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Alex Yee fired England to mixed team relay triathlon gold at the Commonwealth Games after a tremendous first leg helped build a lead that Sophie Coldwell, Sam Dickinson and Georgia Taylor-Brown refused to relinquish across one hour 16 minutes.

Wales and Australia settled for silver and bronze at Sutton Park on Sunday with Dave Ellis and his guide Luke Pollard winning the men’s para event, while Katie Crowhurst and guide Jessica Fullagar, took the women’s title for England too.

England’s Matt Walls was involved in a terrifying accident at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday morning when he was catapulted over the barriers and into the crowds at the Lee Valley VeloPark. The 24-year-old Olympic omnium champion received treatment for more than 40 minutes before being taken away by ambulance, with spectators also hurt after he and his bike had come over the top of the barriers on the high banking of the corner.

Elsewhere, England’s Jake Jarman won the all-round Commonwealth gymnastics title, edging out compatriot James Hall. Jarman, 20, handled the pressure of performing at home with distinction in recording a score of 83.450 points in the all-round competition. With another boisterous crowd in attendance at Arena Birmingham, Jarman clinched his second gold medal for the games with a superb display on the high bar. A member of England’s gold medal-winning all-round team on Friday, Jarman claimed the lead after four rounds and held his advantage on the rings, vault and high bar. Follow all the latest updates from the Commonwealth Games below:

Commonwealth Games 2022

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Swimming

20:58 , Luke Baker

HE’S BEEN BEATEN! You read that right, Adam Peaty has lost a race...

He was leading at 50 metres but faded badly and ends up fourth! Fellow Englishman James Wilby takes GOLD, the most shocking of golds, and Peaty ends up fourth.

He was unbeaten since 2015 but has now lost...

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Swimming

20:46 , Luke Baker

We’re only a few minutes away from the G.O.A.T doing his thing in the pool. Unbeatable Adam Peaty goes for gold in the 100m breaststroke.

He had a broken foot just a few weeks ago but he’s proven his fitness and is ready to add another Commonwealth gold to his tally. We’re around five minutes away from that race

Jack Carlin rediscovers passion for cycling with Commonwealth medal double

20:26 , Jack Rathborn

Olympic silver medallist Jack Carlin revealed he had fallen out of love with cycling since Tokyo last summer as a Commonwealth bronze brought tears on Sunday.

Carlin took third place in the individual sprint after Australian rival Matthew Glaetzer was relegated for an illegal deviation in the deciding leg of their battle.

Though Carlin had already won keirin silver on Saturday, this time there was an emotional reaction as he admitted he had struggled to re-engage with the sport after the Olympics.

“It’s not been an easy few months, especially after coming back from the Games,” Carlin said. “I’ve not really let anyone in on this but I’ve really been struggling with the sport and finding my love for it. I fell out of love with the sport and almost became a robot ticking a box in training.

Jack Carlin rediscovers passion for cycling with Commonwealth medal double

Sophie Unwin and Georgia Holt savour belated medal success at Commonwealth Games

19:50 , Jack Rathborn

Sophie Unwin and Georgia Holt were back on the velodrome podium at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday and this time the medals were theirs.

Two days after the controversy of not being awarded bronze for finishing third in the women’s tandem B sprint, they came back and won silver in the time trial to the delight of the London crowd.

Unwin had been left in tears on Friday when it was ruled they would not be given bronze because only four teams started the sprint - with one of the five who had registered unable to race due to injury.

Although their final had been billed as a bronze medal race and they appeared on official results as medallists, Unwin and her pilot Holt were denied medals, and were fined after trying to stand behind the podium ceremony holding an England flag.

But that all provided a little extra motivation on Sunday as they beat Scotland’s Aileen McGlynn, piloted by Ellie Stone, to silver with Jessica Gallagher and Caitlin Ward taking gold for Australia.

“It’s really special,” Unwin said. “I think we both came into today thinking, ‘New day, new race’ but we also wanted to get on the podium and we did exactly what we wanted to do. It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions but we’ve just been resetting. It’s a new day and we go again.”

Holt added: “She’s tenacious. We woke up on Saturday new women.”

Under competition rules, only gold and silver medals are awarded if fewer than five teams take part in an event. But as there had been five teams on the original start-list for the sprint, there was a breakdown in communications over bronze.

Unwin and Holt were clear they thought they were racing for a medal, as did all those watching in the velodrome.

“Had we known we weren’t racing for bronze we maybe would have saved the legs for today,” Holt said.

Officials were confused too - the pair had their post-race interviews cut short when they were told to prepare for the podium, but then re-emerged with Unwin in tears.

After being ushered away from the podium ceremony, they borrowed medals from the England women’s team pursuit squad and had their own unofficial photoshoot on the podium.

“It was a simple case of miscommunication and we’ve apologised to the organisers,” Unwin said. “We didn’t want to cause any upset or show disrespect to the Games or any riders, that wasn’t our intention.

“We were emotional in the moment and we just want to thank everyone in the velodrome, everyone that messaged us and Team England. They’ve given us a huge amount of support and that’s what we’ll take away.

“The moment we had with the crowd will stay with us for the rest of our lives.”

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Matt Walls ‘alert and talking’ after horror crash

19:24 , Jack Rathborn

England’s Matt Walls was involved in a terrifying accident at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday morning when he was catapulted over the barriers and into the crowds at the Lee Valley VeloPark.

