DAILY REVIEW – TUESDAY 10 APRIL
Compiled by David Tarbotton
The swimmers continued there all conquering campaign with 13 medals, including an outstanding eight gold medals on the final day of competition. They shattered all records, winning 73 medals, including 28 gold. The performance of 28 gold It had started with two wins from two events in the road cycling.
GOLD MEDALS (11)
Athletics Women’s T54 1500m Madison de ROZARIO
Cycling Road Men’s Individual Time Trial Cameron MEYER
Cycling Road Women’s Individual Time Trial Katrin GARFOOT
Swimming Men’s S9 100m Backstroke Brenden HALL
Swimming Women’s 400m Freestyle Ariarne TITMUS
Swimming Women’s 50m Backstroke Emily SEEBOHM
Swimming Women’s S8 50m Freestyle Lakeisha PATTERSON
Swimming Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay Emily SEEBOHM Georgia BOHL Emma McKEON Bronte CAMPBELL
Swimming Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay Mitch LARKIN PACKARD Jake Grant IRVINE Kyle CHALMERS Jack CARTWRIGHT David MORGAN Matt WILSON Bradley WOODWARD
Swimming Men’s 200m Individual Medley Mitch LARKIN
Swimming Men’s 1500m Freestyle Jack MCLOUGHLIN
SILVER MEDALS (5)
Athletics Men’s T54 1500m Kurt FEARNLEY
Athletics Women’s Hammer Throw Alexandra HULLEY
Athletics Women’s T54 1500m Angela BALLARD
shooting Women’s 25m Pistol Elena GALIABOVITCH
Swimming Men’s S9 100m Backstroke Timothy HODGE
BRONZE MEDAL (8)
Athletics Men’s 110m Hurdles Nicholas HOUGH
Athletics Men’s Decathlon Cedric DUBLER
Athletics Men’s T54 1500m Jake LAPPIN
Athletics Women’s Hammer Throw Lara NIELSEN
Swimming Men’s 1500m Freestyle Mack HORTON
Swimming Men’s 200m Individual Medley Clyde LEWIS
Swimming Men’s 50m Freestyle Cameron MCEVOY
Swimming Men’s S9 100m Backstroke Logan POWELL
Favourite for the women’s T54 1500m, Madi de Rozario defeated defending champion and teammate Angie Ballard to claim the Commonwealth title. It was a commanding performance winning by two seconds in a slow tactical race. In the men’s Kurt Fearnley came so close to finishing his track career with gold, defeated by just 0.17 seconds, placing second in 3:11.92, ahead of teammate Jake Lappin.
Nick Hough lived up to his recent form and went one place better than Glasgow and finished on the podium after a magnificent run in the 110m hurdles. After a good start, he smashed a few mid-race hurdles and looked out of it, but he dug deep and over the last few hurdles and made large gains on the leaders to place third in a PB time of 13.38. There was another bronze for Cedric Dubler in the decathlon, a brilliant result considering his elbow injury a few weeks prior, but we were left wondering just what he could have done injury free?
It was an Oceania clean sweep in the women’s hammer as New Zealander Julia Ratcliffe defeated Alex Hulley 69.94m to 68.20m, while in third Lara Nielsen hit 65.03m. Linden Hall ran the perfect race to finish fourth in the women’s 1500m, our second best ever result in Commonwealth history. Steve Solomon ran his best series of races, since he made the London Olympic final in 2012. In the final, he placed seventh in 45.64. In the women’s 400m semi-finals, Anneliese Rubie had little trouble progressing to the final as the fastest non-automatic qualifier with a PB of 51.51.
In morning action there was an extraordinary performance by Henry Frayne in the long jump. The often-injured Frayne leapt a Games record and PB of 8.34m. It elevated him to fourth best in Australian history. His teammates Chris Mitrevski and Fabrice Lapierre also progressed to the final. In track action, six athletes progressed to the next round: 800m final – Luke Mathews and Joseph Deng; and 200m semifinals Riley Day, Maddie Coates, Larissa Pasternasky and Alex Hartmann.
The individual component of the badminton competition began today and Australia started in style with comfortable victories in the men’s and women’s singles.
Anthony Joe was slightly tardy by his own admission in finding his rhythm, but won in straight sets over Daniel San of Ghana and then Wendy Chen thrashed another Ghanaian, Eyram Migbodzi, conceding just 5 points. They now advance to the round of 32.
Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy produced yet another clinical performance and blew past Rwanda in straight sets to qualify for tomorrow’s semifinals. Both Artacho del Solar and Clancy overpowered the opposition pairing of Mutatsimpundu and Nzayisenga, with the match ending in just 28 minutes and with a 21-9, 21-8 scoreline.
