Commonwealth Games 2014: Leiston Pickett Claims 50m Breaststroke Gold for Australia

Leiston Pickett finished with a time of 30:59 sec to retain her 50m breaststroke title at the Commonwealth Games.

Updated: July 26, 2014 10:07 IST
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With this win, Leiston Pickett retained her 50m breaststroke title at the CWG

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Glasgow: Australia's Leiston Pickett retained her 50m breaststroke Commonwealth Games title on Friday as she edged out Jamaica's Alia Atkinson in a time of 30:59sec. (CWG Day 2 Highlights | Medal Tally | Schedule)

Corrie Scott increased Scotland's medal tally in the pool to four as she took bronze. (CWG Day 2 wrap)

"It's good to get back on top," said the 22-year-old Pickett, who becomes the first swimmer to retain a 50m breaststroke Commonwealth title. (Bindra claims Gold | Silver for Malaika Goel)

"I did all I could and reached for the finish. It's really exciting that I'm still getting the speed I had a few years ago." (Indian weightlifter Santoshi Matsa wins bronze)

Atkinson had set two Commonwealth Games records in qualifying, but despite failing to match those times in the final she still walked away with just Jamaica's fourth ever Commonwealth swimming medal. (Malaysian Cyclist Warned Over 'Save Gaza' Gloves)

Scott delighted the home crowd by keeping Scotland's momentum in the pool going after a glorious first day of action, including two gold medals, on Thursday. (Boxer Mandeep Jangra in Round of 16)

The 20-year-old edged England's Sophie Taylor by one hundredth of a second and believes home advantage made the difference.

"I've been working a lot on my strokes. I said at the start that the crowd would make the difference between a fourth and a bronze."

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