Commonwealth Games 2022: England strike more judo gold, squash and more – live! | Commonwealth Games 2022

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Stuart Goodwin will be your guide for the next short bit, while I pop for a cuppa.

Gold for Emma Reid in women’s -78kg judo

Judo: Next up it’s the gold medal match in the women’s -78kg competition: Wales’s Natalie Powell v England Emma Reid. Reid takes the lead against Powell, the reigning champion, and clings on to her slender advantage, looking to run down the clock. Powell is the aggressor but can’t quite get the points she needs to turn things around … and Reid hangs on to spring an upset!

Judo: Scotland’s Rachel Tytler is taking on Canada’s Coralie Godbout for a bronze in the women’s -78kg competition. And she seals a very swift victory to take the medal. That was over in the blink of an eye.

Gold for Jamal Petgrave in the men’s -90kg judo

Judo: Jamal Petgrave picks up England’s fourth judo gold of the Games with a cagey victory over Feuillet.

Squash: Next up on court is the men’s bronze medal match: India’s Saurav Ghosal against England’s James Willstrop (occasionally of this parish).

Squash: It’s all over and Sarah-Jane Perry has nabbed a bronze for England, after being two games down. The player from just down the road in Warwick storms into the crowd to celebrate, and picks up her son for a cuddle. Great scenes.

Judo: Elsewhere, England’s Jamal Petgrave is in gold medal action in the men’s -90kg final. Mauritius’s Remi Feuillet is his opponent.

Squash: Perry earns herself a match point but can’t close the deal and we’re back to 12-12.

Squash: Another match point for the New Zealander … and another epic rally that ends with a let as the players collide again. But Perry saves it again to take us to 11-11.

Squash: Perry saves match point at 10-9! It’s 10-10 in the last, with victory needing to be secured by two points.

Squash: There’ll be judo contests later this afternoon less physical and aggressive than this final set. With the score at 8-7, a remarkably long rally leaves both players on the deck as King runs into the back of Perry. Despite the intensity there’s a helping hand from the New Zealander as the pair get back to their feet.

A view from the stands as New Zealand’s Joelle King (left) plays a baackhand. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

Squash: It’s 6-6 in the decider between Perry and King. There aren’t many sports that look more like medieval torture than squash, to my mind. It’s exhausting just to watch.

Squash: There’s a thrilling bronze-medal match in progress in the women’s singles. New Zealand’s Joelle King went 2-0 up in the first-to-three contest, but England’s Sarah-Jane Perry has won the next two and we’re into a decider.

England’s Sarah-Jane Perry plays a shot as Joelle King of New Zealand looks on.
England’s Sarah-Jane Perry plays a shot as Joelle King of New Zealand looks on. Photograph: Luke Walker/Getty Images

Cricket: Some disappointing news from the England camp: Heather Knight out of Commonwealth Games, and also the forthcoming Hundred, due to her hip injury.

Right, so after all that excitement what’s next? I’ll tell you what’s next, it’s this gallery of the day’s best images from Birmingham:

Weightlifting: Campbell gets some warm congratulations from Precious McKenzie, mentioned by my colleague David Tindall earlier. It’s quite an image backstage at the NEC – the 86-year-old McKenzie is 4ft 9in (at least, according to The Internet he is) and has to reach quite a distance to give Campbell a congratulatory pat on the shoulder.

Weightlifting: Campbell aims for a PB at 162kg … and nails it, of course she does. What a fantastic performance. She swings her weight belt around her head (echoes of the Ultimate Warrior at SummerSlam 89, wrestle fans) and the NEC erupts in celebration. Her final score of 286kg is three kilograms heavier than her Olympic score last year.

England’s Emily Campbell celebrates after winning gold with a personal best of 162kg.
England’s Emily Campbell celebrates after winning gold with a personal best. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

Weightlifting: Campbell, England’s flagbearer at the opening ceremony (always feels like that must add a bit of extra pressure when it comes to actually competing), hoists 157kg with aplomb. One attempt to go before she can concentrate on the celebrations.

Gold for Emily Campbell in the women’s weightlifting!

Weightlifting: Stowers fails with her first attempt at 152kg … and with her second. That confirms gold for Campbell! She’s already broken the Games record so she’ll carry on to see how far she can go.

Weightlifting: Stowers, the defending champion, actually comes in at 147kg and just gets it up. Campbell has opted to come in at 152kg … and pops it above her head like she’s lifting a couple of pints of milk. That keeps her in the box seat.

