The heats of the 400 meters continue
Jodey Williams and Zoey Clark are also qualified for the next round of the 400m heats. Sada Williams of Barbados crosses the finish line to finish the heat in first place, but Clark also finishes strong to take second place – solid.
Birmingham is buzzing!
Ben Bloom reports from the city:
I have spent a lot of time following sporting events in Birmingham over the past few years, but the buzz around the place continues to surprise me as I walk around the city for the past few days. It really looks completely different from normal.
Whoever decided that the official Birmingham 2022 branding would feature all the colors of the rainbow also hit gold because the whole city is dotted with reds, yellows, blues and greens all over the place. At the risk of sounding like an overpaid marketing executive, he’s brilliant because it’s impossible to ignore. He who knows what the legacy of these Commonwealth Games will be, but at the moment he is definitely having a big impact.
A bit of a reaction from Victoria Ohuruogo for her warmth
I feel a little rusty, but hearing the home crowd cheer when I was at the start and in the back end is great.
My body could be better. I’m doing something I’ve never done before, so I’m just taking it one championship at a time. I have some flaws but nothing serious.
Victoria Ohuruogu through 400m heats
The women’s 400m heats are underway and see the participation of Victoria Ohuruogu – younger sister of the Olympic medalist in the same event Christine Ohuruogu – who was part of the bronze medal winning relay at the World Championships last month.
He approaches victory in his heat and approaches his personal best with a 51.34. She is beautiful.
Katarina Johnson-Thompson warming up
Alexander Stadium is preparing to welcome the heptathletes back to the stage and the KJT is warming up. The long ump is the fifth event and the first of the second day of the competition. It’s good discipline for her: she was junior world champion in the individual event. She will try to extend her advantage on top of the table.
Australia beat Scotland
The hockey is over. Australia win 2-0 and finish first in Pool B. Advance to the semi-finals on Friday without conceding a single goal. Scotland is out of the Commonwealth Games with this one, but has surpassed many people’s expectations by winning two games in this tournament and keeping New Zealand and Australia in limited wins.
155 kg cleared
It also frees 155 kg with apparent ease. Look in the area. So far only Samoa’s Jack Hitila Opeloge has lifted the same weight in the competition.
Andy Griffiths cancels the first snatch attempt
No drama like that experienced by Jordan Sakkas for Andy Griffiths as he exceeds his 151 kg of tear on the first attempt. Supreme cooling of the English lifter – moves to 155 kg.
Australia scores the second goal
The attempted press is intercepted by Greta Hayes who beautifully places Shanea Tonkin on the left who shoots quickly on goal. With just 11 minutes left in the last quarter, that could very well be the game.
That first goal was re-attributed to Grace Stewart among other things who apparently got the smallest of the weakest on Tonkin’s first try. It doesn’t matter what now anyway.
That final weightlifting I mentioned has gone through its early stages and so far lifters are struggling. Welshman Jordan Sakkas just failed in his first two attempts to snatch 146kg and New Zealander Junior Tasi fell out of the competition after not being able to lift the same weight in three attempts.
Sakkas makes the third attempt and succeeds. He looks very relieved, but he’s done with the clean and the jerk.
10:00 IN THE MORNING
Ping pong results
Maria Tsaptsinos won her singles match against Judith Nangonzi 4-0, advances through the group stage and Scotsman Rebecca Plaistow also triumphed over Cynthia Kwabi. Welsh Chloe Anna Thomas Wu Zhang also just beat Zodwa Maphanga with Charlotte Bardsley leading 3-0 in her game, a clean sweep for the home nations.
Australia goes 1-0 in hockey
Shenea Tonkin ensures that Australia are 1-0 up at the start of the third quarter with a goal advantage over the astro-fields. With eight minutes left in the third quarter, Scotland are still looking for an equalizer.
The women’s singles of ping pong is underway
England’s Charlotte Bardsley and Maria Tsaptsinos are involved in the group stage games this morning. Bardsley just won his first set against Rheann Chung of Trinidad and Tobago, while Tsaptsinos is 3-0 against Judith Nangonzi of Uganda.
Chloe Anna Thomas Wu Zhang of Wales and Rebecca Plastow of Scotland are also leading in their games.
What’s going on now?
Australia and Scotland are playing their last Pool B women’s hockey games. Australia is currently leading the group with nine points, Scotland are three points behind South Africa. A win would really help their chances of progressing to the semi-finals. He is currently 0-0 in the second quarter.
The rich program of lawn bowls continues with all the nations of origin in action. Today the sectional group stages of female couple and male singles are held.
In a few minutes the men’s 109kg weightlifting final will begin, Andy Griffiths of England and Jordan Sakkas of Wales are the home nations’ hopes for this.
Update of medals
A quick look at this morning’s medal table – Australia is unleashing at the top:
1. Australia (42 golds, 32 silvers, 32 bronzes – 106 in total)
2. England (31 golds, 34 silvers, 21 bronzes – 86 in total)
3. New Zeland (13 golds, 7 silvers, 6 bronzes – 26 in total)
4. Canada (11 golds, 16 silvers, 19 bronzes – 46 in total)
5. South Africa (6 golds, 5 silvers, 5 bronzes – 16 in total)
7. Scotland (3 golds, 8 silvers, 15 bronzes – 26 in total)
8. Wales (3 golds, 2 silvers, 8 bronzes – 17 in total)
What’s up today?
Katarina Johnson-Thompson will go for gold in the heptathlon. The long jump event kicks off around 10:50 am before the athletes move to the javelin in the evening session and finish with the 800m later tonight. In action also the Welsh Adele Nicholl and the English duo Jade O’Dowda and Holly Mills.
Andy Griffiths will compete in the 109kg weightlifting final this morning before Victoria Ohuroogu begins her 400m campaign in the heats at Alexander Stadium.
There are also gold medals to be won in mountain biking, which kicks off today and even more lawn bowls / lawn bowls.
We will conclude the program tonight with the highly anticipated men’s and women’s 100m finals. Elaine Thompson-Herah and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake will both race provided they negotiate the semifinals safely this afternoon.
Today marks the halfway point of these games and Birmingham have been inundated with drama, gold and excitement. Should the first five days pass, the second part will surely keep us all glued to the screens. Let’s try to round up yesterday’s talking points
Adam Peaty took a pool gold medal on some late-night entertainment shows, reacting to his critics after his shocking fourth-place finish on Monday night. The double Olympic champion had sparked controversy with remarks from him after the heat of him not being massively “bothered” by the Commonwealth Games. However, he went back on comments from him after his 50m breaststroke win, completing his matches in a surprising way after a broken foot nearly prevented him from running.
The last day of artistic gymnastics ended worthily with other gold medals for England. The host nation dominated the discipline, winning 13 gold medals in all events. Jake Jarman won fourth games gold in the men’s final before Joe Fraser, who broke his appendix six weeks ago and is racing with a broken foot, won his third title in five days after an outstanding routine of horses with handles.
Katarina Johnson-Thompson got off to a shaky but successful start in her heptathlon title defense. She failed to jump over 1.87m in her favorite high jump event and returned in the evening to record the best jump of the season and finish first in the 200m heats. She today she leads the heptathlon to its conclusion. Countrymen Jade O’Dowda and Holly Mills sit fourth and fifth in the standings.
Gold medals also for England in Daniel Powell and Olivia Breen’s judo in women’s T37 / 38 100m. But the host nation narrowly missed out on top spot earlier in the day in a thrilling men’s pairs bowls final, where Welsh duo Daniel Salmon and Jarrad Breen won gold with the last shot of the match. .