Commonwealth Games 2018 day four: athletics, swimming, cycling and more – as it happened

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Scotland’s Duncan Scott won the men’s 100m freestyle; England’s Siobhan-Marie O’Connor took 200m gold while Wales’s Olivia Breen wins T38 long jump

I reckon that’s about us – the day is done. We’ll see you tomorrow – final word shall, on this occasion, go to CB Page.

“The Funniest Fail of the Day goes to Canada’s Adam Keenan in the hammer. One misguided missile of his took out a distance marker and boom microphone positioned to the side of the throwing area.

STOP - Hammer Crime!”

I’m sorry.

Canada’s Adam Keenan.
Canada’s Adam Keenan. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images


India win gold in the women's team table tennis

They beat Singapore 3-1; earlier, bronze went to England who edged Australia in a thriller.

Australia win the men's 200m freestyle relay!

England take silver and Scotland bronze; Duncan Scott’s split was the fastest in the field.

England are in second, 3.36s behind Australia.

Australia are miles ahead now, but England are closing on silver.

Australia have stretched their lead, 1.58s ahead of Scotland as we swim the second half of the third leg. The royal we.

...he’s taken Scotland into the bronze position, but not done too much damage. Meanwhile, Australia aren’t so far in front that James Guy couldn’t pull it back in the final leg for England ... except Scott has swum a stormer, and Scotland are now clear in second!

Australia lead after the first leg, from England, from Canada, from Scotland. But here comes Duncan Scott...

Away they go, and Australia are right into the lead. Kyle Chalmers, the individual champ, is on the second leg.

Right, that’s it with today’s cycling; now on to our final event in the pool, the men’s 4x200m relay. I’ve a sneaky feeling Australia might handle this.

Stewart is absolutely finished; elated but finished. Campbell Stewart takes silver, and Hayter has to make do with bronze.

Scotland's Mark Stewart wins gold in the points race!

They hit the bell and Stewart goes! He’s got loads left, takes second in this final stage, and that’s more than enough! Who predicted that?

Mark Stewart celebrates after winning the gold medal.
Mark Stewart celebrates after winning the gold medal. Photograph: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters


Mark Stewart leads the points race, Campbell Stewart of NZ is second, and Ethan Hayter is third. Five laps left..

Australia have mashed South Africa in the netball, 60-38; in the squash, Paul Coll of New Zealand has beaten Joel Makin of Wales 3-2 in the semi-final.

In the points race, Stewart is still holding on. This is an absolutely monstrous effort from him.

In pool A of the men’s hockey, Austalia have handed Scotland a 4-0 tumping.

Cate Campbell wins gold for Australia in the 50m butterfly!

Her team-mates, Barratt and Madeline Groves take silver and bronze.

Cate Campbell wins the women’s 50m Butterfly.
Cate Campbell wins the women’s 50m Butterfly. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images


It doesn’t look like it, but Holly Barratt is doing her best...

Time for the final of the women’s 50m butterfly... can anyone stop Cate Campbell?


Just the 59 laps gone, just the 47 to go.

Stewart of Scotland leads with 65 but he’s bushed; Hayter of England is second with 49.

Back at the Anna Mears, the men’s points race is getting towards the serious bit...

Larkin of Australia gets the touch!

Treffers, his team-mate has to make do with silver, 0.16 the difference! That was actually a lot less close than it looked. Incerti, also of Australia, wins bronze.


It’s very close...

Off we go again! It’s the final of the men’s 50m back! In the get...

O’Connor says her time wasn’t the best, but that winning is an “amazing feeling”.

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor wins gold for England in the 200m medley!

She led from start to finish, better than everyone at everything! She is a star, and has defended her title. Canada win silver and bronze, taken by Darcel and Seltenreich-Hodgson respectively.

Siobhan Marie O’Connor wins gold for England.
Siobhan Marie O’Connor wins gold for England. Photograph: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images


O’Connor is punishing the field here! Her freestyle is taking her away!

Darcel of Canada is 0.69 behind at halfway...

O’Connor is well ahead after the butterfly, and maintains through the back...

Anyway, they’re into the water back at the pool!

India now lead Singapore 2-1 in the final of the women’s team table tennis. One more rubber gives them the gold.

Right, they’re coming out for the final of the women’s 200m medley!

