Commonwealth Games 2022 LIVE: Updates from day 4 as as Laura Kenny wins 10km cycling scratch race

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The 2022 Commonwealth Games continues today with 28 gold medals up for grabs across a variety of sports. England’s Adam Peaty returned to the pool for the 50m breaststroke heats and set the fastest time to qualify for the next round. It was a fine response from Peaty after missing out on the medals in yesterday’s 100m finals.

Chris Murray won England’s first gold medal of the day with a fantastic performance in the men’s 81kg weightlifting. He set a new games record by lifting 325kg to edge out Australia’s Kyle Bruce who failed in his final 183kg attempt to finish second behind the Englishman. In the lawn bowls England first defeated Wales before clinging on to win gold by beating Australia 14-12 in the final of the men’s triple.

England and Scotland set the arena alight for the gymnastics. Jake Jarman added an individual floor gold to his team and all-around medals before Joe Fraser smashed his pommel horse routine to win gold ahead of Northern Ireland’s Rhys McClenaghan - the reigning Commonwealth champion. Shannon Archer also made history in women’s vault as she finished with a bronze earning Scotland their first ever medal in artistic gymnastics.

Follow all the latest updates from the Commonwealth Games below:

Commonwealth Games 2022

  • Laura Kenny wins Commonwealth gold in 10km scratch race

  • Courtney Tulloch and Georgia-Mae Fenton retain gold in rings and bars respectively

  • England’s Joe Fraser wins pommel horse gold with Northern Ireland’s Rhys McClenaghan taking silver

  • Shannon Archer earns bronze winning Scotland’s first ever artistic gymnastic medal

  • England defeat Australia 14-12 in men’s triple lawn bowls final to win gold

  • Jake Jarman picks up his third gold of the games in gymnastic’s individual floor event

  • Chris Murray clings onto gold in tense men’s 81kg weightlifting

  • Adam Peaty fastest in 50m breaststroke heats

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Judo

17:10 , Michael Jones

England will win at least three medals in Judo this evening as compatriots Samuel Hall and Ashley McKenzie go head to head in the Men’s 60kg final whilst Acelya Toprak will face Canada’s Christa Deguchi in the Women’s 57kg final.

Lele Nairne will fight for bronze in the same event whilst Amy Platten can finish third in the Women’s 48kg.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Track cycling

17:05 , Michael Jones

She wasn’t expecting to win and that showed on her face after the race yet Laura Kenny is a champion, it’s only her second ever Commonwealth gold medal.

The 30-year-old gave a pretty fantastic post-race interview as well.

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Commonwealth Games 2022 - Track cycling

16:58 , Michael Jones

Laura Kenny is a champion once again!

She wins the women’s 10km scratch race with a brilliant ride. It was a tricky race that was halted midway through after a crash on the bend betwen India’s Meenakshi and New Zealand’s Bryony Botha.

Scotland’s Neah Evans tries to force it in with a couple of laps to go but there’s a deafening roar from the home crowd as Kenny comes flying past and crosses the line!

Jake Jarman soars again to land third gold medal at Commonwealth Games

16:50 , Michael Jones

There’s an aura surrounding Jake Jarman right now. The young English gymnast soared high once again to seize a third gold medal as he continues to take this Commonwealth Games by storm.

A huge, beaming smile spread across the 20-year-old’s face after completing an impeccable floor routine at Arena Birmingham with a score of 14.666. A puff of smoke after clasping his hands together after delivering such precision: the realisation of yet more potential fulfilled and the springboard to what promises to be a special career.

Jarman deeply believes in maintaining an element of fun, a vital ingredient to his medal success, yet the validation from a brilliant team gold before edging out teammate James Hall for the all-around title on Sunday propelled him to yet more glory on the floor here.

Jake Jarman soars again to land third gold medal at Commonwealth Games

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Gymnastics

16:44 , Michael Jones

England’s men’s team have won every available gold medal in the gymnastics so far. They won the team event befor Jake Jarman was successful in both the all-around and floor.

Joe Fraser won on the pommel horse and Courtney Tulloch defended his title on rings. Incredible stuff.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Gymnastics

16:39 , Michael Jones

Courtney Tulloch and Georgia-Mae Fenton both retain their Commonwealth titles in rings and bars.

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Commonwealth Games 2022 - Gymnastics

16:29 , Michael Jones

No it’s not. Confirmation comes in and it’s double gold for England!

Courtney Tulloch wins on the rings with his effort of 14.4 and Georgia-Mae Fenton reclaims her gold on the bars.

Both are the reigning Commonwealth champions and both retain their titles!

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Gymnastics

16:27 , Michael Jones

Oh wow.

Canada’s Felix Dolci absolutely nails his routine on the rings and his dismount is close to perfect. Courtney Tulloch is guaranteed a medal but now it is all about what colour.

Is Dolci’s effort enough to push him down to silver?

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Gymnastics

16:25 , Michael Jones

Fenton is the defending champion and the highest qualifier on the bars. She produces yet another exceptional routine and that could be enough to win her gold.

It is!

13.900 for the Englishwoman and she’ll take home the gold!

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Gymnastics

16:23 , Michael Jones

Australia’s Georgia Godwin is on for a hat-trick of golds at these Games as she leaps into first place on the uneven bars with a score of 13.5.

Georgia-Mae Fenton is up next for England and she’s got the ability to beat that score.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Gymnastics

16:19 , Michael Jones

Courtney Tulloch records a 14.400! He’s currently in the gold medal position, can he hold onto it?

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Gymnastics

16:13 , Michael Jones

It’s a good looking routine!

Courtney Tulloch was brilliant through the swings, strong in the holds and landed a decent dismount. He looks pleased with the effort but we’ll have to wait for the scores.

14.266 is tough to beat but if anyone can do it, it’ll be the Englishman.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Gymnastics

16:11 , Michael Jones

Joe Fraser nails his routine on the high rings for England and comes away with a score of 14.100 to move into the lead. He doesn’t stay there long though as Canada’s Chris Kaji puts in a massive 14.266.

Can the Commonwealth champion Courtney Tulloch beat that?

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Gymnastics

16:08 , Michael Jones

Back in the arena and there’s some interest for England. Ondine Achampong records a 13.433 on the uneven to move level with South Africa’s Caitlin Rooskrantz.

Scotland’s Shannon Archer follows and gets herself into third place.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Track cycling

15:55 , Michael Jones

England’s Hayden Norris is the last of the riders from the home nations to go in this time trial and records a very decent time of 1:01.285 to move into third place but knocking teammate Ethan Vernon out of the medals.

