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Result: England beaten to gold by Australia in mixed team relay

Team England are beaten to gold by hosts Australia in the triathlon mixed team relay at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Team England have surrendered their triathlon team relay title at the Commonwealth Games after they were forced to settle for silver on the Gold Coast this afternoon.

It was neck and neck between England and arch-rivals Australia for the first two legs of the race, but an injury to Jessica Learmonth as she dismounted her bike proved to be a crucial moment in the race.

Ashleigh Gentle came from behind to take Australia into a 39-second lead ahead of the final leg, and England's Alistair Brownlee could not close the gap as Australia took gold in front of the home crowd.

Jacob Birtwhistle never looked like surrendering his lead on the final leg as the individual silver medallist waved an Australian flag above his head on his way over the finishing line, joining Gentle, Matthew Hauser and Gillian Backhouse on the top of the podium.

England's quartet of Alistair Brownlee, Learmonth, Vicky Holland and Jonny Brownlee ultimately finished 52 seconds adrift of the gold medallists, but comfortably crossed the line in second place, one minute ahead of bronze medallists New Zealand.

The result sees the Brownlee brothers each pick up a third Commonwealth medal, while Holland adds the silver to the gold she won in the team event four years ago and Learmonth marks her Games debut with silver medals in the team and individual events.

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Thursday's key events

· Comeback queen and super-mum Helen Glover goes for her third Olympic gold alongside Polly Swann in the women's pair final (1.30am)
· There is also a medal on offer for GB pair Emily Craig and Imogen Grant in the lightweight women's double scull final (2.10am)

· As second-fastest qualifier for the final, Team GB's James Wilby is among the medal contenders in the men's 200m breaststroke (2.44am)
· Alys Thomas takes part in the women's 200m butterfly final, although he faces a difficult task to challenge for the medals (3.28am)
· Caeleb Dressel of the USA has been touted by some as the successor to Michael Phelps, and he has the chance to notch up a fourth Olympic gold in the men's 100m freestyle final (3.37am)

· After Team GB's men narrowly missed out on a medal, the women get their campaign underway against the Russian Olympic Committee (3am) and New Zealand (10.30am)

· It is a Great Britain vs. Netherlands double-header, with the men up first in Pool B (4.15am)
· Most eyes will be on the women's showdown between the two nations, though, as Netherlands - the world's best team - look to gain revenge on GB for defeat in the 2016 Olympic final (11am)

· Mallory Franklin takes part in the women's canoe semi-final, and will hope to do enough to qualify for the final later in the day (6am-8.45am)

· With Simone Biles now out of the women's all-around final, the competition has been blown wide open. Team GB twins Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova are among those taking part (11.50am-2.05pm)

> Today's schedule in full
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