Day Five of the Commonwealth Games saw many countries and individuals earn medals, with even more record-breaking attempts highlighting another exciting day in Birmingham.
Lawn Bowls – Men’s Pairs
The first medals of the day were awarded in the men’s pairs in lawn bowls.
The match was even from the get go, with both Wales and England trading spots for the lead. By the end of the match, Wales was only able to defeat England by one single point.
The bronze medal match was competed by rivals Northern Ireland and Scotland. Scotland won the match by an impressive margin of 20 shots.
Weightlifting – Women’s 76kg
The first weightlifting medal event occurred in the women’s 76kg category.
In this event youngster Taiwo Liadi recorded the Junior Commonwealth Games record but missed out on first place by 12kg.
She was beaten out by Canadian Maya Laylor, who recorded a Commonwealth Games record with 228kg. Maximina Uepa was last on the podium making it by a measly 3kg.
Gold: Maya Taylor (CAN)
Silver: Taiwo Liadi (NGR)
Bronze: Maximina Uepa (NRU)
Lawn Bowls – Women’s Fours
Day Five was full of medals for the lawn bowls events.
In front for most of the gold medal match, India secured its place as the gold medallists as expected.
In the bronze medal match, New Zealand would go on to claim the win against Fiji.
Silver: South Africa
Bronze: New Zealand
Artistic Gymnastics – Men’s Vault
The first gymnastics medal event of the Day 5 was the men’s vault.
England was able to achieve both the gold and silver medal, increasing its tally. This time it was Jake Jarman and Giarnni Regini-Moran.
To round up the medals was Australian James Bacueti. He could have aimed for a higher spot but was penalised 0.3 points.
Gold: Jake Jarman (ENG)
Silver: Giarnni Regini-Moran (ENG)
Bronze: James Bacueti (AUS)
Table Tennis – Men’s Team
The table tennis men’s team match-up included both singles and doubles matches. The winner of the match would have to win the best of five matches. Tied 1-1 after two games, India went on to beat Singapore 3-1.
England swept Nigeria with ease for the bronze medal winning the game 3-0.
Weightlifting – Men’s 96kg
The Pacific Island countries came into this event eager to prove they are stronger than any other.
Samoan Don Opeloge hit a Commonwealth Games record of 381kg for the gold medal. Right behind him was fellow islander Taniel Tuisuva Rainibogi, who missed out second position by 3kg.
The second position fell to Indian weightlifter Vikas Thakur.
Gold: Don Opeloge (SAM)
Silver: Vikas Thakur (IND)
Bronze: Taniela Tuisuva Rainibogi (FIJ)
Artistic Gymnastics – Women’s Balance Beam
Australia won two medals in the women’s balance beam with Kate McDonald and Georgia Godwin. The two women kept outdoing each other in difficulty and execution.
Godwin had the more difficult routine, but McDonald nailed her execution to near perfection. McDonald ended up winning by 0.033 points.
To round out the medals, Canadian Emma Spence came in third with ease.
Gold: Kate McDonald (AUS)
Silver: Georgia Godwin (AUS)
Bronze: Emma Spence (CAN)
Artistic Gymnastics – Men’s Parallel Bars
Following the women’s balance beam was the men’s parallel bars.
Joe Fraser had a flawless routine, scoring 15.000, way above the rest of the field.
Giarnni Regini-Holmes was awarded the silver medal with 14.733 and Marios Georgious achieved a score of 14.533 coming in third.
Gold: Joe Fraser (ENG)
Silver: Giarnni Regini-Moran (ENG)
Bronze: Marios Georgiou (CYP)
Artistic Gymnastics – Men’s Horizontal Bar
The next gymnastics medal event was the men’s horizontal bar.
Heading in as the favourite, Tyson Bull was unable to clinch the gold medal due to not having the most difficult routine. As always, he succeeded in having the best execution on the bars.
Cyprian Ilias Georgiou completed the shock of the day coming in first while his compatriot Marios Georgiou would win his second bronze medal in a matter of hours.
Gold: Ilias Georgiou (CYP)
Silver: Tyson Bull (AUS)
Bronze: Marios Georgiou (CYP)
Artistic Gymnastics – Women’s Floor Exercise
The last gymnastics medal event of the day was the women’s floor exercise.
England finally got the chance to win a medal in artistic gymnastics, coming in first and second place. These honours were achieved by Alice Kinsella and Ondine Achampong.
