Australia raked in more gold medals in Birmingham on day five, when Australian pole vaulter Nina Kennedy kicked off the athletics with a comfortable win, Kate McDonald upset gymnastics golden girl Georgia Godwin and the men’s wheelchair basketball team stood atop the podium.

The athletics got under way with Kennedy in full flight, easing to women’s pole vault gold a fortnight after securing bronze at the world championships in Eugene, meaning an Australian has left with gold in the event in six of the past seven Games.

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