Commonwealth Games: Dennis takes time trial gold, diving and…


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I’m off for a twinkling of an eye however the esteemed Michael Butler is right here to lead you in the course of the motion for the following hour or so. See thee quickly!

Hockey: Make that ten extra – a penalty nook sees England’s Nicholas Bandurak slam one into the highest bin. That used to be Calum Giles esque. Remember him from Atlanta 1996?

This is pleasingly unfashionable:

Hockey: Still 4-1 to England’s males of their event towards Canada, they’re into the 3rd quarter so must move some to internet 11 objectives and organize to steer clear of the Aussies within the knockouts.

Lets begin to look forward to this night the place there shall be diving finals, England will take at the Kiwis at cricket and netball and within the stadium there shall be lengthy leap finals from 7.45pm after which 110m hurdles at 9.45pm. Commonwealth Ambassador, you’re spoiling us.

Weight lifting GOLD! (and Silver) for England

A 1-2 combo for England within the girls’s light-weight powerlifting – Zoe Newson lifts a hefty 111kg to safe the gold and Olivia Broome takes silver.

Cricket: No such factor as a unfastened lunch? Tell that to England’s Danni Wyatt:

To the beautiful girl in Côte, Birmingham who wanted me just right success within the CWG and collected my invoice with out announcing a phrase – thanks. There are some beautiful other folks on this international and you’re one in all them ❤️ #actofkindness #PassItOn

— Danielle Wyatt (@Danni_Wyatt) August 4, 2022

Wyatt and her England teammates shall be in motion towards New Zealand at 6pm. They’ll be with out captain Heather Knight sadly.

Hockey: A topsy turvy event as England tackle Canada to make a decision who they’ll play within the semi finals. England are 4-1 up in the second one quarter and want 11 extra objectives with out conceding to steer clear of the Aussies.

Handbags at the hockey as Canada’s Balraj Panesar argues with David Goodfield of England.
There’s purses on the hockey as Canada’s Balraj Panesar argues with David Goodfield of England. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP

Cycling: Talking to the BBC’s Jill Douglas, Gold medal winner Rohan Dennis of Australia is in reflective temper:

Really satisfied now that I’ve were given a gold medal. It’s been a large number of exhausting paintings since Delhi and it has in any case paid off to get on that prime step. A large number of paintings accomplished by means of my circle of relatives as neatly with me being house for 8 weeks immediately and my spouse ended up popping out at the motorcycle with me.There’s a large number of other folks and pals to thank together with – one man (Alan Merchant) who truly stored me with apparatus this week. Slightly of a mechanical stuff – let’s simply put it right down to that.”

Cycling: Geraint Thomas has been speaking after an early crash noticed him take bronze within the time trial. He’s phlegmatic as he displays that he went right into a nook “too scorching” and stuck the leg of the barrier, he just about controlled to stick on however fell to the tarmac and misplaced valuable seconds. He has great phrases for silver medallist, England’s Fred Wright too. Once a champ at all times a champ.

Beach volleyball: What a rally! On event level for the Scots an epic rally sees the some of the Solomon Isles pair, Gwali, do a part bicycle kick over the online! An excellent contact it must be mentioned, however all in useless. Scotland take the purpose and the event and face a protracted wait to peer in the event that they’ve accomplished sufficient to make it thru, they’ll have a beady eye on the remainder of the crowd fits.

Hannah U’una,(centre) and Rose Gwali of Solomon Islands try to block a shot by Scotland’s Lynne Beattie.
Hannah U’una,(centre) and Rose Gwali of Solomon Islands attempt to block a shot by means of Scotland’s Lynne Beattie. Photograph: Manish Swarup/AP

Hockey: India prospered over Wales this afternoon, a 4-1 victory that sees them into the semi-finals. England are there too and they’re simply underway of their ultimate team recreation towards Canada. If they win by means of an (not likely?) 14 objectives then they’re going to best of pool B and steer clear of present CG champs – Australia. Better get scoring.

