Commonwealth Games: Glory and heartbreak for Australia

Australia has added another two gold medals to their Commonwealth Games tally, early on day four, after victory in the 20km Race Walk events.

But it wasn’t all smooth sailing, with a bitter-sweet victory for Jemima Montag in the women’s event.

She had been overtaken by veteran walker Claire Tallent as they charged towards the finish line, before the 36-year-old was disqualified.


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Tallent, who recently had a baby with husband and fellow athlete Jared Tallent, crumbled to the ground in front of Montag, sobbing as she realised her dream of Commonwealth Gold was shattered.

But, as Montag crossed the finish line, she was embraced by Tallent and the pair shared a private conversation.

“I really thought it was my day, I thought I had paced the race perfectly,” an emotional Tallent told Channel 7.

“I felt so fresh, fresh as a daisy…” she added.

“It was such a big effort for us to have a family and I’m so thrilled to have our little boy.

“I wanted to show the world that women that have babies can do anything, they can come back and be competitive. You don’t have to stop what you love because you’re having a baby.”

As for Montag, who is just 20-year-old, she believes Tallent can show the world what she’s capable of.

“She’s come back time and time again, after having a baby, and she will come back stronger, no doubt.”

Earlier on Sunday, Queenslander Dane Bird Smith crossed the line first, in a blistering time of 1:19:34, four seconds ahead of England’s Tom Bosworth.

The UQ student thanked the local crowd for helping spur him on to the finish line when he had nothing left in the tank.

“I cannot thank those guys enough,” Bird Smith told Channel Seven.

“As I came around that bend (to the finish line), they went ballistic and it was all I had to lift for them and do it for them,” he added.

“I’m so so grateful.”

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