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Commonwealth Games 2022: gymnastics, netball, hockey and more – live!


Key events

Women’s hockey: England sealed a 3-1 win against India to make it three wins out of two in Pool B. That makes it seven points for England, four for India, with Wales third in the group on three points from two matches.

In Pool A, Australia lead the way with two wins from two, followed by South Africa and New Zealand, who are both on four points.

Gymnastics: Kinsella moves into the lead of the women’s floor exercise final with 13.366!

As it stands, Kinsella first, Achampong second, Spence (Canada) third.

Gymnastics: The women’s floor final is ongoing, and here comes Alice Kinsella of England … she carries off her routine excellently, and looks highly emotional as she waves to the crowd and walks off. Will it be enough? As it stands, Ondine Achampong of England leads the way with a score of 13.033 …

Gold for Samoa’s Don Opeloge in the men’s 96kg weightlifting!

A remarkable display: a snatch Games record (171kg), a Games and Commonwealth record for the clean and jerk (210kg) for a total, and perhaps needless to say a Games record, of 381kg. Silver for Vikas Thakur of India and bronze for Taniela Rainibogi (Fiji).

As you may have heard, England’s Lionesses won Euro 2022 by defeating Germany in the final on Sunday. Relive their road to glory, in pictures, right here:

Men’s horizontal bar: Fraser scores 12.266 after that fall … he shrugs into the camera and looks almost apologetic, applauding the crowd as they applaud him … he’s been fantastic these past couple of days.

Weightlifting: In the men’s 96kg, England’s Cyrille Tchatchet is out of contention for a medal. It appears he’s carrying an injury from an earlier clean and jerk attempt.

Men’s horizontal bar final: Joe Fraser is up now, the man who has already won two golds … he executes the first part of his routine flawlessly … but then fails to catch the bar and ends up on the floor! He picks himself up, dusts himself down and goes again, but that will be a full mark off his total. He rounds off his routine, lands it beautifully, and cracks a knowing smile – that was so nearly good enough for another medal.

How about a collection of some of the most compelling images from day five at the Commonwealth Games? Why not, eh?

Thanks to Tumaini for that update, hot off the press from Birmingham. Now, the England gymnast Giarnni Regini-Moran, on his birthday, speaks to the BBC about how his day has been: “It’s been incredible … I’ve come away with two silver medals … the fact that the crowd sang me a happy birthday, I don’t think I’ve ever heard that before, so that was even more special.

“I couldn’t ask for much more today … I performed to the level I wanted to perform and at the end of the day that’s all that matters, so I got the result I wanted.

“It’s been so special … the crowd has been really electric … but to feel happy on a world stage again feels special … I’ve had a lot of injuries … [but] everything’s starting to pay off.”

Giarnni Regini-Moran.
Giarnni Regini-Moran. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Tumaini Carayol

Tumaini Carayol

We’re down to the last two gymnastics finals of the Commonwealth Games in the packed Arena Birmingham: women’s floor and men’s horizontal bar. Today has once again been dominated by Joe Fraser and Jake Jarman, really the two world-class performers of this event.

Jarman won a men’s record fourth gold medal of the Games with some unbelievable vaulting, nailing his Dragulescu (a handspring double front with a half twist), then his Kaz 2.5 (which requires a total of three-and-a-half twists). It is hard not to overstate how incredibly impressive this has all been from 20-year-old Jarman, as that is some of the best vaulting from any gymnast today. For comparison, the 2020 Olympic vaulting champion won with the score of 14.866. Jarman scored 14.916 today.

Then there is Fraser, who will be back out for the high bar as he also chases a fourth gold medal. As the top qualifier, he will be the favourite. This has been an incredible meet in its own way for Fraser considering his recent foot fracture and ruptured appendix. He is such a talented gymnast, now a World and Commonwealth parallel bars champion, and it feels like this event is setting him up for more global success once he is fully healthy.

Alice Kinsella will get one final opportunity at redemption in the floor final, where she was the first qualifier. What started as such a great meet for her with a really impressive performance to lead England to team gold has really fallen apart. Two major errors cost her in the balance beam final, leaving her in fourth place on her best event.

Women’s netball: Final score in Pool A – Jamaica 78-34 Scotland.