ICYMI: Here’s Sean Ingle at the epic scenes with Eilish final night:

Beach volleyball: Scotland take at the Solomon Islands and need to win to face an opportunity of going thru. Beach volleyball first gave the impression within the CG’s 4 years in the past on the Gold Coast. I’ve already were given into bother for announcing the biking used to be going down within the outskirts of Birmingham (profuse apologies to the folk of Wolverhampton and Dudley) so am detest to make any feedback about seashore volleyball in Birmingham… Also, the solar is out – it does glance definitely troppy. Scotland have taken the primary set however the SET/SPIKE/DIG stuff is these days on cling for a timeout while Scotland’s Mel Coutts has her ankle strapped up.

Grey clouds loom ominously about the court as Melissa Coutts (#1) and Lynne Beattie (#2) of Scotland return a shot in their pool match against Hannah U’una and Rose Gwali of the Solomon Islands.
Grey clouds loom ominously concerning the courtroom as Melissa Coutts (#1) and Lynne Beattie (#2) of Scotland go back a shot of their pool event towards Hannah U’una and Rose Gwali of the Solomon Islands. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Hazel Irvine, the incomparable, impeccable Hazel Irvine is helming the beeb’s protection this afternoon. She does a seemless hyperlink into the seashore volleyball protection and I to find myself buzzing this ditty as I run to place the kettle on. Enjoy:

“She does her analysis correctly”

Boxing: The television protection heads over to the boxing ring, as though platform diving, terrifying hockey and top velocity cycle crashes weren’t top octane sufficient on a Thursday afternoon. Men’s and ladies’s quarter ultimate bouts in all weights happen this afternoon. I will be able to already undercover agent a minimize eyebrow. Yeeesh. Aidan Walsh of Northern Ireland secures a slot within the semi-finals with a cut up choice win over England’s Harris Akbar within the gentle middleweight class.

Diving: Andrea Spendolini Sirieix performs it moderately protected along with her 3rd dive however she’s earned the appropriate after two a success previous dives at a better problem score. She pulls it off with seeming ease after which pulls off a extra tricksy effort within the fourth spherical. She is far out in entrance of this box within the 10 metre platform. “A masterclass in diving” purrs the commentator. The ultimate shall be on in a couple of hours the place Spendolini Sirieix is crimson scorching favorite.

PS. Recognise the identify? Yep her papa is Fred from First Dates.

England’s Andrea Spendolini Sirieix competes in the women’s diving 10m patform preliminary round.
England’s Andrea Spendolini Sirieix enters the water. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

Cycling: Men’s time trial – Australia’s Rohan Dennis takes GOLD!

Green and GOLD! Great journey from Dennis who completed in 46 mins 21.24 seconds. Geraint Thomas fought again admirably from that early fall and used to be pedal to the steel to the end to check out and snare silver however misses out by means of a couple of cut up seconds – England’s Fred Wright takes silver and Thomas shall be a little miffed to complete in 3rd.

Rohan Dennis of Australia on his way to finishing 1st in the men’s individual time trial cycling race.
Rohan Dennis of Australia powers his manner in opposition to the end line and a gold medal. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian
Australia’s gold medallist Rohan Dennis (centre) is seen alongside England’s silver medallist England’s Fred Wright (left) and bronze medallist Geraint Thomas of Wales as they take a breather before the medal ceremony.
Dennis (centre) is noticed along England’s silver medallist England’s Fred Wright (left) and bronze medallist Geraint Thomas of Wales as they take a breather prior to the medal rite. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

Hockey: I took my eye off the hockey with the entire crashing and diving however can see that India have taken a 3-0 lead over Wales within the 3rd quarter. I’m these days the use of my glasses case to carry my telephone (best tip handed over from Daniel) which has the diving on, hockey at the pc and biking at the television. It’s like a Dixons store window at my gaff. The sound of hakuna matata wafts down the corridor from the opposite finish of the flat, my 16 month previous daughter now not getting within the Commonwealth spirit on the minute, wait until I grasp that display screen off her…

Cycling: Here is that Dan Bigham spoil. Remarkable how he will get proper again within the saddle.

