23/04/2024
Day 11 saw its last medals up for grabs, with many athletes going home with medals and bragging rights. The Inner Sanctum looked at the 10 best medal moments of the day.

The 2022 Birmingham Games are officially over as Monday’s closing ceremony marked the formal end of the Games. Day 11 saw its last medals up for grabs, with many athletes going home with medals and bragging rights. The Inner Sanctum looked at the 10 best medal moments of the day.

Badminton

Singapore took home gold after winning straight sets over England in the mixed doubles badminton gold medal match.

Yong Kai Terry Hee and Jessica Wei Han Tan came out on top in their match against English pair Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith, who settled for silver.  

Gold:  Yong Kai Terry Hee and Jessica Wei Han Tan (SGP)

Silver: Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith (ENG)

Bronze: Meng Kian Tan and Jing Pei Lai (MAS)

Meanwhile, India’s Lakshya Sen defeated Malaysia’s Ng Tze Yong 19-21, 21-19, 21-16 in the final of the men’s singles to claim the gold medal.

Team India also secured another medal in the men’s singles with Srikanth Nammalwar Kidambi defeating England’s Paul Drinkhall 4-3 in the bronze medal match.

Gold: Lakshya Sen (IND)

Silver: Ng Tze Yong (MAS)

Bronze: Srikanth Nammalwar Kidambi (IND)

In the women’s singles, two-time Olympic medallist Venkata Sindhu Pusarla, defeated the 2014 Commonwealth Games champion Michelle Li of Canada 21-15, 21-13 to claim her first Commonwealth Games gold medal.

There were concerns for the Indian that her ankle injury would hinder her performance during the singles match against the Canadian. However, after a few early faults and playing shorter rallies than Li, Pusarla made the right judgments and managed to build momentum and dominate her opponent.

Pusarla’s impressive performance will see the table tennis player add another big title to her brimming trophy cabinet.

Gold: Venkata Sindhu Pusarla (IND)

Silver: Michelle Li (CAN)

Bronze: Jia Min Yeo (SGP)

Diving

Australia’s Maddison Kenney and Shixin LI were in the gold medal position for much of the mixed synchronised 3m springboard final until Scotland’s James Heatly and Grace Reid moved top of the rank with an excellent final dive.

Their victory brought Scotland’s Birmingham 2022 gold medal tally to 13.

Heatly and Reid finished with a score of 306.00 to secure the top spot on the podium, while Kenney and LI claimed silver, just 1.98 points shy of the Scots.

Malaysia’s Muhammad Syafiq Bin Puteh and Nur Dhabitah Binti Sabri took home the bronze medal finishing with a score of 299.04.

Gold: James Heatly and Grace Reid (SCO)

Silver: Shixin LI and Maddison Keeney (AUS)

Bronze: Muhammad Syafiq Bin Puteh and Nur Dhabitah Binti Sabri (MAS)

In a competitive mixed synchronised 10m platform final dominated by English pair Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix and Noah Williams, Aussies Cassiel Rousseau and Emily Boyd did exceedingly well to finish in the bronze medal position.

It was a dominant performance by team England, with Spendolini-Sirieix, Williams and fellow English pair Kyle Kothari and Lois Toulson securing gold and silver in front of their home crowd.

Spendolini-Sirieix and Williams finished with a score of 333.06, while Kothari and Toulson scored 318.54.

Aussie diving veteran Melissa Wu and partner Dom Bedggood finished in the sixth position.

Gold: Andrea Spendolini Sirieix and Noah Williams (ENG)

Silver: Kyle Kothari and Lois Toulson (ENG)

Bronze: Cassiel Rousseau and Emily Boyd (AUS)

Table Tennis

Singapore’s Tianwei Feng and Jian Zeng claimed gold in the women’s doubles table tennis, while Aussies Fang Lay and Minhyung Jee scored the silver medal.

The Singaporean pair thrashed the Aussies in game one, winning 11-1. However, the Aussies did manage to gain momentum and close the gap 11-8 in game two.

Singapore was just too good in the third and final as they closed it out 11-8.

Feng’s victory against Australia will see her leave Birmingham with three gold medals to her name. The Singaporean won gold in her singles and team matches.

She is now Singapore’s most decorated Commonwealth Games athlete, having claimed 13 medals since her debut at the 2010 New Delhi Games.

Gold: Tianwei Feng and Jian Zeng (SGP)

Silver: Minhyung Jee and Jian Lay (AUS)

Bronze: Charlotte Carey and Anna Hursey (WAL)

Team India dominated the men’s singles table tennis finals, claiming gold and silver medals.

Sharath Kamal Achanta defeated Englishmen Liam Pitchford 4-1 in yesterday’s match. The 4-1 victory gave Achanta his third gold medal at Birmingham 2022, having already won gold in the men’s team event and in the mixed doubles.

Meanwhile, India’s Sathyian Gnanasekaran claimed his bronze during a nail-biting match against England’s Paul Drinkhall.

Gold: Sharath Kamal Achanta (IND)

Silver: Liam Pitchford (ENG)

Bronze: Sathyian Gnanasekaran (IND)

Hockey

Australia’s men’s hockey team claimed Australia’s final gold medal for Birmingham 2022.

The Kookaburras got off to a great start, scoring two goals in the first 15 minutes of the men’s final.

The Aussies continued to be in command for the rest of the gold medal match thrashing India 7-0.   

Australia’s victory cements their number one ranking in the Commonwealth Games. The Kookaburras have won every gold medal since hockey was introduced in the Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games in 1998.

Gold: Australia

Silver: India

Bronze: England

Squash

Kiwis Joelle King and Amanda Landers-Murphy claimed New Zealand’s 20th gold and final medal of the Commonwealth Games with victory in their squash women’s doubles final.

King and Landers-Murphy scored an 11-8 in game one and then again in game two. Both scores cemented their win over English duo Sarah-Jane Perry and Alison Waters

King’s victory during yesterday’s match was a momentous occasion, as she is the second New Zealander to win five Commonwealth Games gold medals. The only other Kiwi to achieve this is the former world champion and athletic great Valerie Young.

Gold: Joelle King and Amanda Murphy-Landers (NZL)

Silver: Sarah-Jane Perry and Alison Waters (ENG)

Bronze: Aifa Azman and Rachel Arnold (MAS)


The Commonwealth Games gold was already guaranteed for England in the men’s doubles squash final with an all-English contest between James Willstrop and Declan James, and rivals Adrian Waller and Daryl Selby.

It was duo Willstrop and James, who won gold for England, defeating fellow Englishmen Selby and Waller2-1.

Willstrop and James were a class apart early in the contest scoring 11-3 in game one. However, their promising lead quickly slipped away during game two when Waller and Selby closed the gap, winning 7-11.

In a tense final game, Willstrop and partner James managed to slip away securing a tight victory 11-9.

Meanwhile, Scottish pair Greg Lobban and Rory Stewart won the bronze medal against Malaysia’s Yow Eain NG and Wern Chee Yuen.

Gold: James Willstrop and Declan James (ENG)

Silver: Daryl Selby and Adrian Waller (ENG)

Bronze: Greg Lobban and Rory Stewart (SCO)


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