Weightlifting: Australia’s Charisma Amoe Tarrant has bagged the bronze, so the competition now comes down to Campbell and Stowers. Amoe Tarrant’s biggest lift was 139kg – the top two aren’t even entering the competition until 150kg.

Weightlifting: While we’re talking weighlifting, here’s a fascinating piece with Bangladesh’s Mabia Aktar from my colleague Jessica Murray.

Weightlifting: The athlete in bronze position after the snatch competition, Kuinini Manumua of Tonga, enters the clean and jerk at 121kg and looks fairly untroubled by the weight (if you can look untroubled while hoisting a large reindeer above your head). Campbell and Stowers are yet to enter the fray.

Weightlifting: Huge cheers in the NEC Arena for Malta’s Elisia Scicluna as she nails 105kg in the clean and jerk. She’ll finish last in this final but looks delighted with her effort, as well she should.

Malta’s Elisia Scicluna reacts during the final.
Malta’s Elisia Scicluna reacts during the final. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

Weightlifting: Campbell lifted two kilograms more in the snatch today than she did in Tokyo last year on her way to a silver, the first ever Olympic medal for a British female weightlifter. She hit 161kg in the clean-and-jerk in Tokyo – she starts with 155kg today. Here’s an interview we did with her back in December:

Evie Richards takes mountain bike gold

England’s Richards takes gold at Cannock Chase, Cuthbert rolls in 47 seconds later for silver and Lill celebrates gold. What a moment for Richards after such a miserable season.

Evie Richards wins gold!
Evie Richards wins gold! Photograph: David Davies/PA

Weightlifting: Emily Campbell has made a strong (ahem) start in the women’s 87kg+ final. After the snatch half of the competition she is three kilograms ahead of her nearest rival, Samoa’s Feagaiga Stowers, with a Games record lift of 124kg. A huge ovation echoes around the arena after her third and final successful lift.

England’s Emily Campbell of performs during the snatch section of the women’s 87+kg final.
England’s Emily Campbell of performs during the snatch section of the women’s 87+kg final. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Cross-country cycling: Richards completes the sixth of her seven laps and she has recovered well from that minor scare. Richards’ lead over Zoe Cuthbert, now clear in second, is back up to 41 seconds.

Cross-country cycling: Yikes! Richards is close to crashing on the grass section at the end of lap five. The gap back to Cuthbert and Lill (Isla Short having fallen away a touch) comes down to 26 seconds as a result. Two laps to go.

Weightlifting: The women’s 87kg+ final is about to get under way, half an hour later than scheduled. England’s Emily Campbell, Tokyo 2020 silver medal winner, is the favourite.

Cross-country cycling: This is a seriously impressive ride from Richards – her lead has reached 40 seconds at the end of the third lap. She’s had a miserable time of it with injury – a back problem has been a constant (and literal) pain – and she contracted Covid last month. But Ricahrds – who grew up in Malvern, barely 50 miles away from today’s course – looks the class of the field today and is all set to add Commonwealth gold to the world championship already on her palmares.

Evie Richards leads the cross-country cycling.
Evie Richards leads the cross-country cycling. Photograph: Ryan Browne/Shutterstock

Cross-country cycling: Two laps into the seven-lap race England’s Evie Richards has extended her lead out over 30 seconds. She’ll take gold if she stays upright and the bike behaves itself. The battle for silver and bronze is a triple header between Isla Short (Sco), Zoe Cuthbert (Aus) and Candice Lill (SA).

Cricket: Australia have comfortably beaten Pakistan by 44 runs. That seals their spot in the semi-finals.

Australia ease themselves into the semi-finals.
Australia ease themselves into the semi-finals. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

Cross-country cycling: England’s Evie Richards is tearing things up over at Cannock Chase Forest. She’s opened up a 13 second lead over Scotland’s Isla Short in second.

Thanks David and hello everyone. Can anyone else not hear the word plethora without thinking of the Three Amigos? “Yes El Guapo! You have a plethora …” Anyway, here’s what’s coming up this afternoon and evening (all times BST):

Now Cross-country cycling
Now Weightlifting finals
4pm Squash finals
5pm Judo finals
7pm Athletics, featuring KJT and the men’s and women’s 100m finals
7pm Swimming, featuring a plethora (El Guapo!) of top talent including Australia’s Ariarne Titmus

They’re underway in the women’s cross-country cycling – just eight riders taking part – and for coverage of that and a plethora of other sports I’ll hand you over to John Ashdown.

