The penultimate day of the 2022 Commonwealth Games saw plenty of Aussies go for gold in their final appearances, while some still sought the chance to make their name on the final day.
At first, badminton action in Day 10 proved to be unsuccessful for the Aussies, as the women’s doubles fell to a defeat in the semi finals.
Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen and Gronya Somerville were beaten in two sets by the duo of Lauren Smith and Chloe Birch from England to bring an end to their gold medal campaign, giving them a place in the bronze medal match.
The duo then competed in the bronze medal match later in the day against India and were defeated 2-0, denying them a place on the podium and the bronze.
The diving began with the qualifying rounds, with finals later on in the day and completing on Day 11.
The men’s 10m platform qualifying round saw two Aussies compete, with Cassiel Emmanuel Rousseau qualifying in first place for the final. Fellow Aussie Samuel Fricker narrowly missed out on qualification initially, finishing 13th, but then was able to move on to the final with other competitors pulling out.
In the final, Rousseau was successful in taking home the gold medal, posting a score of 501.30 to beat out Canada’s Rylan Mackenzie Wiens. Fricker finished the event in 10th place.
In the women’s 3m springboard, all three competing Aussies managed to qualify through to the final.
Maddison Keeney finished first, while Brittany Mae O’Brien and Georgia Rae Leslie Sheehan finished equal seventh.
In the final, Keeney was once again successful, this time with the gold medal on offer. Keeney scored very well, resulting in a significant gap ahead of the runner-up.
Sheehan and O’Brien finished seventh and ninth respectively.
Squash had both semi finals and medal events on day 10, with Aussies competing in both throughout.
The women’s doubles semi final saw Australia defeat Botswana two sets to none, setting up a place in the gold medal match.
The mixed doubles bronze medal match was contested by Australia and India, resulting in an Australian defeat and were denied a place on the podium.
Australia lost 2-0, with the duo of Cameron Pilley and Donna Lobban proving unsuccessful in their bronze medal bid.
The road race proved to be another Aussie success story on day ten, with more gold piling on to our ever-growing medal tally.
The first of the two medal events saw the women’s road race taken out by our very own Georgia Baker, winning golf after a thrilling final stretch.
Backed by her team, Baker was given enough room to keep her lead and take home another gold for Australia.
The men’s road race didn’t prove as successful for the Aussies, who were unable to make a stand on the podium.
Lucas Plapp was the best performing Aussie, taking home sixth place in a valiant effort on the bike.
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The table tennis saw more medals added to the Australian tally, with a silver and bronze in both the men’s and women’s singles action respectively.
The men’s singles 8-10 final saw Aussie Lin Ma go down to Wales’ Joshua Stacey three sets to two, falling just short of the gold medal.
The women’s singles bronze medal match was taken out by Aussie Yangzi Liu, winning 4-3 over India’s Sreeja Akula to finish off the podium.
The men’s doubles bronze medal match proved to be unsuccessful for the Aussies, who fell to a 3-1 defeat against Singapore.
The women’s doubles semi final saw Australia take a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Singapore and advance to the gold medal match
The mixed doubles bronze medal match saw an eerily similar result to the men’s doubles earlier in the day, with the duo also falling to a 3-1 defeat against Singapore in the final match of the day.
The athletics continued on Day 10 with more Aussies staking their claim on the track and in the field for more medal additions.
The first to represent Australia in the field was Julian Konle in the men’s triple jump final, in which he finished 10th with a length of 15.90 meters.
The women’s 100m hurdles final had two Australian representatives, with Michelle Jenneke finishing in fifth after a fantastic run and Celeste Mucci finishing in seventh.
Following the women was Steven Solomon, who competed in the men’s 400m final and finished seventh, with three racers ahead of him completing personal bests in an extremely quick race.
The men’s 10km walk final had three Aussies representing, with the best of the lot being Declan Tingay, who completed a personal best and achieved a silver medal in the race.
Kyle Swan finished fifth in the race, while Rhydian Cowley finished eight.
