Comm Games Day 7: The Lunch Wrap (2023)


Comm Games Day 7: The Lunch Wrap (1)

Cyclist Georgia Williams’ bronze was a rare bright spot on Day 7, when the home nation smothered the Kiwis in netball and cricket. LockerRoom watched the good and the bad.

Performanceof the day

On the roads of Wolverhampton, Georgia Williams powered her way to a bronze medal in cycling's road time trial, to add to her Gold Coast silver in the road race.

A four-time national time trial champion, Williams finished the 28.8km race in 41m 25.27s, just 1m 20s behind gold medal winner Grace Brown from Australia. 23-year-old Mikayla Harvey finished in 20th, with a time of 44m 55.84s.

An overwhelmed Williams was thrilled with a second Games medal. “I’m more emotional than I thought, I’m super proud,” she said.

“I did what I could and left it all out there, so I’m happy. It was technical and hard and hilly, there was always something that you couldn’t lose concentration on; it was full gas… but I’m happy with how I paced myself.”

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Williams will get a chance to make a full set of medals in Sunday’s road race, with four Kiwi team-mates in the peleton.

Quote of the day

"I think it's not a bad thing to have an experience like that before a semifinal, especially coming up against a really strong Jamaican side. Areas of our game were exposed that we're going to look at and sort out and come out firing." Silver Fern Kate Heffernan after their 10-goal loss to England.

The good news

Two Kiwis will contest the hammer throw final, with defending Games champion Julia Ratcliffe looking in strong medal contention. After a silver in Glasgow and a gold in the Gold Coast, Ratcliffe faces stiff competition from Canada’s Camryn Rogers, who threw a Games record of 74.68 in her first attempt (one metre more than Ratcliffe’s personal best).


Ratcliffe was the only other athlete to make the automatic qualifying mark of 68m, throwing 68.73m on her second attempt. She’s joined in the final by Nicole Bradley, who qualified eighth with 61.77m. A tearful Lauren Bruce didn’t get on the board with her three attempts.

Another Kiwi going for gold in an athletics final is high jumper Keeley O’Hagan, with a 1.81m clearance enough to qualify in the top 12. O’Hagan missed her first attempt at 1.76m but only needed one shot at 1.81m, (her personal best is 1.88m set in March).

In the 400m hurdles, Portia Bing finished third in her heat, fading in the last 100m to finish behind two Kenyans, but still comfortably making the final in a time of 56.32s, less than a second slower than her career best.

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The Black Sticks are through to the hockey semis, finishing pool play with a decisive 4-1 win over South Africa.

It was a confidence boost for the defending gold medallists, smarting from their 1-0 loss to Australia, and three goals in the opening quarter sealed the deal. The best moment: Kaitlin Cotter’s stunning penalty corner push goal in the final quarter. The worst: seeing defender Frances Davies leave the field with a bloodied face.

After a disappointing singles campaign, Joelle King is back on track in the squash doubles. Her and Amanda Landers-Murphy easily dispatched Guyana, 11-3, 11-8 in their first match, and a few hours later, King and new men’s singles gold medallist Paul Coll were all smiles after beating the duo from Pakistan 11-4, 11-3. The other Kiwi women’s pair of Abbie Palmer and Kaitlyn Watts couldn’t find a win, losing in two games to Scotland.

New Zealand’s women’s triples came out on top in a thrilling quarterfinal clash with Australia to advance to the semifinals. After a strong start by the Kiwis, skipped by Val Smith, the Australians drew level at 10-10, making it anyone’s game. But New Zealand then stormed to a 15-10 victory.

Havana Hopman and Paris Chin have made it through to the all-round final of rhythmic gymnastics with a solid performance on day one. Hopman was 16th overall, and Chin 17th, but with the rule of only two gymnasts from each country in the top 16 final, Chin sneaked in. Hopman also has a shot at a medal in the clubs, after nabbing the eighth and final qualifying spot with a score of 27.000.

