On Day Eight of the 2022 Commonwealth Games Australia continued adding to its medal tally in events across athletics, diving and rhythmic gymnastics. Although there were eight medals awarded to Australians, for the first time in these games there was no gold given.
It was a massive day at the track for Australia, with a double-medal finish for the Aussies in the men’s decathlon. In the gruelling mental and physical test spanning over two days, Aussies Daniel Golubovic and Cedric Dubler fell agonisingly short as they desperately tried to steal the gold medal from Grenada’s Victor Lindon in the final 1500m event, earning a silver and bronze respectively.
It was a momentous day for the Aussies, as it marks the first time in a century that Australia has claimed two medals in the decathlon event.
Australian long-jumper Brooke Buschkuehl began her long jump campaign during Day Eight. Needing just two jumps to hit the qualifying distance of 6.75m, Buschkuehl’s impressive 6.84m saw her jump straight into the finals.
Fellow Aussies Ella Connelly and Steve Solomon executed their semi-final runs at Alexander Stadium, qualifying for the women’s 200m final and the men’s 400m final.
Unfortunately, Nicola Olyslagers, who was a silver medallist at the Tokyo Olympics, withdrew from the women’s high jump final after sustaining a calf injury during yesterday’s qualification round.
Hungry to qualify for the semi-finals, Australia’s Chris McHugh and Paul Burnett took to the sand to face Sri Lanka’s Jayasinghe Ashen and Yapa Malintha in the men’s volleyball quarter-finals.
The Aussie pair got off to a rough start in the first set with Sri Lanka getting the first points on the board. Determined to get themselves one step closer to the semi-finals to defend their gold medal from the 2018 Commonwealth Games, McHugh and Burnett managed to win the last two sets, scoring 15-9 over Sri Lanka in the final set.
McHugh and Burnett are through to the semi-finals where they will face Rwanda in an attempt to take another step toward the gold medal match.
Fellow Aussies Mariafe Artacho Del Solar and Taliqua Clancy represented Australia in the women’s volleyball quarter-finals. The duo have had an impressive run during these games as their performance during the quarter-finals saw them defeat Scotland’s Melissa Coutts and Lynne Beattie 21-11, 21-11.
Artacho Del Solar and Clancy will be back on the sand to compete in the semi-finals, they will be hoping that their impressive run could see the Aussie pair make it all the way.
Aussie divers Fan Qin, Georgia Sheehan and Brittany O’Brien made a splash in the women’s 1m springboard preliminary platform event all qualifying for the final.
Qin finished in third, the highest position for the Australians, with a total of 266.95. Right behind Qin was Sheehan, on a total of 266, while O’Brien finished in eighth with 223.70.
Meanwhile, in the women’s 1m springboard final, O’Brien took home silver, while Sheehan and Qin finished in fifth and sixth respectively.
Australia’s Sam Fricker and Shixin Li were the first of the men’s pair to compete in the men’s synchronised 3m springboard final. The Australian duo secured bronze with a score of 374.52, just missing out on silver claimed by Malaysia’s Gabriel Daim and Muhammad Puteh’s score of 376.77.
England’s Anthony Harding and Jack Laugher performed superbly taking home gold with a score of 438.33.
Domonic Bedggood and Cassiel Rousseau also added to Australia’s medal tally, claiming bronze in the men’s synchronised 10m platform final. England and Canada claimed gold and silver.
A penalty shootout saw the Hockeyroos secure their spot in the gold medal match.
Scores were locked 1-1 at fulltime, but the Hockeyroos triumphed 3-0 in the final shootout.
The shootout was not without its controversies, with Australia’s Rosie Malone missing her first shot. The Hockeyroos were gifted a second attempt because the eight-second countdown clock on the scoreboard was not working. Malone converted her second attempt and her teammates Kaitlin Nobbs and Amy Lawton also scored.
After being knocked out by India at the Tokyo Olympics, the Aussies saw fit to get their revenge and will now play host England for the gold medal during Sunday’s match.
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Day Eight of the Games kicked off with various lawn bowls and para lawn bowls events at Victoria Park.
Australia’s Aaron Wilson got the ball rolling in the men’s singles quarter-finals against England’s Jamie Walker.
The 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist defeated Walker 21-16 securing his spot in the men’s singles semi-final tournament.
Also dominating on the greens were Kristina Krstic and Ellen Ryan. The Aussie duo defeated Northfolk Islands 19-12 in the women’s pairs quarter-finals, which saw them advance into the pairs semi-finals.
The para mixed pairs B2/B3 duo Jake Fehlberg and Helen Boardman suffered a 14-11 loss at the hands of England in the bronze medal match. The Aussies put up a good fight, but England’s Chris Turnbull and Alison Yearling dug their heels in to claim the medal.
It was a family affair at the University of Birmingham Hockey and Squash Centre with Aussie squash player Donna Lobban going head-to-head in the mixed doubles quarter-final with Scottish husband Greg Lobban and squash partner Lisa Aitken.
Lobban, who is partnered with fellow Aussie and cousin Cameron Pilley, advanced to the quarter-finals after defeating India’s Joshna Chinappa and Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu in straight games on Day Seven of the Games.
Australia’s Lobban earned her bragging rights during the mixed doubles quarter-final, defeating Scottish husband and Aitken 2-1.
While the game was a compelling and intense contest, the Lobban pair proved that love conquers all by sharing a hug and congratulating each other.
It was another successful day for Aussie rhythmic gymnast Alexandra Kiroi-Bogatyreva, who won bronze in the individual all-around final.
Kiroi-Bogatyreva now has two games medals around her neck. On Day Seven, she was apart of the Aussie team alongside teammates Ashari Gill and Lidiia Iakovleva on the podium, claiming silver in the women’s rhythmic team all-around gymnastics event.
Fellow Australian Lidiia Iakovleva finished seventh in the individual all-around final with a score of 107.150.
Kiroi-Bogatyreva will compete for medals in the ball, clubs and ribbon finals today, while Iakovleva is set to compete in the hoop final.
Australia’s Jay Lawrence wrestled his way to a bronze medal in the men’s freestyle 86kg finals.
The 27-year-old claimed his bronze medal, beating South Africa’s Edward Lessing in a 12-11 victory.
Lawrence’s win brought Australia’s 12-year wrestling medal drought at the Commonwealth Games to an end.
Meanwhile, six-time national champion and Commonwealth Games debutante Irene Symeonidis unfortunately lost her chance at a medal in the women’s 57kg. Sri Lanka’s Nethmi Poruthotage defeated the Aussie (10-0).
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