Australia has delivered its greatest day of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, claiming a whopping nine gold medals – and securing some equally impressive semi-final victories in hockey, cricket, netball, and beach volleyball.
Australia was showered in gold in athletics, diving, rhythmic gymnastics, table tennis and lawn bowls.
Australia started the day on top of the Commonwealth Games medal tally with 50 golds, with England closing in on 47. But Australia began the day brilliantly with five golds in the early hours and didn’t slow down from there, adding four more overnight to finish the day on 59 golds, ahead of England’s 50.
Read on for ALL the action from a staggering day in Birmingham!
MEDAL TALLY: Aussies surge in front as Comm Games race comes down to the wire
DAY NINE WRAP: Aussies claim nine gold in staggering Commonwealth Games blitz
DAY NINE HIGHLIGHTS
‘Stuff of legends’: Aussie stuns the world with insane golden run
Diamond delight: Diamonds avoid historic loss to knock out England in spiteful semi
‘Disaster’: Aussies flop after sprint sensation’s ‘awful’ fall in heartbreaking scenes
‘I’m just angry’: Brutally honest Aussie champ’s admission after ‘bittersweet’ silver
Heartbreaking: Incredible family history, emotional detail behind Aussie gold
Aussie Aaron ‘Disco’ Wilson made history by defending his men’s singles gold from 2018, becoming the first man in 44 years to go back-to-back.
Wilson cruised past Northern Ireland’s Gary Kelly 19-3 in just 15 ends, before tearing off his shirt – the same celebration he famously delivered on the Gold Coast four years ago.
“I never really thought about it that way but yeah I think it was always going to happen if it went that way,” he said of the celebration.
“I just wish I had a better rig but oh well that’s life. That (body) is well seasoned.
“I certainly was pretty happy with my performance.”
But he added he had shed his partying ways – from which he garnered his nickname – and won’t be hitting the nightclubs.
“I think they are all closed these days, but nah I’m a family man these days. I’ve got a little bubba Summer who is seven months old and my partner,” he said. “I’ve traded that life in for this one and I couldn’t be happier.”
14-year-old starlet Charli Petrov and veteran Melissa Wu have taken gold in the women’s 10m synchronised dive.
The Aussie duo have only been diving together for a few months, with Petrov having just one international competition under her belt before these Games.
But you wouldn’t know it from the way they dived, brilliantly surging clear of their rivals to win with a total score of 306.00.
Fellow Australian duo, Nikita Hains and Emily Boyd, finished sixth.
It’s Wu’s third Commonwealth Games gold medal, having added silver as a 14-year-old herself in 2006 – at which point her now-teammate was not yet born.
“This is just the most amazing thing ever,” Petrov said.“The past 24 hours have been full of either tears or anxiety so going out there and to be going home with a gold medal is just crazy.”
Meanwhile, Annabelle Smith and Maddison Smith claimed gold in the women’s 3m synchronised springboard diving final.
Elsewhere, Shixin Li and Sam Fricker will be competing in the men’s 3m springboard final.
Hoare provides moment of the games with stunning golden run
After the heartbreak of Rohan Browning’s devastating fall in the men’s relay, Australia needed something to lift its spirits.
Oliver Hoare delivered jut that, winning the 1500m final with a run for the ages, letting out a scream in emotional scenes as he fell to the ground.
Hoare was in third position with 300m to go but found something inside to push into second and then overtake Timothy Cheruiyot at the death to take gold.
“It’s an extraordinary moment in Australian sport,” Bruce McAvaney said in commentary.
“It is one of those that will etch in the history books forever. The last 100 metres is the stuff of legends.”
With the gold medal, Hoare joins Herb Elliott (Cardiff, 1958) as the only other Australian man to win the 1500m event at the Commonwealth Games.
Heartbreak for Aussies as ‘disaster’ strikes in men’s relay
There were mixed results in the women’s and men’s 4x100m relay heats.
A thrilling finish saw the women progress to the final by 0.01 seconds but disaster struck for the men after Rohan Browningfell at the final change.
“A disaster for the Australians,” McAvaney said in commentary.
“I’ve never seen anything quite like it to be truthful.”
“That was awful,” Lewis-Manou added.
“He looks devastated. Rohan would not have been able to do a lot of this training, he would have been focusing on getting his body right. He just really stumbled when he took his acceleration phase.”
The Australians were in the top three positions and set to make the final before Browning’s fall.
A “gutted” Browning apologised to his teammates post-race when speaking with Channel 7.