A penalty in her routine nearly cost Emily Whitehead her spot on the medal podium. Thankfully she scored enough to keep her in third position ahead of Emma Spence.
Gold: Alice Kinsella (ENG)
Silver: Ondine Achampong (ENG)
Bronze: Emily Whitehead (AUS)
Para Lawn Bowls – Men’s Pairs
Scotland competed against Australia for the gold medal in the para lawn bowls.
The beginning and middle of the match were tight for both teams, but Scotland was able to get off to a small lead. Australia was unable to get back into the match, with Scotland walking away with the win.
To come in third, England defeated New Zealand 13-4.
Judo – Women 63kg
One of the more unique events at the Commonwealth Games, judo rewards two bronze medals in two third-placed matches.
Jasmine Hacker-Jones of Wales won one by ippon, as did Katharina Haecker from Australia.
In a contested final, both women gave up two penalties, but it was ultimately Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard from Canada who came out on top by ippon over Gemma Howell.
Gold: Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard (CAN)
Silver: Gemma Howell (ENG)
Bronze: Jasmine Hacker-Jones (WAL) and Katharina Haecker (AUS)
Judo – Men’s 73kg
The home nation claimed another gold in the men’s 73kg, with Dan Powell winning the gold medal match over Gambian Faye Njie by ippon.
Australia Jake Bensted won one of the bronzes by ippon, while Malaysian Amir Daniel Abdul Majeed won the other at just 17-years-old.
Gold: Dan Powell (ENG)
Silver: Faye Njie (GAM)
Bronze: Jake Bensted (AUS) and Amir Daniel Abdul Majeed (MAS)
Judo- Women’s 70kg
It was Aussie gold in the women’s 70kg final, with Aoife Coughlan taking out the final through ippon. Her opponent and silver medallist, Ebony Drysdale Daley, gave up three penalties throughout the match.
The bronze medals were won by two Englishwomen, Kelly Petersen-Pollard and Katie-Jemima Yates-Brown.
Gold: Aoife Coughlan (AUS)
Silver: Ebony Drysdale Daley (JAM)
Bronze: Katie-Jemima Yates-Brown (ENG) and Kelly Petersen-Pollard (ENG)
Judo – Men’s 81kg
It was a successful night for the English judokas, with Lachlan Moorhead winning another gold for the host country by ippon.
Australian claimed another bronze through Uros Nikolic, while the second was won by Canada’s Mohab El-Nahas to make it two Canadians on the podium.
Gold: Lachlan Moorhead (ENG)
Silver: Francois Gauthier-Drapeau (CAN)
Bronze: Uros Nikolic (AUS) and Mohab El-Nahas (CAN)
Badminton – Mixed Team
Team Malaysia won gold in the mixed team badminton final, after a dominant double 3-0 run through the quarter-finals.
They were challenged by India, who managed to win a set, but held steady to ensure top of the podium.
Team Singapore defeated England in the bronze medal match.
Weightlifting – Women’s 87kg
Australian Eileen Cikamatana put on a performance of the ages to claim the gold medal. She also earned the Commonwealth Games record with a result of 110kg in the snatch and 145kg in the clean and jerk. This got her a total result of 255kg.
With the Aussie firmly in first place, there was a battle between the rest of the athletes for second and third place. In the end Kristel Ngarlem and Mary Taiwo Osijo came second and third with a total result of 236kg and 225kg.
Gold: Eileen Cikamatana (AUS)
Silver: Kristel Ngarlem (CAN)
Bronze: Mary Taiwo Osijo (NGR)
Athletics – Women’s Pole Vault
Recently off her placing at the Athletics World Championships, Nina Kennedy put on yet another outstanding show. She achieved a height of 4.60m which was above everyone else in the field.
Although Molly Caudery, Imogen Ayris and Olivia McTaggart all jumped the same height, there were only two medals to be won.
Caudrey and Ayris (who achieved a season best) had a place on the podium with McTaggart missing out.
Gold: Nina Kennedy (AUS)
Silver: Molly Caudety (ENG)
Bronze: Imogen Ayris (NZL)
Aquatics – Women’s 100m Breaststroke
The 100m breaststroke final had competitors from four different countries. Six of these were either from Australia or South Africa.
It was a tight race between two South Africans for the gold medal. Lara van Niekerk edged out fellow countrywomen Tatjana Schoenmaker by 1.21 seconds.