A quick round-up of the highlights so far…

  • England’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson has a 122-point lead heading into the final two events (javelin and 800m) of the heptathlon later this evening.
  • Victoria Ohuruogu of England was the fastest qualifier in the women’s 400m heats.
  • Wolverhampton local, Matthew Hudson-Smith, a bronze medallist in last month’s world championships, won his heat to qualify for the semis of the men’s 400m.
  • New Zealand’s Sam Gaze defended his men’s cross-country cycling title.
  • Weightlifter Junior Periclex Ngadja Nyabeyeu of Cameroon won the first gold medal of the day after taking victory in the men’s 109kg category.

Swimming: The BBC now showing some morning highlights from the pool.

England’s Tom Dean and Scotland’s Duncan Scott also resume their fierce but friendly rivalry in the final of the men’s 200m Individual Medley this evening (7.07pm). However, Brendon Smith of Australia was quickest in qualification.

In the men’s 4×100 medley relay, Australia qualified fastest in front of England and Scotland.

England’s Tom Dean in action in the pool.
England’s Tom Dean in action in the pool. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

Women’s cross-country cycling: There won’t be a New Zealand rider wining gold in the women’s event which starts at 2pm. That’s not a wild/snotty prediction from me; there aren’t any Kiwis in it.

If I’m reading this right, only eight riders are taking part. They include Evie Richards of England and Scotland’s Isla Short. Jersey duo Emily Bridson and Lisa Mansell also go for glory.

Women’s T20 cricket: Pakistan now 60-5 in the 13th over as they try and chase down Australia’s total of 160-2. Looking very unlikely it has to be said.

Men’s 400m: A round-up of those seven heats and Muzala Samukonga does indeed qualify fastest for the semis in 44.89sec. No prizes for that although the PB is nice. Jamaican duo Nathon Allen and Anthony Cox are second and third quickest in 45.18 and 45.51 respectively and those two could be the biggest threats to Matthew Hudson-Smith.

Athletics men’s 400m heats: An easy qualification for local hero Matthew Hudson-Smith, a bronze medallist at the world championships last month. The Englishman wins his heat in 46.26sec. Dube Amene of Nigeria and Joe Brier of Wales bank the other two qualification spots.

Hudson Smith, from nearby Wolverhampton, says: “I’ve been [running] here since I was 10 years old. I know the lay of the land. I’d be a fool if I didn’t feel confident. I’ve come to win.”

There’s what BBC commentator Andrew Cotter calls “youthful exuberance” as 19-year-old Muzala Samukonga of Zambia runs his heat as if it’s the final, collapsing in a heap after straining every sinew to win in a PB of 44.89sec. It’s a good time but he still has the semis and final to run!

Zambia’s Muzala Samukonga collapses onto the track after winning his men’s 400m heat.
Zambia’s Muzala Samukonga collapses onto the track after winning his men’s 400m heat. Photograph: Jonny Weeks/The Guardian
Samukonga tries to hobble off but is too injured to leave.
Samukonga tries to hobble off but is too injured to leave. Photograph: Jonny Weeks/The Guardian
Samukonga is distraught as he exits in a wheelchair.
Samukonga is distraught as he exits in a wheelchair. Photograph: Jonny Weeks/The Guardian

Thanks Martin. You’ve caught me googling Precious McKenzie. Must be the fact that the two golds awarded so far have been a weightlifting one and another won by a New Zealander.

McKenzie won Commonwealth titles representing both England and New Zealand. And, of course, he was namechecked by Half Man Half Biscuit.

“Precious McKenzie, boy I remember you well
Gob full of tapioca, I would sit and I’d watch you excel…

Men’s cross-country cycling: The bronze medal goes to Alex Miller of Namibia, a stunning achievement for the 21-year-old who made a late attack to pass Blackmore and Orr who had been in a group contesting third place for most of the race but both finish empty-handed.

And now I will hand you back to David Tindall. I’ll see you tomorrow.

Gold for Samuel Gaze of New Zealand in the men’s cross-country cycling!

Men’s cross-country cycling: Samuel Gaze of New Zealand, pre-race favourite as soon as his team-mate Anton Cooper dropped out with a positive Covid test, is nailed on for gold unless he falls off his bike. Which, now I’ve mentioned it, is a distinct possibility if my previous coverage of this race is anything to go by …

But he doesn’t.

