04/03/2024

Lachlin Dalton celebrates Men's 3x3 Wheelchair Basketball Team win in the gold medal match. (Photo / Commonwealth Games Australia)

Day Five of the Commonwealth Games saw flying mullets, a start to more athletics events and plenty of medals added to Australia’s ever-growing tally.

Athletics

After five days of anticipation, the Aussie athletics team hit the ground running at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium, with many finding success on the track.

Perth-born Nina Kennedy followed up her bronze medal win in the World Athletics Championships with a gold for Australia in the Pole Vault.

The golden girl thrived under pressure to break the Commonwealth Games record with a 4.60m smashing her competition, England’s Molly Caudery by 0.15m.

Rohan Browning served up a blistering run in the 100m Heats after being dubbed the flying mullet.

Taneille Crase put on a show during the opening day of the heptathlon smashing three person-bests from four events and is currently in contention for the bronze medal.

A gallant display in a PB run came from Ky Robinson in the Men’s 10,000m who finished sixth.

After a taking a tumble at the World Athletics Championships, Catriona Bisset is back on the horse and managed to pull off a brilliant run during her Heat at the 800m event.

Rhiannon Clarke claimed a bronze medal in a fierce effort to nab another Commonwealth Games medal in the Women’s 100m T37/38 with compatriot Ella Pardy in fifth and Indi Cooper in eight.

In the Women’s Discus final, Taryn Gollshewsky merely missed out on a spot on the podium by a heartbreaking 14cm as she bounced back from an injury.

Jaydon Page made a statement winning the silver medal with fellow Aussie Anthony Jordan in eighth position following the Men’s 100m T45-47 final.

Athletics Australia’s wheelchair athletes competed in the Women’s 100m T33-24 final with Robyn Lambird barely missing the podium in foufth, Sarah Clifton-Blight in fifth and Rosemary Little in sixth.

It was a dominant display for the Aussies in the athletics on day five of the Commonwealth Games, with plenty of medals and personal bests.

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Basketball 3×3

The hero of the night was the Men’s Wheelchair 3×3 who claimed a nail-biting victory over Canada – winnning by only two points in the final minute of the game.

They were under pressure by their opponent as Canada went for a shot just before the siren and it missed the basket, edging the Aussies over the line.

Cult favourite Lachlin Dalton was nicknamed ‘The King Slayer’ by commentators after earning four points in the game.

They become the first Men’s 3×3 wheelchair gold medallists after a massive campaign at the Games.

But it was silver for the Women’s Wheelchair team going down to Canada in the final game finishing with a 14-5 loss.

It was a disappointing result for the Men’s competition as they went down to the home team in overtime by one point.  Local Birmingham boy Myles Hesson went on to win the game for England in overtime scoring a two-pointer.

For the Women’s 3×3 team it was bronze all the way as they pulled off a comeback game against New Zealand.

Western Australian Lauren Scherf put on the pressure scoring nine points and a needed two-point shot to bring the scores level.

Marena Whittle was the highest scorer in the game with Scherf proving to be a defensive powerhouse with five defensive rebounds.  

Beach Volleyball

The Women’s duo Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar claimed a convincing win against Trinidad and Tobago on day five.

The pair showed a dominant display on the sand winning in straight sets against their opponents.

After winning their first two games, the Aussie women have Cyprus to compete with next in the knockout stage of Pool B scheduled for Thursday.

Boxing

In the under 67kg category Taha Ahmad left the ring disappointed after a tough debut at the Games. Ahmad lost to England’s Mervin Clair.

The Aussie was the only boxer on the team to see some action on day five, with day six featuring light-middleweight Kaye Scott and middleweights Caitlin Parker and Adelaide’s Callum Peters.

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Kate McDonald shocked the competition by achieving her first gold against teammate and gold medallist Georgia Goodwin.

The birthday girl McDonald celebrated on the top spot on the podium with a stunning performance in the artistic gymnastics routine recording a score of 13.466 to beat Goodwin’s 13.433 who went on to claim the silver medal – making it an Australian 1-2.

This comes after Godwin had already earnt two gold medals and a silver in the previous days in the all-around final, the vault final and the uneven bars.  