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor is the one to keep eyes on in the 200m medley final. Rebecca Adlington is pretty sure she’s going to win.

Even further update from earlier: Emily Godley of England wins the women's 75kg weightlifting!

Marie-Eve Beauchemin-Nadeau of Canada has herself silver, and Wales’ Laura Hughes snaffles bronze.

Emily Godley wins the women’s 75kg final.
Emily Godley wins the women’s 75kg final. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images


Further update from earlier: Lakeisha Patterson of Australia won the women's S9 100m freestyle gold

Silver went to Alice Tai of England and bronze to Ellie Cole, also of Australia.

Update from earlier: Jesse Aungles won the men's SM8 200m individual medley gold for Australia

Blake Cochrane of Australia got silver, and Philippe Vachon of Canada bronze.

So, what’s left today, I hear youse ask? Allow me to enlighten youse.

12.24 Women’s 200m individual medley final

12.31 Men’s 50m backstroke final

12:36 Women’s 50m butterfly final

13:01 Men’s 4 x 200m freestyle relay Final


Malawi have rinsed New Zealand out of the netball! 57-53, and look at those celebrations! New Zealand won bronze four years ago.


Matt Glaetzer is absolutely loving that ride, first there with the flag to send Morton on her lap of honour.

McCulloch of Australia takes silver, Hansen of New Zealand sticks in there for bronze.

Stephanie Morton wins gold for Australia! Her third of the Games!

She was far, far too good the rest there, taking it on when she wanted and holding it down with apparent ease.

Stephanie Morton rounds the final turn to win the Women’s Keirin.
Stephanie Morton rounds the final turn to win the Women’s Keirin. Photograph: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images


Off goes the durney, and they’re absolutely kicking it at the bell, Morton of Australia streaking away! McCulloch is second, and Hansen will have to go around the outside!

The final of the women’s keirin is away!

In the women’s team table tennis, Singapore and India are drawing 1-1.

Neah Evans explains that she’d like to have got closer to the front sooner, but the Australians “wrapped it”.

That’s Cure’s second gold, after one won in the team pursuit too.

Amy Cure of Australia wins the women's 10km scratch race!

Her team were there for her, and Scotland rode as individuals! Neah Evans of Scotland takes silver and Archibald was prevented from coming through on the outside, and Emily Kay of England gets bronze.


Barker of Wales is there, and Archibald of Scotland, into third and forced to go around the outside at the bell!

...and now they’re 1,2,3!

The Australians are slotting into position with five laps to go...

Australia and Scotland aren’t having it and haul her back. This is coming down to a final sprint.

Emily Nelson of England has had enough! She’s adjudged this to be a chance of off she goes!

Now Roorda of Canada goes, and now the field is beginning to stretch. There’s a leading group, including Roe of Scotland, but the Australians aren’t happy with its composition so don’t commit.

At last, a break! Bonhomme of Canada does, but no one is having any such thing.

30 laps to go. Nothing to report.

Off they go!


The women’s 10km scratch race is close to ready.

Peaty says that this was the first race he went out for enjoyment of the sport, not a time. He’s looking forward to the final tomorrow, but the only pressure he feels comes from himself.

He wins in 26.49, a Games record and half a second faster than the rest of the field; a fair effort. Willby of England is second, Packard of Australia third and Houlie of RSA fourth. He and Inglis are the fastest losers.


In they go, and Peaty has a terrible lion tatt, but is leading nonetheless!

Now, here comes Adam Peaty!

It’s time for the semis of the men’s 50m breaststroke. Van den Bergh of RSA wins the first heat with McKenchie of Australia second, Inglis of Scotland third and Benson of Scotland fourth.

Quote of the Games so far comes from Cate Campbell: “I had goosebumps when the crowd started shouting Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi.”

Bagpipes. Seriously.

We’re just watching Duncan Scott’s medal ceremony. Obviously Chad Le Clos’s da is there, enjoying his life.

We’ve got some women’s keirin heats on the track at the moment, but in eight minutes it’s the finals of the women’s 10km scratch race.

That was incredible. He had to wait till last, he had to dismount, and then he absolutely punished the field anyway.

Matt Glaetzer, already keirin champion, wins the kilo!

Dawkins of NZ is takes silver and Chambers of Scotland bronze. The winning time, 59.340, is the fastest ever set at sea level.

