Commonwealth Games 2022: England and Nigeria storm to 4x100m gold – live!

Key events

Netball: The second of today’s England-New Zealand bronze medal set-tos is about to get under way, with England hoping it won’t go the same way as the earlier one, in the cricket.

Cycling: there’s still a long way to go in the men’s road race, 119km in fact, but Wales are well placed early on. They have three riders in a breakaway group of around 10 and the riders are fairly strung out.

Badminton: England are in the women’s doubles final after a 2-0 win over Australia, Chloe Birch and Lauren Smith prevailing in an epic final rally to clinch the second game 24-22 against Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen and Gronya Somerville.

Athletics: And that’s all the action on the track until this evening, which kicks off with the women’s long jump final and the women’s 1500m at at 7.20pm BST, and thee men’s 800m final at 7.35pm.

Nigeria win women’s 4×100 relay gold

England looked well placed for victory as Imani Lansiquot stormed down the back straight, kicking clear of Jamaica, but Nigeria were on the march to their left and a stunning third leg from Rosemary Chukwuma gave them a lead that Grace Nwokocha wasn’t going to relinquish. Daryl Neita put in a strong final leg for England but couldn’t make up the ground and had to settle for silver, while Elaine Thompson-Herah did a repair job for Jamaica to snatch bronze.

Another boxing gold for Scotland

Boxing: While I was watching that race, Sean Lazzerini has beaten Taylor Bevan of Wales in the light heavyweight final.

England win men’s 4x100m gold

The stadium announcer asks “what could possibly go wrong?” after he calls out the teams. In England’s case, the answer is nothing. Kenya drop the baton after a strong start, but confident second and third legs in particular from Zharnel Hughes and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake set up Ojie Edoburun to bring it home for the hosts in 38.35sec. Trinidad and Tobago’s quartet take silver ahead of Nigeria, who had looked a threat until the final leg. Looking at it again mind, Mitchell-Blake was perilously close to straying from his lane and impeding T&T at the final-leg handover there.

But though they were helped by the absences of Jamaica and Ghana, that was an impressive display by the English sprinters.

Athletics: A one-two for Australia in the women’s javelin, with Kelsey-Lee Barber taking gold with a throw of 64.43m. Mackenzie Little took silver ahead of Annu Rani of India in third.

Cycling: The men’s road race is just under way, and we’ve had an early crash at the back of the pack but no major injury and disruption.

At Alexander Stadium, we’re gearing up for the athletics 4×100 relay finals.

New Zealand beat England in cricket bronze medal match

Cricket: Sophie Devine brings up her 50 with an emphatic mow through midwicket off Issy Wong then completes what can only be described as a thrashing with a straight slog over the bowler’s head that the fielders can’t reach as it plugs the outfield. The Black Caps win by eight wickets, having completely outplayed England, who, after a dominant summer, have seen the wheels come off this weekend.

Gold for Scotland’s Hickey in middleweight final

Boxing: Samuel Hickey has won Scotland’s first Commonwealth Games boxing gold for eight years after a gruelling bout against the Australian teenager Callum Peters. The Scot was pushed to the limit but he shaded it in the end.

Crowdsourcing appeal: “Did Jareem Richards get his wish of the National Anthem of Trinidad and Tobago being played on steel pan?” asks Denise Nath. I have to confess I didn’t catch it this morning as I was on the cycling/hockey at the time – can anyone oblige?

Triple-jump gold for India’s Eldhose Paul

Athletics: It’s a gold on Games debut for Eldhose Paul after Aboobaker’s final jump falls short. The latter takes silver, with Bermuda’s Perinchief winning bronze.

Athletics: Evan Dunfee of Canada has strolled home to win the men’s 10,000m race walk, with Australia’s Declan Tingay taking silver and India’s Sandeep Kumar in bronze. Callum Wilkinson of England missed out on the medals in fourth.

India could sweep the podium in an engrossing men’s triple jump final. Abdulla Aboobaker has just roared back into second with a leap of 17.02 behind his compatriot Eldhose Paul with 17.03m, while Praveen Chithravel is fourth behind Bermuda’s Jah-Nhai Perinchief in the bronze position.

Cricket: England have been on the receiving end of some carnage from the New Zealand openers Sophie Devine and Suzie Bates, who put on 54 in 4.3 overs but Bates has just been dismissed for 20, caught by Sarah Glenn off Nat Sciver, but frankly, the damage has already been done. The Black Caps are headed for bronze, bar an abrupt collapse.

