The Commonwealth Games, and with a rest day for athletics, the main highlights again came from the swimming pool, with Canada still holding far more gold medals than any other country after six days of competition.
TGV INTERIOR Swimming event, Sharron Davies of England wind 400 metres individual medley for women, ahead of Becky Smith of Canada
TGV Men's 100 metres breaststroke
SV Graham Smith of Canada and Duncan Goodhew of England closely contesting the lead. Then Smith wins (2 shots)
SCU Smith the winner
TGV 4 x 100 medley relay for men with Bill Shawchuck of Canada winning, then Martin Smith of England, Australia third, with very close finish
TRANSCRIPT: WEEKS: "Becky Smith fighting back. Becky Smith who in the 1974 Commonwealth Games won the silver medal in this event but looking now as though she is going to repeat that performance because Sharron Davies is really swimming superbly. We have to underline, remember the girl in second place won the bronze medal in the Montreal Olympics, the girl in third place won the silver medal in the Montreal Olympics, but the girl in picture now is going to win the gold medal at these Commonwealth Games for England. She is going away from the field. This is the most versatile swimmer in the Commonwealth, Sharron Davies, with 15 metres to go and she has a lead of....10 metres, a remarkable swim by Sharron Davies of Plymouth, port of Plymouth, trained by her father Terry Davies who must be very pleased as she comes in now and finishes first."
"In third place at the moment is Bruce Kent. Goodhew and Smith together, but Goodhew perhaps gets the touch in the first 50. Goodhew comes up and he does, 29.99 compared with 30.3 in the heat. Duncan Goodhew the sprinter, Graham Smith the 200 man, Goodhew fractionally ahead. No doubt this is going to be the race of the Commonwealth Games. Look at those two going. 25 metres to go and Smith slightly increasing his stroke, Goodhew has moved to the far side of his lane. Goodhew slightly ahead but Smith coming back. This is going to be a fingertip finish and it looks to be Smith. Smith coming through, and he gets it. Goodhew is second and in third place it is Paul Naisby of England."
"But look at the difference between them now. They are going stroke for stroke, it is all going to rest on the last leg, But Shawchuck, he will go first...he did, slightly. Shawchuck in the lead for Canada, Martin Smith for England. Shawchuck, silver medallist in the 100 metres freestyle against Martin Smith of England, Australia in third place. And Canada, looking now as though they are going to retain their Commonwealth Games title. Smith coming back at him. They are coming up, 50 metres to go. Martin Smith a good kick-off, what a super turn. Missed in Sweden last year, put in a 51.3, but it looks as though he is rising to the challenge of Canada. This...is the last race of the Commonwealth Games and what a race it is. Canada now is just fractionally ahead. Martin Smith has a look, he comes back, but it looks to me as though it is going to be Canada. Bill Shawchuck just holding out by a head. It is going to be a gold medal for Canada, a silver medal for England for Canada, a silver medal for England and a bronze for Australia."
SPORT: COMMONWEALTH GAMES
REPORTER: ALAN WEEKS
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: The Commonwealth Games, and with a rest day for athletics, the main highlights again came from the swimming pool, with Canada still holding far more gold medals than any other country after six days of competition. But England's Sharron Davies headed off Canada's Becky Smith and Cheryl Gibson to take the gold in the women's 400 metres individual medley in Games record time. It was her second gold medal. Canada was back in the gold when Graham Smith won his fifth golf medal in the men's 100 metres breaststroke ahead of England's Duncan Goodhew and Paul Naisby. The end of the swimming event was marked by a tremendous finish to the men's 4 x 100 metres medley relay, in which Canada just pipped England for the gold. The B.B.C.'s Alan Weeks provides the commentaries, first for the women's 400 metres individual medley.