The women’s javelin throw proved to be one of the more successful events for Australia on the day, with Kelsey-Lee Barber and Mackenzie Little claiming gold and silver respectively in the final.
Barber achieved a distance of 64.43 meters, with Little achieving a personal best and falling just behind Barber at 64.27 meters.
The final athletics event in the first session saw the Aussie women compete in the 4x100m relay.
It was a fantastic run by the Australians, who sat in third for the majority of the race and just missed out on the podium behind Jamaica.
The women’s long jump final had two Aussies compete, with Brooke Buschkuehl finishing in second and claiming the silver medal. The other Aussie competing, Samantha Dale, finished in 10th place.
Aussie Abbey Caldwell managed to secure a place on the podium in the women’s 1500m final finishing third, with fellow Aussies Linden Hall and Jessica Hull finishing in fourth and eight respectively.
Aussie icon Peter Bol then raced in the men’s 800m final, with a genuine chance to avenge his Olympics defeat and claim the gold medal.
In similar fashion to the Olympics, Bol unfortunately couldn’t quite break through and take the gold medal, finishing just behind gold medallist Wyclife Kinyamal.
The men’s javelin throw final was contested by Aussie Cameron McEntyre, who finished in seventh place.
The final athletics event contested by Aussies was the women’s 5000m final, where Isobel Batt-Doyle, Rose Davies and Natalie Rule competed. Batt-Doyle finished the best of the Aussies in eighth, with Davies and Rule finishing 17th and 18th respectively.
The boxing finals began in the first session, with two Aussies competing in gold medal fights straight away.
In the women’s light middleweight final, Kaye Frances Scott was ultimately resigned to a silver medal, with the referee giving the fight to Wales’ Rosie Eccles in the second round.
The men’s middleweight final between Aussie Callum Peters and Scotland’s Sam Hickey was an extremely tight contest that was ultimately decided on points.
Hickey was adjudged to be the winner in the bout, winning by just one point overall and denying Hickey of the gold medal, with the Aussie claiming silver.
The Aussie Hockeyroos took part in the gold medal match against England in the second session of hockey on day 10.
A tough second quarter put the Hockeyroos on the back foot, as they entered half-time 2-0 down.
A late goal from Rosie Malone gave the women some hope to tie it up but were unable to equalise, with England taking the gold medal.
The beach volleyball had both men and women’s teams compete for gold for Australia, with a mixed bag of success at the end of the day.
The men’s duo took on Canada in the first gold medal match and were relegated to a first set defeat.
The boys rallied behind Chris McHugh‘s blocking and took the second set from the Canadians before eventually claiming the gold medal after the third set, winning it 20-18.
McHugh finished with six blocks in the match to limit Canada’s attack and stand on top of the podium.
The women’s team then also took on Canada in its gold medal match in the last match in the sand for the day.
The Aussies won the first set 24-22, before falling to defeat in the final two and missing out on the gold medal.
Taliqua Clancy was successful in three block attempts, the only competitor to register one.
The Aussie campaign took them all the way to the gold medal match against India, a team they had defeated earlier in the group stages.
The Aussie women batted first and posted a score of 161, with Beth Mooney top-scoring with 61 from 41 deliveries.
The Aussies then managed to bowl India out for 152 in the last over of the game to claim the gold medal, with Ash Gardner taking three wickets to help guide the team to first place.
The result means the Aussies were the first team to win a gold medal for cricket in the Commonwealth Games, adding on to their previous success outside of Birmingham.
The final event of the day saw the Aussies compete against Jamaica in the gold medal match, looking to avenge their loss in 2018 and their previous defeat to Jamaica in the group stage.
After a tight first half, the Aussies had a much improved third quarter and lead at three-quarter time, before holding on to secure a 55-51 victory.
Gretel Bueta was clinical, shooting 100% , while Sarah Klau was fantastic in defence.
The win was also Australia’s 1000th ever gold medal in the Commonwealth Games.
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