“So sorry, I know these boys put in so much work and in many years of athletics nothing like that has ever happened and hopefully never again,” he said.
“I’m so sorry to these boys and everyone at home. I just caught my toe and slipped. Like I said, [it has] never happened at training or races.”
‘That is breathtaking’: Comm Games record broken in 10,000m stunner
Elsewhere, the gold rush continued on the track, with Jemima Montag taking out the women’s 10,000m walk in a dominant display.
“That was absolutely breathtaking,” Channel 7’s Jason Richardson said.
Montag paced herself brilliantly throughout the walk and then picked up the pace in the latter stages of the race to get in a comfortable position.
So comfortable that Montag could start celebrating well before she crossed the finish line for gold with a time of 42:34:00 — a new personal best and Commonwealth Games record.
“That was surreal,” Montag told Channel 7 post-race.
“You just sort of pretend everyone’s clapping for you, even if they’re clapping for the high jump or the hammer throwers walking in and anytime there’s self-doubt, it really gives you a boost.
“I feel like I’m continuing the legacy of really strong Australian race walking and to go back-to-back, winning on the Gold Coast four years ago really changed my life. I didn’t think that at the time but I think with hindsight it did, it set in that self-belief. I have big dreams for two more Olympic games. So today was special moment.”
Fellow Australian Rebecca Henderson finished fourth and Katie Hayward placed seventh.
Aussie defends title, joins legend after crushing rivals
Kurtis Marschall has joined his idol Steve Hooker after defending his Commonwealth Games pole vault title.
The South Australian shrugged off a mediocre season to soar over 5.60m and claim gold – although he missed twice at 5.50m in a scary moment.
England’s Adam Hague finished second on 5.55m with his countryman Harry Coppell third (5.50m).
Having secured gold with a successful first attempt at 5.60m, he then beat 5.70m at the first try, then tried to beat Hooker’s Games record.
Hooker’s record was 5.80m from his first gold in Melbourne in 2006.
Marschall missed on all three attempts at 5.81m, one cm below his personal best set last year.
Aussie world champ toppled in upset
There was a surprise result on track, with Eleanor Patterson, the reigning world champion, missing out on gold in the women’s high jump final.
Patterson was coming off a brilliant win at the World Championships and became the first to clear 1.89m in a strong opening to the final.
In the end though she missed three attempts at 1.95m, the top result set by Jamaica’s Lamara Distin, who won gold with Patterson taking the silver medal.
Nicola Olyslagers was initially going to join her but withdrew from the final with a torn calf.
“It could be a few weeks and if I jumped today it was possible to be a nine-month injury,” the 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist told Channel 7.
Elsewhere, Ben Buckingham and Edward Trippas finished fifth and seventh respectively in the men’s 3000m steeplechase final.
HOCKEY: KOOKABURRAS INTO GOLD FINAL!
The Australian men’s hockey team, the Kookaburras, have beaten England in a sensational semi-final.
Australia fell to 2-0 down – one of those goals coming from a controversial penalty stroke – to trail 2-1 at halftime.
England spent almost all of the third quarter a man down – and for two minutes were two down – before a dazzling backstick from Jacob Anderson with two minutes to go levelled the scores.
Australia went in front early in the fourth and defended a stunning assault from the desperate hosts at the end. England – whose men have never reached the gold medal match – racked up a massive 14 penalty corners but could not convert in the match.
Australia, who have never missed the gold medal game, will face India, who beat beat South Africa in the other semi-final.
Australia have reached the gold medal match after beating New Zealand by hunting down their 7-144 with three balls to spare.
Megan Schutt picked up three wickets, while Beth Mooney and Tahlia McGrath did most of the work in the chase, both scoring in the 30s.
They will now face India in the final (2.30am Monday AEST) , who beat England by four runs after barely defending their 5-164, which was led by Smriti Mandhana’s half-ton.
It is both a rematch of the pool match last week – Australia was victorious – but also of the 2020 T20 World Cup final that Australia claimed.
MORE LAWN BOWLS
Earlier, Kristina Krstic and Ellen Ryan took home the first gold in stunning fashion in the women’s pairs lawn bowls final.
Ryan had already won the women’s singles – only to stand on a nail after being lofted into the crowd.
“The crowd pulled me up and I stood on a nail (after the singles final),” Ryan said.
“I thought, ‘What is that?’. I looked down and there was a big nail in my foot and a plank of wood. I still have a little hole in my shoe. It drew a little bit of blood.
