|2018 Commonwealth Games|
|Venue: Gold Coast, Australia Dates: 4-15 April|
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Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Tom Daley were among the winners as home nations athletes secured five gold medals on the ninth day of the Commonwealth Games.
England’s Jack Laugher won his third gold medal on the Gold Coast as he and Chris Mears triumphed in the men’s synchronised 3m springboard competition, with Daley and Dan Goodfellow winning the men’s synchronised 10m platform event.
Elsewhere, bowler Alex Marshall became Scotland’s most successful Commonwealth Games competitor by claiming a fifth gold as part of the men’s fours, while compatriot Grace Reid won the women’s 1m springboard.
Wales set a new record for most medals won at an overseas Commonwealth Games.
Their previous best was the 25 they secured in New Zealand in 1990, but rhythmic gymnast Laura Halford took them past that figure with a silver in the hoop.
Wrestler Kane Charig added another silver in the men’s -65kg, while Sarah Wixey won bronze in the women’s trap shooting behind Northern Ireland’s Kirsty Barr, who took silver.
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England’s Matthew Dixon and Noah Williams finished behind Daley and Goodfellow to take silver in the men’s synchronised 10m platform event, and 18-year-old Niamh Emerson took a bronze in the women’s heptathlon.
There were further medals for the home nations in bowls as Scotland’s Lesley Doig and Claire Johnston beat Canada’s Leanne Chinery and Kelly McKerihen 18-10 to win women’s pairs bronze.
The England quartet of Louis Ridout, David Bolt, Jamie Chestney and Samuel Tolchard won bronze with a 15-9 victory over the Welsh team of Ross Owen, Stephen Harris, Marc Wyatt and Jonathan Tomlinson in the men’s fours.
England’s Robert Paxton defeated Scotland’s Darren Burnett in the men’s singles bronze medal match in the bowls.
Another Englishman, Charlie Bowling, won bronze in the -65kg wrestling, Scotland’s Seonaid McIntosh claimed bronze in the 50m rifle three positions shooting competition and England’s Sam Gowin finished with bronze in the rapid-fire 25m pistol event.
England’s James Arnott took a silver medal in the men’s T47 100m race.
England’s women sprung a surprise in the basketball, beating world number five-ranked Canada 65-53 to move into a final against hosts Australia (11:30 BST, Saturday).
In the men’s hockey there was disappointment for England, however, as they were beaten 2-1 by Australia in the semi-final. They now face a bronze-medal match against India (10:00 BST, Saturday).
Daley collects fourth Commonwealth gold
Daley had won gold in the synchronised 10m platform diving with Max Brick in 2010, and a silver with James Denny in Glasgow four years ago.
But the 23-year-old returned to the gold-medal position with Goodfellow, 21, in Australia as the pair scored 405.81 points. Fellow Englishmen Dixon and Williams, both 17, collected 399.99 points to take silver.
Daley has now won four Commonwealth gold medals, having also won 10m platform individual golds in 2010 and 2014. Injury meant he could not defend his individual title this time.
“I didn’t know if I was going to be able to compete so this medal means a whole lot to me,” said Daley.
“This has been a really rough and rocky ride. It was close to whether I would be pulled from the synchro. I had massage, compression, ice baths – I did everything I could to get myself in the best possible shape.”
Goodfellow added: “He has been struggling all week but it shows what a great competitor he is. We only did our dives two days ago so we didn’t know what would happen.”
Laugher, who had already won the men’s 1m springboard and 3m springboard, secured his third gold of the Games as he and Mears scored 436.17 points, well clear of Canada’s Philippe Gagne and Francois Imbeau-Dulac on 415.23.
Record-breaking day for Marshall
Marshall, 51, won his fifth Commonwealth gold medal as he helped Scotland to a dramatic victory over Australia in the bowls men’s fours.
Australia led 8-2 after three ends and 13-11 in the final end, but Marshall’s team picked up four shots to win gold.
This latest success means Marshall eclipsed sprinter Alan Wells and Para-cyclist Neil Fachie, who both won four Commonwealth golds for Scotland.
It also means Scotland have won five bowls medals on the Gold Coast, but they were denied a sixth as Burnett lost 21-14 to Paxton in the men’s singles bronze medal match.
‘I’m glad it’s finally over’
Johnson-Thompson added heptathlon gold to the pentathlon title she won at the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham last month.