As a result, the top of Pool A looks like this:

1) Australia 8pts
2) Jamaica 8pts
3) South Africa 2pts
4) Wales 2pts

Australia and Jamaica have both played four, RSA and Wales have played three. Scotland are second-bottom with zero points from three matches.

Jhaniele Karyl Fowler smiles during Jamaica’s win against Scotland.
Jhaniele Karyl Fowler smiles during Jamaica’s win against Scotland. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Weightlifting: In the men’s 96kg final, Barredo of (you guessed it) Australia leads the way with a total of 306. Burger (RSA) sits second, with 303 total, Koret of Mauritius is in bronze-medal position with a total of 301.

Australia’s Ridge Barredo.
Australia’s Ridge Barredo. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

A well-known family enjoy the Commonwealth Games action.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge enjoy the swimming at Sandwell Aquatics Centre on Tuesday.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge enjoy the swimming at Sandwell Aquatics Centre on Tuesday. Photograph: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Women’s hockey: England now lead India 2-0 in Q4. The goals came from Giselle Ainsley and Tess Howard. Both teams had two wins from two in Pool A before this.

Gold for India in the women’s fours lawn bowls!

India see off South Africa 17-10 in the gold medal match. New Zealand defeat Fiji 17-6 to take the bronze.

Success for India’s Lovely Choubey, Pinki Singh, Nayanmoni Saikia and Rupa Rani Tirkey.
Success for India’s Lovely Choubey, Pinki Singh, Nayanmoni Saikia and Rupa Rani Tirkey. Photograph: Tim Goode/PA

Men’s parallel bars: The medalists, including England’s Regini-Moran and Fraser, embrace warmly on the podium at the conclusion of the medal ceremony.

Women’s netball: Jamaica now lead Scotland 52-21 in the third quarter of their Pool A clash.

News from the world of women’s football:

England, the newly crowned European champions, are due to host the United States, the World Cup holders, at Wembley on 7 October.

Gold for England’s Joe Fraser in the men’s parallel bars!

Fraser’s ludicrously good score of 15.000 was not to be beaten. Giarnni Regini-Moran nabs silver (14.733), with the former champion Marios Georgiou winning bronze (14.533).

That is Fraser’s second gold in as many days … and he had to contend with a ruptured appendix and a broken foot all within five weeks of the Games beginning. Remarkable.

Joe Fraser
Joe Fraser has won gold again! Photograph: Marc Atkins/Getty Images
Joe Fraser
Joe Fraser receives his gold medal for the Men’s Parallel Bars Photograph: David Davies/PA

Gold for Kate McDonald of Australia in the women’s balance beam!

Bronze for Emma Spence (Canada) with a score of 13.066 and silver for Georgia Godwin, also of Australia, with 13.433.

Men’s parallel bars: Giarnni Regini-Moran of England, the best of the qualifiers, pulls off a fine display but the commentators reckon it’ll be silver. He slightly fluffed his landing but it wasn’t anything too bad. However, Fraser’s routine looked perfect and is unlikely to be beaten.

Women’s Balance Beam: Emma Spence is the latest athlete to (for want of a better expression) smash her routine. She lands and cracks a huge smile and punches the air. She looks confident of a medal.

Women’s Balance Beam: Kate McDonald of Australia leads the final! She achieves a mark of 13.466, just ahead of Godwin with 13.433. Alice Kinsella of England is bumped down to bronze-medal position, with a score of 12.933.

Women’s Balance Beam: Kate McDonald of Australia nails an excellent routine which may rival her compatriot, Georgia Godwin, at the top of the final standings. She gives her coach a hug as she comes off the floor.

Table tennis: The men’s team gold medal match has started and the latest score between Singapore and India is 1-1 in games. England claimed the bronze medal earlier by defeating Nigeria 3-0.

Women’s hockey: Nearing the end of the second quarter, England hold a slender 1-0 lead against India. Giselle Ansley got the goal for the host nation.

Giselle Ansley of Team England celebrates with teammates after scoring against India.
Giselle Ansley of Team England celebrates with teammates after scoring against India. Photograph: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Women’s balance beam: Georgia Godwin of Australia leads the final with 13.433, according to the live scores on the official website.