Thomas Cornish of Australia is the current leader on 1:00.036.

Next up is New Zealand’s Nicholas Kergozou de la Boessiere... he’s quick. Very quick, and Hayden Norris is knocked out of the podium places.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Track cycling

15:52 , Michael Jones

Lots of action happening in the men’s 1,000m time trial on the last day in the velodrome.

After 13 riders, England’s Ethan Vernon sits second behind Australia’s sprint champion Matthew Richardson with Joe Holt of Wales in third.

There are still seven riders to go though.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Men’s hockey

15:47 , Michael Jones

South Africa are back in front!

Scotland see a penalty corner saved by goalkeeper Gowan Jones and South Africa quickly go up the other end and Matthew Guise-Brown rifles a shot into the top corner of the Scotland goal.

Taine Paton then takes a shot from the shooting circle and as Scottish captain Alan Forsyth tries to make the block, it bounces up off his stick allowing Paton to knocks it over the goalkeeper.

South Africa lead 5-4.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Weightlifting

15:44 , Michael Jones

England’s Zoe Smith is going for gold in the -64kg event and Northern Ireland’s Caroline Doyle tops the table currently having lifted 98kg but there’s still a long way to go.

Chris Murray’s victory in the men’s 81kg category earlier today has already earned England a gold. Can Zoe Smith match him?

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Men’s hockey

15:35 , Michael Jones

What a game this is in Pool A between Scotland and South Africa

Scotland turned things around with three goals in six minutes from Andrew McConnell, Alan Forsyth and Cammy Golden but South Africa’s Nqobile Ntuli found an equaliser to put the scores back on level terms at 3-3.

Just before the hooter sounded to end the third quarter Struan Walker put Scotland on the front foot once again and they lead 4-3 with 15 minutes to play.

Chris Murray hopes to have double cause for celebration after weightlifting gold

15:32 , Michael Jones

England’s Chris Murray won weightlifting gold in Birmingham and then vowed not to tell girlfriend and fellow competitor Holly O’Shea about his Commonwealth Games glory.

Murray won the men’s 81kg weightlifting final after Australia’s Kyle Bruce and Canadian Nicolas Vachon failed to overtake him in dramatic circumstances.

But Murray’s thoughts instantly turned to girlfriend O’Shea, who was Gibraltar’s flagbearer at the opening ceremony and is competing at these Games in the women’s 71kg category on Monday night.

Chris Murray hopes to have double cause for celebration after weightlifting gold

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Gymnastics

15:18 , Michael Jones

England’s Joe Fraser picks up gold in the men’s pommel horse with Shannon Archer earning bronze in the women’s vault for Scotland.

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Commonwealth Games 2022 - Gymnastics

15:09 , Michael Jones

A word on Shannon Archer. She’s just secured Scotland’s first ever medal in the vault and artistic gymnastics. There are tears in the eyes of her and her Scottish teammates.

Great scenes.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Gymnastics

15:07 , Michael Jones

Joe Fraser wins pommel horse gold!

It was an insane routine in all honesty. 14.833 under the pressure from the home crowd and going up against the reigning Commonwealth champion.

Northern Ireland’s Rhys McClenaghan picks up silver but James Hall finishes fifth.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Gymnastics

15:04 , Michael Jones

The women’s vault finals are also taking place right and Scotland’s Shannon Archer is hunting down a medal. She was the highest qualifier and receives a big cheer from the crowd as she looks to get into the medal places

She’s had a long wait and needs to record at least 13.050 to win the bronze.

Here we go, it’s a good vault from Archer... what’s her score?

13.083! Archer wins bronze!

Jeremiah Azu eyes ‘big opportunity’ to chase down Wales medal in 100m

14:58 , Michael Jones

British champion Jeremiah Azu insists his Commonwealth Games target is to win a medal and not prove a point after missing out on 100 metres selection at the World Championships.

Welshman Azu upset English pair Reece Prescod, a European silver medallist, and Zharnel Hughes in June to win the 100m at the UK Athletics Championships in Manchester.

But the 21-year-old’s time of 9.90 seconds was wind-assisted, and Azu had to settle for a place on the Great Britain relay squad at the World Championships in Oregon.

Jeremiah Azu eyes ‘big opportunity’ to chase down Wales medal in 100m

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Gymnastics

14:54 , Michael Jones

Hall scores a 13.433! That puts him in third place with two gymnasts to go. He could cling onto bronze.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Gymnastics

14:53 , Michael Jones

Great routine from James Hall! He had a separation in the legs which will bring down his score but the difficulty could be enough to earn the Englishman a medal in the pommel horse.

Can he beat Rhys McClenaghan‘s score?

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Lawn bowls

14:46 , Michael Jones

More medals heading the way of the home nations in the lawn bowls.

Wales’ Daniel Salmon and Jarrad Breen move into the final of the men’s pairs with a 22-14 win over Northern Ireland’s Sam Barkley and Martin McHugh.

They will now face England’s Jamie Walker and Sam Tolchard, who defeated Scotland’s legendary duo of Paul Foster and Alex Marshall 19-13.

Who will win gold, England or Wales?

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Lawn bowls

14:41 , Michael Jones

A nail-biting final in the men’s triple lawn bowls went right down to the wire but England’s trio managed to squeeze past Australia 14-12.

This is what it means to pick up a Commonwealth Gold:

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Commonwealth Games 2022 - Gymnastics

14:38 , Michael Jones

What can you do Rhys McClenaghan? The reigning Commonwealth champion has a mountain to climb after Joe Fraser’s routine but starts confidently.

There seems to be a couple of minor slips as the Northern Irishman strives for perfection. His dismount is very solid and he’s managed to put in a good challenge.

What’s the score? 14.133! Joe Fraser still has the gold medal position.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Gymnastics

14:33 , Michael Jones

Oh my word! What a routine from England’s Joe Fraser.

The crowd are going wild as he produces an exceptional routine on the pommel horse. The score comes in at 14.833!

That is insane, it was absolutely faultless and has piled the pressure on Rhys McClenaghan.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Gymnastics

14:31 , Michael Jones

Canada’s Kenji Tamane gets the men’s pommel horse final up and running with a score of 10.833. He was really going for it but mistakes have cost him a chance at a medal.

