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Little and large win Australian gold

12 Apr 2018 by AAP Newswire

There's a place for all shapes and sizes in the Commonwealth Games - consider Australia's latest gold medallists.

At 202cm tall and weighing in at 130kg Daniel Repacholi is a giant with a pistol, and around 55cm taller and 72kg heavier than little Esther Qin.

While Repacholi stood tall as he won gold in the 50m pistol at the Belmont Shooting Centre on Wednesday, it'd be hard to imagine him matching Qin's graceful piking from a diving board.

An hour or so after Repacholi's victory, Qin and Georgia Sheehan teamed up to win the first diving gold medal of the Games in the 3m synchro springboard.

Qin and Sheehan upstaged their more favoured teammates Maddison Keeney and Anabelle Smith who led the standings going into the last dive but registered a failed dive - and no points - to finish last.

Qin and Sheehan coped better with swirling winds and technical glitches to come from fourth before the final dive to finish with 284.10 points ahead of the English and Malaysian pair.

Keeney was in tears afterwards after the final was hampered by technical glitches which at one stage forced judges to revert to old school numbered cards for scoring.

"I don't really know where to start," she said.

"It was all over the shop for everyone with all the delays and technical stuff going on."

Repacholi, on the other hand, was buoyant after winning his third Commonwealth title to go with his gold from Melbourne 2006 and Glasgow 2014.

"It's f---ing awesome," said Repacholi, who finished fourth in his only other event on Monday, the 10m air pistol.

"I shot a really, really good final. That's excellent.

"The other day it didn't work for me, it just wasn't my time, but this time it worked fine."

But Australia's hopes of double gold at Belmont were dashed by another final round meltdown.

Emma Cox headed into the last round of the women's double trap decider with a whopping seven-point lead but hit only 18 of 30 targets.

One more and the gold medal was hers.

Instead, she finished level with India's Shreyasi Singh on 96 and was the first to miss in the sudden-death shoot-off that followed.

Rather than the pressure of the moment, Cox blamed an ill-timed passage of cloud cover that threw her out on a mostly sunny day.

"It was moreso the light that was happening in that last round. It went dark, it was getting everyone," Cox told AAP.

Australian pair Chris McHugh and Damien Schumann will play for beach volleyball gold after making light work of England in straight sets in their semi-final.

They will play Canadians Samuel Pedlow and Sam Schachter in the final on Thursday.

Australia was well on top of the medal table with 52 gold on Wednesday afternoon, with England next on 24.