England’s sprinters secured an impressive relay double as athletes from the home nations won 14 of a possible 44 gold medals on day 10 of the Commonwealth Games.
Eight of those came in the boxing ring, with six English fighters topping the podium, along with Sammy Lee and Lauren Price from Wales.
There was success in the shooting for Wales’ Michael Wixey and Englishman David Luckman, who won his second title of the Games.
Ross Wilson secured TT6-10 singles table tennis gold in an all-English final, with compatriots Liam Pitchford and Paul Drinkhall adding a gold of their own in the men’s doubles pair.
England’s Lisa Whiteside and Gal Yafai won boxing golds, with Peter McGrail, Sandy Ryan, Pat McCormack and Frazer Clarke following suit.
Northern Irish fighters, meanwhile, were left feeling hard done by in several bouts as the country’s boxers ended Saturday with six silver medals.
Scotland added to their medal haul with bronzes for Jack Wightman in the 1500m and Kirsty Gilmour in the badminton, but a winning run in the men’s basketball came to an end in the semi-finals with a 103-46 defeat by Australia.
England’s netballers kept their hopes of a gold medal alive, beating Jamaica in a dramatic semi-final.
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England win double relay gold
England delivered a double relay gold on the track as both the men’s and women’s quartet won their 4x100m events on the final day of athletics action at the Carrara Stadium.
The men’s four of Reuben Arthur, Zharnel Hughes – after his 200m disqualification, Richard Kilty and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey stormed home in a season’s best time of 38.13 seconds to edge South Africa into the silver-medal spot.
Jamaica, whose team included Yohan Blake, had to settle for bronze.
“This squad really enjoy working together and they have delivered,” said two-time world 110m hurdles champion Colin Jackson on BBC TV.
“It is all the time they spend practising with each other. It’s really difficult to get in the England 4x100m relay team because there is real competition for places.”
Fifteen minutes later the women’s four clocked a new national record to take gold.
Asha Philip, Dina Asher-Smith and Bianca Williams set a healthy lead for long jumper Lorraine Ugen to bring the baton home in a time of 42.46, ahead of Jamaica and Nigeria.
“We usually compete before the boys, but they competed before us and won gold, so we thought we had better not embarrass ourselves,” said Philip.
Elsewhere, Morgan Lake secured women’s high jump silver for England and Scotland’s Wightman put in a superb performance to take bronze in the men’s 1500m, while England’s Laura Weightman claimed bronze in the women’s 5,000m.
“That was a superb last lap from Jake Wightman and that is a great bronze medal for him,” said former 1500m world champion Steve Cram.
Home nations impress in the ring
There was a flurry of medals for the home nations during a busy boxing schedule on Saturday.
England’s Whiteside unanimously outpointed Northern Ireland’s Carly McNaul at -51kg, while Yafai got a split call against India’s Amit Phangal at -49kg in the morning session.
And the gold medals kept coming.
England’s Ryan beat Rosie Eccles of Wales in the -69kg for a gold medal she said “means everything”, before Price topped the podium for Wales at -75kg by defeating Australian Caitlin Parker.
“It doesn’t seem real yet,” said Price. “I was up against it fighting in her backyard but it was a more technical fight.”
Walker claimed the decision against Northern Irishman Kurt Walker in the -56kg gold-medal bout, with England edging Northern Ireland again at -69kg as McCormack beat Aidan Walsh.
Welshman Lee was the unanimous winner in his gold-medal match-up with Samoa’s Ato Plodzicki-Faoagali, before England’s Clarke beat India’s Satish Kumar to take the +91kg title.
But along with the gold medals came tears, Northern Ireland’s Michaela Walsh stunned by the split decision which handed Australia’s Skye Nicolson gold in the -57kg.
Northern Ireland’s Kristina O’Hara (-48kg) and Brendan Irvine (-52kg) also ended up with silvers, while England’s Paige Murney was beaten at -60kg.
