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30th Jul 2014 11:17pm | By Editor
Not a great day for Australia at the Commonwealth Games then, with an athlete arrested and the athletics team coach sent home for slagging off his star athlete.
And then the rotten cherry on top, England took the lead in the medal tally and there was a suspicious lack of cycling and swimming going on.
An unnamed athlete is due to appear in court on Thursday charged with assault after an incident in the athletes’ village.
“Around 6am on Wednesday police received a report of a disturbance. A 30-year-old man is currently detained,” Police Scotland said in a statement.
Athletics head coach Eric Hollingsworth was suspended and set to be sent home after releasing an unauthorised statement about hurdles star Sally Pearson.
Hollingsworth said Pearson, the athletics team captain, set a bad example to other athletes by not making the pre-Games camp, instead choosing to race in London as she continued her attempt to regain top form.
But the worst bit is the medal table - not as bad as an Ashes loss, but pretty bad.
The writing was on the wall when the green and gold led by just one gold medal going into day seven and Max Whitlock’s win for England in the men’s individual all-around gymnastics brought the rivals to 34 golds each.
The likelihood of England beating the Aussies is strong and hasn't happened since 1986, when the Games were last held in Scotland in Edinburgh.
That year England and Canada were first and second with 52 and 51 gold each, while Australia won 40.
Since though the Aussies have owned the Comm Games, with a total 496 gold medals to England's 273 and Canada's 205.
Not the island nation's strongest sport's are done and dusted, with swimming, cycling and shooting's programmes complete it will only get worse. Of the 35 golds won after a week 19 came in the pool, six were won on the range and seven were claimed on the track - 57 of the total tally of 106 were won in the water too.
England's spread is far greater with golds won in 10 sports, including an impressive 10 in swimming, way beyond their expectations. Squash, gymnastics and boxing are also strong points for the poms, with some of their medals still to come.
Australia have probably hockey gold and potential netball victory - New Zealand may have something to say about that - but the team as a whole and those from there who come into contact with English sports fans will have to get used to some gloating.
Australia team chef de mission Steve Moneghetti - a former Games marathon winner - says he's happy with how the nation's performed as he conceded his team has already peaked and won't win as many medals in the final five days.
"History would show not, but I don't think anybody does, it's just the nature of the program," Moneghetti said.
"While the success of the swimming and track cycling comes to an end ... it's a great opportunity to focus on some other sports.
"It's not about medal winning."
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