Install

Get the latest updates as we post them — right on your browser

. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Records Fall as Perkins Swims to Gold

VICTORIA, British Columbia -- Awesome Australian Kieren Perkins has broken two world records in the same race, winning his fourth gold medal in the final night of swimming at the Commonwealth Games.


His time of 14 minutes, 41.66 seconds in the 1,500-meter freestyle Wednesday was more than a second faster than the world mark of 14:43.48 he set at the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992.


Perkins, who turned 21 this month, also broke his world 800 mark during the race at 7:46.00, bettering the record he set in Sydney in February of 1992 by 0.6 of a second.


"Once I got the 800 I was feeling good," Perkins said. "I was feeling pain but I was still buoyed by the reaction of the crowd. There was one hell of a dull roar coming through the water."


In swimming, the 800 is considered part of the 1,500 for record purposes. The two records have been broken in the same race eight times since 1958. The last to do it was Stephen Holland of Australia in 1976. Perkins set the world 800 record during a 1,500-meter race in 1991.


Australia won all six swimming events Wednesday and finished with 24 of a possible 32 gold medals in the six days of competition.


Perkins was swimming alone, far ahead of his competition for almost the entire race, cheered on constantly by the fans and by his teammates and other swimmers who lined the pool at Saanich Commonwealth Place.


Asked immediately afterwards if he knew he was threatening the record, he said, "I had a feeling but I wasn't sure."


Perkins also won the 200 freestyle, 400 freestyle and was part of the winning 800 freestyle relay, setting games records in all three events. He was 0.77 of a second off the world mark in the 400 on Monday.


Perkins' teammates Susan O'Neill and Nicole Stevenson each won a third gold.


O'Neill led a 1-2-3 Aussie sweep in the women's 200 butterfly, winning in 2:09.96, a games record. Defending champion Hayley Lewis won the silver and Julie Majer the bronze.


Stevenson won the women's 200 backstroke in 2:12.73. Matthew Dunn won his first individual gold in the 200 individual medley in 2:02.28.


The Aussies also got a second gold medal from Karen Van Wirdum, who won the 50-meter freestyle in 25.90 seconds, and from the men's 400 medley relay team in a games record in 3:40.41.


Elsewhere, it was a day of disappointment for South Africa as Yvonne Murray of Scotland sprinted away from Elana Meyer over the final 500 meters for an upset victory in the women's 10,000.


The lanky Murray, running the event for the first time in nine years and second time of her career, stayed just behind Meyer's right shoulder through most of the race before making her move with just over a lap to go.


Meyer, who hoped to give South Africa its first Commonwealth Games gold medal in 36 years, had nothing left to respond to the challenge.