Silver and bronze in the Decathlon but Australia gives up gold in the Games for the first time

Silver and bronze in the Decathlon but Australia gives up gold in the Games for the first time

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Australia started the eighth day of the Commonwealth Games with 50 gold medals, a metaphorical bat raised towards the pavilion in the hope that more will arrive. Instead, after such a dominant opening week, the Australian team stopped for the first time and were unable to increase their gold tally in Birmingham.

The host nation England promptly closed the gap on the medal table with a series of golds at 47, down by just three days with as many days to go. But one day’s drought didn’t mean that day was a complete disappointment for Australia.

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Decathlete Cedric Dubler will forever be remembered for the outstanding sportsmanship and selflessness he displayed at the Tokyo Olympics last year, but for all the slaps that followed, Dubler is a competitive beast and he wanted his medal. He now he has a bronze.

For the past couple of days, the Queenslander has been taking center stage during the decathlon when they engaged in a gripping battle with Grenadian Lindon Victor and fellow Australian Daniel Golubovic. After eight events, Dubler was in command. But reigning Commonwealth Games champion Victor bounced hard on the javelin, his favorite event, to take control. Ultimately, Golubovic even overtook Dubler when he brilliantly claimed the 1500m to take silver in what turned out to be a great event to watch.

Australia also produced medal-winning performances at the gymnastics and aquatic center, while Jayden Lawrence achieved a bronze in wrestling in the 86 kg class. Despite competing in his last two fights with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, the 27-year-old managed to win the nation’s first medal in the sport since the Delhi Games in 2010. Asked if it was worth fighting the pain, he told the Seven. networks; “Blood oath”.

Diver Brittany O’Brien was struggling to jump off the platform in her favorite 10m event a year ago when her coach suggested changing focus. She has moved on to the springboard and will return to Australia with a silver medal after an exceptional effort in the 1 meter event.

Sam Fricker teamed up with Shixin Li on the bronze medal on the 3m springboard, while Dom Bedggood and Cassiel Rousseau matched the feat on the 10m synchronized platform. Alexandra Kiroi-Bogatyreva also won bronze in all-round rhythmic gymnastics.

Brittany O'Brien is about to reach silver in the 1 meter trampoline event.

Brittany O’Brien is about to reach silver in the 1 meter trampoline event. Director of photography: Darren England / AAP

On the track, Ella Connolly qualified for the women’s 200m final with a time of 23.41 seconds, while Michelle Jenneke superbly passed the 100m. Connolly played a brilliant semi-final finishing second behind Namibian teenager Christine Mboma with an outstanding performance that she described as “crazy”.

The final looks like a match race between Mboma and Jamaican legend Elaine Thompson-Herah, who is looking to complete a 100m and 200m double sprint at the Commonwealth Games after completing the feat at the Rio De Janeiro and Tokyo Olympics. . But Connelly has vowed to give her all as she fights for a medal. “I need to get off to a good start and keep my form in the last 100 meters and stay relaxed,” she said.

Jenneke set a personal best of 12.63 seconds when she qualified for the 100m hurdles final, although she won’t count on her official record as she was assisted by the wind. The key to her getting back into shape and being successful this weekend is staying happy and relaxed. “I’m not a person who likes to be super focused on what I do. Also in the call room I am chatting with the officials. This is what I do, “she said.

But there has been disappointing news for cycling star Caleb Ewan who was forced to retire from the road race on Sunday after undergoing surgery to remove a plaque from his collarbone. Ewan is devastated, as is Nicola Olyslagers, a silver medalist at the Tokyo Olympics, who withdrew from the women’s high jump final on Saturday with a calf tear.

The Hockeyroos ended a fun Friday when they defeated India on penalties, in doing so, they avenged a heartbreaking defeat in the quarter-finals of the Tokyo Olympics. But it was not without drama, with India drawing late at 1-1 by forcing penalties. Australia were able to make their first three attempts on penalties, while India failed to convert, to advance to Sunday’s final against England. It could prove to be a decisive battle for overall medal tally.

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