The 24-year-old Olympic omnium champion received treatment for more than 40 minutes before being taken away by ambulance, with spectators also hurt after he and his bike had come over the top of the barriers on the high banking of the corner.

Team England said in an update: “Matt is alert and talking - as he has been throughout - and is being given medical attention in hospital.”

Two other riders - the Isle of Man’s Matt Bostock and Canada’s Derek Gee - were also taken to hospital, while two spectators were treated for minor injuries at the velodrome.

Witnesses said that, because of the gradient of the banking, spectators in the front row had been unsighted for the crash. One man received treatment for cuts to his arm while a young girl also received minor attention.

Walls had been trying to avoid riders who had fallen in an incident that began on the entrance to the corner. The stricken pair of New Zealander George Jackson and Australia’s Josh Duffy were sliding up the banking, forcing Walls up on to the barrier and then over it.

Gee also surfed the top of the barrier but managed to avoid following Walls into the stands, albeit then falling heavily once back on the banking.

In a statement, a Birmingham 2022 spokesperson said: “Following a crash at the morning session of track and para track cycling at the Lee Valley VeloPark, three cyclists and two spectators have been treated by the onsite medical team.

“The three cyclists have been taken to hospital. The two spectators did not require hospital treatment...

“We would like to send our best wishes to the cyclists and spectators involved in this incident and to thank the medical team for their swift action.”

Canadian Mathias Guillemette was disqualified from the race for causing the initial crash.

The remainder of the morning session at the velodrome was cancelled and spectators were asked to leave as medical staff attended to Walls.

Matt Walls of England crashes at the Lee Valley VeloPark (EPA)
Matt Walls of England crashes at the Lee Valley VeloPark (EPA)

England’s Lewis Richardson one victory away from medal

19:00 , Jack Rathborn

From injury hell to Olympic knockbacks, Lewis Richardson insisted he embraces every step of the journey as the Colchester boxer moved to within one win of a Commonwealth Games medal.

Lesser individuals may have contemplated quitting as, after getting into the Team GB set-up, Richardson was diagnosed with three stress fractures in his lower back which sidelined him for most of 2018.

He rebounded to win an Olympic test event the next year and although defeat to world champion Oleksandr Khyzhniak ended his hopes of competing at Tokyo 2020, Richardson claimed his first major medal at the European Championship at the back end of May by collecting silver in the middleweight category.

Richardson’s progress to the quarter-finals in the 75kg category in Birmingham has been far from smooth. The England boxer overcame a standing eight-count against Wales’ Haaris Khan to record a unanimous points win while he was pushed to his limit before earning a split decision verdict over Uganda’s Yusuf Nkobeza.

Another win over Guernsey’s Billy Le Poullain on Wednesday will guarantee Richardson at least a bronze and the 25-year-old can look forward to another rousing reception at the NEC Area, where the decibel level steadily rose as a nip-and-tuck bout against Nkobeza progressed.

“It was brilliant atmosphere, probably the best I’ve ever boxed in,” he said. “These moments are what you train hard for and what you bounce back from those situations for.

“The highs wouldn’t be as high without the lows. If it was all just about the highs you wouldn’t appreciate these moments as much.

“I’ve got a strong mentality, I’m focused and driven and I was able to show that here. I’ve shown that on countless occasions in fights and outside the ring also.”

Four of the five judges awarded Nkobeza the first round but Richardson’s slicker, cleaner work turned the tide and he was given the nod by scores of 29-28, 29-28, 29-28, 30-26 and 28-29.

“A few years ago, opponents like that maybe would have walked through me,” he said. “But I’m mentally and physically stronger now and I’m a much better all-round fighter.

“It was tough, he was very, very strong but I was able to get the win and I’m really happy about that.”

Richardson pointed out he is the only fighter remaining in the draw who had to box in a preliminary round but he believes that will not count against him as he hunts at least a podium position next week.

“I’m going to get it,” he added. “I’ll be more than ready come Wednesday to do the business.

“The other 15 boxers got a bye but I’m fit, I’m strong and I’ve prepared myself in the best way possible. That will show - it showed here and it will show in the next fight and the next fight.”

England’s Lewis Richardson (Blue) celebrates victory against Uganda’s Yusuf Nikobeza (PA)
England’s Lewis Richardson (Blue) celebrates victory against Uganda’s Yusuf Nikobeza (PA)

'Friendly Games' have an edge when India play Pakistan at cricket

18:34 , Jack Rathborn

The Commonwealth Games like to be referred to as the “Friendly Games“ and up until Sunday even India and Pakistan cricketers had bought into the idea. Women’s cricket is making its Games debut in Birmingham and because of that there has been an all-for-one pioneering camaraderie built into the competition dialing down what is arguably world sport’s most intense rivalry.

But with a path to the medal round opening up for the winners, sisterhood was put aside at Edgbaston Cricket Ground as India thumped Pakistan, who remain winless and dropped to the bottom of the Group A standings. Chasing 100 to win the rain-shortened match, India reached their target with 38 balls to spare as Smriti Mandhana smashed an unbeaten 63 to secure an eight-wicket victory.