The mixed badminton pair of Anona Pak and Oliver Leydon-Davis are through to the round of 16, the duo from Mauritius not providing too much trouble for the Kiwis, who won 2-0 (21-7, 21-10).

The not-so-good news

It was a day when England completely bamboozled New Zealand. First the White Ferns losing to the home nation by seven wickets, then the Roses punishing the Silver Ferns by 10 goals.

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The Silver Ferns will now meet the giant-killing Jamaicans in netball’s semifinals, after they struggled against defending champs England this morning. Going down 54-44, it was obvious New Zealand are yet to find their strongest seven, with cohesion through court still evading them.

Coach Dame Noeline Taurua says England’s massive 900 test caps were the telling factor in the Ferns’ defeat.

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While the Roses started confident in every third of the court, the Silver Ferns were hesitant to release the ball and shoot. They paid heavily for it, down 15-8 at the first break.

England had no trouble threading the ball through court to “The Claw” - goal shoot Eleanor Cardwell - while New Zealand stumbled.

As expected, England’s evergreen goal keep Geva Mentor stuck like glue to Grace Nweke (the most prolific shooter in this tournament) and had her rattled.

New Zealand rang the changes, with immediate effect - the Ferns closing to within one. Young Kate Heffernan read the play brilliantly at wing defence, lifting the entire defence. And the injection of Te Paea Selby-Rickit opened up spaces on attack and improved the shooting - the Ferns winning the quarter 16-10, to trail by just one, 25-24, at halftime.

It was the only time the Ferns looked truly in control. England brought their No.1 shooter Jo Harten into the game, but it was goal attack Helen Housby’s incredible long shot that made all the difference. It all fell apart for the Ferns when the relentless Roses closed up the attacking avenues - the gap widening to six going into the final spell.

New Zealand brought on its veterans, and closed to within three. But England’s defence was too cloying, forcing the Ferns into basic mistakes.

Jamaica, who have Mystics coach Rob Wright on their bench, will be a massive challenge, says Ferns captain Gina Crampton. The Sunshine Girls toppled Australia for the first time in 11 years, to top their pool.

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Maddy Green at the wicket of the White Ferns in their seven-wicket loss to England.

The White Ferns now have the toughest route to the T20 cricket final, after a poor batting effort saw England easily chase down their total of 71 in the 12th over. Both teams were unbeaten in pool play and had already qualified for the semifinals, but were playing to top the pool and avoid the dominant Australia in the crossover.

Maddy Green top-scored with 19, with Hannah Rowe the only other batter making double figures. New Zealand never looked capable of defending, and when a wicket from Devine was overturned after the television umpire noticed a front foot no ball, England cruised to 72/3, with 50 balls to spare.

The Ferns will have to lift themselves up again to take on Australia in the semifinal on Sunday morning.

Gold Coast boxing bronze medallist Troy Garton’s Commonwealth Games has come to an end, with a 4-1 points loss to India’s Jaismine Jaismine in her lightweight quarterfinal.

In her first Games outing, 17-year-old Mikali Dawson couldn’t make the 10m platform diving final, struggling with her entrances after a solid start, and finishing last in her heat.

Sarah says

LockerRoom’s Games guru, Sarah Cowley Ross, is looking forward to Kiwis taking on the home side this weekend.

Amanda Landers-Murphy came out of retirement for these Games to pair up with her good mate Joelle King in the women's doubles squash, and will meet England in the quarterfinals.

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“Also taking on the home nation in their quarterfinal is the Kiwi beach volleyball pairing of Alice Zeimann and Shaunna Polley. The atmosphere is building at the central Smithfeild venue for the knockout stages of the tournament.

“In yet another match up against England, the Black Sticks will meet them in the hockey semifinals tomorrow. The Black Sticks got one over the English at last month’s World Cup but on home soil all bets are off. Look to co-captain Olivia Merry to lead from the front in what will be a huge battle for the defending champions.”