Matt Glaetzer flies around the track.
Matt Glaetzer flies around the track. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images


And the crowd are going wild! They’re roaring Glaetzer home!

He’s inside it by miles, 0.81 with 500m to go!

And he’s still ahead at halfway!

Glaetzer is leading by three tenths!

He’s ready to go, but there’s a clock issue, so down he comes. Juat what you need.

Matt Glaetzer of Australia, the world sprint champion and only man to go faster this season than Dawkins has, is on the line...


And he’s there in 1:01.083! That’s enough for second, and he’s guaranteed himself a medal!

Calum Skinner is out and +0.394 at the bell....

Zac Williams of NZ is out on the track, and he doesn’t threaten his team-mate but does register the second-fastest time of the contest. Only Skinner and Glaetzer still to come...

Email from Dylan Wilson: “Any chance of an honourable mention for Steven Kari, the weightlifter from Papua New Guinea who broke the Commonwealth Games clean and jerk record in the men’s 94kg category to snatch (pun intended) victory? I was there with my kids and it was a thrilling performance (having never seen live weightlifting before). The Canadian Boady Santavay had already broken the snatch record and Kari had to go big to win gold. There were tears on the podium, PNG’s first gold of the championship. No one else has picked up on it.”

Steven Kari bites his medal.
Steven Kari bites his medal. Photograph: Manish Swarup/AP


Jo Edwards of New Zealand win's the women's bowls

Laura Daniels of Wales takes silver, after leading more or less all the way through the match.

But he can’t hang on! He’s fifth, and Dawkins is nearly there!

Joe Truman is half a second inside Dawkins at halfway!

Back at yon velodrome, Mohd Zonis starts well in his chase, but ties up badly in the fourth 500m and winds up seventh. Four to go, including Joe Truman of England and Calum Skinner of Scotland.


Scott is happy his family are there to see him win. He is, of course, “absolutely bzzn”.

Duncan Scott of Scotland wins the 100m freestyle!

Le Clos of RSA is second, tied with Kyle Chalmers, Australia’s Olympic champion. What a race that was! What an upset that is!


Le Clos in front again, but now Scott of Scotland is on the charge! This is going to be very very close!


Old Chad Le Clos starts beautifully in the 100m free! He’s streaking away! But McEvoy comes back at him!

While we were otherwise occupied, Jonathan Wale of Scotland inserted himself into the silver medal position in the men’s kilo. There are six left in the hutch ... five and Ritter of Canada ends in eighth spot.

Right, the men’s 100m free is backing it right up!

Kylie Masse wins gold for Canada!

She’s already won the 100m! Ruck takes silver and Seebohm the bronze.

But here come Masse and Seebohm!

Ruck of Canada leads as they turn for the final time...

Anyway, off we go with the women’s 200m backstroke, and Masse of Canada is leading world champ Emily Seebohm!

Gosh, it’s all going on in the bowls - Edwards of NZ now leads Daniels of Wales 20-17 after trailing for most of the match. They’ve just played the 22nd end.

Laura Daniels takes aim.
Laura Daniels takes aim. Photograph: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images


Soniia Cheah has beaten Chloe Birch 2-1 in their badminton singles match - Malaysia now lead England 2-0 in their mixed team semi.

But in the meantime, the bowling is now 17 apiece.

In just seven minutes’ time, we’re into the pool for the women’s 200m backstroke final.


COMMONWEALTH GAMES CHAMPION on Pommel Horse!!!!🥇 Thank you for all the support! Coming for that World title next Max...

— Rhys Mcclenaghan (@McClenaghanRhys) April 8, 2018

In the bowls, Daniels’ lead is now down to a point after 20 ends. Can she hang on for Wales?

He’s plenty off. He finishes in second, 0.4s ahead of Paul.

Patrick Constable of Australia is on the track, the first serious challenger to Dawkins ... but he’s outside the time at halfway, and drifting further off!

In the bowls, Edwards has closed on Daniels – Wales now lead NZ 15-13 at the end of the 17th end.

In the men’s kilo, Dawkins is still leading, but there’s plenty still in the hutch.

England take bronze in the women's team table tennis

Look at Tin-Tin Ho! She flies through the deciding set, and when Miao Miao nets a backhand, that’s enough for 11-6!