“Winning gold helps.”
England’s Sophie Tolchard and Amy Pharaoh led at 11-2 at one point but the Aussies refused to go away and won on the final bowl in dramatic fashion.
England skipped out to an early 2-0 lead and threatened to make it 4-0 but a brilliant final bowl from Ellen Ryan knocked two of her rival’s balls out of the way to level it at 2-2.
England responded though with two solid ends to reassert its dominance and kept going from there to take a 11-2 lead but Australia roared back in epic fashion to get it back to 11-10.
The Aussie duo kept up the fight, picking up four points on the 13th end to lead 16-12 before England pegged it back and was up 18-17.
Krstic and Ryan though were on the brink of gold medal glory with two leading balls on the 18th end, only for Pharaoh to knock one out with a brilliant bowl on the final ball.
It meant the game finished a draw and would instead go into overtime to decide who would take home the gold.
England was in the commanding position with a few balls left but a pinpoint bowl from Ryan knocked the jack away and kept Australia in with a chance.
Once again it went down to the last ball, with Australia’s gold medal hopes resting on Ryan’s shoulders.
And she came up clutch with a stunning shot to knock England’s leading ball out of the way, sealing gold in a thrilling comeback.
The golds kept coming in gymnastics, with Alexandra Kiroi-Bogatyreva taking out the rhythmical gymnastics clubs final with a score of 29.400.
Kiroi-Bogatyreva was also in action earlier in the ball final, placing fifth with a score of 28.600 and will be in the ribbon final later in the night.
Australia’s Diamonds beat England in the netball semi-final 60-51 to book a rematch against Jamaica in the gold medal match.
It was a tense and at times fiery contest, but the nine-point margin was convincing enough.
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Jamaica’s stunning run continued as they dominated the Silver Ferns to take a 67-51 win and book their spot in the gold medal match for the first time at the Commonwealth Games.
Jamaica were the surprise top qualifiers in their pool after shocking Australia and it looks like
the Diamonds will again need to try find a way to shut down Jhaniele Fowler.
TABLE TENNIS & BADMINTON
There was guaranteed gold in an All-Australian para table tennis final (women’s singles classes 6-10) between Li Na Lei and Qian Yang. Yang came out victorious 3-1.
Two Australian pairs (Chunyi Feng & Yangzi Liu and Jian Fang Lay & Minhyung Jee) were both successful in their Round of 16 matches for the women’s doubles table tennis.
Chunyi Feng& Yangzi Liu lost their quarter final to Singapore 3-1, before Jian Fang Lay & Minhyung Jee were victorious in their quarter final by beating Nigeria in straight sets.
Unfortunately for Liu, she fell short in her bid to become the first Australian woman to win a Commonwealth Games singles medal, going down 4-2 in a semi-final against Jian Zeng.
There were also losses in the men’s doubles semi-final and mixed doubles semi-final.
In the badminton, Nathan Tang and Jacob Schueler lost 2-0 in their doubles quarter-final against India, but Wendy Hsuan-Yu Chen and Gronya Somerville won their own quarter-final against Canada 2-1.
There are lots medals up for grabs in the ring, withfive Australians into the semi-finals. First up, Kaye Scott is through to the gold medal fight after winning her women’s light middleweight boxing semi-final against Alcinda Helena Panguane on points.
Callum Peters is also through to the final after taking a unanimous decision win in his men’s middleweight semi-final against Simnikiwe Bongco.
Edgardo Coumi lost to 1.98-tall Lewis Williams of England in the men’s heavyweight division.
Australian middleweight Caitlin Anne Parker faces Tammara Thibeault.
History was made on Sunday morning as Tina Rahimi becomes Australia’s first Muslim woman boxer to take home a medal at the Games, despite losing Nigeria’s Elizabeth Oshoba in her featherweight semi-final.
A dominant quarter-final and semi-final performance has Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy into the gold medal match. They beat Vanuatu in the semi-final in strait sets.
Their next challenge will be Vanuatu in the women’s beach volleyball semi-final at 6am.
Chris McHugh and Paul Burnett will also be in action in the men’s semi-final against Rwanda.
There was plenty of action on the squash court too, with Cameron Pilley & Rhys Dowling going down in their men’s doubles match against England.
Zac Alexander & Ryan Cuskelly will also be competing in the men’s doubles quarter-finals later.
The mixed doubles semi-finals feature Donna Lobban and Pilley while Jess Turnbull and Alex Haydon team up in the mixed doubles plate quarter-final.
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