Commonwealth Games 2018 Live Day 5: Swimming finals, Cate Campbell results
AUSTRALIA has another chance to cheer on its swimmers on the penultimate day of action in the pool.
Cate and Bronte Campbell will both hunting medals in the women’s 100m freestyle while a host of other finals also take place later tonight.
Our women’s hockey players face New Zealand and the Australian men’s volleyball team will also be on show.
There’s no shortage of athletics action either with the blue ribbon events — the men’s and women’s 100m finals — poised to take centre stage.
‘Disaster’ for transgender weightlifter
Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard has pulled out of competition on the Gold Coast in eventful scenes, after initially blowing the competition away in the first discipline of the women’s over 90kg weightlifting.
The 40-year-old Kiwi responded to a warm reception from the crowd inside the Carrara Sports Arena by performing a 120kg snatch lift in her first attempt to put the competition on notice.
None of the other lifters, including Aussie Deb Loveley-Acason, got anywhere near Hubbard’s mark.
Last-year’s runner up at the weightlifting world championships then failed to lift 127kg on her second attempt.
The competition may have been turned on its head on Hubbard’s third lift when she again failed to lift the 132kg bar and then winced in pain as she was forced to drop that bar while in the act of lifting it over her head.
Hubbard then grabbed her elbow and appeared in considerable pain as she walked off the stage.
“Oh wow. That to me looked like the elbow came out and went back in,” a Channel 7 commentator said. “She knows she’s in trouble.”
A Kiwi TV commentator described the moment as a “dramatic twist” after Hubbard had appeared well on her way to the gold medal. Only Samoan Feagaiga Stowers challenged Hubbard with a lift of 113kg.
She received treatment from a physiotherapist but was unable to take part in the clean and jerk.
Laurel Hubbard gone up to 132kg for this lift. For the @GC2018 record and that was almost a disaster. She’s clutching her elbow, it may have dislocated as she dropped the bar behind her. Go get em darl! #TransIsBeautiful
— MaryHaddockStaniland (@MaryHadStan) April 9, 2018
— MaryGearin (@MaryGearin) April 9, 2018
— Kimberlee Downs (@KimberleeDowns) April 9, 2018
It comes after much debate about Hubbard’s inclusion at the Games. Former New Zealand runner Dick Quax — a silver medallist in the men’s 1500m in 1970 — said he would not be watching his compatriot.
I definitely will not be watching the womans weightlifting from the Com Games this afternoon which I consider fraudulent due to the inclusion of Laurel Hubbard.
— Dick Quax (@DickQuax) April 9, 2018
Samoan weightlifting head coach Jerry Wallwork also criticised Hubbard’s inclusion but many have defended her.
The NZ Herald’s Kris Shannon wrote on Sunday selecting Hubbard for the role of flag bearer at the closing ceremony would be the perfect inspirational bookend to New Zealand’s campaign after Paralympic swimming star Sophie Pascoe was given the honour for the opening ceremony at Carrara Stadium.
“No other athlete shines as bright a beacon for inspiration and equality as Hubbard,” Shannon wrote.
“And no other athlete at these Games is as important, given the gradual fight for LGBT rights in and outside of sport.”
Commonwealth Games Federation CEO David Grevemberg said the rules allowed Hubbard to take her place on the stage.
“The roles are the rules,” he said. “We’re aware of this (the controversy) but today we’re looking at a great day of competition that’s going to be happening. We’re going to be supporting that competition which is in accordance with the rules of the sport.”
— with NZ Herald
Aussie gymnast wins gold
Australian gymnast Chris Remkes has won the gold medal in the men’s individual vault.
The 147cm South Australian posted an average score of 14.79 across his two routines to edge out English duo Courtney Tulloch (14.66) and top-ranked qualifier Dominick Cunningham (14.33).
It is Australia’s first gymnastics gold medal at these Games and the first men’s vault gold won by an Australian since Bret Hudson at the 1994 Games.
Lawn bowlers end drought
Australia’s women’s fours lawn bowls team has won Commonwealth Games gold, beating South Africa in the final 18-16.
The home side picked up nine straight points at one stage in the match and South Africa were never able to properly recover.
The win by Kelsey Cottrell, Carla Krizanic, Rebecca van Asch and Natasha Scott is the first by any Australian lawn bowlers at a Commonwealth Games since 2006.
English star can’t handle the heat
English runner Emily Diamond said she got heatstroke and was throwing up before her heat of the 400m.
