13/04/2024

Australia continued to shine at the Commonwealth Games on Day Two. (Image: @CommGamesAUS/Twitter)

It was another jam packed day at the Commonwealth Games, with highlights including netball, squash and hockey. The Inner Sanctum recaps how Australia did on the second day of the Games.

Marathon

After leading for the entirety of the race, Madison de Rozario helped to continue Australia’s gold rush as she finished the women’s T53/54 marathon.

With a time of 1:56:00, de Rozario also made a new record at the Commonwealth Games. The other Australian competed in the race, Christine Dawes came in fourth place.

Meanwhile, the women’s marathon kicked off as 16 competitors aimed for the gold medal.

Among the 16 were Sinead Diver, Jessica Stenson and Eloise Wellings, representing Australia. Stenson defeated reigning champion Helalia Johannes to claim the gold medal with a time of 2:27:31. Wellings placed fourth with a time of 2:30:50, whilst Diver came in fifth place with a time of 2:31:06.

Despite having an early lead in the men’s marathon, Liam Adams just missed out on a medal, coming in fourth place. Adams ran 2:13:23 and was just seven seconds behind Kenya’s Mugo Githae who placed third.

In his debut games, Andrew Buchanan finished seventh with his time of 2:15:40.

3×3 Basketball

Adelaide 36er Daniel Johnson was a crucial part of Australia’s performance against Trinidad and Tobago.

Johnson had a standout performance, scoring 11 points in the green and gold’s 21-7 win.

Australia also had a win in its matchup against New Zealand. Johnson also was important in this match as he contributed nine points in the 21-11 win.

Jesse Wagstaff also impressed in the event, scoring eight and four respectively.

Swimming

In the 50m breatstroke final, Chelsea Hodges claimed the bronze. Her time of 30.05 saw her just miss out on the silver.

Another bronze for Australia in the pool, this time through Elijah Winnington. He placed third in the men’s 200m freestyle final with a time of 1:45:62.

Meanwhile, Mack Horton finished fourth.

The men’s 50m freestyle S13 final had multiple Australians representing. Jacob Templeton claimed bronze after he placed third, whilst Braeden Jason finished fourth and Oscar Stubbs finished fifth.

Katja Dedekind broke the first world record in these Games during the women’s 50m freestyle S13. After clocking 26.56, Dedekind claimed gold in the event.

Kirralee Hayes joined Dedekind on the podium after she finished third to claim the bronze medal.

The 100m backstroke semi-final saw Australia dominate, with Kaylee McKeown winning with a time of 59.08. Minna Atherton finished second in the event.

In the 400m individual medley, Brendon Smith claimed silver after falling short behind New Zealand’s Lewis Clareburt.

Se-Bom Lee and Kieren Pollard finished fifth and sixth respectively.

The 100m butterfly women’s final saw more Australians impress. Emma McKeon claimed silver after just falling short of gold medallist Maggie Mac Neil from Canada. Australian Brianna Throssell finished third, whilst Alex Perkins finished in fourth place.

For the men’s 100m backstroke final, Bradley Woodward claimed bronze for Australia.

Over at the 4x100m freestyle relay, it was Australia’s chance to shine as the quartet of Emma McKeon, Shayna Jack, Mollie O’Callaghan and Madison Wilson claimed gold.

Their male counterparts also dominated in the pool. Kyle Chalmers, Flynn Southam, Zac Incerti and William Xu Yang claimed gold in the 4x100m freestyle relay.

Lawn Bowls

After trailing 10-3 after nine ends, Australia’s Ellen Ryan secured a huge win against Canada’s Jordan Kos.

Australia’s para men’s pairs team were unfortunately beaten by England as they went down 13-12. However, they fought back to take out the win against Scotland 21-15.

In the men’s triples team, they saw a win against Jersey 15-14 which saw them complete a perfect run of 3-0.

Australia saw a defeat in the women’s fours teams after Scotland claimed the win 16-9. Meanwhile, the South African men’s team handed Australia’s men a 17-8 thumping.

Australia’s para women’s pairs were more lucky, as they claimed wins against South Africa 18-7 and New Zealand 19-8. This leaves them unbeaten in their pool games.

