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2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games recap

19 April; Aaron McNaughton


After 11 days of competition, the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games came to a close on Sunday.

The 12 athletes who competed at the Games with a link to the University of Melbourne, brought home one Gold, four Silvers, one bronze, and some great performances.

View a full recap of how each athlete performed below:

Gold medal

Jemima Montag – Science student
Jemima won the GOLD medal in Women’s 20km Walk, in what was only her third race over the 20km distance in her short racewalking career. Jemima finished 1min28sec ahead of second place, missing out on a Commonwealth Games record by only 4 seconds. The 20-year-old Science student qualified for the Games finishing second in the 2018 Oceania Championships back in February.
 

Silver medals

Joanna Weston – Commerce alumna and MU Lightning Club member and Madi Robinson – MU Lightning Club member
Joanna and Madi were part of the Australian Diamonds team that won SILVER, losing an epic gold medal match to the old enemy England by a single goal on the final day of competition. Both teams entered the final having gone through the competition undefeated, with the fancied Diamonds going in as favourites, only to fall at the final hurdle.

Lisa Weightman – Melbourne University Athletics Club member
Lisa won a SILVER medal in the Women’s Marathon on the final day of competition. Lisa’s time of 2:33:23 was 43secs behind Namibian gold medallist Helalia Johannes. The medal adds to Weightman’s Commonwealth Games collection after winning a bronze in Delhi in 2010.
 

Silver and Bronze medals

Elena Galiabovitch - Medicine alumna
Elena won a SILVER medal in the Women’s 25m Pistol on day 6, adding to the BRONZE medal she won on day 4 in the Women’s 10m Pistol in her Commonwealth Games debut. The 28-year-old Medicine graduate was the highest ranked Australian in each event, beating 10-time Commonwealth Games medallist and Olympic bronze medallist Lalita Yauhleuskaya.
 

Student results

Hayley Baker - Arts student
Hayley competed in the 100m and 200m Backstroke events at the Games, qualifying for the final in both events. In a star-studded field, Hayley finished in 6th place in each final behind fellow Australian’s Emily Seebohm (2nd and 3rd) and Kaylee McKeown (4th in both). Current world record holder Canadian Kylie Masse won gold and broke the Games Record in both events.

David McNeill – Physiotherapy student
In one of the most exciting races of the Athletics program at the Games, David McNeill finished in 12th place in the Men’s 5000m. David finished 34secs behind Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei who held off Canadian Mohammed Ahmed in a dramatic sprint to the finish to win gold.
 

Alumni results

Joel Baden - Science alumnus
Joel finished in 17th position in the Men’s High Jump Qualifying Round. Baden cleared 2.15m on his second attempt but failed to clear 2.18m in three attempts which wasn't enough to qualify for the final.

Barak Mizrachi - Engineering alumnus
Competing in the Table Tennis Men’s TT6-10 Singles competition, Barak finished the group stage with one win and two defeats. Ross Wilson from England who defeated Barak in his first match, went on to win the gold medal.
 

Club results

Manjula Wijesekara – Melbourne University Athletics Club member
Representing Sri Lanka, Manjula finished in 5th position in the Men’s High Jump Qualifying Round, clearing 2.21m to qualify for the Final. Unfortunately, Manjula failed to clear the initial height of 2.18m in the first round of the final, finishing in 13th place.

Fiona Fowler - MU Lightning Club member
In her second Commonwealth Games representing Scotland, Fiona and her Scottish team finished in 9th position, defeating Barbados in the 9/10 place match.
 

Staff results

Ross Smith – Elite Akademy staff member
Ross represented Australia in the Men’s Doubles and Mixed Team Event for Badminton. In the team event, Ross and the Australian team lost 3-0 to Singapore in their Quarter Final, while in the Men’s Doubles, Ross and his partner Robin Middleton were defeated in the Round of 32 by England’s Chris Adcock and Ben Lane.


View the University of Melbourne athlete profiles on our Commonwealth Games page.

 


 

 
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