Day Two of the Commonwealth Games was headlined with 26 medal events in a massive day in the pool, on track and on the floor.
Australia closed Day One leading the medal tally with eight golds and 16 total medals, well clear of the competition as it looked to continue its dominance on Day Two
Marathon – Men’s T53/54
The men’s wheelchair marathon saw England’s Johnboy Smith dominate the final 30 minutes of the race, storming past fellow English David Weir who led for about 30km of the race.
Scotland’s Sean Frame claimed silver, 3:34 behind Smith to acheive a season best while Simon Lawson completed a 1-3 for England taking home bronze.
Gold: Johnboy Smith (ENG)
Silver: Sean Frame (SCO)
Bronze: Simon Lawson (ENG)
Marathon – Women’s T53/54
Four women from two nations took part in the event but there was only ever one that could win it.
Australia’s Madison de Rozario not only took home gold, but also claimed a Commonwealth Games record with a time of 1:56:00.
As for the rest of the field, England followed up on the men’s event with another silver and bronze to Eden Rainbow-Cooper and Shelly Oxley-Woods respectively.
Gold: Madison de Rozario (AUS)
Silver: Eden Rainbow-Cooper (ENG)
Bronze: Shelly Oxley-Woods (ENG)
In the men’s marathon, Uganda got itself on the board with its first gold medal of the Birmingham Games. Victor Kiplangat won the race in 2:10:55 ahead of Tanzania’s Alphonce Simbu and Kenya’s Michael Githae.
Gold: Victor Kiplangat (UGA)
Silver: Alphonce Simbu (TAN)
Bronze: Michael Githae (KEN)
Relatively speaking, the women’s marathon was a very tight fight for the medal positions, with just 68 seconds separating first to third over a two and a half hour race.
In the end, Australia claimed its second marathon gold on the day with Jessica Stenson defeating Kenya’s Margaret Wangari Muriuki who claimed silver, while Helalia Johannes of Namibia won bronze.
Gold: Jessica Stenson (AUS)
Silver: Margaret Wangari Muriuki (KEN)
Bronze: Helalia Johannes (NAM)
Weightlifting – Men’s 55kg
Malaysia’s Bin Kasdan Mohamad Aniq trailed by 6kg after the snatch rounds to India’s Sanket Sangar, who put up 113kg.
Then onto the clean and jerk, Mohamad Aniq needed a miracle after Sangar posted 135kg, requiring Mohamad Aniq to clean and jerk 142kg and break the Games record.
That was exactly what he did on his final attempt, taking the first gold home for Malaysia.
Gold: Bin Kasdan Mohamad Aniq (MAS)
Silver: Sanket Sangar (IND)
Bronze: Dilanka Isuru Kumara Yodage (SRI)
Weightlifting – Men’s 61kg
Malaysia made it two from two as Anzil Bin Bidin Muhamad dominated both the snatch and clean and jerk phases of the event. The Malaysian broke the Games record for both phases for a combined score of 285kg, 12kg clear of Papua New Guinea’s Morea Baru.
Gold: Anzil Bin Bidin Muhamad (MAS)
Silver: Morea Baru (PNG)
Bronze: Gururaja Gururaja (IND)
Weightlifting – Women’s 49kg
Yet another Games record was smashed with Chanu Saikhom Mirabai of India becoming the first woman in event history to break 200kg across the two phases. She set the Commonwealth record in the snatch phase as well as the Games record in the clean and jerk phase.
Mirabai punished the rest of the field with second through fifth seperated by just 2kg, as Marie Ranaivosoa and Hannah Kaminski claimed silver and bronze.
Gold: Chanu Saikhom Mirabai (IND)
Silver: Marie Ranaivosoa (MRI)
Bronze: Hannah Kaminski (CAN)
Cycling – Women’s 3000m Individual Persuit
New Zealand struck gold to begin Day Two on the track, with Bryony Botha defeating Australian Maeve Plouff by almost nine seconds at the Lee Valley VeloPark.
In the bronze medal race, Scotland’s Neah Evans also nudged out an Australian in Sarah Roy to secure one of the Scots’ six bronze medals so far.
Gold: Bryony Botha (NZL)
Silver: Maeve Plouff (AUS)
Bronze: Neah Evans (SCO)
Cycling – Men’s 4000m Individual Pursuit
It was once again the Kiwis dominating the velodrome, not only claiming another gold but also silver in an all-New Zealand men’s 4000m pursuit final.
Aaron Gate took home gold with fellow countryman Tom Sexton crossing the line 4.419 seconds later to claim silver. In the bronze medal race, Aussie Conor Leahy narrowly defeated England’s Charlie Tanfield to earn the medal tally leaders another medal.
Gold: Aaron Gate (NZL)
Silver: Tom Sexton (NZL)
Bronze: Conor Leahy (AUS)
Cycling – Women’s Sprint
New Zealand was unstoppable on the track as Ellesse Andrews made it a trifecta of Kiwi golds on Day Two. She won the women’s sprint by the barest of margins in both sprint races.
Andrews scrapped through by 0.003 seconds in first sprint and then by 0.091 seconds to the seconds race to defeat Canadian Kelsey Mitchell.
Gold: Ellesse Andrews (NZL)
Silver: Kelsey Mitchell (CAN)
Bronze: Emma Finucane (WAL)
Cycling – Men’s Keirin
Nicholas Paul from Trinidad and Tobago won the nation’s first medal of the Birmingham Games in the men’s keirin. Paul was one of two Trinidadians in the field of six, with Kwesi Browne unfortunately finishing at the rear.