Northern Ireland’s Rhys McClenaghan is the favourite to win this one.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Boxing

14:19 , Michael Jones

Scotland’s Lennon Mulligan is through to the quarter-finals of the men’s flyweight division after a unanimous points decision victory over Kiribati’s Eriu Temakau.

The 20-year-old is the youngest member of Scotland’s boxing squad and said after his win: “I didn’t know much about the guy, so my plan was to just come out, keep my shape and see how it goes.

“The European Championships are always big but this is a big stage, big platform. Just brilliant to be down here and hope to go all the way.

“I can go all the way. I can beat anybody put in front of me.”

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Commonwealth Games 2022 - Lawn bowls

14:13 , Michael Jones

Great work from Scotland in the men’s and women’s para pairs B6-B8 semi-finals. Garry Brown and Kevin Wallace get the job done for Scotland men against New Zealand’s Mark Noble and Graham Skellern.

Rosemary Lenton, who is soon to turn 73,may earn a Commonwealth Games gold alongside Pauline Wilson after ther they defeated Engladn to reach the final.

Both pairs will face Australia for gold.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Lawn bowls

14:09 , Michael Jones

England win gold in the Men’s triple!

Calm heads prevail as Louis Ridout, Nick Brett and Jamie Chestney record a point in each of the final two ends to defeat Australia 14-12.

What a fightback from the Aussies though, they forced the game into the very last end but England just got over the line!

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Gymnastics

14:06 , Michael Jones

Here’s England’s Jake Jarmon receiving his third Commonwealth Games gold medal. He’s also competing in the vault and parallel bars finals so may add to his tally yet.

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Commonwealth Games 2022 - Lawn bowls

14:00 , Michael Jones

Also at Victoria Park, Welsh trio Owain Dando, Ross Owen and Jonathan Tomlinson claimed their country’s 10th medal of the 2022 Commonwealth Games with bronze in the men’s triples.

They defeated Fiji 21-7 to claim a first Wales bowls medal in Birmingham. They’ve now won one gold, two silver and seven bronze.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Lawn bowls

13:59 , Michael Jones

It’s all happening at Victoria Park! Australia have come back from 12-1 down against England to draw level at 12-12 with two ends remaining in the Men’s triple gold medal match.

What a conclusion we’re in for here.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Gymnastics

13:44 , Michael Jones

Jake Jarman is a triple Commonwealth Games champion.

He adds to his Men’s team and All-Around golds by winning the Men’s individual floor as well!

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Commonwealth Games 2022 - Gymnastics

13:37 , Michael Jones

As it stands, England’s Jake Jarman is in the gold medal position with a brilliantly fantastic 14.666 routine. Canada’s Felix Dolci is second with 14.166 and England’s Giarnni Regini-Moran picks up bronze.

The enquiry is over and Jarman collects his third gold medal!

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Gymnastics

13:34 , Michael Jones

Australia’s Clay Mason Stephens stumbles a couple of times during his routine and won’t be beating Jake Jarman. The Englishman is going to win another gold medal!

Northern Ireland’s Eamon Montgomery has put in an official enquiry over his scores.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Gymnastics

13:33 , Michael Jones

Craig Heap, a former Commonwealth Games gold-winning gymnast, is commentating for the BBC and says: “That is the best floor routine I have seen in these championships.

“Jake Jarman you are a legend.”

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Gymnastics

13:31 , Michael Jones

The British floor champion won all-around gold yesterday and has chosen a difficult routine for today’s individual event.

It’s a 14.666! Jake Jarman is in the gold medal position!

Can he add to his all-around gold from yesterday? There’s one gymnast still to go but that score is massive, surely Jarman is going to win gold.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Gymnastics

13:27 , Michael Jones

Scotland’s Frank Baines is next up but can’t break into the top three and neither can Wales’ Joe Cemlyn-Jones.

Northern Ireland’s Eamon Montgomery elects to go with a difficult routine and almost nails it! A side jump finish to regain balance on his last tumble costs him and he finishes with a score of 13.666. He’s just out of the medal places.

Jake Jarmin is up next.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Lawn bowls

13:23 , Michael Jones

Troubling signs for England fans in the men’s triple final. They are still ahead after 12 ends but Australia have recovered to bring the game close at 12-8.

Louis Ridout, Nick Brett and Jamie Chestney need to hold their nerves.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Gymnastics

13:21 , Michael Jones

First up is Canada’s Felix Dolci who posts a whopping 14.166 with his well-executed and difficult routine! That will take some beating.

England’s Giarnni Regini-Moran comes next and his whose execution matches Dolci’s but he’s let down by the lower difficulty and scores 0.2 points less than the Canadian.

Wales’ Emil Barber then posts a score of 13.800 and is unable to topple Dolci or Regini-Moran.

England currently sit in silver with Wales in bronze.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Gymnastics

13:19 , Michael Jones

It’s time for the men’s floor final.

Defending champion Marios Georgiou has not qualified but England’s Jake Jarman who won the all-around gold yesterday and Giarnni Regini-Moran - the current British floor champion - are both involved.

As is Scotland’s Frank Baines, Northern Ireland’s Eamon Montgomery with Emil Barber and Joe Cemlyn-Jones competing for Wales.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Badminton

13:11 , Michael Jones

England continue to struggle against Malaysia in the Mixed Team Event. They are already one match down in the best-of-five semi-final and Toby Penty is trailing by one game to nil in his singles match.

Tze Yong Ng is leading 21-13, 12-9.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Lawn bowls

13:01 , Michael Jones

England are closing in on gold in the men’s triple final against Australia. They lead 8-1 after eight ends.

In the bronze medal watch Wales have opened up a 14-3 lead after nine ends. Things are looking good for the home nations.

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Commonwealth Games 2022 - Women’s Hockey

12:57 , Michael Jones

Scotland cruise to victory against Kenya in their Pool B match today. They’ve won the game 11-0.

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Commonwealth Games 2022 - Judo

12:54 , Michael Jones

Scotland’s Finlay Allan has guaranteed a medal in the men’s -66kg Judo after defeating Jasleen Saini of India in the semi-finals. Allan will now face Cyprus’ Georgios Balarjishvili in the battle for gold.

Adam Peaty questions his love for swimming after shock 100m breaststroke defeat

12:45 , Michael Jones

Adam Peaty questioned whether he still loves swimming after responding to his 100m breaststroke heartbreak by easing through his 50m heat at the Commonwealth Games.

The reigning Olympic champion and world record holder finished outside the medal positions in his favoured event, where he had not lost in eight years, in Birmingham last night as fellow countryman James Wilby took a surprise gold.

