Swimming sensation Ariarne Titmus survived a mighty scare from her Australian Dolphins teammate Mollie O’Callaghan to secure her first gold medal of the Commonwealth Games.
The dual Tokyo gold medallist overcame a monumental challenge from O’Callaghan to set a new games record in the 200m freestyle of 1:53.89.
Just 0.12 seconds separated the duo at the finish line, with O’Callaghan matching Titmus’ last 50m stroke for stroke and even pulling alongside her, threatening to steal victory.
But Titmus did enough to see off the efforts of the 18 year-old, with the pair – both of whom are coached by Dean Boxall – embracing post-race as Madi Wilson finished third to ensure an All-Australian podium.
Titmus told 7SPORT she was not surprised at all by O’Callaghan’s challenge and it was fun to be tested in the way she was.
“Molly’s been killing it in training and she’s young, feisty, she’s hungry and I knew she would be there,” she said.
“I’m pretty happy with the time considering the prep that I’ve had.
“I love that we’re in a country that has depth like this and there’s always someone there.”
Meanwhile, Australia made it another one-two-three in the 400m freestyle final, enjoying a clean sweep led by a dominant Elijah Winnington.
The world champion produced a statement swim, leading from the start, while 18 year-old Samuel Short claimed silver and Mack Horton held off Northern Irishman Daniel Wiffen to win the bronze medal.
The trio occupied the top three spots by the 100m mark as Winnington shot out to a lightning pace.
The Queenslander was on world record pace at the halfway mark of the race, before he fell away slightly in the second half of the race.
William Xu Yang, Kyle Chalmers, O’Callaghan and Emma McKeon delivered another gold medal in the mixed 4x100m freestyle relay.
They were favourites entering the race but England gave them a run for their money ahead at the midway stage before O’Callaghan and McKeon stormed home.
Kiah Melverton won the silver in the 400m individual medley, finishing strongly to lock in second spot, while Jenna Forester finished seventh.
Elsewhere, Timothy Hodge stormed to victory in the men’s backstroke S9, while Harrison Vig and Brenden Hall finished fourth and fifth respectively while Emily Beecroft won bronze in the 100m freestyle S9 final as Ellie Cole finished fifth in her last race for the Australian team.
Brianna Throssell and Emma McKeon secured their places in 100 Butterfly finals while Zac Stubbelty-Cook claimed gold in the 200m breast stroke with Mathew Wilson fourth.
The biggest shock of the night saw all three Aussies including Chalmers and Cody Simpson eliminated from the 50m Butterfly in the Semi Finals.