Emily Seebohm Wins Australia’s 300th Commonwealth Games Swimming Gold Medal

Emily Seebohm has won Australia’s 300th Commonwealth Games Swimming Gold Medal after winning the Women’s 50m Backstroke Final on 10 April 2018, Day 6 of the Games.


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The Commonwealth Games may have been an emotional roller coaster for the 25-year-old swimming superstar as she geared up to defend her backstroke gold at the Games.

Read: Emily Seebohm Ready to Defend Backstroke Gold in the Commonwealth Games

Seebohm showed superb form in the Women’s 100m Backstroke as she attempted to win her third consecutive Commonwealth Games title. She was able to set a Games record of 58.91 seconds during the initial event heat but Canadian world record-holder, Kylie Masse, caught up and lowered the Games record to 58.70 seconds  just a few minutes in the succeeding heat. Seebohm bagged the silver medal in the 100m Backstroke as the Canadian swimmer took the gold.

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Determined to go for the gold, Seebohm redeemed herself by winning her 14th Commonwealth Games medal in the 50m Backstroke Final. She clocked 27.78 seconds in the event’s final, 0.04 seconds ahead of her competitor Kylie Masse.

Her win has become the Games’ landmark for Australian swimming with a Commonwealth Games Swimming medal tally of 305 golds.

Seebohm won silver and bronze medals in her individual swims and finished strong in the Games with two gold medals, one for the 50m Backstroke and another for the 4x100m Medley Relay. Her Games medal count is now equal to that of the legendary Susie O’Neill‘s 15 Commonwealth Games medals.