Commonwealth Games 2018 Live Day 2: Swimming, basketball, netball, cycling, beach volleyball and more
THERE are another 17 gold medals up for grabs on day two of the Commonwealth Games, including nine in the pool and four in track cycling.
That should equal another big haul for Australia after a world record-setting start on day one.
The Boomers and Opals and our beach volleyballers begin their campaigns.
Boxers in bizarre biting match
Antigua and Barbuda boxing star Yakita Aska has been busted in a bizarre moment during his match against New Zealand brawler David Nyika.
Nyika told journalist Matt Manukia he was bitten by his opponent midway through their bout.
“I copped a couple of bite marks, a couple of low blows,” he said, revealing Aska wasn’t at all trying to hide his crime.
“It’s a tough sport, he admitted he bit me at the end. But that’s the sport we’re in – only the fittest survive. You gotta do what you gotta do.”
Nyika won the light heavyweight bout comfortably 5-0.
Another record bites the dust
Australian cycling star Annette Edmonson has added to the growing list of broken records by burning around the Anna Meares Velodrome in a Games record time.
Up against Wales cyclist Hayley Jones, Edmonson proved her dominance by overaking her opponent despite starting on opposite sides of the track.
Edmonson crossed the line in 3:27.25, more than 10 seconds ahead of her opponent.
The barnstorming time throws down the gauntlet to her rivals ahead of the individual pursuit finals.
Aussie slugger dominates opponent
Campbell Somerville has helped Australia continue its winning start in the boxing with a commanding victory in the men’s 75kg division.
Somerville, 21, used his range to apply heavy pressure on Grenada’s Joshua Redhead before the referee stopped the fight midway through the third round.
Holding a 15cm reach advantage Somerville landed heavy blows and sent his opponent to the canvas in every round.
Somerville joins Harry Garside (60kg) and Terry Nickolas (69kg) in the round of 16.
🇦🇺 Campbell Somerville goes BANG 🥊🥊
— 7CommGames (@7CommGames) April 6, 2018
‘Astonishing’ 11-year-old thrills Games
WELSH youngster Anna Hursey continues to win hearts at the Commonwealth Games after helping her country to a win in a group match against Sri Lanka.
The 11-year-old primary school student tenaciously fought back from two sets down in her singles bout to tie the match 2-2, before losing the final set 11-7.
But she combined with teammate Chloe Thomas for a straight sets win in the doubles as Wales prevailed 3-1 overall. Charlotte Carey won both her singles matches for the Welsh.
It’s absolutely incredible that an 11 year old is competing at the #Commonwealth2018
Anna Hursey of 🏴 is already ridiculous at 🏓
Just think what you were doing at age 11………..
— Jay Taylor (@JayTaylorMedia1) April 6, 2018
— Process_Repeat (@Baron_1771) April 6, 2018
The counterpoint to this is Welsh 11-year-old Anna Hursey whose reactions are professionalism and stoicism personified. She is astonishing.
— Julez Redding (@mulebeatsdrums) April 6, 2018
Hursey, the youngest athlete at the Games, partnered with Carey to win a doubles match against India on day one, although the Welsh lost their opening tie 3-1.
Standing at 155cm and weighing 45kg, Hursey showed she also boasts a surprisingly fearsome forehand, delighting the fascinated Gold Coast crowd with several big winners.
But she was whisked away from waiting media without taking questions.
Doubles partner Carey, 21, soon stepped in to fill the breach and answer the burning question: what’s it like having a teammate who’s still in primary school?
“Obviously she’s 11, so she needs to go to bed a bit earlier than us,” Carey said.
“We need to try and stop her from drinking about 12 Powerades that are just hanging around in the fridges for free.
“It’s like having our own child here a little bit sometimes.”
Life in the athletes’ village — often party central — is a little different for Hursey, whose Chinese-born mother Phoebe acts as her chaperone.
Keen to ensure she has some fun outside of competition, Carey’s teammates have taken the Mandarin-speaking youngster under their wing.
“To be honest, you would never think she’s 11,” Carey said. “Sometimes we have to be a bit careful what we’re talking about because you forget that she’s so young.
“She’s a good player and obviously it’s nice that she’s bringing a lot of attention to table tennis.”
— with AAP
Top ranked Aussie withdraws
Australia’s No. 1 men’s squash player Ryan Cuskelly has withdrawn from the Commonwealth Games singles draw after succumbing to a leg injury following his day-one win.
Cuskelly had moved into the round of 16 after beating Othneil Bailey of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on Thursday but will now focus on recovering to compete in the doubles next week.
Relay team cruises to victory
After the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay team blew the world away last night, the men’s team hit the water for qualifying.
Cameron McEvoy, James Magnussen, Jack Cartwright and James Roberts lined up and ran effectively a one-horse race.