England celebrate winning the bronze medal.
England celebrate winning the bronze medal. Photograph: Roger Evans/Action Plus via Getty Images


The greatest cuisine in the world apart from maybe Ghana. Fight me.

Jamaican food, just like their culture is vibrant and colourful! Chef Karl Thomas is here to ensure the flavours at Jamaica Manor House are authentic. Hands up who is hungry now! 🙋🏽🙋🏻‍♂️ #SHARETHEDREAM

— Gold Coast 2018 (@GC2018) April 8, 2018

We’ve been away from the badminton team affair awhile, but after losing the opening doubles to Malaysia, England’s Chloe Birch is one game apiece with Soniia Cheah.

Miao Miao has levelled the table tennis! She had to save a match point first, but eventually took the fourth set 13-11. If you’re near a telly, get this on forthwith.

59.928 for Dawkins! That’s a new Games record, holding it down at the end there like you can’t believe. He now leads.

The first big-hitter is about to set off in the men’s kilo: Ed Dawkins of New Zealand. He already has a team gold and keirin bronze.

In the lawn bowls gold medal match, Laura Daniels of Wales leads Jo Edwards of New Zealand 15-10. They’ve just played the 14th end.

This table tennis match is an absolute belter. Miao Miao goes long with a smash off the top of the net, then long on the forehand, and suddenly Ho is four points away at 7-6.

Nicholas Paul of T&T has really bousted his kilo, setting a time of 1:01.899. That’s been quick enough to win world titles, and our comms reckon it’ll last as the lead for quite some time.

Tin-Tin Ho has taken the third set of the table tennis, 14-12! England are one away from bronze!

In commentary, they note that different technology is available to different competitors. That sounds like a crock to me. A marginal gains-style crock.

It’s now 12-12, as Belle of Seychelles gets going in the men’s kilo.

This table tennis is developing into a thriller. We’re 9-9 in the third, and Miao Miao of Australia takes a timeout to compose herself.

“Coming up next”, as Mike Goldberg might say ... we’re off to the velodrome for the final of the men’s 1000m time trial final. It’s away in six minutes.

Ho fights back to 9-10 in the table tennis, but Miao Miao takes the set when a forehand top spin goes long. That’s one apiece now.

And coming up in the squash we’ve got a semi in both men’s and women’s draw. The former features Joel Makin of Wales.

BBC are showing us some squash from earlier. What an absolute nonsense that it’s not in the Olympics, especially when you contemplate that which is. Importantly, you don’t need to go far to get the ball after each point, which gives it one over tennis as a participation sport.

Back in the tennis de table, Miao Miao of Australia leads Tin-Tin Ho of England 7-4 but lost the first set; it might take a final singles rubber to decide the bronze medal.


This would be fun. They might have to let a few countries in though, which won’t go down well with the ICC.

Reports suggest that cricket may be included in the Commonwealth games when they are held in Birmingham in 2022 #Cricket

— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) April 7, 2018

England now lead Australia 2-1 in the women’s table tennis team competition. They’re one rubber away from bronze.

In their men’s hockey Pool A match, New Zealand have done RSA 6-0. Ouch. India-Wales and Australia-Scotland are to come.

George Muir celebrates a goal in New Zealand’s 6-0 win over South Africa.
George Muir celebrates a goal in New Zealand’s 6-0 win over South Africa. Photograph: Jason O'Brien/Getty Images


We’re watching an interview with Nile Wilson, who’s a very pleasant lad. He’s absolutely loving life, and very happy with his silver in the rings to go with his all-around gold yesterday.

Malaysia’s doubles pairing of Goh and Tan has absolutely caned England’s Langridge and Ellis in the first match of their team semi contest. They’ve also put the rest on notice as far as the main competition goes.

In the bronze medal match of the women’s team table tennis, England lead Australia 1-0.

Missed from earlier: Olivia Breen wins T38 long jump final for Wales!

She set a Commonwealth record of 4.56m in the third round, and a personal best of 4.86m in the final round. Wales now have eight medals with three more guaranteed.