Earlier, Pakistan overcame the loss of Iram Javed for a duck as fellow opening batter Muneeba Ali struck a 30-ball 32, but a collapse meant they were restricted to 99 in their 18 overs. Having both lost their Games opener India and Pakistan arrived at the stadium knowing another defeat would just about end any medal hopes, putting more weight on a fixture that never needs any. “Whenever we get the opportunity to play against Pakistan we always want to do well,” said India’s Harmanpreet Kaur. “This game was very important to win, not just because it was Pakistan.”

SLIM HOPES

India can clinch a semi-final spot with a win over Barbados in their final Group A match on Wednesday while Pakistan need victory over Australia and plenty of help in the tiebreaker scenarios to keep their slim hopes of advancing alive. The top two teams in the group will be joined in the final four by two from Group B which is made up of England, South Africa, Sri Lanka and New Zealand.

While the India and Pakistan rivalry is centred around men’s cricket, the women fully understand its significance and their increasing role in it. With Birmingham recognised as one of Britain’s most diverse cities with large Indian and Pakistani communities the crowd at the Edgbaston oval was the largest of the tournament. The atmosphere outside the ground on a drizzly morning was more family outing than the hysteria that usually follows a men’s meeting as fathers and mothers with children in tow soaked up the fun.

“It’s just a game at the end of the day but a good game,” summed up one father in an India jersey accompanied by four young girls.

The occasion was not lost on the players or the fans, the cheering was loud and constant. At the conclusion no one was leaving Egbaston and setting themselves on fire, as distraught fans have done in the past when results have not gone their way, but the smiles on the faces of India supporters signalled their trip home was going to be a more up beat one.

“It is always a special feeling when you play against Pakistan but I would like to say it is just another game and not like, “ohhhh Pakistan”,” said Sneh Rana. “But it is a good game always. It is a special feeling.”

Pakistan's captain Bismah Maroof, left watches India's captain Harmanpreet Kaur toss the coin (AP)
Pakistan's captain Bismah Maroof, left watches India's captain Harmanpreet Kaur toss the coin (AP)

Jessica Gordon-Brown reflects on ‘happy accident’ after claiming Commonwealth Games silver

18:18 , Jack Rathborn

Jessica Gordon-Brown reflected fondly on the “happy accident” that led to her pursuing weightlifting after claiming Commonwealth Games silver in the women’s 59kg final.

A once budding judoka as well as a national acrobatic gymnastics champion at one point, Gordon-Brown happened upon what would prove to be her true calling in her final year at Brighton University.

“I’m so glad that finally after doing three different sports I found the one for me,” said the 26-year-old from Harefield.

“I think I’m built for it and I glad I stumbled into it. A happy accident.”

Gordon-Brown lifted 86kg in the snatch and then 111kg in the clean and jerk for a combined 197kg, enough for second place which she celebrated with a backflip at Birmingham’s NEC Arena.

Nigeria’s Rafiatu Folashade Lawal set a new Games record with 206kg to capture the gold medal, while Canada’s Tali Darsigny took bronze after lifting just one kilogram less than an ecstatic Gordon-Brown.

“It wasn’t a perfect backflip, but it just shows how much I had to put into that last clean and jerk,” said Gordon-Brown after becoming England’s second weightlifting medallist of the Games, with Fraer Morrow collecting bronze in the women’s 55kg category on Saturday.

“I didn’t really know how to celebrate, it just happened. That was sheer euphoria. I haven’t quite accepted what’s just happened yet.

“It’s something I’ve been dreaming about for a very long time, something I never would have thought I’d hear and it’s really nice to see the hard work finally pay off.”

Earlier on Sunday, Jaswant Shergill, born and raised in Birmingham, finished just outside the medal positions in fourth in the men’s 67kg final.

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Laura Kenny almost pulled out of Commonwealth Games race after ‘horrendous’ Matt Walls crash

18:02 , Jack Rathborn

Laura Kenny revealed she nearly pulled out of her Commonwealth Games race after the ‘horrendous’ Matt Walls crash.

Walls toppled over the London velodrome barriers in an incident that shocked the sporting world, with latest updates confirming he is ‘alert and talking’ in hospital.

Five-time Olympic champion Kenny revealed she was so shaken that she nearly withdrew from the women’s points race that took place a few hours later.

She said: “It was horrendous. It was playing on my mind earlier, I messaged Jason and said ‘I’m not sure I even want to do this.’

Laura Kenny almost pulled out of race after Matt Walls crash

Alex Yee revels in ‘Tour de France’ atmosphere to fire England to triathlon gold

17:41 , Jack Rathborn

Triathlons aren’t meant to be a walk in the park but England still strolled, almost leisurely, to Commonwealth Games team gold in the sunshine.

With men’s champion Alex Yee and women’s silver medallist Georgia Taylor-Brown in the line-up, this was the host team’s race to lose and along with Sophie Coldwell and Sam Dickinson they were faultless from gun to tape for a 46 second victory.

No controversies here, just a slight post-race disagreement between Yee and girlfriend Olivia Matthias, who won silver for Wales. She believed that medal meant they could get a dog, Yee wasn’t quite so sure.

“We never shook on that, perhaps after Paris,” he joked.

Birmingham’s leafy Sutton Park has not seen scenes like this since the World Scout Jamboree of 1957. Fans were several deep, their roar rolling around the undulating course as England took the lead and turned the screw on rivals.