Badminton: Canada’s Michelle Li has beaten Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour to reach the women’s singles final. She’ll play from Venkata Sindhu Pusarla of India in the gold medal match.

Netball: England may have suffered heartache yesterday, but Australia’s supremacy is not guaranteed, and a Jamaica team who have excelled at these Games can pose a threat in one of today’s most eagerly anticipated finals. Here’s Megan Maurice on how the Diamonds are no longer untouchable:

Thought for the morning:

Cricket: Sophie Ecclestone’s frustrated mood won’t have been improved any after her opening over went for 15 in the bronze medal match against New Zealand. The Black Caps are 19 for 0 after two overs.

Boxing gold for Rosie Eccles of Wales

Boxing. An assertive performance from the Pontypool fighter sees off Australia’s Kaye Scott in their light middleweight final. Eccles forced two standing counts prompting the referee to call a halt in the second round. That’s seven golds for Wales in these Games.

Medals table latest: Australia are now ten golds ahead of England, with 60 to the host country’s 50. England have missed out on another boxing gold, with Kieran MacDonald from Sunderland beaten on points in the over 48kg-51kg (flyweight) category by Amit Panghal of India, the English fighter never fully recovering from a nasty eye injury in the second round.

Here’s the scores on the doors:

Cricket: New Zealand need 111 to win bronze after restricting England to 110 for 9 from their 20 overs. Hayley Jensen took three for 24 while Sophie Devine did some damage with two for 11 from three overs. Nat Sciver top scored with 27 and England were always struggling after her partnership with Sophia Dunkley was broken.

Para-table tennis gold for Wales

Para-table tennis: Joshua Stacey has won Wales’s sixth gold of the Games. He beat Lin Ma of Australia in the final of the men’s singles classes 8-10.

Cricket: You’d have got temptingly long odds on England missing out on a medal but that eventuality is looking increasingly possible – they’ve now lost Amy Jones and Sophie Ecclestone in quick succession, both bowled, with the latter furious with herself and knocking over a dressing-room chair in frustration after trudging off. England 100-9 in the 19th. Hayley Jensen has three wickets.

Athletics: just a look in on the men’s triple jump final, which Jah-Nhai Perinchief of Bermuda currently leads with a best jump of 16.92. Praveen Chithravel of India is second with his compatriot Abdullah Aboobacker third.

Cricket: England need a big finish to their innings, with much depending on Amy Jones (currently 21 not out) and Sophie Ecclestone (16*) – they’re 93 for 6 in the 17th over.

Sada Williams wins women’s 400m gold

The Barbados athlete wins in style, as might have been expected, but there’s silver and bronze for England with Victoria Ohuruogu of England (Christine’s sister) running a smart race to come in second with a personal best, and her compatriot Jodie Williams came through in third.

Hockey: India have won bronze, their women upsetting New Zealand on penalties after the Kiwis equalised late on. Something of an upset, that.

Boxing gold for India’s Nitu Nitu

England’s Demie-Jade Resztan misses out on the women’s minumweight title on a unanimous decision against India’s Nitu Nitu, and has to settle for silver.

Cycling: Anyway, back to that gripping women’s road race finish. As they approached the last 200m, an Australian 1-2-3 looked on, but Neah Evans of Scotland slipped through on their left to take a brilliant silver, which really wasn’t far off being gold. But Georgia Baker just held on, and her Australian teammate Sarah Roy took bronze. Eluned King of Wales was eighth and the highest placed English rider ended up being Alice Barnes in 10th.

Zambia’s Muzala Samukonga wins men’s 400m gold

Athletics: England’s Matt Hudson-Smith is pipped for gold by a barnstorming finish by Zambia’s Muzala Samukonga. Hudson-Smith started strongly and looked to have the race still under control as he came off the last bend, but his own strong run was eclipsed by Samukonga romping through on his outside over the final 20m. What a performance and demonstration of potential from the Zambian 19-year-old. Jonathan Jones of Barbados takes bronze.

Cycling gold for Australia, silver for Scotland!

Cycling: More on this finish in a bit, as the men’s 400m is just starting.

Cycling: We could be set for an Australia/England/Canada set-to in the sprint finish with 2km to go

The perpetual lament of the cycling fan: “I nipped out the back to glue my new shelves,” writes Ian Bruce, “and came back to find on iplayer the BBC have dumped the last 20k of the women’s road race in favour of Saturday kitchens best bits. What’s going on?” iPlayer is of course your friend, if available, but I empathise. Apart from the bit about doing DIY on a Sunday morning, which I cannot compute.