Cycling: Another crash! Those of a worried disposition glance away now – Dan Bigham is going over his handlebars after a nook and crashes into the obstacles. Thankfully he dusts himslef off and hops again on a alternative motorcycle as though not anything had came about. Madness. My brother as soon as went over his handlebars once we had been youngsters… as a result of my different (older) brother made up our minds it will be humorous to re-enact this:

Diving: Andrea Spendolini Sirieix executes some other impressive dive off the platform for her 2d spherical effort. She nails a compicated routing of three.2 problem and is rewarded with a rating of 73.60. I’ve were given part an eye fixed on it, however she already has the 2 best ratings I’ve noticed doled out by means of the judges.

Some wonderful images right here:

Further evidence too, if any had been wanted, that hockey is bad.

What you’ve at all times sought after:

Cycling: Geraint Thomas is making time again within the time trial, he’s recovered neatly after that dramatic early fall, the digicam is zooming in on his motorcycle suggesting that there can be a little bit of a topic on account of the autumn. Whatever it’s it ain’t slowing him down. The pictures cuts to Dan Bigham, these days 3rd, and he’s completely flying down a picturesque nation lane somehwere in Sedgley, the digicam suffering to stay alongside of him as he zooms down a bumpy having a look lane. This appears terrifying too.

Diving: The superbly named Andrea Spendolini Sirieix is at the concrete platform for England and he or she executes an issue 3.0 dive extraordinarily neatly, getting into the water with little or no splash. That’s this sort of top degree research you’ll be able to be expecting from right here. She will get a 69.00 from the judges. Next up the Canadian Celina Jayne Toth – and he or she does over rotate moderately on access after a sophisticated regimen of backwards somersaults, the pronounced splash giving her away, she’s awarded 54.60. It all appears completely terrifying.

Cycling: Geraint Thomas is out of the traps and away! The 36 yr previous is resplendent in brilliant crimson… however HE’S FALLEN! The digicam cuts away in brief and selections again as much as see Thomas at the tarmac. He took a bend too briefly and crashed into the barrier, virtually managing to dangle on however now not rather. That could have critically dented his medal hopes – about 30 seconds price of a prolong. He’s again within the saddle and away once more however that used to be a dramatic and now not particularly preferrred get started for the welshman.

Geraint Thomas of Wales on his way to finishing 3rd in the men’s individual time trial cycling race.
Wales’ Geraint Thomas traverses a bridge. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian

Cycling : “Bright and benign stipulations” the commentator says over beautiful sunny scenes because the cyclists hurl across the outskirts of Birmingham… however two riders have come a cropper at the identical bend already, the perils of going too exhausting too quickly, it seems that. The digicam specializes in Geraint Thomas visualising in his space-age helmet within the traps. Thomas is, after all, a Tour de France winner and got here 3rd on this years race, he’s additionally were given two Olympic Gold medals to his identify. He’s on document as announcing he fancies the time trial and it’s inflexible parameters while within the highway race anything else can occur.

Hockey: Wales are these days taking over India within the Men’s hockey. It’s the primary quarter and from what I will be able to see the sport is being performed at a frenetic tempo, either side straining to damage the 0-0 impasse. And simply as I’m considering how horrifying it appears – the exhausting hockey ball being pinged round like a pinball – an Indian participant takes one to the knuckles and must be escorted from the pitch. Ouch.

Thanks Daniel, a chic splash-free stint as in line with. Jim right here, bellyflopping my manner into the reside weblog.

First up I’m tuned into the Cycling – Geraint Thomas would be the final rider out of the traps within the Men’s time trial – simply after 14:30pm.

The riders hit the street one after some other – England’s Fred Wright these days leads Australia’s Lucas Plapp and Wales’ Owain Doull. Some enviable ‘ironing forums’ (calf muscle mass) on show.