But after what he admitted was a “devastating night”, Peaty bounced back to finish joint-top in his 50m breaststroke heat alongside South African Michael Houlie.

Adam Peaty questions his love for swimming after shock 100m breaststroke defeat

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Badminton

12:37 , Michael Jones

After a promising start Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith fall to a 2-1 defeat against Malaysia in the mixed team semi-finals.

England are 1-0 down in the best-of-five matches.

Toby Penty will face Tze Yong Ng in a singles match next.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Lawn Bowls

12:24 , Michael Jones

The men’s triple gold medal match between England and Australia is underway.

England currently have the lead in the early stages, they are 3-0 up after three ends. In the bronze medal match Wales are 4-1 up against Fiji.

Elsewhere, Northern Ireland are 6-0 up against Wales and England are currently 6-0 up against Scotland in the men’s pairs semi-finals.

Guernsey’s Lucy Beere is drawing 2-2 with Malaysia’s Siti Zalina Ahmad in the women’s singles semi-final.

Matt Walls ‘pretty banged up’ after terrifying Commonwealth Games crash

12:15 , Michael Jones

English cyclist Matt Walls says he is “pretty banged up” but otherwise okay after his terrifying crash at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday.

The Olympic omnium champion received treatment for more than 40 minutes at the Lee Valley VeloPark before being taken away by ambulance, with spectators also hurt after he and his bike had come over the top of the barriers on the high banking of the corner.

Team England confirmed Walls was “alert and talking” and given immediate medical attention in hospital before the 24-year-old later confirmed he had avoided serious injury.

Matt Walls ‘pretty banged up’ after terrifying Commonwealth Games crash

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Swimming

12:12 , Michael Jones

England’s Abbie Wood and Alicia Wilson have both qualified for tonight’s women’s 200m individual medley final but Canada’s Summer McIntosh - who is only 15 years old - is the one to beat.

She finished top of qualifying with a time of 2:12.12 and looked as though she was swimming within herself.

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Commonwealth Games 2022 - Weightlifting

12:07 , Michael Jones

The four-time British champion Chris Murray lifted a 181kg Clean & Jerk to put himself at the top of the leaderboard before Australia’s Kyle Bruce failed in his final 183kg attempt, to finish second with 323kg overall - 2kg behind the Englishman.

Canada’s Nicolas Vachon takes bronze after dropping the bar behind his head while trying to lift 187kg. He just needed to hold that a fraction of a second more but couldn’t hang on.

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Commonwealth Games 2022 - Weightlifting

12:02 , Michael Jones

England’s Chris Murray wins gold in the men’s 81kg category!

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Commonwealth Games 2022 - Weightlifting

11:56 , Michael Jones

Chris Murray wins gold!

That’s incredible from the Englishman who creates a new Games record after lifting 325kg from his Snatch (144kg) and Clean & Jerk (181kg) lifts.

The four-time British champion is now the new Commonwealth champion too. What a result!

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Squash

11:54 , Michael Jones

If you’ve never watched it before then Squash could make some surprising viewing this afternoon. England have some incredibly talented players with Lucy Turmel, James Willstrop and Sarah-Jane Perry all in quarter-final action today.

It could be a decent day for the English talents.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Badminton

11:51 , Michael Jones

England’s Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith are in action in the badminton mixed team event. They’re facing Peng Soon Chan and Yee See Cheah of Malaysia in the first semi-final match.

Ellis and Smith won the first game 21-12 but the second game is delicately poised at 14-all.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Swimming

11:46 , Michael Jones

Canada’s Joshua Liendo-Edwards sets the pace in the men’s 100m butterfly heats and pop star-turned swimming star Cody Simpson of Australia also progresses.

South Africa;s Chad le Clos is through as well after his silver in the 200m butterfly final gave him a record-equalling 18th Commonwealth Games medal.

The English trio of Jamie Ingram, Jacob Thomas Taylor Peters and James Guy also qualified as does Lewis Fraser for Wales and Scottish duo Gregor Swinney and Evan Jones.

Josh Kerr: Commonwealth Games stadium an absolute blessing for British athletes

11:42 , Michael Jones

As Jake Wightman tilted back in disbelief, Josh Kerr soon arrived, shaking his teammate from the red-hot Eugene track into a new reality as world 1,500m champion.

A breathtaking dash home from 200m out saw the Scot take down Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen in a tactical masterpiece to snatch gold. Kerr had lined up just four minutes earlier brimming with confidence as his golden sunglasses repelled the glare of the Oregon flood lights and the Tokyo bronze medalist’s look was complete with an impeccably trimmed hair and beard combination.

There was immense belief that Kerr could upgrade the bronze seized in Tokyo a year earlier, but instead he crossed the line barely a second behind Wightman in fifth place (3:30.60), roles reversed from a year earlier when his teammate languished back in 10th. His subsequent actions revealed the character and Team GB’s tight bond.

Josh Kerr: Commonwealth Games stadium an absolute blessing for British athletes

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Women’s Hockey

11:35 , Michael Jones

Scotland are bossing their Pool B match against Kenya this morning. They have raced into a 5-0 lead and haven’t even reached the end of the first quarter yet.

Earlier, Wales managed to come through a tricky test against Ghana in Pool A, eventually winning their match 4-0.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - More from Adam Peaty

11:30 , Michael Jones

Swimming hero Adam Peaty had more to say about his process and desire to keep winning medals and how he’s felt as though something has been missing for the last couple of years from his performances.

“It’s incredibly difficult to go five years in an Olympic cycle with the pressure of being Olympic champion, and world record holder, while having a baby and moving house.” he told the BBC,

“These are not normal things. It’s not normal for the brain to be going 24/7, 365, because that is what it is, and more.

“Something has gone missing this last two years. I just haven’t felt the spark in it and I think sometimes you can get burnout from the sport that you do love.

“So, it’s like how do we find our spark again for the next two years into Paris. If we go beyond that, then we go beyond that, but if we don’t - happy days.”

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Commonwealth Games 2022 - Swimming

11:25 , Michael Jones

There are plenty of home nations contenders in the 100m Women’s freestyle semi-finals this evening.

Australia’s record-breaking Olympic champion Emma McKeon is the one to beat to gold but Freya Anderson was second fastest in qualifying and could pose a threat.

The semi-finals will take place later on tonight.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Table Tennis

11:20 , Michael Jones

In Wales’s bronze medal match against Australia, Charlotte Carey has lost three games to nil in her singles against Jian Fang Lay.

