The final day of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games saw Australia add another four medals to their already impressive medal tally, with the Kookaburra’s capping off a memorable games for the nation by winning gold in the men’s hockey.
Jian Fang Lay and Minhyung Jee opened Australia’s medal account on the final day winning silver in the women’s doubles.
The pair went into the final against Singaporean pair, Tianwei Feng and Jian Zeng as underdogs, however still put up a strong fight in the gold medal match.
The opening game was all Singapore, winning with ease 11-1 after taking the first 10 points of the game. Games two and three were more competitive, however, Feng and Zeng still prevailed 11-8 in both.
Singapore’s ability to win off their own serve proved the difference, with Australia winning just eight of the 17 points it won when serving.
Australia took home its second silver medal of the day in the final of the mixed synchronised 3m springboard, with Shixin Li and Maddison Keeney falling just short of gold.
The gap between them and first was just 1.98, with Scotland’s James Philip Heatly and Grace Elizabeth Reid finishing strong to win the gold.
Li and Keeney were in first place prior to the final round of dives, however, a score of 67.50 was not enough to beat the Scottish pair’s massive 74.40, who came from third to take home top honours.
Australia was also represented in the event by Domonic Paul William Bedggood and Anabelle Luce Smith who finished fifth with 4.98 being the gap from the bronze.
Australia added another medal to the tally in the mixed synchronised 10m platform, with Cassiel Emmanuel Rousseau and Emily Ann Boyd winning bronze.
The Aussie pair finished with a total of 309.60, unable to catch England’s two pairs which won gold and silver.
Domonic Paul William Bedggood and Melissa Paige Li Kun Wu finished sixth with a total of 295.20.
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Australia was represented in the women’s doubles finals of squash, with Alex Haydon and Jess Turnbull competing in the plate final.
The plate draw features pairs who lost in the opening round of the event which started on day seven. Haydon and Turnbull who lost to England’s Lucy Turmel and Georgina Kennedy in the round of 16 were able to win all their matches in the plate draw to make it to the final.
Haydon and Turnbull faced Pakistan’s Faiza Zafar and Amna Fayyaz, winning in straight sets, 11-7, 11-3.
In the last event of the games, Australia won their first gold of the day and last of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games in the men’s hockey final.
The Kookaburras dominated India to win the match 7-0 and in the process win gold in the event for the seventh straight time at the Commonwealth Games.
Nathan Ephraums and Jacob Anderson scored two goals, while Tom Wickham, Blake Govers and Flynn Ogilvie scored one.
The Kookaburras held up strong defensively, allowing India just five shots throughout the match while taking 23 of their own to cap off another successful Commonwealth Games for Australia.
Australia leaves Birmingham 2022 as the top nation in the medal tally, having won 178 medals in total, taking home 67 golds, 57 silvers and 54 bronze.
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