Tyson Bull delivered a silver medal in the Horizontal Bars while filling in for Jesse Moore who had to pull out due to a shoulder injury.

Bull competed in a remarkable tale of pushing through an injury, after a landing injured his ankle, blitzing the competition with a 14.233 and narrowly missing the top spot against Cypriot Ilias Georgiu.

Hockey

It was another strong showing for Australia’s Hockeyroos at the University of Birmingham Hockey and Squash Centre.

The women’s hockey team defeated New Zealand’s Black Sticks, sending the Hockeyroos straight to the top of Pool B after winning 1-0.

The team must win or draw against Scotland in the Pool B final to meet the second placed team from Pool A in the semi-finals.

Grace Stewart played her 100th game for the Hockeyroos where she dominated the contest with 31 circle penetrations.

The Aussie team take on Scotland tonight in the pool match final where Madison Fitzpatrick will play her 100th game to make it four 100 gamers for the Hockeyroos during the Commonwealth Games.

Judo

Australia has conquered the medal tally in yet another sport in Birmingham 2022. The medal haul in the Judokas has continued on in day five of the Games.

It was Jamaica against Australia in the 70kg Judo final, and Australia prevailed with Aoife Coughlan taking home gold.

The win brings Australia to seven Commonwealth Games medals on the mat in just two days.

The Irish-born Judo star’s victory follows Tinka Easton’s gold on Monday and Bronze wins for fellow Aussies Katharina Haecker, Jake Bensted and Uros Nikolic.

Lawn Bowls

Following on from yesterday’s epic win on the green by youngster Ellen Ryan, the Jackaroos have yet again put on a show for day five of the Games.

Chris Flavel and Damien Delgado powered through to secure second spot in the Para Lawn Bowls Pairs B6-B8 competition.

Unfortunately, the pair went down to Scotland who produced two, three and two-shot ends in succession which led to their victory over the Aussies.

Cheryl Lindfield, Australia’s oldest Games athlete at 63, will join Serena Bonnell in the women’s para pairs gold medal match tonight.

Netball

The unforgivably successful Aussie Diamonds reflect their historic dominance over Wales making this victory four wins in a row in Birmingham with a 79-33 triumph.

The Australian netball team’s 45-goal margin came after an intensely prosperous second half despite having integral member of the team, Paige Hadley, out with a calf injury the day prior.

Wales looked powerful to begin with but Sarah Klau and Courtney Bruce quickly game to the team’s defence, shutting down any hopes of a win for Wales.

The Diamonds displayed a clinical performance and will match with Jamaica next to compete the pool matches.

Swimming

There were 10 medal races on the cards on day five of the Games with Australia blitzing the tally yet again as the dominant Dolphins continue their feat.

On the first podium place for the night was Chelsea Hodges who snagged bronze in the Women’s 100m Backstroke.

Bradley Woodward powered through the water to take silver in the Men’s 200m Backstroke.

Elizabeth Dekkers took out the gold in a stunning 2:07.26 in the Women’s 200m Butterfly with teammate Brianna Throssell going home with the bronze.

The first podium sweep of the night went to the Women’s 100m Freestyle where 18-year-old Mollie O’Callogham upstaging veteran Shayna Jack in silver and Emma Mckeon with bronze.

Matthew Temple pulled out a silver medal finish in the Men’s 100m Butterfly as he kicked into high gear tying with England’s James Guy.

Jasmine Greenwood came out victorious winning the ultimate prize in the Women’s 200m IM SM10 with fellow Aussie Keira Stephens with the bronze medal.

Newest Dolphin Cody Simpson delivered 5th place in the Men’s 100m Butterfly putting in a solid performance finishing with a time of 52.06.

There was another podium sweep for the Aussies in Women’s 800m Freestyle in Ariarne Titmus’ third gold win of the games.

Weightlifting

Eileen Cikamatana made history with a record breaking performance in the 87kg category.

She became the first woman in the Commonwealth Games to win a gold medal for two countries putting her in a category of her own at the competition.

The Olympian snatched the victory by lifting 110kg to begin with, taking the lead lifting 129kg and overall capped out with a third lift of 145kg.

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