Alex Yee revels in ‘Tour de France’ atmosphere to fire England to triathlon gold

Gymnastics: Women’s all-around final

17:14 , Jack Rathborn

It's 12.050 for Kinsella, only enough for fourth overall.

Achampong could have had gold without her slip. Huge potential for years to come.

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Gymnastics: Women’s all-around final - Ondine Achampong lands silver

17:12 , Jack Rathborn

Achampong’s England teammate Alice Kinsella finishes up on the floor.

She’s disappointed, maybe a few tears, but she gets a huge ovation from the crowd.

It was the two and a half twists that did for her, she’s alone on the mat, head in hands. A real shame.

It’s confirmed, Australia’s Georgia Godwin gets gold, England’s Ondine Achampong has silver.

Gymnastics: Women’s all-around final

17:10 , Jack Rathborn

She’s done it, Ondine Achampong nails the floor performance, it’ll be a silver, despite a fall earlier.

Australia’s Georgia Godwin set for gold, her 12.950 on floor takes her to 53.550 overall.

Gymnastics: Women’s all-around final

17:00 , Jack Rathborn

Shannon Archer is disappointed with her floor routine, a couple of mistakes. 11.500 and 49.300 overall, she’s third for now.

Her compatriot Cara Kennedy sits down on her vault finish, the Scot laughs off the mistake.

Magic from Spence on the floor! Could that land her a medal?

Gymnastics: Women’s all-around final

16:55 , Jack Rathborn

Wales’ Poppy-Grace Stickler concludes her final, she posts 50.200.

Scotland’s Shannon Archer is fifth and about to go on the floor.

While Canada’s Laurie Denommee’s floor routine is exquisite (13.150 ) and finishes up on 49.700.

Gymnastics: Women’s all-around final

16:41 , Jack Rathborn

Australia’s Georgia Godwin is mightily impressive here, she nails the beam, delivering 13.750.

Another fall!! This time it’s England’s Ondine Achampong, with an eventual score of 12.500. A big blow, but she’s temprarily second.

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Gymnastics: Women’s all-around final

16:28 , Jack Rathborn

There has been a few falls in thewomen's all-around final today.

Canada's Lauria Denommee can’t find the beam on her free walkover, landing her a score of 10.900.

Alice Kinsella, an individual gold medalist on the beam in 2018, falls off the beam.

She was really shaky there after, netting 11.000, creating a big ask on the floor. These mistakes are just brutal.

Commonwealth Games: Triathlon mixed relay

15:51 , Jack Rathborn

New Zealand fourth, Sophia Green in fifth for Scotland.

Canada in sixth and Bermuda seventh.

Commonwealth Games: Triathlon mixed relay

15:50 , Jack Rathborn

Taylor-Brown deliveres GOLD! It’s a time of 1:16:40 for England!

And 46 seconds later, Stanford sprints clear of Australia, silver for the Welsh!

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Commonwealth Games: Triathlon mixed relay

15:45 , Jack Rathborn

Linn (Australia) and Stanford (Wales) battling for silver.

Taylor-Brown (England) cruising on this final leg’s run. The end is in sight.

Commonwealth Games: Triathlon mixed relay

15:33 , Jack Rathborn

The swim is done, eight more seconds to England’s advantage. Taylor-Brown is motoring to victory.

Commonwealth Games: Triathlon mixed relay

15:29 , Jack Rathborn

56:30 for Dickinson and England after three legs. Taylor-Brown is gone, it's a 16-second advantage to Wales, New Zealand and Australia.

The final leg is underway!

Commonwealth Games: Triathlon mixed relay

15:27 , Jack Rathborn

Hauser up with Reid and Coy, wow the fight for silver and bronze could be tasty.

Dickinson establishing a great lead for Georgia Taylor-Brown.

Commonwealth Games: Triathlon mixed relay

15:25 , Jack Rathborn

So it’s England’s Samuel Dickinson, with Taylor Reid of New Zealand and Wales’ Dominic Coy chasing, plus Cameron Main of Scotland and Australia’s Matt Hauser also in the hunt for silver and bronze.

Commonwealth Games: Triathlon mixed relay

15:23 , Jack Rathborn

Dickinson is off on foot, the 2km run begins.

New Zealand are second 31 seconds back.

Matt Hauser of Australia cutting the deficit and closing in on New Zealand and the chasing pack of Wales and Dominic Coy.

Commonwealth Games: Triathlon mixed relay

15:14 , Jack Rathborn

41:49 for Dickinson after the swim.

27 seconds over New Zealand and Scotland. Wales six more seconds back.

Commonwealth Games: Triathlon mixed relay

15:09 , Jack Rathborn

About 27 seconds in the bank for England’s Dickinson after Coldwell’s leg.

Scotland, Wales and New Zealand now chasing in the swim.

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Commonwealth Games: Triathlon mixed relay

15:03 , Jack Rathborn

Coldwell establishes a 36-second gap to the chasing pack as she begins her run. HUGE.

Commonwealth Games: Triathlon mixed relay

15:00 , Jack Rathborn

Sam Dickinson waiting for Coldwell as she finishes up her bike, the 2km run is nearing...

Scotland's Beth Potter and Wales’ Olivia Mathias push the pace in the chasing pack. Australia and New Zealand hanging on too.