Olivia Breen set a new record with her third round jump.
Olivia Breen set a new record with her third round jump. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images


Anyway, let’s have a look at what’s to come:

9.47 Men’s 1000m time trial final

10.37 Women’s 200m backstroke final

10.43 Men’s 100m freestyle final

11.24 Women’s 10km scratch race finals

11.29 Men’s SM8 200m individual medley final

11.36 Women’s S9 100m freestyle final

11.44 Women’s keirin finals 1-6

12.01 Men’s 40km keirin finals

12.24 women’s 200m individual medley final

12.31 Men’s 50m backstroke final

12.36 Women’s 50m butterfly final

13.01 Men’s 4x200m freestyle relay final

And lots, lots more!

So that’s it with athletics for the day. BBC take us off to the team semis of the men’s badminton, where England are trailing to Malaysia.

Sumbine fancies himself for medal here, and did look in control of himself – his time was 10.12, versus 10.10 for Hyman – but he’d have wanted to lay some smack down there, and did not. Rogers and Bruintjies are the fastest losers into the final.

Anyway, final go ... and Hyman of Cayman Islands whooshes home with Sumbine of Nigeria behind him.

Gemili is feeling his adductor, apparently – he had a twinge last week – but now has a day to recover.

Harry Dub-A is going in this final 100m semi...

Bruintjies of South Africa and Browning of Australia are in a photo for second and the second automatic final spot - they both get given 10.26, but Bruintjies gets the nod. Browning now has the fastest best-loser time.

Adegoke of Nigeria pushes through in 10.24. But it’ll take some for anyone to get close to Blake.

It was raining, briefly, but now it isn’t. The second men’s semi is away!

He doesn’t look too upset, so I’m sure he’ll be fine. He and Blake qualify. Rogers will have to hope his time is enough to get him through as a fastest loser.

Gemili felt his groin as he stopped there – hopefully he’s good for tomorrow’s final.

Rogers is third and Trae Williams of Australia, who also got a nice start, is fourth.

Gemili starts badly, and Rogers of St Kitts & Nevis is flying, but Gemili comes through the middle, Blake saunters past him, and those two take the first two places. The winning time is 10.06 second place 10.11.


That’s yer nastics for the day - let’s get back to the track, where I’m not being allowed to see the results of the final women’s 100m semi race, but Adam Gemili and Yohan Blake are about to go in the first men’s jaunt.

Georgia Mae-Fenton of England wins gold in the women's uneven bars!

Brittany Rogers of Canada takes silver and Georgia Godwin of Aaustralia nabs bronze.

Courtney Tulloch wins gold for England in the men's rings!

Nile Wilson of England gets silver, and Scott Morgan of Canada, who won silver on the floor earlier today, gets bronze. What have you achieved so far this Sunday?

Ahye’s time was 11.25, slower than Philip’s 11.21, but she was controlled.

Jamaica’s Gayon Evans and Gambia’s Gina Bass are second and third, so we’ll see them again tomorrow too.

Back on the track, Michelle Ahye, the favourite for the title, starts badly in the second semi head, but glides through the field to win, grinning away.


And look at this! Georgia-Mae Fenton of England flies into first place in the latter! 14.600! She looks absolutely delighted with that!


Also going on ... is the final of the men’s rings and women’s uneven bars.

Asha Philip of England storms through the middle of the field to win pretty easily. Morrison of Jamaica and St Fort of T&T join here in final, which will be tomorrow.

Right, first semi of the women’s hunnert gets us away...

Morning/afternoon/evening all! There really, really is. We’ve got the 100m semis, men’s and women’s, we’ve got gymnastics finals which are currently in progress, cycling finals and swimming finals – and more...

Well that’s all from down under and me, Richard Parkin. I’ll leave you in the very capable hands of my northern hemisphere compatriot, Daniel Harris. There’s so much more in store tonight/this morning!

Men's 5000m final

No time to dwell on #Pommelgate we’re back to the Carrara Stadium and it’s the men’s 5000m final.

Olympic great Sebastian Coe isn’t too happy with the tactics here – it’s a very, very tardy pace out of the blocks. What are the Kenyans playing at; will this work into the hands of the favourite, Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei?

We know he can finish a race – some classic battles with the great Mo Farah confirm this, none less than the 10,000m final at the 2017 World Championships.

Six laps to go and it’s still a very grouped bunch with as many as fifteen runners in contention. Cheptegei is nicely placed in second, off the shoulder of Canada’s Mohammed Ahmed.