She finished third but was in obvious distress as she applied ice packs to cool off.
The temperature reached 27C as Diamond began her path towards matching — and hopefully bettering — her bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
“I got heatstroke in the warm-up and was throwing up,” Diamond said. “Even in the shade it is 25C.
“I was just trying to stay as cool as possible. I need to get a (wet) towel for around my neck.”
Fearnley, Parker shine bright
Kurt Fearnley easily qualified for the final of the men’s T54 1500m wheelchair event.
The co-captain of the Australian athletics team was second behind Richard Chiassaro.
In boxing, Aussie Caitlin Parker scored a massive upset be defeating favourite Natasha Gale from England in the women’s 75kg division.
Kerry Bell won silver in the men’s 10m air pistol shooting program.
Larkin defends Seebohm
Swimming star Mitch Larkin has defended partner Emily Seebohm after she took a dig at the Australian media, saying she is no “cry baby”.
Seebohm complained the media had “downgraded her achievement” after coming second in the 100m backstroke final, missing gold by 0.03 seconds as Canadian world record holder Kylie Masse touched the wall first.
Seebohm said she’d been made to feel her silver medal “wasn’t good enough” but has since been criticised for dragging the media into it.
Larkin said remarks by a TV reporter on the morning of her 200m backstroke heat — which took place the day after her silver medal-winning performance in the 100m — shook the 25-year-old.
“She certainly was happy with her swim (in the 100m),” Larkin said.
“She stuck it to the world record holder and sort of got unlucky, the last 10m hit the lane rope and just sort of was off on the finish.
“So I think she was good and then she heard some of the media sort of say, ‘Have you accepted that you won’t be able to do the triple?’ — Delhi, Glasgow and this (Gold Coast) on the morning of her 200m.
“I think that really hit quite powerfully. She is a great swimmer. When her confidence is on she is amazing, she is the best in the world.
“She did get rattled a little bit and she’ll be fine now and put it behind her but I think those comments on the morning of the 200m certainly hit deep.
“You don’t want that sort of stuff being said.”
— with AAP
Aussie sprinters have Pom in their sights
James Magnussen, James Roberts and Cam McEvoy all advanced to the semi-finals of the 50m freestyle but Englishman Ben Proud is the man to beat.
He set a Commonwealth Games record of 21.45 seconds, touching the wall ahead of Roberts in their heat.
“That’s a smoking fast time from him,” Roberts said.
Proud will be desperate to stand on the top step of the podium after he was disqualified in last week’s 50m butterfly heats for moving on the blocks.
More scary scenes in the weightlifting
🇧🇧 Ivorn McKnee goes down, but thankfully is back up and about in no time.
— 7CommGames (@7CommGames) April 9, 2018
After Welsh weightlifter Joshua Perry collapsed during an attempted lift on Sunday, similar scary scenes played out on Monday, this time with another competitor.
Ivorn McKnee appeared to suffer from a loss of oxygen with the bar perched on his shoulders and he dropped the weights, stumbling backwards and falling to the ground.
Medical staff rushed out and elevated his legs as they attempted to get oxygen back to his brain.
Fortunately McKnee recovered and was able to walk backstage after not too long.
Rubie in red hot form
Anneliese Rubie and Morgan Mitchell both advanced to tomorrow’s semi-finals of the 400m.
Rubie finished second but was later promoted to first after Patience George was disqualified and while Mitchell’s fifth-placed finish in her heat meant she didn’t qualify automatically, her time of 52.81 was good enough to secure her passage through.
“I am coming in with my best speed I have ever had and I am certainly fitter than I have ever been,” Rubie said.
“I am hoping in the next couple of days it will show over the one lap. It is always hard to know where everybody else is.
“I wanted to back it off and run as easy as I could today.”
Seebohm sends a new message
Emily Seebohm touched the wall first in her heat of the 50m backstroke on Monday morning as she searches for gold in the sprint event.
The Aussie swim star just missed out on gold in the 100m backstroke final and claimed bronze in the 200m event on Sunday night.
She had a message for the media after that performance, suggesting some had downplayed her achievement of winning silver in the 100m. In the 50m heat she had another message for Australia and all her competitors, but this time she did it in the water with a quick time of 27.63 seconds.
“Sending a little bit of a message there,” Aussie swimming great Giaan Rooney said in commentary for Channel 7.
“She wanted to send a little bit of a message this morning and 27:63 is a lovely way to do it. She looked a little bit jerky in the water, but what I did like was that she didn’t have any issue with the lane rope.
