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Fran Halsall causes upset at Commonwealth Games: Day three swimming round-up

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Day three of the 20th Commonwealth Games was a very good one for Australia as they overtook England in the medal table.

The Aussies, who topped the table at the last Games in Delhi, won six golds on the first Saturday of Glasgow 2014.

It was in the pool where, yet again, Australia dominated, adding another four golds to the eight they won on the opening two days of competition.

Taylor McKeown was the first of the golds today. The 19-year-old, competing in her first major championships for the Aussies, took the title in the 200m breaststroke.

McKeown led from the start, easing away from the rest of the field, before powering down the last length to win in a time of 2:22.36, almost a second clear of teammate Sally Hunter.

It wasn't the only success on the night for McKeown, though. The athlete also helped her team win the women's 4X200m freestyle relay.

The quartet of McKeown, Alicia Coutts, Brittany Elmslie and Bronte Barratt were always in control and won in a new Commonwealth Games record of 7:49.90. Canada took the silver with England in third.

McKeown's races sandwiched a gold medal win for Emily Seebohm in the 100m backstroke. The 21-year-old, who won silver in the event at London 2012, set a new Games record in claiming the title, clocking 59.37 seconds. Wales' Georgia Davies was second.

Australia's other pool win today came in the men's 200m freestyle S14 race. Daniel Fox won the race in a time of 1:57.89 with England's Thomas Hamer in second.

Despite Australia's success in the pool, there were still some excellent performances from the home nations.

In the men's 100m breaststroke, Adam Peaty set a new Commonwealth Games record of 58.94 seconds to take gold, ahead of South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh and Scotland's Ross Murdoch, who famously beat Michal Jamieson in the 200m event earlier in the Games.

England's Fran Halsall had earlier caused perhaps the biggest shock of the day in winning the 50m freestyle.

Halsall, who was Britain's only medalist at last year's World Championships, started well and held on to her lead to beat the challenge of Australia's Campbell sisters, winning in a world lead time of 23.96 seconds.

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