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Treffers adds to family gold collection
Ben Treffers of Australia celebrates winning the gold medal in the Men's 50m Backstroke Final at Tollcross International Swimming Centre during day four of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on July 27, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. Picture: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Now Ben Treffers can say he is as good as his father.

For most of his life Treffers the younger has admired the medals won by his father Mark for New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games.

Treffers the senior has a full set of medals from the 1970 and 1974 Games.

Ben Treffers has added to the family collection with his gold medal in the men’s 50m backstroke at Glasgow 2014.

He clocked 24.67secs to push teammate Mitch Larkin into the silver medal position.

“The medals are in the house, in the study. I used to really look up to them when I was younger," said Treffers of his father’s prizes.

“I’ll probably put mine next to dad’s.”

Treffers was part of another golden night for Australia at the Tollcross Aquatic Centre.

He was joined by James Magnussen, who won the 100m freestyle ahead of compatriots Cameron McEvoy and WA’s Tommaso D’Orsogna.

And McEvoy partnered David McKeon, Ned McKendry and Thomas Fraser-Holmes to clock a new Games record of 7mins 07.38secs to claim first prize in the 4 x 200 freestyle.

Belinda Hocking took gold in the women’s 200m backstroke in a Games record of 2:07.24 with another Australian Emily Seebohm second in 2:08.51.

The West Australian

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