Day Four of the Commonwealth Games saw eight more Aussie golds, teams advance closer to medals, while others were eliminated from contention.
Catch up on all the green and gold action from Birmingham before today’s events.
It was a big day across multiple lawn bowls disciplines, capped off by Ellen Ryan winning gold in the women’s singles.
Coming up against Guernsey’s Lucy Beere, Ryan got off to a shaky start, trailing 11-5 after the 10th end. But she turned it on from there, squaring the ledger by the 13th end before taking the lead and never looking back.
While Beere had a big 15th and 16th end, scoring two points in each, Ryan raced to 21 by the 24th end and took out gold.
The men’s triples team also won silver, narrowly edged out by England 14-12 in the gold medal match.
They came in with huge momentum after smashing Fiji in the semi-final 26-13, but couldn’t convert it in the final ends of their tournament.
The para mixed pairs defeated England 14-11 in a section match, while the para men’s pairs demolished England 17-4 in the semi-final to advance to the gold medal match.
Finally, the para women’s pairs also advanced to the final after defeating South Africa 19-12.
Dropping the semi-final to Singapore yesterday, the Australian women’s table tennis team weren’t eager on leaving Birmingham without a medal.
In both the singles and the doubles matches, Jian Fang Lay, Yangzi Liu and Minhyung Jee demolished their Welsh opponents in straight sets to take home bronze.
Jee and Lay in particular powered through the doubles match, winning the first two sets 11-5 before hanging on for an 11-8 clean sweep.
The Judo events kicked off on Monday, with brothers Nathan and Josh Katz representing Australia together.
Josh had a solid run in the men’s -60kg, winning his first two matches by ipon without giving a single point to his opponent.
His first match-up only took him just over two minutes to dispose of Wales’ Callum Bennett.
The judoka’s run was ended by Englishman Ashley McKenzie in the semi-final with a waza-ari, but he still had a second chance to make a run for a medal, winning his contest for the bronze medal match.
Nathan completed his third elimination match to advance to the quarter-finals of the men’s -66kg, which he dropped.
He redeemed himself in the repechage, advancing to the bronze medal match and taking out the medal in just under four minutes.
Kyle Chalmers added another gold to his trophy cabinet, taking out top spot in the men’s 100m freestyle by just .38 seconds. Fellow Aussies William Xu Yang and Zac Incerti finished fifth and eighth respectively.
Matthew Levy kept the freestyle ball rolling, also collecting gold in the men’s 50m freestyle S7 final.
Bradley Woodward missed the podium by .11 seconds in the men’s 50m backstroke, after winning bronze in the 100m.
Emma McKeon already became the most decorated Commonwealth athlete of all time, but made it even harder to catch that record with another gold in the women’s 50m butterfly. Holly Barratt rounded out the podium with bronze for two Aussie medals.
Meanwhile, the boys put on a show in the 4x200m freestyle relay. Elijah Winnington got Australia off to the perfect start, taking the lead by the 150m mark and not dropping it.
Mack Horton started the final leg with a team high 24.33 to solidify more gold for Australia in the pool.
Kaylee McKeown won herself gold and silver in her two events, dominating the 200m backstroke but being pipped at the post by Canada’s Summer McIntosh in the 200m individual medley.
The runs of Australians Charlie Senior and Billy McAllister came to an end on Day Four, both eliminated in their respective rounds of 16.
Both men barely lost through split decision after fighting all three rounds.
After claiming gold yesterday in the all-around final, Georgia Godwin earned herself another one in the vault final.
Her stunning 13.700 in her first vault was enough to see her through to the top position, even after a shakier second. While it wasn’t the most difficult of the group, she managed to land both with no penalties.
Fellow Australian Emily Whitehead wasn’t as lucky, earning 0.3 penalties for both her vaults.
Godwin wrapped up her strong two days with yet another medal, this time silver in the uneven bars. Englishwoman Georgia-Mae Fenton won gold by just .400 points.
Clay Mason-Stephens finished seventh in the men’s floor final, while an unfortunate dismount saw Jesse Moore sixth in the pommel horse.
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The Australian Diamonds had another successful group encounter, taking down South Africa in a 25 goal win.
Heading into their fourth group game against Wales, the Diamonds remain undefeated atop Group A alongside Jamaica, one of the current frontrunners to take home gold.
Gretel Bueta and Courtney Bruce starred at opposite ends, while Liz Watson was the standout midcourter. However, the game wasn’t without its downsides, with Paige Hadley limping off injured.
The midcourt depth will be tested, with Kate Moloney successfully taking over Hadley’s post in centre for the remainder of the game.
Australian Sarah Cochrane claimed silver in the women’s 64 kg final. She nailed all three of her snatches to sit just one point behind gold medallist Maude Charron heading into the clean and jerk.
She only finished 15 points off top billing after dropping her final clean and jerk, but given her opposition broke a Games record, it was a strong effort regardless.
In the men’s 81kg, Kyle Bruce got even closer to gold, nailing his first lift of 143kg in the snatch before dropping 147kg twice. He finished one point behind the gold medallist, winning silver.
Over in the women’s 71kg, despite completing all three of her clean and jerks, Kiana Elliot couldn’t lift enough to catch the podium. She finished in a valiant fourth.
It was another strong showing for the Kookaburras, who sit comfortably atop Group A after winning their second group game over New Zealand.
Blake Govers and Aran Zalewski were the standouts in front of goal, scoring two each.
The Australians broke away in the second term with a three goal to one showing, shocking the Black Sticks and never looking back.
The Hockeyroos start off tomorrow’s session against New Zealand’s women’s counterparts, while the Kookaburras next face South Africa on Wednesday.
It’s been a massively successful Games for the Aussies in the velodrome, and that continued onto Day Four with yet another medal showing.
Matthew Glaetzer and Thomas Cornish topped the podium in the men’s 1000m time trial final, separated by barely half a second from each other.
Both were in medal positions from their opening 250m, but a full Aussie podium wasn’t to be. Matthew Richardson finished barely outside bronze.
While women’s pairing Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar have become household names after their showing in Tokyo, men’s pair Chris McHugh and Paul Burnett have also been silently getting it done in the group stages.
The men claimed a convincing two set win over their South African opponents, winning both sets 21-12 in a dominant performance.
Burnett was particularly deadly against the net, winning 15 of his 16 attacks. The Aussies had a 70 per cent overall attack success, and a 100 per cent dig success.
They sit nicely undefeated at the top of Group B, with a huge match up against the undefeated Rwandan pair to come.
Three wins and a loss rounded out Day Four of 3×3 basketball for the Australian teams across the four events.
On the men’s side, both the wheelchair and able-bodied team advanced onwards after moving past the group stages.
Tom Wright had a game to remember against Kenya for the 3×3 Boomers, shooting eight points and collecting three rebounds. The Boomers won 20-15 to advance to the gold medal game against England.
For the wheelchair men, it was the tightest of margins, with the 3×3 Rollers beating England by just one point. They’ll face Canada in the gold medal match.
The 3×3 Opals bowed out in the semi-final, but will still have the chance to play for bronze against New Zealand.
Meanwhile the 3×3 Gliders ensured Australia will be fighting for a medal in every 3×3 event, beating England by two points to also face off against Canada for gold.
While she didn’t convert them all, Amber Merritt continued to shine with 16 shots across the game, shooting four points to go with five boards.
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