Chris McHugh and Damien Schumann picked up where our women left off, dispatching Sierra Leone in a dominant display of beach volleyball. McHugh was a weapon at the net, sending Kamara and Lombi scurrying to all corners of the court. McHugh and Schumann rounded out the match in two sets – 21-12, 21-14.
Australian boxer Skye Nicolson is through to the semifinals of the women’s 57kg division at the Commonwealth Games, after a fighting victory over Cameroon’s Christell Aurore Ndiang. It was a unanimous decision, and Nicolson is now looking forward to the semifinal on Friday, when she will face Canada’s Sabrina Aubin-Boucher for a spot in the gold medal bout.
Jason Whateley also posted a win in the 91kg quarterfinal, against Northern Ireland’s Damien Sullivan. While it was not a unanimous the decision, the win means Whateley has guaranteed himself a spot in the semifinal.
In the men’s 64kg, Liam Wilson was not so lucky, losing his bout to England’s Luke McCormack. Terry Nickolas also ended his winning streak, knocked out of medal contention by India’s Major Kumar by 4:1 decision. Toese Voi Siutu, who was a strong chance for Australia, was also defeated in the 91kg by England’s Frazer Clarke.
CYCLING – ROAD
Australian pair Cameron Meyer and Katrin Garfoot have continued Australia’s cycling gold rush, dominating the Commonwealth Games road time trials on the Gold Coast.
Meyer delivered Australia’s 11th cycling gold medal of GC2018 with a dominating win in the men’s time trial. Meyer conquered the tricky course in 48 minutes 13.04 seconds to chase down the previous best time set by New Zealand’s Hamish Bond; while lady luck cruelled the hopes of teammate Callum Scotson who finished in fourth.
Gold Coast local Katrin Garfoot obliterated the field to win gold in the GC2018 women’s individual time trial, an upgrade from her bronze at the Glasgow Games four years ago. Garfoot was a class above in the women’s event, stopping the clock at 35:08.09, almost one minute ahead of silver medallist and defending champion Linda Villumsen of New Zealand.
HOCKEY – MEN
The Kookaburras outclassed Canada in their penultimate match of the GC2018 men’s hockey competition, winning 4-0. They will face Trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand in their final pool game at 4.30pm tomorrow at the Gold Coast Hockey Centre.
Australia’s vision-impaired mixed pairs have booked a berth in tomorrow’s Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games’ gold medal decider.
Lynne Seymour (Director Bob Seymour) and Jake Fehlberg (Director Grant Fehlberg) will attempt to claim Australia’s second gold medal of the Games’ lawn bowls competition, and just the second since 2006, after a stunning semifinal performance this evening where they toppled Scotland. The team will contest the gold medal decider tomorrow at 7:00 PM.
Commonwealth Games debutant Aaron Wilson has firmed as a dark horse for the blue-ribbon men’s singles gold medal today, after galloping to three consecutive victories across the day to round out the sectional stages and earn spot in the quarterfinals.
It was a night of euphoria for Australia’s four Para-powerlifters on the Gold tonight, as one ended his decade long career in front of a home crowd, while the other three catapulted themselves into the next stages of their young careers.
Perth local Ben Wright lead the way for the Australian contingent tonight in the men’s heavyweight category, comfortably achieving three legal lifts. At 89.8 kilograms, Wright was able to lift 172kg on his final lift to secure a total of 152.4 points, putting him into fifth place. In any other circumstance, Wright would be unhappy with his result, but having had a seizure not even ten weeks ago, which resulted in compression fractures in four of his vertebrae, he was thrilled with his placing and was thrilled at the prospect of what he might be able to do in the future.
Veteran of the Australian Para-powerlifting team, three-time Commonwealth Games athlete Leigh Skinner used tonight as his swansong to his beloved sport. While he was not able to complete three lifts in the same event as Wright, Skinner still considers tonight as his career highlight after ten years on the international circuit.
For Australia’s other two athletes, Kelly Cartwright and Nang Nguyen, the Commonwealth Games was a learning curve on their upward trajectory to Para-powerlifting stardom. Cartwright, at 47kg herself, achieved her goal of setting a new personal best of 64kg, with three completed lifts. She finished in seventh place. The fourth athlete to compete tonight was wheelchair athlete Nang Nguyen, who competed in the men’s lightweight class. Like Skinner, he was unable to complete his final two lifts and finished in eighth place.
