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Golden night for Aussies as they smash records at Commonwealth Games

Taylah Robertson has secured the first medal of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games nine days before her first bout

Many Australians see the Commonwealth Games as a sporting celebration but for Aboriginal activists they symbolise invasion, dispossession and a culture shunted to the sidelines.

Olympic champion Mack Horton won the 400-meter freestyle and was joined by Canada's Taylor Ruck and England's Aimee Willmott as gold medal winners after the first three finals at the Commonwealth Games pool.

Wilmott, beaten by Miley in the 2014 Glasgow final, fought back tenaciously in the final freestyle leg to pip the Scot by 0.26secs with Australia's Blair Evans third.

Katie's brother John, 27, is a former swimmer who got into track and road cycling after discovering he had a taste for it while commuting to work on his bike.

"I thought it was disgusting, absolutely disgusting", she told Australia's Sky News, criticising the "20 minutes" sequence featuring a man playing a didgeridoo.

England's James Guy has withdrawn from the men's 200m butterfly final later on Saturday, with British media reporting that the 22-year-old is being treated for dehydration.

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Australia set a new Commonwealth Games record as they race to gold in the women's 4x200m freestyle relay. "I can't choose a medal but they're all special".

Hanson, an anti-immigration firebrand known for her outspoken views, said the ceremony's opening sequence was "over the top", but denied her views were racist.

Australia's victory comes two years after three of the current side were involved in a crash just three days out from competing in Rio's Olympics.

There was some controversy in the morning qualifying when world champion Ben Proud was disqualified from the 50-meter butterfly at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday and lost an appeal against the decision.

The result caps another excellent day for Australia, who now have a total of 32 medals from their exploits in the pool, including 11 golds.

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