15/08/2022

Grenada's Lindon Victor claimed gold in the Men's Decathlon in a strong performance over the two-day period (Image: birmingham2022.com ; Design: Will Cuckson)

With the end of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games drawing near, there was no shortage of medals that were up for grabs on Day Eight. The Inner Sanctum looked at the 10 best medal moments of the day.

Athletics and Para Athletics – Men’s Decathlon

It was a valiant effort from Australia’s Daniel Golubovic, who burst home for a silver medal after sitting in fifth place after five events. However, it wasn’t enough to surpass Lindon Victor from Grenada, who took home the gold medal in the Men’s Decathlon. Victor performed strongly over the two days and in the end he came away as the deserving winner.

The bronze medal was won by another Australia’s Cedric Dubler, who was awarded for his consistency across the 10 events, taking home the final medal.

Gold: Lindon Victor (GRN)

SIlver: Daniel Golubovic (AUS)

Bronze: Cedric Dubler (AUS)

Athletics and Para Athletics – Women’s Triple Jump

A new Commonwealth Games record was set in the Women’s Triple Jump final, as Jamaica’s Shanieka Ricketts jumped 14.94m to take home the gold medal. She was followed by Dominica’s Thea Lafond who claimed silver and England’s Naomi Metzger, who won bronze and set a personal best of 14.37m in the process.

Gold: Shanieka Ricketts (JAM)

SIlver: Thea Lafond (DMA)

Bronze: Naomi Metzger (ENG)

Athletics and Para Athletics – Men’s Shot Put

The Kiwi’s dominated the Men’s Shot Put final as Tom Walsh and Jacko Gill took home gold and silver medals respectively. Walsh walked away as the winner with a distance of 22.26m, while Gill set a personal best of 21.90m on the way to silver.

The bronze medal was picked up by England’s Scott Lincoln, with a result of 20.57m enough to secure the final podium place.

Gold: Tom Walsh (NZL)

SIlver: Jacko Gill (NZL)

Bronze: Scott Lincoln (ENG)

Athletics and Para Athletics – Men’s T53/54 1500m

England’s Nathan Maguire surged home brilliantly in the T53/54 1500m, claiming gold with a time of 3:11.83. His teammate Daniel Sidbury fell just short, with a time of 3:12.15, while Samuel Carter clocked in a time of 3:12.82 to snap up the bronze medal for the Aussies.

Gold: Nathan Maguire (ENG)

SIlver: Daniel Sidbury (ENG)

Bronze: Samuel Carter (AUS)

Diving – Women’s 1m Springboard

Canada’s Mia Vallée took home the gold medal in the Women’s 1m Springboard with a total score of 291.85. Of these points, 61.50 came in her second dive, which was enough to give her the victory. She finished 12.25 clear of Australia’s Brittany O’Brien, who took out silver with a score of 279.60. Amy Rollinson secured the bronze medal in the final with a score of 272.00.

Gold: Mia Vallée (CAN)

SIlver: Brittany O’Brien (AUS)

Bronze: Amy Rollinson (ENG)

Diving – Men’s Synchronised 10m Platform

England’s Noah Williams and Matthew Lee overcame cramp issues to claim gold medals in the Men’s Synchronised 10m Platform Dive. The Englishmen finished with a score of 429.78 to secure the medals in front of their home crowd.

Canadians Rylan Wiens and Nathan Zsombor-Murray finished with a score of 413.85 to win silver, while Australian’s Cassiel Rousseau and Domonic Bedggood won the nation another bronze medal, finishing on 412.86.

Gold: Noah Williams and Matthew Lee (ENG)

SIlver: Rylan Wiens and Nathan Zsombor-Murray (CAN)

Bronze: Cassiel Rousseau and Domonic Bedggood (AUS)

Lawn Bowls – Women’s Triples

England’s Natalie Chestney, Sian Honnor, and Jamie-Lea Winch claimed the women’s triples lawn bowls gold medal by defeating the runners-up Malaysia, with a score of 17-9 in the final. New Zealand claimed the final medal by easily defeating the Cook Islands 27-6 in the bronze medal contest.

Gold: Natalie Chestney, Sian Honnor, and Jamie-Lea Winch (ENG)

SIlver: Azlina Arshad, Syafiqa Haidar Afif Abdul Rahman, and Nur Ain Nabilah Tarmizi (MAS)

Bronze: Val Smith, Tayla Bruce, and Nicole Toomey (NZL)

Rhythmic Gymnastics – Individual All-Around

The final of the individual all-around rhythmic gymnastics saw England’s 17-year-old Marfa Ekimova pick up gold in an impressive performance. Anna Sokolova from Cyprus fell short, taking home the silver medal in a strong showing.

Meanwhile Australia’s Alexandra Kiroi-Bogatyreva followed up yesterday’s team silver medal effort with a bronze medal of her own.

Gold: Marfa Ekimova (ENG)

SIlver: Anna Sokolova (CYP)

Bronze: Alexandra Kiroi-Bogatyreva (AUS)

Wrestling – Men’s Freestyle 86kg

India’s Deepak Punia claimed gold in the Men’s 86kg Freestyle Wrestling by defeating Muhammad Inam from Pakistan in the final. Inam was the defending champion of the competition but was no match for Punia in the end. Australia’s Jayden Lawrence, and Canada’s Alexander Moore claimed bronze medals in the repechage. Lawrence claimed bronze narrowly, beating South Africa’s Edward Lessing 12-11.

Gold: Deepak Punia (IND)

SIlver: Muhammad Inam (PAK)

Bronze: Jayden Lawrence (AUS), and Alexander Moore (CAN)

Wrestling Women’s Freestyle 68kg

Blessing Oborududu won Nigeria’s seventh gold medal in Birmingham by defeating Canadian Linda Morais in the final of the Women’s 68kg Freestyle Wrestling competition. In the repechage, New Zealand’s Tayla Ford and India’s Duvya Kakran won their matches to each claim a bronze medal for their nations. The latter had to win two matches to claim bronze, and did so by defeating semi-finalist Tiger Lily Cocker Lemalie from Tonga in the bronze medal match.

Gold: Blessing Oborududu (NGR)

SIlver: Linda Morais (CAN)

Bronze: Tayla Ford (NZL), and Divya Kakran (IND)

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