Back to track – women’s 5000m final
I’ll not lie to you, good people of the Commonwealth, it’s a cracking pace we’re setting on day 10. It feels almost like that high school essay you leave until the night before, because they are really cramming in the events up here on the GC today.
I’ll have updates for you shortly from table tennis and shooting where more golds have dropped, and also where we’re at in the various field events, but now: women’s 5000m.
We’ve just got underway, which by my reckoning gives me about 14 minutes to make up some stats for you.
Okay, the daylight favourite here is Kenya’s Hellen Obiri, who learned track devotees will recall is our 2017 World Champion and 2016 Rio Games silver medallist.
It’s a gentle pace set over the first few laps which might play into the Kenyan’s hands. Also a medal prospect is Obiri’s compatriot Margaret Kipkemboi, with Scotland’s duo of Eilish McColgan and Steph Twell also in the mix. Eloise Wellings is the best of the locals and one of only five runners here who has dropped a sub-15 previously.
We’re around 2km in and it’s a slow pace thus far, projected to be c.16 minutes, but I imagine it will come down as we get to the business end. It’s the three Kenyans leading, with Twell and two Australians at the head of it.
There’s a slight break now with those six opening up with four more on the tail and an athlete from New Zealand attempting to bridge the gap. Our medals should come from these 11. Five laps to go.
And if you love a new anthem – run over to the Oxenford Studios right now where the brass band is banging out Namibia’s ditty, because the man called Jonas (twice) has done it! A brave showing from the Canadian Blumenfeld, such mental toughness and resilience in the face of frankly, a pounding, but he settles for silver in the men’s 64kg category.
And having waited 12 years to hear that anthem I can happily report – it’s not a banger.
Why can’t we have Finland at the Commonwealth Games? He knew how to get the toes tapping did ol’ Sibelius.. Still, a happy mixup from Advance Australia Fair.
Our roving correspondent Mike Hytner has been taking in all today’s action live from the Gold Coast, sloping around with a keen eye and hat marked ‘press’ – here’s his view of the cycling road race (the rumble in Currumbin?) and the infamous upset at the Hockeydome:
Treat yourself and take a read, I hear it’s a big f*cking deal.
Fun fact o’clock – if you thought it a surprise that England would do the double over Jamaica in the 4x100m relays, then let us take a cursory walk down history lane.
2014 Glasgow Games – Jamaica double. 2010 Delhi Games – England double. 2006 Melbourne Games? Jamaica double.
So, there’s no doing these things by halves it seems, as the pendulum swings back to England in this remarkable two-horse relay race history.
Women’s 4x100m final – gold for England!
So it’s Jamaica, Australia, Ghana, Cameroon, England, Nigeria, The Bahamas and Trinidad and Tobago to choose from.
Some sprint royalty here, but Jamaica find themselves with the unlikely draw of lane 1, given there were no qualifiers for this event and thus a random draw. Will it hamper Elaine Thompson and friends?
We’re underway, Asher-Smith powering England away, Jamaica really off the pace early on, we’ve got a baton drop, I think it was Australia, Jamaica with a power of work to do here – they turn for the fourth leg and it’s the sprint queen vs the long jumper, Thompson v Ugen, she’s catching, she’s powering, the stadium holds it’s breath.. but England survive!
Gold to England, silver to Jamaica and bronze to Nigeria, daylight fourth as Australia stumble on fourth change! England go the double! Remarkable.
Men’s javelin & women’s high jump
A fine opening throw from Australian Hamish Peacock; not quite the dramatic entrance we saw from Kathryn Mitchell who came and destroyed the entire field with her first Games record effort in the women’s competition. Still, a very tidy mark of 75.95m to get us underway.
We’ve also got women’s high jump happening, where the bar has started at 1.60m. A lovely clearance from Swaziland’s Nonhlanhla Seyama at 1.65m among others as we power through the early stages. Many still sitting out and awaiting a higher bar.
We’re back to the track for now though, as we prepare for the women’s 4x100m final. Stand by.
Men’s 4x100m relay – gold for England!
First medal to be determined on the track today as Jamaica looks to seek amends for that 100m upset by South Africa.
They’re out quickly but there’s a baton drop on the second leg, was it Nigeria?
Australia and England are right in the mix here, but it’s a very fast finish from South Africa and Jamaica. It was England and Australia one-two on the home straight but look at this final leg from Simbine and also Blake. They’ve mowed Josh Clarke down for second, will they catch England?!
They hold on! England grab gold, South Africa silver, Jamaica bronze, and Australia fourth! Simbine has beaten Blake again, wowee.
Redemption for Zharnel Hughes – disqualified after seemingly winning gold in the 200m – but he’s got his Commonwealth gold. What a finish!
Boxing golds – top three fire again!