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Who’s up next


LAWN BOWLS: Pairs, triples, 7.30pm (potential pairs semi 11pm)

DIVING: Maggie Squire, 1m springboard, 9pm (potential final Sat 5.05am)

WRESTLING: Tayla Ford (68kg), 9.30pm (potential medal match Sat 4am)


BADMINTON: Mixed doubles, 12am

RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS: Paris Chin, Havana Hopman, individual all-around final, 12.30am

HOCKEY: New Zealand vs England, semifinal, 5am

SQUASH: Women’s doubles quarterfinal, 5.05am; mixed doubles quarterfinal, 7.15am

BEACH VOLLEYBALL: New Zealand vs England, quarterfinal, 7am



Who won most medals in Commonwealth Games 2022? ›

Indian medal winners at Commonwealth Games 2022
1Sanket SargarMen's 55kg
2Gururaja PoojaryMen's 61kg
3Mirabai ChanuWomen's 49kg
4Bindyarani DeviWomen's 55kg
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Who won Commonwealth Games 2022 India medals? ›

Sanket Sargar- Weightlifting (Men's 55 kg) - Silver. Harjinder Kaur- Weightlifting (Women's 71 kg)- Bronze. Lovepreet Singh- Weightlifting (Men's 109 kg) - Bronze. Ravi Dahiya- Wrestling (Men's 65 kg)- Gold.

Who is hosting the 2026 Commonwealth Games? ›

Victoria 2026 will run from 17-29 March 2026, with four regional hubs in Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong and Gippsland to deliver a multi-city model that captures the hearts and minds of people across Victoria.

Did Australia win beach volleyball at Commonwealth Games? ›

Aussie men win beach volleyball gold, Aussie women settle for silver | Commonwealth Games Australia.

Why is China not in the Commonwealth? ›

Q: Why China is not part of the Commonwealth Games? A: As China was never a part of the British Colonisation thus it is not a Commonwealth of Nations.

Why is USA not in Commonwealth Games? ›

Even though the USA used to make up part of the British Empire, the country does not take part in the Commonwealth Games. The United States declared independence from Britain in 1776 and has never been part of the Commonwealth during its 73-year existence.

What is the rank of India in Olympic 2022? ›

After rising to fifth place in the Commonwealth Games 2022 medal tally, India remain in fifth, with a total of 13 gold, 11 silver and 16 bronze medals.

How much does Commonwealth gold medalist? ›

"Earlier, a gold medal recipient in the Commonwealth Games was given Rs 10 lakh. The amount has now been hiked to Rs 50 lakh," he said. A recipient of silver medal will now get Rs 30 lakh, instead of Rs 7.5 lakh earlier, while a bronze winner will get Rs 20 lakh instead of Rs 5 lakh.

What is the rank of India in Commonwealth 2022? ›

After winning 22 gold and 61 total medals in Commonwealth Games 2022, India have risen to 4th place on the Commonwealth Games' all-time medal tally.

Who will host the 2030 Commonwealth Games? ›

America. Brian MacPherson, CEO of the Commonwealth Games Canada proposed to host the 2030 games in Canada. Hamilton is likely to host the games as it hosted the inaugural British Empire Games in 1930 and would mark its 100th anniversary of the games.

Where is the 2024 Commonwealth Games? ›

Commonwealth Games Host City List
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Was Durban supposed to be in Commonwealth Games? ›

The Durban bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games was a rejected bid by Durban, South Africa and South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Who won women's volleyball Commonwealth Games? ›

At 2022 Commonwealth Games, Canadian duo Sarah Pavan & Melissa Humana-Paredes claimed the women's volleyball event gold medal after a thrilling 22-24, 21-17, 15-12 victory against del Solar & Clancy of Australia.
Gold Medal Match Results (7th August, 9:00PM BST)
BronzeSherysyn TokoVanuatu
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Who won 2022 beach volleyball? ›

Bello Brothers triumph to beach volleyball bronze at 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Who won Commonwealth men's volleyball? ›

Australia retained their men's Beach Volleyball title with victory over Canada in a thrilling battle at Smithfield. Chris McHugh, who won gold four years ago, and his new partner Paul Burnett came through 2-1 against Canada's Sam Schachter - who also won silver at Gold Coast 2018 - and Daniel Dearing.