Scotland’s Jack Carlin finished four tenths of a second from the leader to claim silver with a marginal gap to Shah Sahrom of Malaysia, who took home bronze.
Gold: Nicholas Paul (TTO)
Silver: Jack Carlin (SCO)
Bronze: Shah Sahrom (MAS)
Women’s Artistic Gymnastics
In the artistic gymnastics, the English team were simply unstoppable, winning all four events to claim gold on home soil. They were closely followed by the Australian team, who finished a comfortable second, while the Canadian team claimed bronze.
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Swimming – Men’s 50m Butterfly
Kicking off the swimming was the men’s 50m butterfly, with the home nation claiming another gold medal as Ben Proud blitzed the field. He took home a Games record with a time of 22.81.
Proud was the only competitor to break into the 22s, with silver medallist Tzen Wei Teong four tenths of a second behind.
Gold: Benjamin Proud (ENG)
Silver: Tzen Wei Teong (SGP)
Bronze: Cameron Gray (NZL)
Swimming – Women’s 50m Breaststroke
South Africa notched its first medal of the Commonwealth Games when Lara van Niekerk came home for gold, setting a Games record with a time of 29.73.
The South African pipped Englishwoman Imogen Clarke and Australian Chelsea Hodges, who claimed silver and bronze respectively.
Gold: Lara van Niekerk (RSA)
Silver: Imogen Clarke (ENG)
Bronze: Chelsea Hodges (AUS)
Swimming – Men’s 200m Freestyle
After several silvers and bronzes on day one and two, Scotland finally picked up a gold medal when Duncan Scott got to the wall first in the 200m Freestyle.
From the middle lane, Scott managed to hold off Englishman Tom Dean, who claimed silver. The two Aussies in the race, Elijah Winnington and Mack Horton finished third and fourth.
Gold: Duncan Scott (SCO)
Silver: Tom Dean (ENG)
Bronze: Elijah Winnington (AUS)
Swimming – Men’s 50m Freestyle S13
In a nailbiting finish to the men’s S13 50m freestyle, Canada’s Nicholas Guy Turbide pipped Stephen Clegg of Scotland by 0.01 seconds to claim another gold for the Canadians. The Scots had to settle for yet another silver.
Australia’s three finalists rounded out the field of five.
Gold: Nicholas Guy Turbide (CAN)
Silver: Stephen Clegg (SCO)
Bronze: Jacob Templeton (AUS)
Swimming – Women’s 50m Freestyle S13
Australia almost completed the clean sweep in the women’s S13 50m freestyle, picking up another gold medal through Katja Dedekind who won by over a second. She finished atop of Kirralee Hayes, taking bronze, and Jenna Jones claiming fourth.
Hannah Russell of England stood in between the Aussies and their perfect podium taking silver for the host nation.
Gold: Katja Dedekind (AUS)
Silver: Hannah Russell (ENG)
Bronze: Kirralee Hayes (AUS)
Swimming – Men’s 400m Individual Medley
New Zealand claimed another gold in the pool as Lewis Clareburt, broke another Games record with a scintillating time of 4:08:70. He was 1.45 seconds clear of second placed Brendan Smith from Australia, and 2.57 seconds ahead of Duncan Scott, who picked up a gold earlier in the day.
Gold: Lewis Clareburt (NZL)
Silver: Brendan Smith (AUS)
Bronze: Duncan Scott (SCO)
Swimming – Women’s 100m Butterfly
Of the eight finalists, Canada and Australia dominated the field, making up six competitors for the event.
After the 100m had been swum, it was Team Canada who took gold with Margaret Mac Neil, who also cracked the Games record in the process.
Australia picked up the remaining podium places with Emma McKeon and Brianna Throssell.
Gold: Margaret Mcneil (CAN)
Silver: Emma McKeon (AUS)
Bronze: Brianna Throssell (AUS)
Swimming – Men’s 100m Backstroke
South Africa claimed its second gold medal of the Games when Pieter Coetze, after he narrowly defeated England’s Brodie Paul Williams by a finger tip in the 100m backstroke.
Shockingly, less than a second covered the entire field, with Josh Edwards-Smith finishing 0.85 seconds behind the leader at the back of the field, which displays how competitive these finals are.
Gold: Pieter Coetze (RSA)
Silver: Brodie Paul Williams (ENG)
Bronze: Bradley Woodward (AUS)
Swimming – Women’s 4×100 Freestyle Relay
The women’s 4x100m freestyle final was only going to be won by one team, that being the Australians.
From the middle lane, the Aussies were level with eventual silver medallists England at the 50m turn, but from there never looked back.
They pulled away to win by nearly six seconds and take yet another gold in the pool for Australia. Canada had quite the comfortable race, settling for third position.
Swimming – Men’s 4×100 Freestyle Relay
After seeing the women just minutes earlier, the Aussie men had the pressure on them and they delivered once again. The Aussies picked up another gold and another Games record too.
Funnily, the men’s and women’s podiums were identical with England and Canada rounding out the top three.
Weightlifting – Women’s 55kg All Groups
It is surprising when one individual breaks a Games record, but how about three in the one event? That’s exactly what happened in the women’s 55kg weightlifting.
Adijat Adenike Olarinoye of Nigeria, Bindyarani Devi Sorokhaibam of India and Fraer Morrow of England all broke the original Games record to make for an outstanding podium.
Gold: Adijat Adeike Olarinoye (NGR)
Silver: Bindyarani Devi Sorokhaibam (IND)
Bronze: Fraer Morrow (ENG)
Day Two Medal Tally
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