the final race when Australia's sprint world champion Matt Glaetzer obliterated the field in the men's keirin, with Lewis Oliva of Wales taking silver and the Kiwi Edward Dawkins bronze. James Guy of England took the bronze.

"I've raced against Hannah in every meet and I've been second every time".

Proud challenged the decision, but it was upheld by an independent appeals board.

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