What are the benefits of being in the Commonwealth? ›

One can acquire citizenship of the Commonwealth, with all its benefits, without having to uproot and leave home. There are many benefits of holding a commonwealth passport, which include visa-free travel, education, and business opportunities and 'Plan B' security.

Which Commonwealth country has the largest population? ›

Countries. India is the most populous member country, with over 1.4 billion people.

Which country left the Commonwealth? ›

The Republic of Ireland (as of 1949 according to the Commonwealth; 1936 according to the Irish government) and Zimbabwe (2003) are former members of the Commonwealth.

What does SB mean in Commonwealth Games? ›

PB = Personal Best (the best mark achieved by an athlete on a personal level) SB = Season's Best (the best mark achieved by an athlete on a personal level within a given season)

How many countries are still under British rule? ›

Over time, membership has expanded. Today, the Commonwealth includes fifty-four countries, largely in Asia and Africa, including nearly all of the world's English speaking countries.

Which country has won the most Commonwealth Games medals? ›

Australia (AUS)

Is Commonwealth medals real gold? ›

The gold medals awarded to the winning athletes are not made of gold. It is only gold plated. However, silver and bronze medals are made entirely of silver and copper. Meanwhile, in the Commonwealth Games 2022, the Indian team has so far won a total of 55 medals including 18 gold, 15 silver and 22 bronze medals.

Who all won gold medal in Commonwealth Games? ›

In the end, Australia finished at the top of the medal table with 178 medals, followed by England with 176 medals and Canada with 92 medals. After giving an applaudable performance in this CWG edition, India finished at the fourth position with 61 medals.

How many medals did India won in Olympics 2022? ›

India finished at the 4th position in the medal tally in the 2022 Commonwealth Games by winning 22 Gold medals (61 medals in total – 16 Silver & 23 Bronze medals). This is one of the best performances of India in the Commonwealth Games. In this historic performance, 12 LPU students and alumni won medals for India.

What is the prize money for Commonwealth Games 2022? ›

India won 22 gold medals, now earning those champions 2 million rupees (£20,800/$25,000/€24,700) each, while silver medallists took 1 million rupees (£10,400/$12,500/€12,400). Those who claimed bronze received 750,000 rupees (£7,800/$9,400/€9,300).

Is gold medal made of gold? ›

The gold and silver medals are both made of silver. The gold medals are then coated with gold. Each Olympic gold medal is made up of 210g of silver and is coated with 6g of 24 carat gold. The bronze medals are made of copper, zinc, tin, and a very small amount of silver.

How much money do you get if you win gold in Singapore? ›


How many gold India can win in Commonwealth Games? ›

In all Games, India have won 181 gold medals, 173 silvers and 149 bronzes for a combined 503 medals. Birmingham Commonwealth Games start on 29 July with Lawn Bowls getting the sporting activity underway.
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Who won last medal in Commonwealth Games? ›

The 2018 Commonwealth Games (officially known as the XXI Commonwealth Games), was a multi-sport event held in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, between 4 and 15 April 2018. 275 medal events were held at these games. Australia won the games with 78 gold, 59 silver and 59 bronze, for a total of 198 medals.

Who won the last Commonwealth Games? ›

Australia has won its 1000th Commonwealth Games gold medal in Birmingham tonight with the Diamonds clinching an extraordinary gold medal victory against Jamaica at the NEC Stadium – a memorable gold medal moment that will go down in the annals of a proud Games history.