“Straight in the middle the whole way. That’s good news for Emily.”
Aussies Holly Barratt and Minna Atherton are also through to the semi-finals of the same event.
Mitch Larkin qualified second fastest for the men’s 100m backstroke final later tonight and he’ll be joined by countrymen Bradley Woodward and Josh Beaver.
Aussies get underway
Aussie decathlete Cedric Dubler opened his campaign with the 100m leg of the event, running third in his heat with a personal best of 10.63 seconds.
Countryman Kyle Cranston (11.16 seconds) was second in his heat behind Grenada’s Lindon Victor.
David Warner of Canada cemented his favouritism status with a scorching time of 10.28 seconds.
In the weightlifting, hometown hero Ridge Barredo successfully lifted 138kg in the men’s 105kg division.
Games photo that isn’t
— 7CommGames (@7CommGames) April 8, 2018
Bangladeshi shooter Abdullah Hel Baki did his best impersonation of a human statue during the men’s 10m air rifle program on Sunday.
He stayed so still as he prepared to shoot you could be forgiven for thinking the cameras had stopped rolling and you were looking at a photo of him — but that wasn’t the case, as a spectator’s moving foot in the background proved.
Is Bolt’s shadow haunting Comm Games?
Jamaica’s Yohan Blake had the words of Usain Bolt ringing in his ears as he dominated the sprints on day one of the Commonwealth Games athletics on Sunday.
Despite world athletics chief Sebastian Coe slamming the “obsession” with Bolt, Blake said he was inspired by the now-retired Jamaican showman as he qualified fastest for the 100m final.
“Usain told me, ‘Yohan, you’ve got to win or else you can’t go back home,’” said Blake, adding that Bolt also posted a touching message on Instagram saying: “I believe in you.”
Blake eased to 10.06 sec in his semi-final to top the timesheets ahead of England’s Adam Gemili, the 2014 silver-medallist, while English sprinter Asha Philip was fastest into the women’s final.
Coe earlier insisted that athletics had plenty of talent to remain in a healthy state after Bolt, the eight-time Olympic champion, 100m and 200m world record-holder and 2014 Commonwealth relay gold-medallist.
“This obsession with …” Coe said when asked about the sprinting icon, before biting his tongue and adding: “There are plenty of athletes around.
“Are we going to replace Usain Bolt? Probably not, because you don’t replace Muhammad Ali.
“But Marvin Hagler and Manny Pacquiao and (Julio Cesar) Chavez and the great boxers came through.”
As the athletics competition opened, Australia’s Dane Bird-Smith won the men’s race walk, but Claire Tallent was left in tears after she was disqualified while leading the women’s race. Fellow Aussie Jemima Montag took gold.
Englishman Nick Miller hurled a Games-record 80.26m to win the hammer throw and Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei, the world silver-medallist, won the men’s 5000m in 13min 50.83 sec.
In the pool, Cate Campbell won the 50m butterfly to lead Australia to a three-gold haul, but there was a major shock when Scotland’s Duncan Scott produced a thunderous finish to upset a heavyweight field in the 100m freestyle.
“I’m speechless to be honest, and that doesn’t happen often. The main thing there was to execute my own race,” said Scott, 20.
Australia’s track cyclists, resurgent after their 2016 Olympics flop, ended the competition with another three golds and were only denied a clean sweep when Scotland’s Mark Stewart won the 40km points race.
“There has been a lot of work behind the scenes, but we have such a great squad,” said Stephanie Morton, who won the women’s keirin.
“We’ve got no prima donnas or people who are hard work. That environment is really flourishing on the track. We get behind each other and support each other. And that internal competition, it’s working wonders.”
Elsewhere, Olympic champion Max Whitlock of England stumbled to sixth in the men’s floor gymnastics and finished second in the pommel horse as his campaign fell flat.
Steven Kari slammed the floor in delight and hurled his belt into the crowd as he won the men’s 94kg weightlifting to earn Papua New Guinea their first gold of the Games.
Australia’s Dane Sampson clinched victory in the 10m air rifle — but only just — despite producing his worst score on his final shot of the gold-medal shootout.
Saina Nehwal beat Singapore’s Yeo Jia Min to clinch a 3-1 victory and put India into the mixed-teams badminton final against Lee Chong Wei’s Malaysia.
And India also upset Singapore to win the women’s team table tennis — depriving them of the title for the first time since the sport was introduced to the Games in 2002.