Elena Galiabovitch has won her second medal of the GC2018 Games, winning the silver in the women’s 25m pistol. The Rio Olympian fell just short of gold, finishing just three points behind India’s Heena Sidhu – the Indian setting a new Games record in the process (38).
Meantime, James Daly finished a creditable sixth in the men’s 50m rifle prone men’s final, scoring a total of 163.2. Fresh from his gold medal performance in the men’s 10m air rifle competition, Dan Sampson was just off the pace in the 50m rifle prone and failed to make it past qualification.
Australia’s squash players were back in action today, with the commencement of the men’s, women’s and mixed doubles tournaments. Six matches were played by various combinations of Australians, with all six matches won.
Zac Alexander and David Palmer began Australia’s doubles campaign with a win, giving confidence to the others set to play. The pairing took on Cayman Island’s Alexander Frazer and Jacob Kelly, defeating then in two straight sets. Like their male counterparts, Commonwealth bronze medallist in the doubles Donna Urquhart and Rachel Grinham dominated Cayman Island’s pairing Samantha Hennings and Marlene West 2-0.
In the mixed doubles today, Urquhart backed it up to compete with Cameron Pilley, defeating Guyana’s Taylor Fernandes and Sunil Seth 2-0. Ryan Cuskelly made his return to Commonwealth Games competition after injury, pairing up with Cameron Pilley to win against Fiji’s Sailesh Pala and Romit Parshottam.
Cuskelly played again just hours later with Rachael Grinham, to beat Malaysa’s Aifa Azman and Sanjay Sing Chal 2-0, while Grinham and Urquhart played their second match together for the day, defeating Canada’s Samantha Cornett and Nikki Todd 2-1.
Following an outstanding effort by the Dolphins over the last five nights of competition, the final night of the swimming program at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games did not disappoint, with the team winning 8 of the 9 gold medals on offer. Ariarne Titmus gave us a spectacular opening with a gold medal in the women’s 400m freestyle. Fellow competitors Jessica Ashwood and Mikkayla Sheridan came in fifth and sixth, respectively. Cameron McEvoy won our second medal of the night, the bronze in the men’s 50m freestyle. James Magnussen and James Roberts finished the race in sixth and seventh places. The next race, the women’s 50m backstroke, was an extremely close call for the podium with the first four competitors all touching the wall in under 28 seconds. It was championed by Emily Seebohm, with Holly Barrett just nudged off the podium to finish fourth.
Mitch Larkin won his fourth gold medal of GC2018 in the men’s 200m individual medley alongside Clyde Lewis who nabbed the bronze. Lucky Lakeisha Patterson came home with her second gold medal in the women’s S8 50m freestyle, ahead of Tiffany Thomas Kane who finished fourth. Australia’s seventh trifecta of GC2018 came in the men’s S9 100m backstroke with Brenden Hall scoring the gold, Timothy Hodge taking the silver and Logan Powell winning the bronze. The signature race, the men’s 1500m freestyle, was an outstanding display of physical and mental prowess for gold medallist Jack McLoughlin and bronze medallist Mack Horton.
With just the medley races left to finish the meet, it was down to the relay teams to try and break Australia’s record of 27 gold medals in the pool. Seebohm, Georgia Bohl, Emma McKeon and Bronte Campbell had an amazing swim to defend the gold in the women’s 4x100m medley relay. This win brings Seebohm’s total Commonwealth medals to 15, equalling that of Madam Butterfly, Susie O’Neill. Our 28th gold medal in the pool was secured in the men’s 4x100m medley relay team, smashing our previous Manchester 2002 record. Larkin, who has now won his fifth medal of GC2018, Jake Packard, Grant Irvine and Kyle Chalmers swam a tight race with second placegetter England, with just 0.09sec between the two.
Two-time Paralympian Melissa Tapper is on track to win Australia’s first Commonwealth gold in the sport, after dominating her opening match of the Para-table tennis competition at Gold Coast 2018.
In the mixed class competition, Tapper, a dual Olympian/Paralympian was able to take down class 6 athlete Maitreyee Sakar from India in a staggering 12 minutes. Tapper, who is ranked number three in the world in class 10, won the match three sets (11-3, 11-1, 11-3).
In other results today, Melbourne’s Barak Mizrachi also suffered a loss in his opening match against England’s Ross Wilson (11-4, 11-8, 11-5) and Rio 2016 Paralympian Andrea McDonnell, also a class 10 athlete, competed against Nigeria’s Fath Obazuaye but was defeated in three straight sets (11-9, 11-9, 11-6.). All three will continue their group stage tomorrow, ahead of the semifinals this weekend.