#Brownlee brothers fail but #England still top day one #Commonwealth Games medal table with Max Whitlock among winners

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The comforting thing about having a team the size of England’s at these Commonwealth Games is the knowledge that every unexpected slip-up is almost certain to be swiftly followed by a moment of podium-topping redemption.

When athletes and support staff are combined, the England contingent out here in the Gold Coast totals a whopping 588 members, making it the largest team in history ever to leave British soil for an international sporting event – far bigger than any GB Olympic squad.

So when the Brownlee brothers fired way wide of the mark in their bid to win the country’s first gold medal of the Games, it was a given that a few hours later Max Whitlock would lead the men’s team to gymnastics glory.

And when world champion Ben Proud was controversially disqualified from the 50m butterfly heats moments after setting a Commonwealth record, his swimming team-mates responded with an evening session of total domination, picking up four of the seven gold medals on offer to ensure England finished day one top of the overall medal table.

The prospect of a triathlon podium without at least one Brownlee present has been almost unthinkable for years, with older brother Alistair a seemingly immovable fixture sporting a gold round his neck.


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