Great day one for Team Griffith

Ashleigh Gentle, Triathlete
Ashleigh Gentle, Triathlete

Griffith’s Commonwealth Games athletes are off to a shining start in Glasgow with Emma McKeon winning two gold medals in the pool overnight.

The 20 year old Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion student took out the 200m freestyle event in a Commonwealth Games record time of 1:55.57.

Not content with that, Emma then backed up the win by smashing the world record in the 4 x 100m freestyle relay along with Cate Campbell, Bronte Campbell and Melanie Schlanger. As a heat swimmer in the 4x100m relay, Bachelor of Business student Brittany Elmslie also received a gold medal.

Emma is set to make a further splash at Glasgow after qualifying fourth fastest for tonight’s 100m butterfly event.

And Griffith architecture student Chris Wright is another strong medal hope after qualifying for tonight’s final of the men’s 50m butterfly.

In other first day news, Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion student  Ashleigh Gentle finished ninth in the women’s triathlon, Brandie O’Connor won bronze in the paracycling tandem sprint and Tegan Napper just missed out on a medal when she finished fourth in the 48kg weightlifting event.

“It’s a really solid start to the Games and I think we will continue to see great things in the pool in the next few days,” says Duncan Free OAM, Manager of the Griffith Sports College.

“Emma McKeon has set the pace and our other swimmers will thrive from it.”