Commonwealth Games: Triathlon mixed relay

14:54 , Jack Rathborn

Coldwell out the water, England have a 24-second gap over Australia, who took down New Zealand in the swim.

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Commonwealth Games: Triathlon mixed relay

14:51 , Jack Rathborn

Coldwell into the water for England, New Zealand’s Nicole Van Der Kaay set free by Wilde, the chase is on!

Australia in third.

Commonwealth Games: Triathlon mixed relay underway

14:49 , Jack Rathborn

Here comes Alex Yee, what a run this it, tremendous leg!

Sophie Coldwell is going to get a big lead, Hayden Wilde is out of sight.

It’s a 17:27 first leg for Yee, immense.

Commonwealth Games: Triathlon mixed relay underway

14:46 , Jack Rathborn

It’s the triathlon mixed relay and we’re underway at Sutton Park.

South Africa given an early lead thanks to Jamie Riddle, with Alex Yee, fresh from gold in the men’s triathlon is in action in the first leg.

There’s a 300m swim, 5km bike ride and then a 2km run to finish off.

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Commonwealth Games: Men’s boxing

14:35 , Jack Rathborn

Northern Ireland’s Jake Tucker hit the canvas but rallied to triumph in his middleweight contest against Guerney’s Billy le Poullain.

He’ll now fight England’s Lewis Richardson in the quarter-finals after a tight 3-2 win on points.

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India thrash Pakistan by eight wickets

14:24 , Jack Rathborn

India strolled to an eight-wicket win over rivals Pakistan to boost their hopes in Group A of the Commonwealth Games at Edgbaston.

Opener Smriti Mandhana bashed 63 off 42 balls as India made light work of Pakistan’s total of 99 inside 12 overs.

Pakistan struggled with the bat and were all out with the final ball of the innings as rain scuppered any hopes of rhythm and momentum.

India’s Sneh Rana did the damage with the ball, grabbing two wickets for 15 runs from four overs.

India’s Smriti Mandhana shakes hands with Pakistan players (AP)
India’s Smriti Mandhana shakes hands with Pakistan players (AP)

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Cycling

14:00 , Luke Baker

A really heartening update on Matt Walls following that horror crash at the velodrome. He was treated by medics for about 40 minutes before being taken away but Team England have stated it’s only precautionary checks that he’s being taken to hospital for.

Great, great news. It seems Walls has escaped more or less unscathed. And reports suggest he didn’t land on any spectators, only his bike did, meaning they didn’t sustain any serious injuries either.

A scary hour or so but as good a resolution as there could have been.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Rugby Sevens

13:58 , Luke Baker

We’ll keep you updated on the latest news on Matt Walls but here’s some updates on other events that have been going on.

An incredible men’s rugby sevens semi-final between New Zealand and Fiji took place a little earlier.

It was a repeat of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and 2018 Commonwealth Games finals and could have gone either way. Fiji trailed 14-7 at the break but fought back to take the game to extra-time at 14-14.

Both teams have chances but Waisea Nacuqu broke clear in extra-time and had just enough pace to outrun the defence to slide over in the corner and secure a 19-14 triumph for the Fijians.

They’ll face South Africa in the final as the Blitzbokke downed Australia 24-12. That gold medal match is later this afternoon.

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Commonwealth Games 2022 - Cycling

13:43 , Luke Baker

Some more photos of the crash. Really, really nasty stuff.

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Horror crash at track cycling sees Matt Walls fly into crowd

13:38 , Luke Baker

A horror crash at the Commonwealth Games track cycling has seen Matt Walls fly into the crowd.

A massive pile-up of riders at the Lee Valley VeloPark occurred during the men’s scratch race second heat in qualifying on day three of Birmingham 2022.

Walls required medical attention, with Matt Bostock of the Isle of Man taken away on a stretcher.

A member of the crowd was taken away in a wheelchair covered in blood, while a young girl received treatment for a cut to her arm.

Horror crash at track cycling sees Matt Walls fly into crowd

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Cycling

13:26 , Luke Baker

An update from British Cycling. Both Matt Walls, who flew into the crowd, and Matt Bostock, who was taken away on a stretcher, are being treated by medics before being taken to hospital.

Reports that members of the crowd were covered in blood as well

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Cycling

13:24 , Luke Baker

Here’s a picture of the scary moment that Matt Walls flew into the crowd, literally going over the barriers after the crash. Hugely concerning, with both Walls and spectators receiving treatment.

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Commonwealth Games 2022 - Cycling

13:16 , Luke Baker

Well wishes pouring in for Matt Walls as we await an update

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Cycling

13:15 , Luke Baker

Screens have been put up around Matt Walls as he continues to be treated, while the remainder of the session has just been abandoned. There was only one sprint race remaining anyway.

We’ll keep you updated on the situation.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Cycling

13:14 , Luke Baker

This looks really, really bad. A huge, huge crash at the velodrome.

It happened in scratch race qualifying. Several riders went down hard, with one going over the barrier and both him and his bike flying into the crowd. It looks like that was Matt Walls. He is receiving treatment, as are a couple of spectators, who were covered in blood.

Matt Bostock of the Isle of Man who was taken away on a stretcher. Medical personnel are attending and it looks bad.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Swimming

12:49 , Luke Baker

An update from the Sandwell Aquatics Centre, where more qualification has been happening this morning.

