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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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