The Australians win the opening three matches in the event to take the victory and the medal.

Wales have to settle for fourth. They gave it a good go but the Aussies were just a class above.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Peaty’s reaction

11:17 , Michael Jones

Adam Peaty spoke to the BBC following his 50m breaststroke qualifying heat. He touched on losing the 100m finals last night and how he plans to take a break after the Commonwealth Games.

“This morning I didn’t even do a warm-up, I wasn’t that bothered. I had two hours sleep.” he said, “Obviously it was a devastating night for me. So it is good to come in here this morning, getting it out there and hopefully improve through the rounds.

“It takes time to reflect and heal and push on. I’ve been doing 50s all my life but then I thought that about the 100m so I am not going to get complacent. After the 50m tomorrow I am going to take a long break and completely reset, have a strong winter.

“I haven’t had a strong winter for two years and it is showing obviously dancing a little bit as well you really have to got back to the drawing board and go back to basics. It has got very complicated in the last two years but I know what I have to do now.”

Commonwealth Games events today including Joe Fraser, James Hall and Adam Peaty

11:10 , Michael Jones

Joe Fraser and James Hall will target Commonwealth Games glory in Monday’s pommel final as Adam Peaty aims to bounce back from a shock fourth place in the 100 metres breaststroke.

Fraser and Hall enter the first day of apparatus finals at Arena Birmingham contending with injuries.

Fraser was part of the team gold despite a fractured foot while Hall was beaten out by teammate Jake Jarman in the all-around final, settling for silver, although it could have been worse given he battled through immense pain from an ankle injury.

The England pair will take on favourite Rhys McClenaghan of Northern Ireland in the men’s pommel final.

Commonwealth Games events today including Joe Fraser, James Hall and Adam Peaty

Around the Games

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Commonwealth Games 2022 - Swimming

10:56 , Michael Jones

The men’s 50m semi-finals have their competitors.

Michael Houlie (Rsa) - 27.10,

Adam Peaty (Eng) - 27.10,

Sam Williamson (Aus) - 27.20,

Ross Murdoch (Sco) - 27.58,

Grayson Bell (Aus) - 27.63,

Archie Goodburn (Sco) - 27.68,

Craig Benson (Sco) - 27.72,

James Wilby (Eng) - 27.74

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Swimming

10:53 , Michael Jones

Peaty goes fastest! He wins the third and final heat with a 27.10 but tied exactly with South Africa’s Michael Houlie.

Craig Benson of Scotland records a 27.72 to finish third.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Swimming

10:51 , Michael Jones

Scotland’s Ross Murdoch and Archie Goodburn should be through to the 50m finals after finishing second and third in their heat with times of 27.58 and 27.68.

Australia’s Sam Williamson took first place with a 27.20. That’s the quickest time of the heats so far.

Adam Peaty is up next.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Swimming

10:48 , Michael Jones

England’s James Wilby is up first in the 50m breaststroke heats. The Commonwealth gold medallist in the 100m doesn’t get off to the best of starts but finishes well.

He takes second behind Grayson Bell of Australia. Bell’s time was 27.63 with Wilby one hundreth of a second behind at 27.74.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Table Tennis

10:46 , Michael Jones

Charlotte Carey has lost the first game in her singles match with Australian Jian Fang Lay 11-7.

Oh no. A better fight back from Carey sees her draw the next game level at 10-10 but Lay takes it with consecutive points to win 12-10.

Carey and Wales are into the last chance saloon. She needs to win the next three games.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Lawn Bowls

10:34 , Michael Jones

England are triumphant in the men’s triple semi-finals against Wales! They’re into the gold medal match and will face Australia whilst Wales take on Fiji for the bronze.

In the women’s pairs B6-B8 semi-finals Scotland lead England 14-10 and South Africa are losing 17-6 to Australia.

Australia have also battered England 17-4 in the men’s pairs B6-B8 semi-finals but Scotland could reach the gold medal match as they are currently 15-10 ahead of New Zealand.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Table Tennis

10:27 , Michael Jones

So close! Anna Hursey fights back from 5-1 down in her third game against Yangzi Liu to draw level at 9-9. The Australian is too good though and closes out the game in consecutive rallies.

She wins the match 15-13, 11-9, 11-9.

Wales have lost the opening two matches in the Bronze Medal Match. They’re staring down the barrel.

Can Charlotte Carey defeat Jian Fang Lay in the next singles match?

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Table Tennis

10:19 , Michael Jones

Back in the table tennis, Wales’ Anna Hursey is taking on Australia’s Yangzi Liu in the singles. After a formidable fight from Hursey, she loses the first game 15-13 yet had game point herself.

The second game isn’t so close. Liu taking it 11-9 leaving Hursey with a ton of work to do.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Lawn Bowls

10:15 , Michael Jones

There’s been a bit of a fightback from Fiji in their semi-final against Australia. They’re now 17-11 down and are putting the pressure on.

England continue to chip away at the Welsh confidence. A two in the 13th end puts them seven points in front and the English trio look very comfortable with their day’s work so far.

England lead 13-5 after 14 ends after a final bowl smash fails to come off for Wales giving England another point. They’re now eight up with four ends to go.

Adam Peaty suffers shock first 100m breaststroke defeat since 2014 at Commonwealth Games

10:11 , Michael Jones

Adam Peaty was the invincible man – no more.

In eight years, the triple Olympic champion had never lost a senior race over 100m breaststroke, but a broken foot and James Wilby combined to break that unbeaten record.

It was in the Commonwealth Games that Peaty announced himself to the world back in 2014, winning his favoured event to start a run that has taken him beyond the reach of mere mortals.

But even Peaty is human and Birmingham 2022 proved the moment where that mortality struck. Fastest over the first 50 metres, it then became clear that the unthinkable would happen as England and Loughborough teammate Wilby chased him down and overhauled him to claim a memorable gold medal – Peaty faded so much that he ended up out of the medals altogether, swimming a time of 59.86, nearly three full seconds of his world record, to come fourth.

Adam Peaty suffers shock first defeat since 2014 at Commonwealth Games

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Medal Table

10:05 , Michael Jones

Here’s how the medal table is shaping up after three days of sporting action. Australia lead the way with England and New Zealand trailing in second and third respectively.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Lawn Bowls

10:00 , Michael Jones

After shipping three points to Wales in the 10th end England have taken a point in the 11th and the 12th to move 10-5 up in the men’s triple semi-final.