There’s never any rest for Duncan Scott it seems - after winning gold in the men’s 200m freestyle and taking bronze in the 400m individual medley last night, the Scot qualified for the finals of the men’s 200m butterfly and the semi-finals of the men’s 100m freestyle this morning. Those events both take place this evening.

Scott will go up against South African Chad Le Clos, who only needs one more medal to equal the Commonwealth Games record of 18.

Elsewhere, in the women’s 200m breaststroke, England duo Molly Renshaw and Abbie Wood will go up against favourite Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa in the final after all three came through their heats.

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Commonwealth Games 2022 - Triathlon

12:42 , Luke Baker

The visually-impaired triathlon has been taking place this morning, in front of a hugely enthusiastic crowd, and it’s double GOLD for England.

In the men’s PTVI final, Dave Ellis and guide Luke Pollard secured a dominant gold medal as they smashed the swim-bike-run to cross the line in a time of 57:39. A pair of Australians took silver and bronze in the form of Sam Harding and Jonathan Goerlach.

In the women’s equivalent, there were tears of joy as Katie Crowhurst becomes Commonwealth champion thanks to her gold medal-winning performance, along with guide Jessica Fullagar, with a time of 1:10:32. A late surge by Chloe MacCombe and guide Catherine Sands saw them take a surprise silver for Northern Ireland, with Jessica Tuomela of Canada taking bronze.

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Commonwealth Games events today including Laura Kenny and Adam Peaty

12:13 , Jack Rathborn

Laura Kenny aims for her first Commonwealth Games gold of 2022 after Jake Jarman edged out James Hall for gold in the all-around final.

Hall was hoping to land an elusive all-around gymnastics gold medal in the men’s all-around final at Arena Birmingham after taking silver behind the now-retired Nile Wilson on the Gold Coast in 2018, but Jarman, just 20 years old, produced a stunning displayy with Hall battling through a foot problem and forced to settle for silver.

Kenny will be back in action at the Lee Valley VeloPark on Sunday as she goes for gold in the women’s points race. Kenny was part of the England team pursuit squad that took bronze on Friday and will also be riding the scratch race on Monday.

Commonwealth Games events today including Laura Kenny and Adam Peaty

Gymnastics: Men’s all-around final - James Hall and Jake Jarman react

11:56 , Jack Rathborn

James Hall: “I don’t know how I did it, this guy helped me straight away, the crowd lifted me. If I was at the gym at home, there’s no way I could have done it.

“Jake is my hero, the champion.”

Jarman: “The team comp was the most important day, the others a bonus, I wanted to get out here and have fun.”

Hall ends the conversation by slapping Jarman on the stomach, “Commonwealth champ, mate!”

Gymnastics: Men’s all-around final - Jake Jarman wins gold!

11:32 , Jack Rathborn

Disappointment written across Hall’s face, Jarman has done it!

It’s silver again for Hall, Georgiou with the bronze.

A brilliant all-around final!

Gymnastics: Men's all-around final

11:31 , Jack Rathborn

James Hall helped away from the high bar, a lovely routine, packed with neat work.

Huge ovation, is it silver? Or can he pull off a special score to deny Jarman for gold?

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Gymnastics: Men's all-around final

11:25 , Jack Rathborn

Marios Georgiou going well on the high bar and records 13.550. He takes over at the top of the leaderboard.

Now Jarman on the high bar... it’s 13.400, he takes the lead! Stunning from the 20-year-old.

Only James Hall can deny him now...

Gymnastics: Men's all-around final

10:57 , Jack Rathborn

One more round to go and Jarman has leaped into first place (55.950), Karnejenko is second (55.000) and Hall third (54.800) with Marios Georgiou of Cyprus fourth (54.950).

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Gymnastics: Men's all-around final

10:27 , Jack Rathborn

We're three rounds into the men's all-round final, Pavel Karnejenko of Scotland is top on 41.600, but it's tight, James Hall of England second on 41.000 and Jake Jarman third on 40.650.

Hall appealed the difficulty score on his rings routine, that's been rejected.

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Ondine Achampong holds nerve as Claudia Fragapane claims fifth Commonwealth Games gold

10:06 , Jack Rathborn

Teenager Ondine Achampong nailed her crucial final vault to land women’s team gymnastics gold for England at Arena Birmingham on a night that could have spelled the swansong of former world medallist Claudia Fragapane.

In her first major multi-sports competition, 18-year-old Achampong shrugged off the inevitable nerves to score 14.15, enough to see off the surging Australian team, who had reduced the deficit to a mere 0.05 points going into the final rotation. But it was Fragapane, a gymnast at the opposite end of her career, who brought the house down with a stirring floor routine that, whilst failing to land her a place in the individual final, proved a fitting send-off from her Commonwealth Games career as she claimed a fifth gold medal.

Alice Kinsella, Georgia-Mae Fenton and Kelly Simm were the other members of England’s victorious team. Fragapane had burst onto the scene at the 2014 Games in Glasgow, when she claimed four gold medals, and was forced to battle through a series of career-threatening injuries, including concussion and operations on her ankle and elbow, to earn her place in Birmingham.

Fragapane, 24, shared a lingering embrace with 27-year-old Simm, who also won a medal in Glasgow, and, with retirement talk in the air, she admitted: “This is definitely our last Commonwealth Games because we’re not going to go on for four more years.