England’s netballers ‘writing fairytales’
England’s netball team were six goals down at half-time of their semi-final against Jamaica, but recovered to reach their first Commonwealth Games final.
Shooter Jo Harten scored in the final second to secure a 56-55 victory and set up a gold-medal match on Sunday against world number one side Australia, who thrashed New Zealand 65-44 in the other semi-final.
Former England captain Sara Bayman told BBC Sport: “If you are writing fairytales, that is one right there. This is breaking history and breaking the Australian and New Zealand dominance.
“You can’t write it. What amazing mental strength. That is absolutely amazing.”
Record Welsh haul continues to grow
England’s Luckman retained the men’s individual full-bore rifle Queen’s Prize title he won at Glasgow 2014 as team-mate Parag Patel clinched the bronze medal.
It was Luckman’s second gold after he and Patel, 42, retained their Queen’s Prize pairs title earlier in the week.
Wales’ Wixey took gold in the men’s trap final, finishing ahead of England’s Aaron Heading in second, while England’s Dean Bale took bronze in the men’s 50m rifle.
The Welsh continued to build on their record medal return at an overseas Games, taking their haul to 36 – 11 more than the country’s previous best, recorded in New Zealand in 1990.
Dani Rowe added bronze in the women’s road race, before team-mate Jon Mould added a silver in the men’s event and Joshua Stacey came third in the men’s T66-10 table tennis singles.
“I feel like an honorary Welsh girl,” said Rowe. “I’ve been living there for over five years now. It means so much to fly the flag for Wales.”
The medals kept coming, and Wilson took the TT6-10 para table tennis title with a 3-1 victory over fellow Englishman Kim Daybell before Pitchford and Drinkhall beat India 3-2 to win the men’s doubles.
Scotland’s Gilmour and England’s Rajiv Ouseph claimed badminton singles bronze medals, with Syerus Eslami taking third in the men’s freestyle -86kg wrestling and both England’s men’s and women’s hockey teams winning their bronze-medal matches against India.
England’s Matthew Dixon claimed the final silver medal of a frantic day, the 17-year-old narrowly pipped to gold in the men’s 10m platform diving.
Key action on Sunday (all times BST)
00:01 Badminton – mixed doubles gold-medal match. Husband and wife Chris and Gabby Adcock are the defending champions and won bronze at last year’s World Championships.
01:15: Table tennis – mixed doubles gold-medal match. England enjoyed a clean sweep in the mixed doubles in 2014. Reigning champion Paul Drinkhall, who won gold with wife Joanna in Glasgow, is not defending his title, but team-mates Liam Pickford and Tin-Tin Ho could go one better than their silver four years ago.
03:20: Table tennis – men’s singles gold medal match. Singapore are historically the Commonwealth’s pre-eminent table tennis nation, and Gao Ning is their leading man with seven medals at the Games, although he will try and win a first singles title on the Gold Coast. England’s Liam Pickford won bronze in 2014.
04:02: Netball final. All five previous Commonwealth Games netball finals have been between Australia and New Zealand but England will be hoping to have broken up the Antipodean duopoly. Reigning champions Australia are favourites, and the Diamonds will be desperate to win Commonwealth gold on their own soil for the first time.
05:42: Rugby sevens – women’s gold-medal match. Reigning Olympic champions Australia are the standout favourites for the gold medal, having made history in January when they won a World Series tournament without conceding a single point. Neighbours and reigning world champions New Zealand could meet them in the final, although Olympic bronze medallists Canada are another threat.
06:04: Rugby sevens – men’s gold-medal match. Eleven days of action on the Gold Coast will conclude with what promises to be a fitting finale. Reigning Commonwealth champions South Africa have been in good form in the World Series this season, world champions New Zealand have a point to prove after bombing at the last Olympics, Fiji are reigning Olympic champions, and England followed up helping Great Britain earn silver in Rio by coming second again in last season’s World Series.
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