England's Christine Ohuruogu left Olympic and world champion Tonique Williams trailing in her wake as she stormed to gold in the women's 400m.
Ohuruogu's victory was a major upset
The 21-year-old got into her stride immediately but conserved enough energy to stride away on the home straight for a personal best of 50.28 seconds.
England's Lisa Dobriskey also caused an upset with gold in the women's 1500m with Hayley Tullett of Wales in third.
Mara Yamauchi and Nadia Williams were also bronze winners for England.
Yamauchi took bronze in the 10,000m while Williams was third in the triple jump.
Ohuruogu paced her race brilliantly and did not panic when the final bend stagger unwinded to leave her level with Bahamas runner Williams.
She simply stepped up a gear and drew away for a comfortable win.
"I've been dreaming of this for a very long time and it's nice to put it all together and get the result I wanted," said the 21-year-old.
Ohuruogu reached the semis of the Olympics in 2004 and won a bronze in the 4x400m relay at last year's World Championships in Helsinki.
She added: "I have had very good training sessions and I knew everything was alright but I didn't want to put any pressure on myself.
"Now I am hoping I can make a name for myself. I've worked very hard for it."
British number three Dobriskey was fifth entering the finishing straight but timed her run to perfection to storm past Tullett for the gold medal.
Dobriskey, 22, finished in 4:06.21 ahead of Sarah Jamieson of Australia with Tullett third and England's Helen Clitheroe fourth.
Dobriskey said she was "absolutely gobsmacked" to have won the Commonwealth Games title.
"I just wanted to make the final," said the Kent runner. "I knew I had a chance to do well but never in a million years thought I'd win the gold."
Swansea athlete Tullett, the fastest qualifier for the final, was left to reflect on mixed emotions.
"I was sad to lose it down the home straight," she said after a season's best time of 4:06:76.
"I'd come here to win, but it's been a difficult 18 months after surgery.
"At the end of last season even getting to Melbourne was very doubtful, but now I've come away with a medal."
Yamauchi slashed more than 45 seconds off her personal best to take bronze in the 10,000m.
The 32-year-old looked to have been dropped by the two Kenyans and Australian Benita Johnson but realised Johnson was fading fast and surged past with 600m to go.
She finished in a time of 31:49.40 behind Kenyan duo Lucy Wangui Kabuu and Evelyne Wambui Nganga and admitted to being "totally surprised" to be in the medals.
"My legs were like jelly the last two laps but I just hung on to the end," said the Tokyo-based runner.
England's Hayley Yelling was sixth in 32:32.38 with Scot Kathy Butler seventh. Catherine Dugdale of Wales was ninth and Collette Fagan of Scotland in seventh.
Triple jumper Williams, 24, also set a personal best of 13.42m in claiming a bronze medal.
Jamaica's Trecia Smith won gold with Nigeria's Otonye Iworima taking silver.
"I knew I had it in me and there is much more to come," said the 24-year-old Williams. "I thought I'd be a lot more nervous but you kind of blot it out and I was fine."