The winner of this game will head into the gold medal match with the loser playing for bronze.

The other semi-final is being fought between Australia and Fiji with the Aussies currently 17-6 ahead.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Table Tennis

09:56 , Michael Jones

Australia’s class just shone through in the bronze medal match with Chloe Thomas and Charlotte Carey losing 11-5, 11-5, 11-8.

They gave it a good go in the third game but stumbled towards the finish thanks to some brilliant shots from Minhyung Jee who helped overturn a four shot deficit for the Aussies.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Table Tennis

09:51 , Michael Jones

Thomas and Carey have it all to do. They are already two games down against Australia and are level 6-6 in the third. This is a must win game if the Welsh pair hope to win.

A long flat return wins Wales a point before Carey’s forehand finds the net. 7-7.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Table Tennis

09:47 , Michael Jones

There’s a medal match taking place in the table tennis as Wales duo, Chloe Anna Thomas and Charlotte Carey compete against Australia for the bronze medal.

The Welsh pair took on Malaysia in the semi-final yesterday and eventually lost 3-2. Can they bounceback and claim a Commonwealth medal today?

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Lawn Bowls

09:43 , Michael Jones

This morning’s action has been dominated by the men’s triple semi-final match between England and Wales in the lawn bowls. After nine ends England are 8-2 up but Wales have the chance to pick up a three in the 10th... they take it!

All of a sudden it’s 8-5 and game on.

In the men’s para pairs B6-B8 semi-finals Scotland are leading New Zealand 7-6 after eight ends while England are 2-11 down to Australia.

Scotland are also bossing the women’s para pairs B6-B8 semi-finals, they are 10-3 up against England after seven ends.

Commonwealth Games 2022

09:38 , Michael Jones

Welcome to The Independent’s coverage of day four of the Commonwealth Games from Birmingham. After his shock defeat in the 100m breastroke finals yesterday, England’s Adam Peaty returns to the pool this morning for the heats in the 50m event looking to bounceback from Sunday’s disappointment.

Elsewhere, England and Northern Ireland have hopes of gold in the gymnastics and track cycling concludes with the men’s 40km points race in the evening.

Let’s get stuck into the early morning action though as England take on Wales in the men’s lawn bowls semi-finals.

Adam Peaty suffers shock first 100m breaststroke defeat since 2014 at Commonwealth Games

Sunday 31 July 2022 21:52 , Luke Baker

Adam Peaty was the invincible man – no more, writes Paul Eddison.

In eight years, the triple Olympic champion had never lost a senior race over 100m breaststroke, but a broken foot and James Wilby combined to break that unbeaten record.

It was in the Commonwealth Games that Peaty announced himself to the world back in 2014, winning his favoured event to start a run that has taken him beyond the reach of mere mortals.

But even Peaty is human and Birmingham 2022 proved the moment where that mortality struck. Fastest over the first 50 metres, it then became clear that the unthinkable would happen as England and Loughborough teammate Wilby chased him down and overhauled him to claim a memorable gold medal – Peaty faded so much that he ended up out of the medals altogether, swimming a time of 59.86, nearly three full seconds of his world record, to come fourth.

Adam Peaty suffers shock first defeat since 2014 at Commonwealth Games

Pundits react to Peaty’s defeat

Sunday 31 July 2022 21:33 , Luke Baker

Here’s what the BBC pundits had to say in the immediate aftermath of Adam Peaty’s shock 100m breaststroke defeat.

Rebecca Adlington: “Adam’s injury was only a matter of weeks ago so you have to give him credit for even coming to these championships.

“He could have sat at home, said he had not done enough training, but he didn’t. I think he will still do well in the 50m breaststroke.

“James [Wilby - gold medallist] has kind of lived in Adam’s shadow but he has taken this opportunity. He has seen there was a big of weakness there and we know he is so strong down that last 25m.

“I think Adam will still swim a fantastic 50m here. Adam is such a team player, there was no kicking off there. There was no spitting the dummy out, he went straight over to James and gave him the biggest hug.”

Mark Foster: “That is massive. We knew from the heats it didn’t look good. Semis were enough. You see him from the off, he normally goes but there was no go.”

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Reaction from Adam Peaty after his shock defeat

Sunday 31 July 2022 21:19 , Luke Baker

Adam Peaty, who finished fourth in the men’s 100m breaststroke final: “When it comes down to the race sometimes it doesn’t go to plan. I was hurting from the 50m but you know that’s a lack of training, lack of racing… it is what it is. I can’t overthink it. I’m a fighter and sometimes you have got to have these moments to keep fighting.

“Always learning. This is a huge moment for me really because I’m at a part in my career where you choose to go on or keep at it or whatever… I know this is probably my last Commonwealth Games so it’s great. Wilby had a great race. I was a lot slower than yesterday, it was just a bad race.”

Paris still the plan? “Yeah of course. The next two years are going to be huge - how we attack that now, I don’t know. Because I haven’t done two winter blocks in a long time so it’s back to the drawing board and back to training.”

Adam Peaty beaten

Sunday 31 July 2022 21:07 , Luke Baker

So as it turns out, Adam Peaty IS human after all. Who knew...

Gracious in defeat as well, he went straight over to compatriot James Wilby and gave him a big hug. It was Australian duo Zac Stubblety-Cook and Sam Williamson who took silver and bronze respectively in the end.

Just a stunning result. To reiterate, Peaty had won every single race he entered since 2015 - in fact, since 2014 in senior races. Just remarkable, injury or not.

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Commonwealth Games 2022 - Swimming

Sunday 31 July 2022 20:58 , Luke Baker

HE’S BEEN BEATEN! You read that right, Adam Peaty has lost a race...

He was leading at 50 metres but faded badly and ends up fourth! Fellow Englishman James Wilby takes GOLD, the most shocking of golds, and Peaty ends up fourth.

He was unbeaten since 2015, and since 2014 in senior races, but has now lost...

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Swimming

Sunday 31 July 2022 20:46 , Luke Baker

We’re only a few minutes away from the G.O.A.T doing his thing in the pool. Unbeatable Adam Peaty goes for gold in the 100m breaststroke.

He had a broken foot just a few weeks ago but he’s proven his fitness and is ready to add another Commonwealth gold to his tally. We’re around five minutes away from that race

Jack Carlin rediscovers passion for cycling with Commonwealth medal double

Sunday 31 July 2022 20:26 , Jack Rathborn

Olympic silver medallist Jack Carlin revealed he had fallen out of love with cycling since Tokyo last summer as a Commonwealth bronze brought tears on Sunday.