And with that, I’m accomplished – despite the fact that as I kind that, a diver whose identify escapes me completely loses monitor of the place he’s and clatters the outside by way of stomach flop. We have all, I believe, positive, been there; ouch. Still, he wears it neatly, clambering out of the pool like he’s entered it with pike and nil splash; now right here’s James Wallace to ease you thru the remainder of the day

Athletics: I couldn’t to find the protection, however the males’s decathlon shot is did. Australia’s Daniel Golubovic completed first with a PB of 15.60, however the larger information is that Grenada’s Lindon Victor got here 2d with 15.48. He used to be degree on the best of the leaderboard with Cedric Dubler, however the Australian may just simplest organize 12.83, so takes 162 issues fewer.

Lindon Victor finishes second in the decathlon shot.
Lindon Victor finishes 2d within the decathlon shot. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Diving: Jack Laugher is 8th after 3 of six dives; Yona Knight-Wisdom of Jamaica leads, with James Heatly of Scotland the highest-placed Brit; he’s 3rd.

We’re having somewhat quiet second – we’ve were given that diving occurring, and a few early-rounds badminton and squash, however the males’s biking time trial shall be away once more in about seven mins.

Diving: What I didn’t realise: there are simplest 11 competition, so they all will qualify for the overall. This qualifying contest will simply make a decision in what order they leap.

Cycling: We’re having a damage, however get going once more at 13.54:30 BST, so in just below 25 mins from now.

Boxing: Dylan Eagleson is more than happy together with his efficiency, particularly his head and foot motion, which he tells BBC had been “best elegance”. His assured bronze manner NI now have 12 medals, as many as they introduced house from Gold Coast in 2018.

Diving: Jack Laugher’s first strive within the 1m springboard qualifying wasn’t one in all his highest, however his 2d will get him some 8.0s. For a medal, he’ll want 9s, however he’s bettering,

Jack David Laugher in action on the 1m springboard.
Jack David Laugher in motion at the 1m springboard. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

We didn’t leave out this success, but it surely did more or less get misplaced within the McColgan furore. Nevertheless, for KJT to win gold right here, after the yr she’s had, says such a lot about her psychological power, bodily resilience and rarely plausible determination.

2X Commonwealth Champ
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This one manner so much. Thank you such a lot to everybody who has pulled me thru this yr to make this imaginable and finish on this sort of top! 📈 pic.twitter.com/Pkt2tu8Z4p

— KJT (@JohnsonThompson) August 4, 2022

South Africa’s girls’s group finish their two-month excursion in the United Kingdom with an emphatic 10-wicket win over Sri Lanka to complete the Commonwealth Games third of their team. That ends an eight-match dropping streak however nonetheless lots to consider within the six months prior to the T20 WC. #cricket

— Firdose Moonda (@FirdoseM) August 4, 2022

Cycling: Fred Wright catches Luke Plapp at the line, and he units the quickest time thus far. In comms, Chris Boardman reckons he’s were given a good likelihood of a medal, his time 46:47.52.

Boxing: Dylan Eagleson of Northern Ireland has assured himself a bronze medal within the batamweight divison, outpointing Armando Sigauque of Mozambique.

Cycling: Plapp is again consuming up highway, however Wright nonetheless appears the most productive at the direction. However, Geraint Thomas units off at 14.29 BST, so whoever leads when could have lots being worried forward of them.

In the studio, they’ve simply been giggling about how nails Denise Lewis is, and I will be able to ascertain I’ve been informed that too. The manner it used to be defined to me used to be that she now not simplest gained Olympic gold within the heptathlon, however did so prior to lottery cash used to be concerned, and that’s one thing that may’ve been past even the ones with needful carrying skill.

Cricket: Yup, South Africa have monstered Sri Lanka by means of 10 wickets – however neither will make the final 4.

South Africa sneak past Sri Lanka by 10 wickets.
South Africa sneak previous Sri Lanka by means of 10 wickets. Photograph: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

Cycling: Eeesh, first Fred Wright takes just about 10 seconds out of Plapp, then Plapp’s motorcycle is jiggered and he has to grasp a 2d. He’ll now not be troubling the rostrum lately.

Cricket: Chasing a mighty 47 to overcome Sri Lanka, South Africa are 45-0 off 8.





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