“I’ve had four major injuries so just to get back and do it again was my main goal. I shouldn’t have come back so quickly but I pushed myself to get here. I’ll take it one step at a time - I’ve got to be careful with this fragile body now.”

England, who were pipped by Canada to gold on the Gold Coast four years ago, started as heavy favourites to regain their title but it fell to a series of cool-headed vault performances to see them safely over the line.

“I was a bit nervous but I just told myself to go out and do the vault I usually do which is more than fine,” admitted Achampong, who delivered the decisive performance.

Besides the battle to beat the Australians, the secondary narrative became a fight between England team-mates to secure the two places per nation available for all-around and individual apparatus finals. Birmingham-born Kinsella topped the all-around qualifying standings on 54.450, 0.3 clear of second-placed Achampong, with Fenton, who finished fourth, the unlucky one to be eliminated. But Fenton, the defending champion, will contest the uneven bars final after a top-scoring 14.0 ahead of Achampong, who was hugely impressive on what was her debut in senior international competition.

Kinsella, the 2019 European champion, was second best on beam behind Australia’s Georgia Godwin, with Fenton taking third and with it England’s second final place over Achampong by virtue of a higher execution rating. Kinsella again top-scored with 13.450 on the floor while, where Achampong will join her in the final. Fragapane finished well adrift of the final places with 12.450, but appeared content as the final twists and turns of her career played out. Scotland’s Shannon Archer had a successful night, top-scoring in vault qualifying with 13.5 and also reaching the horizontal bars final, while she will be joined by compatriot Cara Kennedy in the all-around final.

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Gymnastics: Men's all-around final

09:57 , Jack Rathborn

James Hall (27.700) leads now and Jarman second, but it’s all gone wrong for Dolci.

The Canadian’s legs separate on the horse, he'll lose a full mark there. Costly.

He's now down in 13th.

Gymnastics: Men's all-around final

09:52 , Jack Rathborn

After the first rotation, it’s Canada’s Felix Dolci (14.200) who leads.

Dolci has capitalised on one of his strongest pieces, the floor, but early momentum could be key.

Jake Jarman (14.000) is second and James Hall (13.450) third.

Scotland’s Frank Baines (13.350) is fourth.

Claudia Fragapane completes comeback story with stunning gymnastics team gold at Commonwealth Games

Saturday 30 July 2022 22:52 , Luke Baker

Claudia Fragapane has certainly taken the long road back to the podium but now she’s got there again she admits her race could be nearly run.

In Glasgow eight years ago, she became the first Englishwoman in 84 years to win four gold medals at the Commonwealth Games. This was followed by a world medal and a sequinned bid for the Glitterball with an appearance on Strictly Come Dancing.

But gymnastics is a sport based on the premise of what comes up must come down and those soaring highs were soon followed by crushing lows. She announced she was quitting the sport, aged just 18, after failing to make the final at the Rio Olympics.

Fragapane returned but then suffered a series of career-threatening injuries, missing the defence of her Commonwealth titles in 2018 with an Achilles injury and suffering a serious concussion in training that ended her bid for last year’s Tokyo Olympics.

All of which meant her victory as part of England’s women’s gymnastics team, alongside Kelly Simm, Georgia-Mae Fenton, Alice Kinsella and Ondine Achampong, had extra significance.

Claudia Fragapane completes comeback story with gymnastics gold at Commonwealth Games

Duncan Scott beats Tom Dean in swimming’s ‘battle of Britain’ at Commonwealth Games

Saturday 30 July 2022 22:38 , Luke Baker

Duncan Scott claimed revenge on Tom Dean by beating him to victory in the men’s 200 metres freestyle final at the Commonwealth Games, as Adam Peaty kept on course for a third consecutive gold in the 100m breaststroke.

Scott, swimming for Scotland at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre, had missed out to Dean in the Olympic final in Tokyo last year but triumphed on Saturday night in a time of one minute 45.02 seconds, with Dean taking silver for England in 1:45.41.

Dean led at halfway but Alloa swimmer Scott, who won four medals in total in Japan last summer, came roaring back to secure victory.

Scott also claimed a bronze in the 400m individual medley while Dean was part of the England men’s 4x100m freestyle relay team which took silver in the last race.

The 25-year-old Scott, who became the first Briton to win four medals in the same Olympic Games in Tokyo, said he and Dean were good mates and that their rivalry spurred them both on.

Duncan Scott beats Tom Dean in swimming’s ‘battle of Britain’ at Commonwealth Games

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Hockey

Saturday 30 July 2022 22:14 , Luke Baker

A couple of hockey matches to update you on. In the women’s competition, India beat Wales 3-1 in a tense encounter.

In the final match of the day, again in the women’s competition, Scotland are giving New Zealand all they can handle. Heavy favourites NZ lead in the final quarter but it’s only 1-0. Can Scotland snatch an equaliser?

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Rugby Sevens

Saturday 30 July 2022 22:10 , Luke Baker

A low-scoring, intense quarter-final in the men’s rugby sevens between Australia and Samoa. It ends 7-0 to Australia as a solitary, second-half try proved enough.

