GOLD COAST, Australia -- Australia's men enjoyed a stellar night in the pool on Friday as the team combined for six gold medals at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
After the women had stolen the spotlight on night one by taking down their own world record in the 4x100m relay final, the men roared into life off the back of superstar teenager Kyle Chalmers.
The 19-year-old South Australian produced an astonishing second 100 metres to take out the 200m freestyle in a scintillating time of 1.45.56, leading in teammate Mack Horton [1.45.89] and Scotland's Duncan Scott 1.46.30.
But it was only a sign of things to come as Clyde Lewis [400 IM], Mitch Larkin [100m backstroke] and Timothy Diskin [S9 100m freestyle] also stood atop the podium and sung the national anthem. Australia's women had enjoyed a quieter night until Emma McKeon [Games record], Madeline Groves, and Brianna Throssell went 1-2-3 in the women's 100m butterfly.
The icing on the cake came in the form of the men's 4x100m relay as Chalmers combined with James Magnussen, Cam McEvoy and James Cartwright to destroy the rest of the field in the evening's closing event, making it six gold medals in total.
"A big night for us in the pool tonight, we probably got a few golds we didn't expect," relay swimmer James Magnussen said. "So I'd say we're probably ahead of where we thought we'd be.
"It's pretty exciting for the team, I think we've put in a pretty strong couple of days. But we've got to continue that on now."
While it was a superb night for the Australian team all round, there is no doubting whom the 10,000-strong crowd came to see: Chalmers. And the Olympic champion certainly delivered ahead of what is his pet event and the one in which he stunned the world in Rio, the blue riband 100m freestyle.
"It's a fun race, obviously I have to have that bit more practice on how to actually swim the race," Chalmers said of his victory in the 200. "I like to try and stick with people and try and go in that last 50, when I actually have to swim my own race right from the start, because I do have that 100m background.
"I probably should be that (bit) quicker, but to be able to come home like that in the last 50 gives me great confidence for the 200m."
Chalmers will face off with South African Chad Le Clos in the 100m on Sunday night, providing both men negotiate their heats and semifinals on Saturday. Le Clos, who had taken gold in the 50m butterfly just 20 minutes prior, went out hard in the 200 final only to fade and finish in seventh position.
"I knew that's how he swims his race," Chalmers said of Le Clos. "We had a race plan and we stuck to it really well. The third 50 felt pretty strong, and I knew I had a bit to give in that last 50. I could see James Guy [England] coming at me, but it's awesome to go one-two with one of my best mates."
As well as the 100m final, Chalmers will also contest the 4x200m freestyle relay and the medley relay, putting him in contention for five gold medals at his first Commonwealth Games.