Australian Chelsea Hodges came in third narrowly beating Molly Renshaw by 0.31 seconds.
Gold: Lara van Niekerk (RSA)
Silver: Tatjana Schoenmaker (RSA)
Bronze: Chelsea Hodges (AUS)
Aquatics – Men’s 200m Backstroke
Englishman Brodie Paul Williams overcame a relatively slow start off the blocks to pull ahead in the final 50m to claim gold.
Starting in lane five, he steadily climbed up the podium as the race went on, doing a body of work in his second and third 50m.
Australian Bradley Woodward finished second by just 0.01 of a second, while Piater Coetze of South Africa was 0.36 behind. A tight field, the whole top five swam sub 1:57.
Gold: Brodie Paul Williams (ENG)
Silver: Bradley Woodward (AUS)
Bronze: Piater Coetze (RSA)
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Aquatics – Women’s 200m Butterfly
The women’s 200m butterfly was another event where the Australians dominated, with both Elizabeth Dekkers and Brianna Throssell claiming gold and bronze respectively.
Englishwoman Laura Stephens rounded out the podium. Though she led for the middle laps, Dekkers stormed home to touch 0.64 seconds faster.
Gold: Elizabeth Dekkers (AUS)
Silver: Laura Stephens (ENG)
Bronze: Brianna Throssell (AUS)
3×3 Wheelchair Basketball- Men’s
Australia came out on top winning the first ever gold medal for the 3×3 men’s wheelchair basketball.
Canada wasn’t able to keep up with the Aussies who delivered a stunning show of force on the court.
England faced off against Malaysia and came out victorious claiming the last step on the podium.
Aquatics – Women’s 100m Freestyle
It was a full Australian podium in the 100m freestyle after Mollie O’Callaghan claimed her first individual gold medal of the games. She swam a brilliant second 50m, which was enough to earn her third gold of Birmingham 2022.
It was strong redemption for her 200m freestyle final, where she claimed silver.
Shayna Jack and Emma McKeon rounded out the podium on what was a brilliant result for the Dolphins.
Gold: Mollie O’Callaghan (AUS)
Silver: Shayna Jack (AUS)
Bronze: Emma McKeon (AUS)
Aquatics – Men’s 100m Butterfly
It was a controversial result in the men’s 100m butterfly as James Guy and Matthew Temple touched the wall at the exact same moment. The officials awarded both men silver, unable to separate them.
Joshua Liendo Edwards finished 0.16 seconds ahead of them, enough to win gold in unique circumstances.
Gold: Joshua Liendo Edwards (CAN)
Silver: James Guy (ENG) and Matthew Temple (AUS)
Athletics – Women’s T37/38 100m
The race sheet for the final was made up of four countries; Australia, England, South Africa and Wales.
Olivia Breen from Wales came in first with a personal best time of 12.83 seconds. Not far behind was Sophie Hahn with a time of 13.09 and Rhiannon Clarke with 13.13.
Gold: Olivia Breen (WAL)
Silver: Sophie Hahn (ENG)
Bronze: Rhiannon Clarke (AUS)
3×3 Wheelchair Basketball- Women’s
Roles were reversed for the women’s wheelchair 3×3 basketball team, going down to Canada on court compared to their male counterparts who claimed gold.
The strong team performance by the Canadians ensured that the Australians finished with the silver medal.
The home team England took on Scotland in a bronze medal decider and came out victorious.
Aquatics – Men’s 50m Breaststroke
Always a manic sprint to hit the wall, the men’s 50m breaststroke was over in all of 26.76 seconds, as England’s Adam Peaty won gold.
He joked post-swim that he could ‘retire now’, after a frustrating Commonwealth Games so far.
Not far behind was Aussie Sam Williamson, while Scot Ross Murdoch rounded out the podium with bronze.
Gold: Adam Peaty (ENG)
Silver: Sam Williamson (AUS)
Bronze: Ross Murdoch (SCO)
Athletics – Women’s Discus Throw
After multiple rounds, the women’s discus throw podium was finally decided. Throwing a season best, Chioma Onyekwere claimed first place with a throw of 61.70m.
Her fellow compatriot Obiageri Amaechi was close behind her, coming in third place. She provided good competition throughout the final but couldn’t get any further.
Claiming another medal for England Jade Lally threw 58.42m to receive the silver medal.