Where will Commonwealth Games 2034 be held? ›

Victoria was confirmed as host after engaging in a period of exclusive dialogue with the CGF and Commonwealth Games Australia since February. Sadleir said the process of awarding the Games was among the proposals that would be tabled to the CGF Board.

Who Won the host Commonwealth Games 2022? ›

On 21 December 2017, Birmingham was awarded for the 2022 Games as Durban's replacement host. Louise Martin, president of the Commonwealth Games Federation, made the official announcement at a press conference at the Arena Academy in Birmingham.

Where is the next Olympics 2024? ›

2024 Summer Olympics

Has Australia ever won the Commonwealth Games? ›

Australia has hosted the Commonwealth Games on four occasions but have only won once via an international vote. That vote was for the host of the 2018 games, won by the Gold Coast. Sydney 1938 was simply awarded.
Games Staged.
YearHost City, StateYears Between
1938 British Empire GamesSydney, New South Wales-
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Where will the next Commonwealth Games be held 2026? ›

CGF confirm Victoria, Australia as host of 2026 Commonwealth Games | Commonwealth Games Federation.

How many times has Australia won Commonwealth Games? ›

Australia has won the medal tally at 13 Commonwealth games. Australia first competed at the Games, then titled the British Empire Games, in 1930; and is one of only six countries to have sent athletes to every Commonwealth Games. The others are Canada, England, New Zealand, Scotland, and Wales.

Why did Birmingham take over from Durban? ›

Birmingham took over hosting the event after Durban, which had been named for the role, stepped down in 2017 due to financial constraints. Former world number one 400m sprinter Katharine Merry, who covered the event, said she felt the city had changed how people see the Commonwealth Games.

Why is Durban not hosting Commonwealth? ›

Durban set to be stripped of 2022 Commonwealth Games after late rescue effort fails. A search to find a new city to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games is set to be launched here this weekend with Durban expected to be stripped of the event after a last-ditch attempt to save it failed.

Why did South Africa lose Commonwealth Games? ›

However, the South African government subsequently claimed it would not be possible to host the Games because of financial constraints; as a result, the CGF stripped Durban of their hosting rights in March 2017.

Who won the squash at the Commonwealth Games? ›

Willstrop feels the gold medal is one of the highlights of his career. He said: "It's right up there. A Commonwealth gold medal is one of the greatest things any squash player can achieve.

Is volleyball a Commonwealth game? ›

Beach Volleyball was included for the first time at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia with a proposal to also be included in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England. The governing body for Beach Volleyball in Australia is Volleyball Australia.

What is the basic rules of volleyball? ›


Maximum of three (3) hits per side. Player may not hit the ball twice in succession (a block is not considered a hit). Ball may be played off the net during a volley and on serve. A ball touching a boundary line is good.

Who won bronze in men's volleyball? ›

France overcame the United States in a five-set thriller to win their first men's Volleyball Nations League title. Poland beat hosts Italy to walk away with the bronze medal.

How long is a beach volleyball game? ›

The average match duration in beach volleyball is stable, ranging from 30 to 64 minutes, regardless of the number of sets, the stage of the tournament (qualifying round or main draw), or gender. The average number of rallies per match were 78–80 for two-set matches and 94–96 for three-set matches.

Are the Bello brothers twins? ›

Together with his twin brother Javier, they are the current British No. 1 team since January 2019. They won the bronze medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. He is a 4-time medallist on the FIVB World Tour, winning Britain's only gold medal, and a 3-time British champion.

Are Bello twins English? ›

The Bello Brothers were born in Madrid, Spain, but have counted London as their home since their family moved over when they were just 10.

What is beach volleyball called in the UK? ›

FIVB Beach Volleyball Rules UK

Beach volleyball is often abbreviated to 'BVB'.

