Commonwealth Games: Chloe Hosking wins women’s cycling road race gold – Commonwealth Games 2018
Australian Chloe Hosking has won the gold medal in the women’s road race at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, before Steele Von Hoff won the men’s road race to complete the double.
Georgia Williams from New Zealand was second and Danielle Rowe from England was third.
Hosking was brilliantly supported by her teammates, who led the peloton for most of the race and set up the victory in the final sprint.
Hosking’s victory came after she recovered from a high-speed crash in the Tour of Flanders in Belgium last week.
After the race, Hosking paid tribute to her teammates.
“I wish all six girls could have it [gold medallist] on their CV,” she said on Channel Seven.
Von Hoff from Australia won the men’s road race, just seven weeks after breaking his neck.
Von Hoff won in a sprint finish from Jonathon Mould from Wales and Clint Hendricks from South Africa.
Boxing gold for Australia
Australian Anja Stridsman (R) won a unanimous decision against English fighter Paige Murney. (AAP: Dave Hunt)
Anja Stridsman triumphed in the women’s 60-kilogram boxing division, defeating England’s Paige Murney in a unanimous points decision to clinch another gold medal for Australia.
Stridsman said that while the Englishwoman was “a little bit more of a boxer” than her earlier opponents, she felt in control of the bout from the early exchanges.
“I knew she was going to try to finish with a left hook and compete a little bit with my lead hand, which the other girls didn’t do as much.
“But I came in and did what I wanted to do and that’s what won me this fight.
“I did feel in control. You get a bit tired towards the end and the punches start slipping through but I think from the first round I established my power with her.”
In the men’s 60kg division, there was joy for Australia’s Harry Garside, who beat India’s Manish Kaushik on points to claim gold.
Harry Garside thanks fans for cheering him to victory against Indian Manish Kaushik. (AAP: Dave Hunt)
Garside said the victory took him closer to his dream of boxing at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
“I had to perform today, it was a top opponent. All five of my opponents have been next level so I’ve had to pull something out of my bottom,” he said after the fight.
“If the crowd wasn’t here I don’t think I would have found that extra leg to get over the line.
“I’m one step closer to 2020. I just have to try not to get hit too much and have a long career.”
Hockeyroos miss out
New Zealand’s Shiloh Gloyn scored the opening goal against the Hockeyroos. (AAP: Tracey Nearmy)
Australia’s run of consecutive Commonwealth golds in the women’s hockey is over after New Zealand came up the stronger in a 4-1 win against the Hockeyroos.
New Zealand looked up for the fight from the start, at first resisting Australian pressure before making a true contest of it in a tight, tense match.
Shiloh Gloyn hammered home in the second period to stun the Hockeyroos and put New Zealand 1-0 to the good at a rain-soaked Gold Coast Hockey Centre.
Rose Keddell then doubled the lead for New Zealand in the third quarter, before Olivia Merry drilled in a third from a penalty corner to seal gold for the Black Sticks.
The seeds of revival were sown when Jodie Kenny drag-flicked the ball in from a penalty corner to bring the deficit back to 3-1.
Australia rolled the dice by bringing off the ‘keeper as outfielder Edwina Bone stepped in, leaving the Hockeyroos exposed on the break, but New Zealand struggled to get a telling shot on target.
However, the Black Sticks iced the win from another penalty corner as Anita McLaren applied the finish.
The result denies the Hockeyroos a fourth-consecutive gold at the Commonwealth Games, with New Zealand claiming its first triumph in women’s hockey.
Landmark gold in table tennis
Australia’s Melissa Tapper has won gold in the TT6-10 singles table tennis, the nation’s first gold in the sport since it was introduced to the Commonwealth Games.
She beat Faith Obazuaye from Nigeria, while fellow Australian Andrea McDonnell won bronze.
Tapper made history as Ausrralia’s first athlete to compete in both the Rio Paralympics and Olympics.