The Commonwealth Games have gotten off to a shaky start as chaos and confusion reigned supreme at the official weigh-in for the boxing competition, with the scales recording incorrect readings.
Amid farcical scenes, boxers from around the world were left sweating, literally, after being wrongly measured as overweight, with many having to run around the athletes’ village or jump into a sauna to shed the kilos.
Australia’s assistant coach Don Abnett’s told AAP two of the boys went on and the scales said they were 700 grams overweight so they had to go and sweat it off, but when they got back on it they were two kilos heavier than before.
A 50kg weight was then brought up from the gym at the athletes’ village and, when placed on the scales, measured at 51.4kg.
A second weigh-in will now take place on Tuesday morning, just hours before the competition starts, something Abnett says is not ideal.
Napoleon charges to the final
Meanwhile at the pool swimmer Ryan Napoleon turned in a strong performance to reach tonight’s 400m freestyle final.
Napoleon won his heat despite having missed three weeks of training due to his doping ban for using incorrectly-labelled asthma medication being pushed forward.
He was third fastest behind Canada’s Ryan Cochrane while Australian champion Rob Hurley missed the final after a disappointing heat swim.
Earlier, Australians Kylie Palmer and Blair Evans qualified for tonight’s 200 metre freestyle final.
Darcy out of butterfly final
It was a dissapointing day for the controversial Nick D’arcy after he failed to qualify for the 200m butterfly final at the Commonwealth Games.
D’arcy was hoping to complete a dream comeback after he was banned from the 2008 Olympics and last year’s world championships for assaulting former teammate Simon Cowley.
Despite being clearly the fastest man in the Commonwealth this year, D’arcy could only manage the ninth fastest heat time of 1:58.48, seeing him miss tonight’s finals.
Australians Chris Wright and Jayden Hadler did make the final, behind fastest qualifier Stefan Hirniak of Canada.