With four laps to go the tall Ugandan has been forced wide, and he’s decided he’s had enough of the cat and mouse and driven to the front. Is this the right position to be at this stage? Compatriot Phillip Kipyeko is third behind the Canadian, there’s now a smaller group of about 5 or 6 peeling away.

Two laps to go, three Ugandans, one Kenyan and a Canadian – Australia’s Stewart McSweyn trying desperately to stay with them.

They take the bell, it’s Cheptegei and Ahmed breaking from the others but the lanky Ugandan might just have it here. He turns the last bend, looks anxiously over his shoulder before hitting one last kick. He pulls away, it’s his, it’s gold!

Gold to Cheptegei, silver to Ahmed, and the Kenyan Edward Zakayo has grabbed the bronze!

A curious race at times but absolute class from Joshua Cheptegei – they’ll be raising the Nile Specials to this man from Moroto to Kabale, congratulations Uganda!

Gold for Northern Ireland – Whitlock foiled again!

Deary me, when it’s not your day, it’s not your day.

After the disappointment of the floor final for England’s Max Whitlock where the defending champion finished sixth, he’s now been pipped for gold on the pommel in a “tie break”.

How does that exactly unfold, you ask, stroking your hirsute or entirely crisp chin? Well, I’m not the man to clarify that alas.

Both Whitlock and Rhys McClenaghan have been scored a 15.100; Whitlock adjudged to have had the higher difficulty level in his routine, but McClenaghan the better execution?

Those of you better versed in these matters feel free to email or tweet in.

Again, we’ll wait for more news from Coomera on this one, but suffice to say, a bit of a sucker punch for England’s Whitlock. That said, every cloud – congratulations to McClenaghan and Northern Ireland!


Men’s 400m heats

We’re back on the track, and it’s 400m heats. Not quite long distance, not quite a sprint – basically the one that’s long enough to consciously note your body fill with lactic acid, but also remember that you are still trying to go full tilt the entire time. Good fun.

It’s the Caribbean nations not unsurprisingly making the early running. Trinidad and Tobago’s Machel Cedenio and Jamaica’s Javon Francis are the first two through, alongside England’s Rabah Yousif in heat 1, with 45.68 the top time.

Africa responds in heat 2 with athletes from Botswana, Nigeria and Zambia taking the qualification spots. The times a touch slower though, all 46+.

A very impressive run in heat 4 from India’s Muhammed Yahiya who edges out Jamaica’s Rusheen McDonald in a 45.96, but it’s heat 5 that’s got the home fans in full voice.

Steven Solomon Australia’s five-times 400m champion has run a very steady heat – he’s powered home past England’s Dwayne Cowan and Jamaica’s Demish Gaye in a time of 45.39.

He failed to finish in the semis at Glasgow, but hopefully a better fate awaits the Australian champion at these Games.

The run of the afternoon has come in the final heat however, and it’s Grenada’s Bralon Taplin – gee, they produce 400m runners don’t they – who’s on track to emulate compatriot Kirani Jame’s Glasgow gold. His motion looked smooth, his demeanour was positive. It’s a 45.11 from Taplin, who finishes ahead of Botswana’s Karabo Sibanda and Kenya’s Boniface Mweresa.

Bralon Taplin
Bralon Taplin makes it look easy in the men’s 400m heat. Photograph: Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images


Upset at the gymnastics!

He’s the reigning Olympic champion, he came in after qualifications in first position but England’s Max Whitlock has missed out entirely on the medals in the men’s floor final!

We’ll await our spies at the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre to give us more on this, but the 2014 Glasgow champion has finished sixth – Scotland’s Daniel Purvis takes bronze, Canada’s Scott Morgan the silver, and it’s a second medal of the games for Cypriot Marios Georgiou, with a routine the judges have rewarded with a score of 13.966.

A sixteenth all-time gold for Cyprus, but disappointment for one of England’s most recognised and much-loved athletes.

Max Whitlock
A dejected Max Whitlock after his floor routine. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters


Men's hammer final – gold to England's Nick Miller

We’re back in the middle of the field now, not the bit around the edges.

We left the hammer after three rounds of throws, and in the interim there’s been a monster effort from the man already in the gold-medal position, Nick Miller. He’s swung, he’s launched, he’s screamed – and this metal ball on a wire has just flown, flown and flown!

