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The 28-year-old continued to build on his individual exploits in the 100m breaststroke in the absence of Adam Peaty, who recovered from his defeat and won the 50m title but not the relays



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THE SAME AGAIN? England’s James Wilby with his gold medal for winning the men’s 100m breaststroke final at the Sandwell Aquatics Center in Birmingham. Image: Tim Goode/PA

James Wilby played his part in England’s stunning men’s 4x100m medley relay victory to win his second Commonwealth Games gold.

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The 28-year-old continued to build on his individual exploits in the 100m breaststroke in the absence of Adam Peaty, who recovered from his defeat and won the 50m title but not the relays.

Wilby was instrumental in England beating a top-flight Australian quartet to win the medley relay title in exciting fashion by a margin of eight hundredths of a second.

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He said: “It’s an important race for us, we really like doing relays.

“It’s good to be able to easily outperform the Aussies. We all carry a lot of fatigue with us, but we use it when it matters most.”

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Wilby took over 200m backstroke champion Brodie Williams by a 0.05 lead and extended that to 0.75 with an excellent swim.

The York-born star shared a 59.22 for 100m to break away from Olympic 200m champion and world record holder Zac Stubblety-Cook.

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Wilby had to watch and roar from the pool deck as James Guy was caught up a bit by Matthew Temple but still retained a healthy advantage.

Then, on the final leg, one of the best fights of the entire meeting ensued as England’s Tom Dean and Australia’s Kyle Chalmers dueled from 100, with Dean winning by touch.

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It meant Wilby’s booty swelled to four for the games.

Guy said: “When you swim in a relay you have the whole country behind you. Tonight was a real dogfight between us and the Aussies.

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“We knew it was going to be close, but it was all about swimming a smart race and finding the right tactics, which is what we did. It’s the best audience I’ve ever heard.

“When they cheer us on, it’s much more inspiring. It’s great to end the week on a high.”

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It was a perfect end to a record-breaking week for Dean, who won six silvers and this time gold, more than any English athlete at a single Commonwealth game.

Dean said, “I showed how much it meant to me; It was pure emotion that came up. Six silver to finally get gold at the end means the world. It’s the first time we’ve had this medley combination and all the guys executed the perfect race plan.”

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