Birmingham Commonwealth Games: Kiwi Andrew Jeffcoat wins 50m backstroke gold, sets new national record

Kiwi Andrew Jeffcoat has added to New Zealand's stunning Birmingham Commonwealth Games swimming effort, taking out first place in the 50m backstroke final.

Jeffcoat, 23, swam a time of 24.65s in the final, winning the event whilst also setting a new New Zealand national record for the event.

The win was New Zealand's 13 gold medal of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games - so far - after another successful morning over at the velodrome.

South Africa's Pieter Coetzee, the pre-event favourite, finished in second place, while Canada's Javier Acevedo finished in third place to complete the podium.

Coetzee had claimed the fastest time in qualifying for the final, beating Jeffcoat by 0.01s to reach the final.

But the Kiwi stood up when it counted, and added another gold medal for New Zealand in the pool.

Jeffcoat's effort adds to the gold medals won by Lewis Clareburt this week, as well that of Dame Sophie Pascoe. 

The victory is New Zealand's 13th gold medal of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, after a double-showing from Aaron Gate and Ellesse Andrews at the velodrome on Tuesday morning.

Helena Gasson also competed for New Zealand in the women's 50m butterfly final, but failed to medal - finishing in seventh place.

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