GOLD COAST, Australia (Reuters) - Bronte Campbell repaid the faith in her by Australia’s selectors as she chased down Canada’s Taylor Ruck in the final leg of the 4x100 metres medley relay to ensure the home nation won their eighth successive Commonwealth Games title on Tuesday.
Australia’s coaches had chosen 100m freestyle champion Bronte over her elder sister Cate to bring their team home, with the decision likely to have been heavily dissected by local media had they not won the title.
Cate had swum a blistering split time of 51.00 in the 4x100m freestyle relay to help set the world record and with Canada’s strong beginning with Kylie Masse and Kierra Smith, the sprint between Bronte and Ruck was expected to be wafer thin.
The gamble, however, paid off with Bronte and the Canadian hitting the water together after Emma McKeon had dragged Australia back into the race on the butterfly, before the 23-year-old hauled in Ruck in the final few metres.
Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Christian Radnedge