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Netball

The NSW Swifts’ Paige Hadley appeared in her debut Games when Australia took on Scotland.

Despite their opponents pushing through, it wasn’t enough to stop the strong Aussie front. Gretel Bueta was among the standouts with her performance. She shot 24 of 25 goal attempts heading into half-time, helping the Diamonds to a 32-16 lead.

Bueta continued her stellar performance into the second half making 33 to 34 goal attempts at 97 per cent accuracy.

Australia notched another win under its belt, defeating Scotland 83-30. The Diamonds made a whopping 48 goals in just the second half.

But the side faces an injury concern with Hadley, with the midcourter unable to return back in the second term due to an issue with her knee.

(Image: @thecgf/Twitter)

Hockey

The Hockeyroos continued their strong form, taking out the win in their game against Kenya.

It was a walk in the park for the Australians, who were leading 5-0 going into halftime. Australia was unstoppable, keeping Kenya from making a single shot at goal.

The Australians were aiming to get back their Commonwealth title after losing the gold medal match against New Zealand back at the Games in 2018. The Hockeyroos look set for the final following their win against Kenya 8-0.

Table Tennis

Jian Fang Lay and Minhyung Jee have taken the Games by storm after heading into the women’s teams quarter-finals.

The duo took out the win 3-0 and progress to the next stage after a stellar performance against the Maldives. Their perfect run in the group stage also saw them through to victories against Malaysia and Mauritius previously.

Cycling

Maeve Plouffe claimed a silver medal in the women’s 3000m individual pursuit final as she fell short of the gold against New Zealand’s Bryony Botha.

Plouffe was the second fastest in the final with a time of 3:31:995.

In the men’s 4000-metre individual pursuit, Conor Leahy claimed the bronze with his time of 4:09:311.

Over in the men’s keirin, a crash occurred involving Australia’s Matthew Glaetzer. His mission for a three-peat in the event came to an end after he sustained multiple abrasions and some burns due to the crash.

Matthew Richardson just missed out on a medal as he came in fourth place in the keirin final.

Rugby Sevens

The Australian women’s hit a roadblock in their match against a dominant Fijian side. It wasn’t smooth sailing as Fiji managed to make two tries in the first minute. Australia continued to push through, though it was down 12-0 at one stage.

Despite efforts from the likes of Maddison Levi during the dying minutes of the game, it wasn’t enough to overcome Fiji, losing 19-12. As a result, Australia finished second in Pool A after two wins from three matches.

Following on from its loss against Fiji, Australia faced rivals New Zealand in the semi-finals. With the rematch of the 2018 Commonwealth Games finals now set up, it was time to put aside its previous loss.

After Levi scored the opening try, a surge from Australia saw it take the lead 5-0 by the first half.

Things started to look bleak at half-time when Australia began to trail, before the efforts of Levi and her sister Teagan Levi helped to score the match winner. The Aussies defeated New Zealand 17-12.

The women will now play for the gold medal against Fiji.

The Australian men faced some drama in their battle against Kenya after Mark Nawaqanitawase was given a yellow card for a dangerous tackle.

It was a dominant performance for Kenya this time, up by five at half time, leaving the Australian side yet to score.

The second half saw the Aussies switch gears. Despite the initial scare, they took out the win after defeating Kenya 7-5 in the thrilling victory.

But the win might have come at a cost for the men in the green and gold. During the second half, Samu Kerevi left the field following a tackle, and didn’t return for the rest of the game. It’s yet to be seen if Kerevi will play in the quarter finals.

Australia’s men advance to the final four as they meet South Africa. It follows their 7-0 win against Samoa in the quarter final.

Boxing

Featherweight boxer Charlie Senior is through into the round of 16 following his win over Nauru boxer Christon Amram.

Artistic Gymnastics

Led by Georgia Godwin, Australia was victorious in winning the silver medal after finishing second in the final.

Despite the effort, Australia’s women’s artistic gymnastics team just missed out on the gold as they finished with a score of 157.750. It wasn’t enough to take the title which was taken by host nation England who made 161.100 points.

Godwin’s team was made up of Emily Whitehead, Breanna Scott, Kate McDonald and Romi Brown.

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