Carlin took third place in the individual sprint after Australian rival Matthew Glaetzer was relegated for an illegal deviation in the deciding leg of their battle.

Though Carlin had already won keirin silver on Saturday, this time there was an emotional reaction as he admitted he had struggled to re-engage with the sport after the Olympics.

“It’s not been an easy few months, especially after coming back from the Games,” Carlin said. “I’ve not really let anyone in on this but I’ve really been struggling with the sport and finding my love for it. I fell out of love with the sport and almost became a robot ticking a box in training.

Jack Carlin rediscovers passion for cycling with Commonwealth medal double

Sophie Unwin and Georgia Holt savour belated medal success at Commonwealth Games

Sunday 31 July 2022 19:50 , Jack Rathborn

Sophie Unwin and Georgia Holt were back on the velodrome podium at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday and this time the medals were theirs.

Two days after the controversy of not being awarded bronze for finishing third in the women’s tandem B sprint, they came back and won silver in the time trial to the delight of the London crowd.

Unwin had been left in tears on Friday when it was ruled they would not be given bronze because only four teams started the sprint - with one of the five who had registered unable to race due to injury.

Although their final had been billed as a bronze medal race and they appeared on official results as medallists, Unwin and her pilot Holt were denied medals, and were fined after trying to stand behind the podium ceremony holding an England flag.

But that all provided a little extra motivation on Sunday as they beat Scotland’s Aileen McGlynn, piloted by Ellie Stone, to silver with Jessica Gallagher and Caitlin Ward taking gold for Australia.

“It’s really special,” Unwin said. “I think we both came into today thinking, ‘New day, new race’ but we also wanted to get on the podium and we did exactly what we wanted to do. It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions but we’ve just been resetting. It’s a new day and we go again.”

Holt added: “She’s tenacious. We woke up on Saturday new women.”

Under competition rules, only gold and silver medals are awarded if fewer than five teams take part in an event. But as there had been five teams on the original start-list for the sprint, there was a breakdown in communications over bronze.

Unwin and Holt were clear they thought they were racing for a medal, as did all those watching in the velodrome.

“Had we known we weren’t racing for bronze we maybe would have saved the legs for today,” Holt said.

Officials were confused too - the pair had their post-race interviews cut short when they were told to prepare for the podium, but then re-emerged with Unwin in tears.

After being ushered away from the podium ceremony, they borrowed medals from the England women’s team pursuit squad and had their own unofficial photoshoot on the podium.

“It was a simple case of miscommunication and we’ve apologised to the organisers,” Unwin said. “We didn’t want to cause any upset or show disrespect to the Games or any riders, that wasn’t our intention.

“We were emotional in the moment and we just want to thank everyone in the velodrome, everyone that messaged us and Team England. They’ve given us a huge amount of support and that’s what we’ll take away.

“The moment we had with the crowd will stay with us for the rest of our lives.”

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Matt Walls ‘alert and talking’ after horror crash

Sunday 31 July 2022 19:24 , Jack Rathborn

England’s Matt Walls was involved in a terrifying accident at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday morning when he was catapulted over the barriers and into the crowds at the Lee Valley VeloPark.

The 24-year-old Olympic omnium champion received treatment for more than 40 minutes before being taken away by ambulance, with spectators also hurt after he and his bike had come over the top of the barriers on the high banking of the corner.

Team England said in an update: “Matt is alert and talking - as he has been throughout - and is being given medical attention in hospital.”

Two other riders - the Isle of Man’s Matt Bostock and Canada’s Derek Gee - were also taken to hospital, while two spectators were treated for minor injuries at the velodrome.

Witnesses said that, because of the gradient of the banking, spectators in the front row had been unsighted for the crash. One man received treatment for cuts to his arm while a young girl also received minor attention.

Walls had been trying to avoid riders who had fallen in an incident that began on the entrance to the corner. The stricken pair of New Zealander George Jackson and Australia’s Josh Duffy were sliding up the banking, forcing Walls up on to the barrier and then over it.

Gee also surfed the top of the barrier but managed to avoid following Walls into the stands, albeit then falling heavily once back on the banking.

In a statement, a Birmingham 2022 spokesperson said: “Following a crash at the morning session of track and para track cycling at the Lee Valley VeloPark, three cyclists and two spectators have been treated by the onsite medical team.

“The three cyclists have been taken to hospital. The two spectators did not require hospital treatment...

“We would like to send our best wishes to the cyclists and spectators involved in this incident and to thank the medical team for their swift action.”

Canadian Mathias Guillemette was disqualified from the race for causing the initial crash.

The remainder of the morning session at the velodrome was cancelled and spectators were asked to leave as medical staff attended to Walls.

Matt Walls of England crashes at the Lee Valley VeloPark (EPA)
Matt Walls of England crashes at the Lee Valley VeloPark (EPA)

England’s Lewis Richardson one victory away from medal

Sunday 31 July 2022 19:00 , Jack Rathborn

From injury hell to Olympic knockbacks, Lewis Richardson insisted he embraces every step of the journey as the Colchester boxer moved to within one win of a Commonwealth Games medal.

Lesser individuals may have contemplated quitting as, after getting into the Team GB set-up, Richardson was diagnosed with three stress fractures in his lower back which sidelined him for most of 2018.

He rebounded to win an Olympic test event the next year and although defeat to world champion Oleksandr Khyzhniak ended his hopes of competing at Tokyo 2020, Richardson claimed his first major medal at the European Championship at the back end of May by collecting silver in the middleweight category.

Richardson’s progress to the quarter-finals in the 75kg category in Birmingham has been far from smooth. The England boxer overcame a standing eight-count against Wales’ Haaris Khan to record a unanimous points win while he was pushed to his limit before earning a split decision verdict over Uganda’s Yusuf Nkobeza.

Another win over Guernsey’s Billy Le Poullain on Wednesday will guarantee Richardson at least a bronze and the 25-year-old can look forward to another rousing reception at the NEC Area, where the decibel level steadily rose as a nip-and-tuck bout against Nkobeza progressed.

“It was brilliant atmosphere, probably the best I’ve ever boxed in,” he said. “These moments are what you train hard for and what you bounce back from those situations for.

“The highs wouldn’t be as high without the lows. If it was all just about the highs you wouldn’t appreciate these moments as much.