The quartet cruised to a dominating win, eventually finishing the event in a Games record time of 3:12.72, almost four seconds ahead of second placed Scotland.
With the team expected to change ahead of the final, the spots will be hotly contested.
— Australian Swim Team (@DolphinsAUS) April 6, 2018
Seebohm sets new Games record
Emily Seebohm sent a giant warning to the rest of the field in the women’s 100m backstroke event with a lightning swim in the second heat.
Crossing the line well ahead of the field to claim the Games record in a time of 58.91, Seebohm held the record for only a matter of minutes.
In the very next heat, Canada’s Kylie Masse bettered her mark by ending the third and final heat in a time of 58.70 to qualify for the semi-finals in first place.
The two were the only swimmers to finished under the one-minute mark.
Hanson disgusted by Opening Ceremony
It’s fair to say Pauline Hanson wasn’t a fan of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Speaking on Sky News she addressed her distaste at the overuse of the Aboriginal culture when portraying Australia.
“I’m not used to seeing Aboriginals sing rap, although fair enough. But it just went on for so long — about 20 minutes that I watched this Aboriginal. As far as I’m concerned, that is not Australia,” Hanson said.
“They are part of the culture, the heritage of this country — they are not what Australia is about. I’m sick and tired of hearing this pushing about reconciliation and the gap and yet outside the Games we had people that were protesting.”
Chalmers wins heat in remarkable fashion
Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers used his patented move of flying home in the final 50m to take out his heat in the men’s 200m freestyle on Friday morning.
After South African star of the pool Chad Le Clos burst out of the blocks, he held onto a one second lead over Chalmers as the two turned for home.
Chalmers used his powerful kick to scorch the water and finish over the top of his rival to clock a time of 1:47.10.
The time makes him the fourth fastest qualifier for the final where he’ll be joined by fellow Aussies Alexander Graham and Mack Horton.
Horton finished second in his heat after claiming Australia’s first gold medal of the games last night by taking out the men’s 400m freestyle final.
We’re in for a cracker tonight!
— 7CommGames (@7CommGames) April 6, 2018
After smashing their own world record in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay, three swimminers from the team hit the pool on Friday morning.
Cate Campbell, her sister Bronte Campbell and Shayna Jack all won their respective 50m freestyle heats and were the top three qualifiers for Friday night’s semi-finals.
Comm Games flasher revealed
A woman’s bare bum has gone viral during the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Courtesy Channel 7
The young woman whose backside stole the show at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony was a volunteer from a community dance group.
The unfortunate wardrobe slip-up, which occurred during Ricki-Lee Coulter’s beach-themed performance of her new song Technicolour Love, became the talk of the ceremony after Georgia Lear, 19, flashed her bare bottom on live TV.
Lear became an international sensation when halfway through the song the camera flashed to a group of dancers as they flung their towels over their backs, but her towel got tangled as she ran into a swarm of performers, exposing her bottom to an estimated 1.5 billion viewers.
Lear revealed she was the unwitting star of the show in an Instagram post. “Last night I was feeling really BUMMED … BUTT that’s all BEHIND me now! I hope you all had a CRACKing good time watching the ceremony. Don’t forget the camera adds 5kgs … yes it was me!!!!!”
Lear is third from left in the photograph below.
Day One wrap: World records fall
World records on the cycling track and in the pool gave host Australia a late boost on the opening day of competition at the Commonwealth Games after the setback of losing hometown hero Sally Pearson.
The Australian swimmers have a tradition of setting the tone for the rest of the team at the Commonwealth Games, but the English made a faster start before the home team rallied with a big statement in the last event of the night.
Sisters Bronte and Cate Campbell, Emma McKeon and Shayna Jack set a world record 3 minutes, 30.05 seconds in the 4x100m women’s freestyle relay, lowing the mark the Australians set at the 2016 Olympics.
“It was beyond my wildest dreams,” Cate Campbell said. “My coach said ‘The atmosphere out there is electric, go out, soak it up.’ I think that is what we’ve done.”
England finished Thursday with six gold and 12 medals overall, and Australia had five gold and 15 in total. Malaysia had two golds in weightlifting for third spot, and Canada was fourth in the standings with one gold and seven overall.
Olympic champion Mack Horton won Australia’s first gold of the meet in the 400m freestyle, while Canada’s Taylor Ruck (200m freestyle) and England’s Aimee Willmott (400 individual medley) and James Wilby (200 breaststroke) also claimed gold in the pool.
England lost the chance at another gold medal world champion swimmer Ben Proud was disqualified after winning his first heat in the 50-meter butterfly.
The Aussies picked up three gold medals further north in Brisbane at the Anna Meares Velodrome, winning the men’s 4000 team pursuit in a world-record time and also capturing the women’s team pursuit and team sprint.