Nokoli Blackman produced a sensational performance in the pool to delight the home crowd and win the men’s 200m freestyle gold medal for Trinidad and Tobago.
Meanwhile, Scotland had a day to remember, and top the medal table, after 11 champions were crowned on day two.
Blackman surged home to victory roared on by a raucous capacity crowd to win by 1.03s. His was the first medal of any colour for Trinidad and Tobago in their home Games.
He said: “When you win in front of your country you feel a sense of pride, especially in front of all the people who have known you since you were a baby and all of a sudden see you grow and win gold medals.”
Meanwhile Scotland were the standout team of the evening, picking up three gold medals. Dean Fearn claimed victory in the men’s 50m butterfly, before Holly McGill then Matthew Ward both won their respective 100m backstroke events.
Jessica Leigh Thompson had opened the night by winning the women’s 50m butterfly, and Tyler Melbourne-Smith finished the evening by picking up gold for Wales in the 1,500m with Inez Miller winning Gold for Australia in the women’s 200m freestyle, Oscar Bilbao winning gold for England in the men’s 200m breaststroke and Northern Ireland’s Ellie McCartney also taking home gold.
The first medals of the day were decided on Tobago, as the individual triathlon super-sprint event took place.
Australia’s Aspen Anderson took the women’s event, coming home 24s ahead of Scotland’s Jessica Heeps while Maja Brinkman completed the podium with bronze for Namibia.
In the men’s event, Luke Holmes of Jersey was victorious, winning by 16s from Scotland’s Alex Robin, and Australia’s Jack Latham picked-up the bronze medal.
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At Black Rock in Tobago, the last 16 of both the men’s and women’s competitions were decided.
Cyprus, Australia, New Zealand and Canada top their groups in the men’s event with two-wins-from-two, while England beat Rwanda 2-0 in their must win tie to progress as runners-up in Group D.
Hosts Trinidad and Tobago went down 2-0 to Cyprus but made the last 16, alongside South Africa and St Lucia.
Kenya, Australia, Mozambique and Canada were group winners in the women’s event, with Kenya’s victory over the hosts knocking them out of the main draw.
Canada defeated New Zealand 2-0, but the Kiwis remain in the draw with
Bermuda, England and Vanuatu to make up the last 16,
Australia Women began their title defence with back-to-back victories, brushing aside the hosts and Canada.
In the men’s event, Fiji, Scotland and South Africa remain unbeaten at the end of the first day.