Cycling: With 8km to go, you have to fancy Australia, with three riders in the front group, to boss the closing stages. Anna Shackley of Scotland is among them too though.

Cricket: Apologies, England fans, for jinxing it back there. No sooner had I pressed “send” on my last entry then Sciver was castled by Sophie Devine foe 27, and she’s been followed by Dunkley playing on for eight. England 48-4 after eight and in a tricky spot again

Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan wins gold in 100m hurdles

Athletics: The favourite smashes the Games record with a comfortable and effortless-looking win in 12.30sec, adding to last month’s world title. Amisan’s win was never in doubt from about 50m and she was comfortably clear of Devynne Chalrton of the Bahamas, who took silver in 12.59. And Cindy Sember came through in third to take bronze for England.

Cricket: Decent recovery from England, Nat Sciver and Sophia Dunkley playing with characteristic fluency and guile to move the score on to 42 for 2 in the seventh over.

Table tennis bronze for England’s Wilson

Table tennis: Ross Wilson has won the men’s singles bronze medal match against Tajudeen Agunbiade of Nigeria.

At Alexander Stadium, we’re getting ready for the women’s 100m hurdles.

Cycling: Now an Australia led-break prompts a response from Canada, but they can’t make it stick and we have a lead group of around seven with 22km to go. An intriguing sprint finish looks likely in Warwick.

Cricket: England are struggling again, 10-2 in the third over against New Zealand, Danni Wyatt spooning Jensen’s slower ball to mid-off, and then Alice Capsey being caught behind by Gaze off Rowe. A big blow to England, and the crowd, given Capsey’s recent form and talent.

Badminton: the Singapore pair of Hee Yong Kai Terry and Tan Wei Han have completed their win over Malaysia’s Kian Meng and Lai Pei Jeng and will play England’s Lauren Smith and Marcus Ellis in the final tomorrow.

Cricket: England have won the toss and will bat against New Zealand at Edgbaston. While in the hockey women’s bronze medal match, India lead New Zealand 1-0 with just over a quarter remaining, New Zealand having just had a goal disallowed following a lengthy TV review process.

Cycling: the breakaway group has now been more or less caught by an Australia-led break out from the front of the peloton

A little more recommended reading: esports have made their debut at these Commonwealth Games, and Andy Bull has been soaking it up. His verdict: the kids are alright, but beware besuited adults with pound signs in their eyes.

It wasn’t the gaming, which is as good a way as any to spend your screen time, or the players, who were mostly teenagers, it was all the executives trying to get in on the action.

Cycling: we have a proper breakaway, of five riders, with 38km to go – comprising Anna Henderson of England, Australia’s Ruby Roseman-Gannon, New Zealand’s Niamh Fisher-Black, Alison Jackson of Canada and Scotland’s Anna Shackley.

Badminton: In the mixed doubles semis, the English pair of Lauren Smith and Marcus Ellis have cruised into the gold medal match, beating Scotland’s Adam Hall and Julie MacPherson 2-0 (21-14, 21-7). In the other semi Singapore’s Hee Yong Kai Terry and Tan Wei Han are a game up on Malaysia’s Kian Meng and Lai Pei Jeng.

Cycling: there’s 47km to go in the women’s cycling road race and we’re yet to see a meaningful breakaway, with England’s Anna Henderson and Maddie Leech prominent at the front of the peloton. Grace Brown of Australia is also well positioned.

Preamble

Morning everyone. And welcome to a ram-packed final full day of action from Birmingham 2022. The women’s cycling road race is already under way, while in the next couple of hours on the track we’ve got the finals of the women’s 100m hurdles (10.25am BST) and 400m (11am), the men’s 400m (10.45am) as well as the men’s triple jump (10.15am), the women’s javelin (11.35am) and the 4x100m relays at 12.40pm (men) and 12.54pm (women).

Elsewhere, there was semi-final heartbreak for England’s women yesterday in the cricket and netball, and they’ll be seeking bronzes in matches against New Zealand in each sport this morning and lunchtime. (And spare a thought for New Zealand’s cricketers facing an early start after a late finish against Australia at Edgbaston yesterday). This morning there’s also boxing, diving and squash, and that’s all before a captivating evening on the track.

To get us in the mood, here’s Sean Ingle’s report from last night’s action at Alexander Stadium, including an extraordinary run from Kenya’s Mary Moraa to pip Keely Hodgkinson to 800m gold:



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