“I’ve got a strong mentality, I’m focused and driven and I was able to show that here. I’ve shown that on countless occasions in fights and outside the ring also.”

Four of the five judges awarded Nkobeza the first round but Richardson’s slicker, cleaner work turned the tide and he was given the nod by scores of 29-28, 29-28, 29-28, 30-26 and 28-29.

“A few years ago, opponents like that maybe would have walked through me,” he said. “But I’m mentally and physically stronger now and I’m a much better all-round fighter.

“It was tough, he was very, very strong but I was able to get the win and I’m really happy about that.”

Richardson pointed out he is the only fighter remaining in the draw who had to box in a preliminary round but he believes that will not count against him as he hunts at least a podium position next week.

“I’m going to get it,” he added. “I’ll be more than ready come Wednesday to do the business.

“The other 15 boxers got a bye but I’m fit, I’m strong and I’ve prepared myself in the best way possible. That will show - it showed here and it will show in the next fight and the next fight.”

England’s Lewis Richardson (Blue) celebrates victory against Uganda’s Yusuf Nikobeza (PA)
England’s Lewis Richardson (Blue) celebrates victory against Uganda’s Yusuf Nikobeza (PA)

'Friendly Games' have an edge when India play Pakistan at cricket

Sunday 31 July 2022 18:34 , Jack Rathborn

The Commonwealth Games like to be referred to as the “Friendly Games“ and up until Sunday even India and Pakistan cricketers had bought into the idea. Women’s cricket is making its Games debut in Birmingham and because of that there has been an all-for-one pioneering camaraderie built into the competition dialing down what is arguably world sport’s most intense rivalry.

But with a path to the medal round opening up for the winners, sisterhood was put aside at Edgbaston Cricket Ground as India thumped Pakistan, who remain winless and dropped to the bottom of the Group A standings. Chasing 100 to win the rain-shortened match, India reached their target with 38 balls to spare as Smriti Mandhana smashed an unbeaten 63 to secure an eight-wicket victory.

Earlier, Pakistan overcame the loss of Iram Javed for a duck as fellow opening batter Muneeba Ali struck a 30-ball 32, but a collapse meant they were restricted to 99 in their 18 overs. Having both lost their Games opener India and Pakistan arrived at the stadium knowing another defeat would just about end any medal hopes, putting more weight on a fixture that never needs any. “Whenever we get the opportunity to play against Pakistan we always want to do well,” said India’s Harmanpreet Kaur. “This game was very important to win, not just because it was Pakistan.”

SLIM HOPES

India can clinch a semi-final spot with a win over Barbados in their final Group A match on Wednesday while Pakistan need victory over Australia and plenty of help in the tiebreaker scenarios to keep their slim hopes of advancing alive. The top two teams in the group will be joined in the final four by two from Group B which is made up of England, South Africa, Sri Lanka and New Zealand.

While the India and Pakistan rivalry is centred around men’s cricket, the women fully understand its significance and their increasing role in it. With Birmingham recognised as one of Britain’s most diverse cities with large Indian and Pakistani communities the crowd at the Edgbaston oval was the largest of the tournament. The atmosphere outside the ground on a drizzly morning was more family outing than the hysteria that usually follows a men’s meeting as fathers and mothers with children in tow soaked up the fun.

“It’s just a game at the end of the day but a good game,” summed up one father in an India jersey accompanied by four young girls.

The occasion was not lost on the players or the fans, the cheering was loud and constant. At the conclusion no one was leaving Egbaston and setting themselves on fire, as distraught fans have done in the past when results have not gone their way, but the smiles on the faces of India supporters signalled their trip home was going to be a more up beat one.

“It is always a special feeling when you play against Pakistan but I would like to say it is just another game and not like, “ohhhh Pakistan”,” said Sneh Rana. “But it is a good game always. It is a special feeling.”

Pakistan's captain Bismah Maroof, left watches India's captain Harmanpreet Kaur toss the coin (AP)
Pakistan's captain Bismah Maroof, left watches India's captain Harmanpreet Kaur toss the coin (AP)

Jessica Gordon-Brown reflects on ‘happy accident’ after claiming Commonwealth Games silver

Sunday 31 July 2022 18:18 , Jack Rathborn

Jessica Gordon-Brown reflected fondly on the “happy accident” that led to her pursuing weightlifting after claiming Commonwealth Games silver in the women’s 59kg final.

A once budding judoka as well as a national acrobatic gymnastics champion at one point, Gordon-Brown happened upon what would prove to be her true calling in her final year at Brighton University.

“I’m so glad that finally after doing three different sports I found the one for me,” said the 26-year-old from Harefield.

“I think I’m built for it and I glad I stumbled into it. A happy accident.”

Gordon-Brown lifted 86kg in the snatch and then 111kg in the clean and jerk for a combined 197kg, enough for second place which she celebrated with a backflip at Birmingham’s NEC Arena.

Nigeria’s Rafiatu Folashade Lawal set a new Games record with 206kg to capture the gold medal, while Canada’s Tali Darsigny took bronze after lifting just one kilogram less than an ecstatic Gordon-Brown.

“It wasn’t a perfect backflip, but it just shows how much I had to put into that last clean and jerk,” said Gordon-Brown after becoming England’s second weightlifting medallist of the Games, with Fraer Morrow collecting bronze in the women’s 55kg category on Saturday.

“I didn’t really know how to celebrate, it just happened. That was sheer euphoria. I haven’t quite accepted what’s just happened yet.

“It’s something I’ve been dreaming about for a very long time, something I never would have thought I’d hear and it’s really nice to see the hard work finally pay off.”

Earlier on Sunday, Jaswant Shergill, born and raised in Birmingham, finished just outside the medal positions in fourth in the men’s 67kg final.

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Laura Kenny almost pulled out of Commonwealth Games race after ‘horrendous’ Matt Walls crash

Sunday 31 July 2022 18:02 , Jack Rathborn

Laura Kenny revealed she nearly pulled out of her Commonwealth Games race after the ‘horrendous’ Matt Walls crash.

Walls toppled over the London velodrome barriers in an incident that shocked the sporting world, with latest updates confirming he is ‘alert and talking’ in hospital.

Five-time Olympic champion Kenny revealed she was so shaken that she nearly withdrew from the women’s points race that took place a few hours later.

She said: “It was horrendous. It was playing on my mind earlier, I messaged Jason and said ‘I’m not sure I even want to do this.’

Laura Kenny almost pulled out of race after Matt Walls crash

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