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New Zealand and Australia Start Commonwealth Games With A Bang

New Zealand and Australia Start Commonwealth Games With A Bang

It's been a great start to the 2018 Commonwealth Games for New Zealand and Australia, with both teams taking home multiple medals on the first day - and setting new records.

New Zealand and Australia Start Commonwealth Games With A Bang

Both New Zealand and Australia are showing what they’re made of just one day into the 2018 Commonwealth Games. New Zealand took home three medals, with the women’s 4000m team pursuit winning the first medal of the day for cycling – silver.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall awards the silver medals to team New Zealand for the Women’s 4000m Team Pursuit Finals. REUTERS/Paul Childs

Sam Webster, Edward Dawkins and Ethan Mitchell of New Zealand celebrate after winning the gold medal for the Men’s Team Sprint Finals. REUTERS/Paul Childs

The Kiwis scored another medal in cycling when the men’s sprint team won gold. They also set a Commonwealth Games record during qualification, finishing in 42.822 seconds. Finally, Emma Cumming and Natasha Hansen of the women’s sprint team won the third medal of the day when they took home the silver.

Team Australia celebrates after winning the gold medal and breaking the world record in the Women’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay Final. REUTERS/David Gray

Australia stole the show, however, winning five medals overall and setting two world records. The men’s team pursuit broke the world record and took home a gold at the same time, as did the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay team. Australia won another gold in the women’s 4,000m team pursuit, and landed a fourth medal – silver – with triathlon star Jake Birtwhistle’s impressive efforts. The women’s team sprint won another gold at the velodrome.

Bronze medalist Daniel Fox of Australia poses on the podium after the Men’s S14 200m Freestyle Medal Ceremony. REUTERS/David Gray

Since last night, Team Australia has won another ten medals – one gold, three silvers and six bronzes.

Did you watch the opening ceremony? Read the details here.

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