Having led after the first day, the 25-year-old went 31cm clear of the rest of the field in the long jump, before throwing 40.46m in the javelin.
Johnson-Thompson safely negotiated the final event, the 800m, to finish on 6,255 points, 122 more than Canada’s Nina Schultz, who took the silver.
“I was nursing an injury going into day two. I’m just happy I made it over the line; there was no way I was stopping,” Johnson-Thompson told BBC Sport.
“I’m so happy. It’s been a long, emotional two days but I’m glad it’s finally over.”
Emerson, 18, won the 800m to climb from fourth place and take the bronze medal.
Zharnel Hughes, who finished first in the men’s 200m but was subsequently disqualified for impeding rival Jereem Richards, helped England into Saturday’s 4x100m relay final.
But the 4x400m team were eliminated after lead runner Matthew Hudson-Smith fell to the track in pain with a leg injury after only 50 metres of the opening leg.
England missed out on further athletics medals as Holly Bradshaw and Molly Caudery came fourth and fifth respectively in the women’s pole vault, Sophie McKenna finished fifth in the shot put and Alexandra Bell was fifth in the 800m.
Busy day in the boxing
There was boxing throughout day nine in Australia with 13 fighters from the home nations moving into their respective finals on Saturday.
Six Northern Irish boxers – Brendan Irvine (men’s -52kg), James McGivern (men’s -60kg), Carly McNaul (women’s -51kg), Kurt Walker (men’s -56kg), Aidan Walsh (men’s -69kg) and Michaela Walsh (women’s -57kg) – won their semi-final bouts on Friday, although Steven Donnelly had to settle for bronze in the men’s -75kg tournament.
England enjoyed a good day in the boxing ring as well as Galal Yafai (men’s -49kg), Lisa Whiteside (women’s -51kg), Peter McGrail (men’s -56kg), Pat McCormack (men’s -69kg) and Frazer Clarke (men’s +91kg) all advanced into finals.
There were semi-final defeats for Luke McCormack (men’s -64kg) and Cheavon Clarke (men’s -91kg) with both men getting bronze medals.
Wales had mixed fortunes as Lauren Price (women’s -75kg) and Sammy Lee (men’s -81kg) both reached finals, but Michael McDonagh lost in the men’s -60kg category.
The two Scottish fighters who had reached the semi-finals – Reece McFadden (men’s -52kg) and John Docherty (men’s -75kg) – both lost their fights.
It means there will be a total of 16 home nations fighters going for gold on Saturday as Wales’ Rosie Eccles (women’s -69kg), England’s Sandy Ryan (women’s -69kg) and Northern Ireland’s Kristina O’Hara (women’s 45-48kg) had booked their places in finals earlier this week.
Key action on day 10 (all times BST)
01:30: Hockey – women’s bronze medal match. Having lost their semi-final with New Zealand on penalties, England face India before the Kiwis play Australia in the final.
04:32: Boxing – men’s -91kg final. New Zealand’s David Nyika – the winner of 2014 light-heavyweight gold – spent part of last year training in a car park after splitting with his long-term coach. Nyika beat England’s Cheavon Clarke in the semi-finals and fights Australia’s Jason Whateley in the final.
05:40: Athletics – men’s 4x100m final. Great Britain won a memorable relay gold at the 2017 World Championships in London and two of that quartet, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and Adam Gemili, will be in action for England. Usain Bolt anchored Jamaica to gold four years ago and, even in his absence, Jamaica will take some beating once more.
05:57: Athletics – women’s 4x100m final. Reigning champions Jamaica remain the team to beat in this relay, particularly with Olympic champion Elaine Thompson likely to be in their ranks, but England could threaten an upset having won silver at the 2017 World Championships.
06:02: Netball – semi-finals. England face Jamaica with Australia meeting New Zealand in the other semi-final.
07:38: Athletics – women’s 4x400m final. Jamaica won gold in a Games record of 3:23.82 four years ago and will be among the favourites again.
09:32: Boxing – women’s -57kg final. Northern Ireland’s Michaela Walsh will be looking to upgrade her silver medal from Glasgow 2014 but will be mindful of local favourite Skye Nicolson, who is following in the footsteps of her late brother Jamie.
11:30: Basketball – women’s gold-medal match. After stunning Canada in the semi-finals, England go for an unlikely gold in the final against Australia.
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