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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Christie Reprises Sizzling Record Win

VICTORIA, British Columbia -- World champion Linford Christie was billed as the star of the Commonwealth Games and, after a leisurely first race, he lived up to expectations.


The 1992 Olympic gold medalist at 100 meters had the slowest winning time of all the first-round heats Monday, then came back to tie his own games record with a sizzling 10.02-second quarter-final victory. The 34-year-old Englishman matched the record he set four years ago in Auckland, New Zealand. He also tied his best time that was not aided by wind this year and set the stage for a swift final two rounds on Tuesday.


Frankie Fredericks of Namibia, the world champion at 200 meters, won his 100-meter quarterfinal heat in 10.04, his fastest of the year.


"I'm not going to worry about Linford until it's time," Fredericks said. "No, I don't think he's invincible."


Away from the track, Australian swimmers Kieren Perkins and Samantha Riley flirted with world records. Perkins collected his third gold medal of the games in winning the 400-meter freestyle with a 3:45.77 clocking. The world record of 3:45.00 was set by Evgeni Sadovyi of Russia at the 1992 Olympics.


Perkins broke the games record by more than four seconds.


Riley won her second gold, in the 100 breaststroke, in 1:08.02, just off the world mark of 1:07.91 set by Silke Hoerner of East Germany in 1987.


Games records fell in all four individual swimming events Monday.


Petria Thomas led a 1-2-3 Australia finish in the women's 100-meter butterfly in 1:00.21.


The only non-Australian swimmer to win Monday was Nick Gillingham of England in the 200 breaststroke. Gillingham, the silver medalist in the 100 breaststroke, won in 2:12.54.


Australia ran its total of swimming golds to 16 by winning the day's final event, the men's 400-meter freestyle relay, in 3:20.89.


Another Australian, Sean Carlin, won the first track and field gold medal, repeating as games champion in the hammer with a throw of 73.48 meters.


Canadian gymnast Stella Umeh, the all-around gold medalist Sunday, won a second gold in the vault and a silver in the uneven bars. Australian women won two gymnastics golds -- Rebecca Stoyel in the uneven bars and Salli Wills in the balance beam.


Another Canadian, Lisa Alexander, won two gold medals in synchronized swimming, finishing first in the solo competition and teaming with Erin Woodley to win the duet before a large and enthusastic crowd.