Aboriginal activists stage Commonwealth Games protests

Clyde Nash
April 7, 2018

Earlier, the Australian women's team pursuit set a new Games record on their way to the first women's team pursuit medal at a Commonwealth Games.

They won 10 medals, with just one gold to Emily Seebohm in the women's 200m backstroke, to finish eighth on the table - their worst position since 1991 - and the Commonwealth Games has been seen as a step to regroup for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

"I would have preferred it to be a full-distance race on a super-hard course", Alistair said, lamenting the decision to race over sprint distance, or half an Olympic course.Muhammad Azroy Hazalwa won the first of two gold medals for Malaysia in weightlifting, a result he celebrated by dancing and doing a lap of honour of the lifting area.

Brief scuffles later broke out between protesters and police, with activists vowing to target the Games every day until it ends on April 15.

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Queensland locals Georgia Godwin and Georgia-Rose Brown will be chasing medals in Saturday evening's all-around gymnastics finals at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

They remain the most disadvantaged Australians, with higher rates of poverty, ill-health and imprisonment than any other community.

"It's nice to have a medal but I want gold - and with all the training I've done, I want to earn it".

"I guess the comp's (only one day away) so we don't have a lot of time to fix it".

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Poster girl Pearson's withdrawal with an Achilles problem made for a gloomy start to competition but it gave way to a triumphant evening for the hosts.Australia's three gold medals at the Anna Meares Velodrome included a world record in the men's 4,000m team pursuit as they stamped their authority on the cycling competition.

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"I am in the shape of my life and am gutted to miss out on the opportunity to show what I can do", said Proud, who lost an appeal against the disqualification. "I would never have dreamt it (20 years ago)".

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