Oof! It’s landed past the 80m mark. Confirmation now of 80.26. That’s liquid hammer!

Australian Matty Denny is the only one who’s gone close, but his mark of 73.82 looks positively dwarfed now. Denny launches in response – it’s good, it’s big, but it’s not big enough. 74.88 keeps the wolves at bay, but nobody looks like stopping Miller now. That’s a Games record and a national record for the Englishman, as he surpasses Australian Stuart Rendell’s 2006 mark of 77.53.

A very keen contest for the bronze meanwhile. Tough on Englishman Taylor Campbell, he’s been in that position for a lot of the competition but Canadian Adam Keenan and Scot Mark Dry have gone past him with their final efforts.

It’s a 73.12 for Dry – the Scot claims bronze, Denny from Australia takes silver, but it’s Englishman Miller who has streaked the field (not literally) and is a very worthy recipient of the gold.

England's Nick Miller.
Nick Miller launches en route to gold and a Games record throw. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images


Men’s 100m heats - Yohan Blake’s first run

We’re back on the track with heats in the men’s premier event. Nigeria’s Enoch Adegoke is the first to throw Yohan Blake a gauntlet, he’s posted a 10.19 in heat 4.

Kemar Hyman, no relation of American great Misty presumably, has won heat 5 with a 10.24 ahead of Jamaica’s Nigel Ellis in 10.32. You don’t think of Nigel as a common Jamaican name but that’s the beauty of the Games, isn’t it? Challenging ignorance and misconceptions.

Heat 6 has seen as second South African hit the tape first, Henricho Bruintjies looking very comfortable with a 10.23 just ahead of a second Nigerian Ogho Egwero.

First of the Australian’s Josh Clarke has started very brightly in heat 7 and he’s come through in third but he’s missed the automatic spots (1 & 2) into the semi, those spots going to Canada’s Gavin Smellie and Lesotho’s Mosito Lehata. It’s a 10.56 for Clarke and he’s 0.06 off second. Agonising for the 22-year-old, that may not be good enough – we await the final times.

And at last, the man many are keen to watch – it’s Blake striding to the blocks for heat 8 in his trademark languid fashion.

He’s out quickly, Nigeria’s Seye Ogunlewe is looking to push him but it’s very comfortable from Blake. He almost slows to look around, and he’s through in a very crisp 10.15.

Yohan Blake of Jamaica cruises home in his 100m heat.
Yohan Blake of Jamaica cruises home in his 100m heat. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

Ogunlewe second in 10.20 with Australian Rohan Browning with a terrific effort to grab third in 10.29. That might be enough, it’s a very quick heat.

Finally, a fine run from Australia’s Trae Williams in heat 9. The man they call ‘Quadzilla’ has powered home in first position to the delight of the home fans. We await the final times from all nine races, we’ll have the semis later in the afternoon.


Men’s hammer final

We’ve got live hammer action with medals on the line in the Carrara Stadium.

First blood to England’s Taylor Campbell who’s the first man to clear 70m. He throws a 71.69 effort first up. Not too shabby for a warm up.

Compatriot Nick Miller is the man many fancy to take the gold, but he can only offer 63.60 with his first attempt. Put the jacket back on son, your time will come.

There’s a bunch of fouls being launched, thankfully none on to the track, so far. Australian hope Matt Denny has now missed both his first two attempts. Hammer aficionados in the crowd murmur their concern appropriately.

Some consistent stuff from Scotland’s Mark Dry, he’s hit three efforts now around the 68-69 mark, as has Northern Ireland’s Dempsey McGuigan.

That’s more like it now from the favourite Miller – he’s got hold of that one and fired a whopping 76.48 to go into the gold medal position! Yes, son.

And finally, a huge roar from the home crowd; Denny has landed one, it’s big, a PB, it’s 73.82 and he’s shot into the silver contention.

We’ve got some hammer happening, people. We’ll return to this when we get near the business end.

Men’s 100m heats

With the retirement of the phenomenal Usain Bolt it’s easy to imagine that a shadow lies over this event, but that would be forgetting that compatriot Yohan Blake has strode straight into his shoes as the world’s fastest man. He’s up shortly – will anyone be able to threaten him?

We’ve got nine heats today, and that’s stretching out a little as we experience about our third false start in as many heats.