We’ve got live results coming in from the men’s boxing as well, where once more it’s the podium nations that are dominating.
Australian Harry Garside has continued his fine run winning gold for the host nation in the men’s 60kg division over India’s Manish Kaushik, India then turning table with gold in the men’s 52kg for Gaurav Solanki, before England returned the favour, relegating India to silver in the men’s <49kg with Galal Yafai emerging triumphant.
We’re just in time to see my boy Jonas Jonas (see yesterday) of Namibia trade blows with Canada’s Thomas Blumenfeld. Can he win his nation’s first Games medal since Melbourne 2006?
He’s got a height and reach advantage on the Canadian, and pound for pound he looks the stronger; but you can’t fault the tenacity of Blumenfeld; he’s got a welt across his left eye but he continues to come at his taller opponent.
We’ve just finished the second round, and Blumenfeld has been deducted a point for losing his mouthguard mid-bout for the third time. Was it deliberate, to snatch a breather? Who could say. Seems a bizarre way to lose if this one ends up going down to the wire.
We’ll revisit this, as the track and field has begun over at Carrara Stadium.
Hockey upset – New Zealand claim gold medal match!
Well if you’re just joining us, there’s an absolute boilover unfolding in the women’s hockey – we’re deep in the fourth quarter and it appears that New Zealand are cruising home to an emphatic win over hosts Australia, it’s 4-1!
Australia you’ll remember were yet to concede even a goal throughout their entire campaign, but it’s the Black Sticks who have blown them away with a goal in the second quarter, and two more in the third to run out to a commanding lead.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern watches from the stand about to witness New Zealand claim their first ever Commonwealth gold; don’t forget the Australian team have won this event at three consecutive Games; in fact you’d have to go back to 2002 for the last time anyone beat them!
Shiloh Gloyn got the opener with around 28 minutes played, before a fine reverse tomahawk off the floor from Rose Keddell made it 2-0 as Australia failed to clear their lines following a penalty corner.
Olivia Merry stretched the advantage to three with another strike from a penalty corner, before Australia threw caution to the wind in a dramatic last quarter, employing a fly keeper for NINE minutes as they chased the remarkable. Glasgow topscorer Jodie Henry pulled one back, but it wasn’t to be.
A well-deserved victory to New Zealand – will that inspire their men’s team who lock horns with Australia once more later today? Phwoar, imagine that.
Morning medals roundup – top three add to their hauls
It’s been a strong morning for the nations already astride the podium with Australia, England and India grabbing the golds on offer.
In the women’s cycling road race it was a terrific team performance from Australia whose six riders set and controlled the pace for most of the 112km course at Currumbin to allow Chloe Hosking to grab the gold ahead of New Zealand’s Georgia Williams and Wales’ Danielle Rowe. Hosking acknowledged the support of her team in a pretty honest and raw interview post race:
There’s been shooting gold for England as David Luckman has won the Queen’s Prize Individual ahead of compatriot Parag Patel with the bronze and Australian Jim Bailey taking silver.
Look, I’ll level with you entirely here, I have no idea how that event works – shooting aficionados feel free to set me straight on that front via email or twitter; if you’re not learning, you’re not living.
The women’s boxing gold medal bouts are underway and local favourite Anja Stridsman has delighted the home fans at packed into the Oxenford Studios, with an unanimous victory in the women’s 60kg division. England’s Lisa Whiteside and India’s Mery Kom have also been victorious in the 51kg and <48kg divisions, with Northern Ireland settling for a brace of silvers.
But to live action now, and uhoh – we’ve got something special unfolding in the hockey.
Welcome to day 10!
Selamat datang, namaste, jambo! It’s the penultimate day of events in the Gold Coast and we’ve still plenty in store.
If you missed last night, there was a very unexpected celebration of one of Australia’s lawn bowlers went ‘beast mode’, Katarina Johnson-Thompson conquered fatigue to back up her Birmingham exploits and women’s rugby sevens kicked off in fine fettle.
Here’s what’s still to come on day 10. Remember, all times are local – the Gold Coast is GMT +10:00 and EST +14:00.
We’ve got a busy day-programme of athletics today, with women’s high jump leaping into action from 2.25pm (local), men’s javelin and triple jump, 4x100m relays, and women’s 5000m. From about 4pm it’s the men’s 1500m and then we’re into 4x400m relays – so an absolute bumper session with nine gold on the line.
We’ve got England v Jamaica in the netball semi-final from 3pm, and men’s trap shooting shortly thereafter, there’s medals in the table tennis and wrestling and then around 5pm a ding-dong in the netball as perennial rivals Australia and New Zealand duke it out.
There are medals up for grabs in the badminton, more rugby sevens action – I hope you’ve told family you’re at work and work you’re hanging out with family, because today is going to require some serious concentration!
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