He crosses the line and wins!

It is going to be a New Zealand one-two with Ben Oliver set for silver.

Samuel Gaze wins gold for New Zealand!
Samuel Gaze wins gold for New Zealand! Photograph: Stephen Pond/Getty Images

Men’s cross-country cycling: Miller looks to have secured bronze here with an attack on the last lap.

Men’s cross-country cycling: They are on the last lap here, and Miller of Namibia has staged a brilliant late attack and has bridged the gap to Orr and Blackmore, four seconds separate them and there is just one bronze medal available. The New Zealand pair still lead, Samuel Gaze is still in pole position for gold.

Women’s hockey: It looks like my “live” stream of Canada and India was a little bit behind, and I can confirm that India have indeed won that match 3-2, which means they progress at Canada’s expense. It was becoming a very niggly affair with several lengthy video reviews, none of which were being helped by me shouting my scant knowledge of the rules of the game at the telly. England and India progress from Pool A. Canada rue their luck.

Athletics men’s 400m: There are a series of heats for this event going on on the athletics stadium, with people taking it pretty easy to be honest on their way into the semi-finals. The top three from each heat qualify. Grenada’s Michael Francois has been an exception to the rule, putting in a personal best to finish third in the third heat and progress.

Men’s cross-country cycling: Sam Gaze has opened up a 25 second lead now over teammate Ben Oliver as they grind their way towards this one-two. Orr has edged in front of Blackmore. They are 1:25 behind.

Sam Gaze leads in Cannock.
Sam Gaze leads in Cannock. Photograph: Stephen Pond/Getty Images

Women’s T20 cricket: Australia posted a total of 160-2 for their innings in their match against Pakistan. The latter have nothing to play for but pride, and they are currently one wicket down for no runs after four balls.

Women’s hockey: This vital match between Canada and India is tightly poised still at 2-2 as they approach the end of the third quarter.

Men’s cross-country cycling: I regret to report that the curse of the live blogger has struck, and having described this race as a bit boring, Scotland’s Charlie Aldridge promptly lost control of his bike, had a brief fall, but he’s managed to knacker his bike in the process, and he is currently trying to effect running repairs so that he can at least freewheel where possible down to the tech area. He’s out of contention.

So, we should still be on for a New Zealand one-two, but bronze looks to be between Joseph Blackmore of England and Cameron Orr of Northern Ireland. At times Orr was appearing to struggle to hang in the group of three, so you would back the Englishman here.

And then at the front, Samuel Gaze has struck out, leaving Ben Oliver behind. Oliver will probably have to be content with silver. But now Oliver is alone, and Blackmore and Orr could be working together …

Gold for Cameroon’s Junior Periclex Ngadja Nyabeye in the weightlifting

Weightlifting: Cameroon’s Junior Periclex Ngadja Nyabeyeu has taken the -109kg Commonwealth Games title in the weightlifting, with a combined total of 361kg, which I always think sounds like a lot of things to lift. That is, I think I am right in saying, Cameroon’s first medal in Birmingham.

Junior Periclex Ngadja Nyabeyeu of Cameroon performs a snatch during the men’s weightlifting 109kg Final.
Junior Periclex Ngadja Nyabeyeu of Cameroon performs a snatch during the men’s weightlifting 109kg Final. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Hitile Opeloge of Samoa came second, with India’s Singh Lovepreet.

Men’s cross-country cycling: Don’t say it too loudly, but this race hasn’t actually been as exciting as I thought it would be, such is the domination of New Zealand’s Samuel Gaze and Ben Oliver, who are now just about a minute ahead of the chasing group, as we have gone past the halfway mark.

Aldridge, Blackmore and Orr, representing three of the home nations, are still bunched together. But they are neither working well enough together to close the gap, nor working well enough individually to stage their own solo attempt to secure the medal. It is a bit of a stalemate.

Women’s hockey: Earlier today Australia secured a semi-final berth and broke Scottish hearts with a 2-0 victory that dashed Scotland’s hopes of progressing from Pool B.

Currently India are leading Canada 2-1 in Pool A, as they are approaching half-time. England are already through from this group with three wins from three. India must win today if they are to progress, as both Canada and India have won two and lost one so far, but Canada have the superior goal difference.

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