Gold: Chimoa Onyekwere (NGR)
Silver: Jade Lally (ENG)
Bronze: Obiageri Amaechi (NGR)
3×3 Basketball- Men’s
The men’s gold medal match went down to the wire with England beating Australia by one point in a 17-16 victory. Daniel Johnson was the stand-out for the Aussies, netting seven points along with knocking down eight rebounds.
In the England team, it was a team effort with Jaydon Henry-McCalla and Orlan Jackman scoring four points each, while Myles Hesson scored six points.
In the bronze medal match, Canada beat Scotland 13-12 to take the victory and the medal.
Athletics – Men’s 10,000m
Dominated by athletes from the continent of Africa, Ky Robinson (Australia), Andrew Butchart (Scotland) and Sam Atkin (England) tried to cause an upset in the Men’s 10,000m event.
Despite this, Ugandan Jacob Kiplimo dominated the field, delivering a season’s best time along with the Commonwealth Games record. He achieved a time of 27.09:19.
Behind him saw three Kenyans fighting for two spots with less than twenty second behind one another. This race truly showcased the country’s stranglehold over long distance running.
Gold: Jacob Kiplimo (UGA)
Silver: Daniel Simiu Ebenyo (KEN)
Bronze: Kibiwott Kandie (KEN)
Aquatics – Men’s 100m Butterfly S10
It was another Australian dominant podium in the Men’s 100m Butterfly S10 event. Col Pearse took home the gold in a time of 56.91 for the Aussies, alongside his fellow countryman Alex Saffy who finished in the silver medal position.
James Hollis was a well-deserved bronze medallist after coming out of retirement to compete in his home Games.
Gold: Col Pearse (AUS)
Silver: Alex Saffy (AUS)
Bronze: James Hollis (ENG)
Aquatics – Women’s 200m Individual Medley SM10
From the youngest in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games squad to a gold medallist at the Commonwealth Games two years later, Jasmine Greenwood has lived taken down Canadian Aurelia Rivard. She shared the podium with fellow Aussie Keira Stephens who finished in the bronze medal position.
Gold: Jasmine Greenwood (AUS)
Silver: Aurelie Rivard (CAN)
Bronze: Keira Stephens (AUS)
3×3 Basketball – Women’s
In the Women’s able-bodied 3×3 Basketball gold medal play-off, Canada’s Sarah Te-Biasu was the main contributor to their victory scoring seven points. Her teammate Tara Wallack was impeccable on defence having six rebounds. They won 14-13 against England.
Unfortunately Cheridene Green’s six points were not enough to guide England to victory.
The bronze medal match was decided in a Battle of the Pacific. Australia beat New Zealand 15-13 to take home the bronze.
Aquatics- Women’s 800m Freestyle
Australia completed a clean sweep in the Women’s 800m Freestyle earning all three medals.
Ariarne Titmus earned the bragging rights over her fellow Australians while swimming a Commonwealth Games record, she was followed by Kiah Melverton and Lani Pallister.
Gold: Ariane Titmus (AUS)
Silver: Kiah Melverton (AUS)
Bronze: Lani Pallister (AUS)
Aquatics- Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay
Going into the medley relay, Australia were odds on favourite to walk away with the gold medal. They delivered with Australia winning with a time of 3:41.30, more than two seconds ahead of then Canada.
The Canadian team finished in second place with a time of 3:43.98, followed by England 0.04 seconds later.
Athletics- Men’s T45-47 100m
This race was underscored by a blistering performance by Emmanuel Temitayo Oyinbo-Coker. The Englishmen not only achieved his personal best but also the Commonwealth Games record.
He blitzed the field with Aussie Jaydon Page the only racer able to get close to him.
Fellow compatriots Ola Abidogun and James Arnott achieved season best times. Despite this achievement, Arnott was unable to get a place on the podium.
Gold: Emmanuel Temitayo Oyinbo-Coker (ENG)
Silver: Jaydon Page (AUS)
Bronze: Ola Abidogun (ENG)
Athletics- Women’s T33/34 100m
In the Women’s T33/34 100m final it was Australia against England with both countries having three athletes competing.
Multiple records were set with Hannah Cockroft and Sarah Clifton-Bligh hitting Commonwealth Games records. Kare Adenegan hit a season best to claim the bronze medal, while Rosemary Little hit a personal best.
At the end of the race England achieved the clean sweep, claiming all three medals.
Gold: Hannah Cockroft (ENG)
Silver: Kare Adenegan (ENG)
Bronze: Fabienne Andre (ENG)
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