Men’s parallel bars: Marios Georgiou of Cyprus goes second with 14.533. Felix Dolci of Canada is second with 14.200.

The latest medal table is below. Australia lead the way with an incredible 72 medals in total. England are second with 58 and New Zealand are third with 24.

Women’s balance beam: The final of this event is running alongside the men’s parallel bars. Sofia Micallef of Wales produced an excellent routine a few minutes ago:

Sofia Micallef of Team Wales.
Sofia Micallef of Team Wales. Photograph: Al Bello/Getty Images

Women’s netball: At the break between the first and second quarters, Jamaica lead Scotland 25-6 in their Pool A encounter.

Men’s parallel bars: It’s a score of 15.00 for Fraser of Englland! That’s huge. His teammates, knowing that is going to be tough to beat, congratulate him on another world-class routine.

Men’s parallel bars: Here comes Joe Fraser of England, who won gold on the pommel horse yesterday, despite still recovering from a fractured foot.

Wow! With the usual caveat about not being an expert in this sport … that was an amazingly clean and spectacular routine from Fraser. He dismounts almost perfectly at the end. Could it be another gold?

“He was absolutely solid … fantastic tension right through his body,” marvels the commentator on the BBC.

If you missed it, here’s our report of Fraser’s pommel horse gold yesterday:

Men’s parallel bars: The final has begun. I’ll be keeping a close eye on this event, while desperately trying to keep across matters elsewhere.

Thanks John. In the women’s cricket the final ball of South Africa’s innings was a full toss that was tonked for four, but no matter. England are top of Pool B with two wins from two. New Zealand second (won one, lost one), RSA third (played two, lost two), Sri Lanka fourth (played one, lost one).

Right, that’s your lot from me. The estimable Luke McLaughlin will be your guide for the rest of the action.

Cricket: England beat South Africa by 26 runs. A routine victory for Nat Sciver’s side, who are well on their way to a place in the semi-finals.

Cricket: England have their second victory in the competition just about tied up – South Africa need an unlikely 41 runs from the final two overs.

Cricket: South Africa need 51 from the final 24 balls for victory over England. A very tall order but not out of the question.

Jake Jarman on his own would be sixth in the medal table. I think it’s fair to say this Games has its first breakout star.

Jake Jarman wins fourth gold of Games in vault

Gymnastics: Samuel Dick of New Zealand is tidy enough but can’t trouble the medal positions. So it’s and England one-two! Jake Jarman takes gold, his fourth of the Games, while his compatriot Giarnni Regini-Moran takes the silver.

Jake Jarman of England winning gold on the pommel horse
Jake Jarman of England winning gold on the pommel horse Photograph: Jonny Weeks/The Guardian

Gymnastics: Canada’s Felix Dolci springs into fourth, so with one gymnast still to go, the English pair are guaranteed at least silver and bronze.

Gymnastics: England’s Giarnni Regini-Moran, already with a couple of Commonwealth medals on his CV (bronze in the floor, gold in the team), gives himself a chance of a third with a couple of terrific vaults and moves into silver medal spot with three gymnasts still to perform. Malaysia’s Muhammad Sharul Aimy is next up but can’t trouble the English pair at the top of the leaderboard.

Gymnastics: Jake Jarman now. He storms into the lead with a massive 14.916 and that could well be enough to secure the 20-year-old his fourth gold of the Games.

Gymnastics: Australia’s James Bacueti moves into early gold medal position, though again his second landing wasn’t perfect.

Gymnastics: Wales’s Emil Barber kicks off the vault competition and fails to nail a landing in either of his two jumps. Northern Ireland’s Ewan McAteer is next up and he moves ahead of the Welshman despite a poor landing with his second jump.

Cricket: South Africa’s progress remains steady – they’re 69 for one after 10 overs.

Over to Arena Birmingham (it’ll always be the National Indoor Arena to me) for the gymnastics. England’s Jake Jarman already has three golds in his pocket from this Games and has the opportunity to bag another today in the vault, first up this afternoon.

Cricket: South Africa’s chase has begun steadily at Edgbaston – they’re 46 without loss after seven overs, chasing 168 to win.



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