Team triathlon makes Games debut

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Australia’s motivation to introduce triathlon into the Commonwealth Games in 2006 was pretty transparent.


But the medals have dried up for the Australians and the sport now gives its new superpower England another chance to claim more gold when team triathlon makes its Commonwealth Games debut on Saturday.

After Alistair Brownlee and his brother Jonny took gold and silver in the men’s event on Thursday and Jodie Stimpson and Vicky Holland claimed gold and bronze in the women’s, England are near certainties for more success at Strathclyde Park.

While the Brownlee brothers are likely to combine for gold for England, not all families will be fighting for the same cause on Saturday.

Scotland’s flag bearer and judo champ Euan Burton is a strong chance in the -100kg category in his farewell Games, but his wife Gemma Gibbons is also fighting on Saturday, for England.

Love is deeper than patriotism, though, even for a Scot opposed to England.

“I’ll still be cheering on my wife, though,” Burton said.

Burton’s nana, however, is in two minds. She was originally right behind her grandson’s wife, until she found out she’d be representing England.

At the swimming pool, Scotland’s surprise day one success Ross Murdoch is out to add the men’s 100m breaststroke to his 200m title, but will face South Africa’s world record holder and Olympic champion Cameron van der Burgh.

“I watched the 200m last night and that was a good race by Murdoch. I definitely have to watch out for him in the final,” van der Burgh said.

The 19-year-old Murdoch says he’s still on a high after his gold medal on Thursday night.

“I just want to try and ride that for the rest of the week,” he said.

Australia’s Cate Campbell aims for more gold in the 50m freestyle and 4x200m freestyle relay two days after leading her team to a world record time in the 4x100m.

Of the 29 gold medals on offer on Saturday, four will be decided at the velodrome, including the blue ribbon men’s 1000m time trial.

Five gold medals will be contested at the shooting range in Carnoustie and five in judo.