Antigua’s Cejhae Greene has just edged Bahamas’ Warren Fraser in heat 1 by .01, they’re the first men through in 10.36 and 10.37 respectively.

In heat 2 it’s Adam Gemili from England who’s home first 10.24 the winning mark, but the first real tight tussle has come in heat 3 where St Kitt’s and Nevis’ Jason Rogers has just been pipped by a very fast-finishing Oshane Bailey from Jamaica for the automatic qualifying place. South Africa’s Akani Simbine was first home in 10.21, with Bailey notching 10.28 to edge Rogers at 10.34.

Around the grounds

At the basketball it’s been a relatively straightforward showing for England’s women – they’ve beaten Mozambique 78-51 in their Pool A clash.

Azania Stewart attempts a lay up during the match between Mozambique and England.
Azania Stewart attempts a lay up during the match between Mozambique and England. Photograph: Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images

In the beach volleyball there have been straightforward wins Australia in the men’s event with McHugh and Schumann home 2-0, with Canada’s Humana-Paredes and Pavan and England’s Grimson and Palmer also home 2-0 in the women’s Pool B.

A big result in the women’s hockey with India edging England in Pool A 2-1. You might recall, in Rio 2016 many of these English players were critical to Great Britain winning gold; with India finishing at the opposite end of their pool. Great turnaround there.

At the lawn bowls Australia and South Africa have progressed in the women’s fours semis, with Australia and Scotland also through in the men’s triple semis, ending the gold medal hopes of Norfolk Island. They won their only ever Games medal, a bronze in 1994, on the manicured lawns; love their bowls do the good folk over there.

The hopes of Australia and England have however ended in the women’s team table tennis, going down to Singapore and India respectively.


Women’s 100m heats

Charifa Abdoullahi Labarang of Cameroon collapses during her heat of the women’s 100m.
Charifa Abdoullahi Labarang of Cameroon collapses during her heat of the women’s 100m. Photograph: Mark Schiefelbein/AP

Some cobwebs blown out in the first few heats with Jamaica’s Christania Williams comfortably home in 11.28, England’s Asha Phillips also moving nicely to win her heat in 11.31, but it’s been all drama in heat 5.

A false start meant for some nervous moments for Jamaican star Natasha Morrison, before Cameroon’s Charifa Labarang hit the track with what appeared to be a hamstring tear mid-race. Morrison home in 11.36 but a sad way to depart competition for an athlete from one of the Commonwealth’s newer re-inclusions, appearing at just their sixth Games.

The third of the Jamaicans Gayon Evans also home in 11.37 in heat 6 but she was pushed all the way by Nigeria’s Joy Udo-Gabriel.

Australian fans await anxiously to see if Melissa Breen has done enough to make the semi-finals.


Today's Schedule

It’s primarily about the athletics this afternoon with women’s and men’s 100m heats, men’s 400m heats and medals already up for grabs in the men’s hammer throw, women’s T38 long jump, and the men’s 5000m final.

There are five medals up for grabs in the gymnastics and three more gold on offer in the shooting and the men’s 94kg final over at the weightlifting starting now.

Remember, all times are local – the Gold Coast is GMT +10:00 and EST +14:00.

It’s already been a golden morning for Australia with Dane Bird-Smith and Jemima Montag striding atop the podium in the men’s and women’s 20km walk respectively, with England’s Tom Bosworth grabbing silver, Samuel Gathimba of Kenya the bronze, and New Zealand’s Alana Barber the silver, and Wales’ Bethan Davies the bronze.

But let’s head first to the 100m heats.

Day Four

Kia ora koutou! Welcome to day four which looks to be unrelentingly lively with the arrival of athletics.

It was another strong night for Australia in the pool on night three, but there was a better spread of medals with England, Canada, South Africa and New Zealand all grabbing a share of the swimming golds.

There were some terrific personal stories, Cate Campbell’s personal redemption continued, and there was the lovely tale of Zoe Smith in the women’s weightlifting.

The “Michael Phelps of breaststroke” Adam Peaty expressed disappointment despite his ongoing dominance.

We’ll have a full preview of today’s events and all the live action as we cross to the track shortly, so put the kettle on and settle in!

As always, if you would like to join in the conversation, please send emails to: or tweet me @rrjparkin.


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