Where is the next Commonwealth Games? ›

Commonwealth Games

Who won most medals in Commonwealth Games? ›

Since their debut in 1934, India have won 564 medals – 203 golds, 190 silvers and 171 bronze - at the Commonwealth Games. However, the first few editions were very challenging for the nation.

Which country won the Commonwealth Games 2022? ›

The 22nd edition of the Commonwealth Games drew to a close on Monday after 12 days of relentless, non-stop sporting action. Team India finished fourth on the medals tally, behind Australia (178 medals), England (176 medals) and Canada (92 medals).

Who has won the Commonwealth Games the most? ›


What is the 2022 medal table in the Commonwealth Games? ›

Commonwealth Games 2022 Medal Tally
5New Zealand49
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Is Commonwealth Games easier than Olympics? ›

Both these quadrennial multi-sport events are highly popular among athletes across the world with the Olympic Games being more popular than Commonwealth Games. Qualifying for the CWG is considered more difficult but the competitions are less challenging as it features less participants.

Has Australia ever won the Commonwealth Games? ›

Australia has hosted the Commonwealth Games on four occasions but have only won once via an international vote. That vote was for the host of the 2018 games, won by the Gold Coast. Sydney 1938 was simply awarded.
Games Staged.
YearHost City, StateYears Between
1938 British Empire GamesSydney, New South Wales-
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What is the rank of India in Commonwealth Games 2022? ›

After winning 22 gold and 61 total medals in Commonwealth Games 2022, India have risen to 4th place on the Commonwealth Games' all-time medal tally. Where does India rank on Commonwealth Games all-time medals tally?

Who won India's first gold medal in Commonwealth 2022? ›

45-year old Lawn Bowls player Sunil Bahadur was the oldest player in the contingent. India's first medal of the Games was won by Sanket Sargar with a silver in weightlifting. Saikhom Mirabai Chanu won the first gold medal for the country, also in weightlifting.

How many gold India won in olympics 2022? ›

India finished at the 4th position in the medal tally in the 2022 Commonwealth Games by winning 22 Gold medals (61 medals in total – 16 Silver & 23 Bronze medals). This is one of the best performances of India in the Commonwealth Games.

How many medals has Nigeria won in the Commonwealth Games 2022? ›

It was a record-breaking outing for Team Nigeria at the 2022 Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Birmingham. Medals were raked in at an unprecedented rush while Nigerian athletes broke several records at the games. Team Nigeria won 12 gold medals — the country's highest haul in the history of the CWG.

What is England's most successful Commonwealth game? ›

Host nation England secured their most successful Commonwealth Games ever with a raft of medals on the final day taking them to 176. England's previous best medal tally was 174 - set at Glasgow 2014.

Has England ever won the Commonwealth Games? ›

The others are Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales.
England at the Commonwealth Games
Medals Ranked 2ndGold 773 Silver 783 Bronze 766 Total 2,322
Commonwealth Games appearances (overview)
1930 1934 1938 1950 1954 1958 1962 1966 1970 1974 1978 1982 1986 1990 1994 1998 2002 2006 2010 2014 2018 2022
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Who is the most successful Commonwealth athlete? ›

Swimmer Emma McKeon became the most successful Commonwealth Games athlete of all-time on Sunday, leading an Australian sweep of the women's 50 metre freestyle to claim a record 11th gold medal.

Did the Kookaburras win gold? ›

Australia's golden Games come to a close as Kookaburras win gold No 67 | Commonwealth Games 2022 | The Guardian.

Are Commonwealth Games medals real gold? ›

As per The Scotsman, the games' gold medals are made out of sterling silver with a gold plating. However, the silver medals are made from silver and the bronze medals are made from bronze.

Why does Australia win so many medals? ›

It's probability of winning the most medals is always high. It's chances of taking gold in the events where it's competing in is also high because it has the money and system to attract talents. Never. Australia didn't even go to the Olympic Games when they were held in Sydney, Australia in 2000.


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