It means Australia will play South Africa and New Zealand face Fiji in the semi-finals tomorrow afternoon before the bronze-medal match and gold-medal match in the evening.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Swimming

Saturday 30 July 2022 22:00 , Luke Baker

The final event of the evening in the swimming pool and it’s another SILVER for Team England behind Australia in a 4x100m freestyle relay, this time for the men.

An enthralling race as there’s nothing to choose between England, Canada and Australia for the first two legs - Lewis Burras and Jacob Whittle going for England.

The third leg saw William Yang edge the Aussies ahead as James Guy kept England in second before Tom Dean desperately tried to catch Kyle Chalmers on the anchor leg and although Dean closed the gap, Australia took gold in a Commonwealth Games record time.

Canada took bronze just ahead of Wales.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Gymnastics

Saturday 30 July 2022 21:54 , Luke Baker

To confirm the women’s team gymnastics podium, where England took a brilliant gold and Wales fell just short of bronze.

GOLD - England 161.100

SILVER - Australia 158.000

BRONZE - Canada 152.700

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Commonwealth Games 2022 - Rugby Sevens

Saturday 30 July 2022 21:45 , Luke Baker

Wrapping up a couple of the other men’s rugby sevens quarter-finals. South Africa triumphed 33-0 against Canada and New Zealand beat Kenya 31-0.

The last, most eagerly anticipated quarter-final sees Samoa take on Australia and that’s happening shortly.

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Commonwealth Games 2022 - Swimming

Saturday 30 July 2022 21:41 , Luke Baker

SILVER for Team England in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay. Australia were a class apart to win gold in 3:30.64, almost six seconds clear of England.

But the English quartet of Anna Hopkins, Abbie Wood, Isabella Hindley and Freya Anderson held off Canada to take an impressive silver.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Gymnastics

Saturday 30 July 2022 21:28 , Luke Baker

It’s been absolutely electric at the gymnastics this evening, with the women’s team final taking place. The crowd have been roaring Team England on as they look to match the men’s gold from last night.

A 12.600 on floor for Australia’s Breanne Scott keeps them hot on England’s heels but Alice Kinsella smashes a vault to score 13.900 before Ondine Achampong hits an absolutely incredible vault! It scores a mammoth 14.150 and that takes England’s total to an unassailable 161.000.

That will be GOLD for England! A brilliant performance from Kinsella, Achampong, Georgia-Mae Fenton, Claudia Fragapane and Kelly Simm.

Australia will earn silver and the battle for bronze now comes down to the final couple of performances from Wales and Canada.

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Commonwealth Games 2022 - Swimming

Saturday 30 July 2022 21:21 , Luke Baker

The medals keep on coming in the pool for the home nations as Brodie Williams wins SILVER in the men’s 100m backstroke.

It’s an incredibly close race that basically all comes down to the touch and South Africa’s Pieter Coetze is able to take gold in 53.78s, 013s ahead of England’s Williams.

Australia’s Bradley Woodward finishes third to win bronze

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Commonwealth Games 2022 - Cricket

Saturday 30 July 2022 21:18 , Luke Baker

England 109-5 (17.1 overs) beat Sri Lanka 106-9 (20 overs) by five wickets

England seal victory in their women’s T20 cricket opener at Edgbaston. Having restricted Sri Lanka to 106-9, they had a couple of scares but ultimately cruised to a five-wicket win with 17 balls to spare.

Alice Capsey top-scored with 44 from 45 balls before being dismissed with just two runs required as Maia Bouchier (21no) saw them over the line. Job done for the hosts

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(AFP via Getty Images)

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Swimming

Saturday 30 July 2022 21:02 , Luke Baker

It’s a big ask for Duncan Scott as he’s straight back into the pool after his 200m freestyle gold, competing in the punishing 400m individual medley.

A great effort as he takes BRONZE, finishing behind New Zealand’s Lewis Clareburt who takes gold in a Commonwealth Games record time, while Australia’s Brendon Smith wins silver.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Rugby Sevens

Saturday 30 July 2022 20:48 , Luke Baker

Not to be for Scotland in the men’s rugby sevens quarter-finals as they get thumped 34-7by an unstoppable Fiji team. The other QFs in the men’s competition are coming up shortly.

Meanwhile, in the women’s semi-finals, Australia edged New Zealand 17-12 and Fiji beat Canada 24-7 meaning it will be an Australia vs Fiji final tomorrow - not to be missed that one.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Cricket

Saturday 30 July 2022 20:28 , Luke Baker

Sri Lanka 106-9 (20 overs) vs England 77-4 (12 overs)

An update from Edgbaston where Sri Lanka have actually made a pretty good fist of defending 107 against England. They reduced England to 63-4 with some economical bowling but the hosts still have plenty of ball remaining and wickets in hand.

They’re at 77-4 now, with Alice Capsey (31no) and Maia Bouchier (2no) at the crease. 30 more needed from 8 overs.

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Commonwealth Games 2022 - Swimming

Saturday 30 July 2022 20:25 , Luke Baker

A couple of medal updates from the events we weren’t focusing on at the swimming.

In the men’s 50m freestyle S13 final - a category for visually impaired athletes - Scotland’s Stephen Clegg took SILVER and was agonisingly close to gold, touching the wall just one-hundredth of a second behind Nicolas Turbide of Canada.

There was further home success in the women’s 50m freestyle S13 as England’s Hannah Russell also took SILVER as Katja Dedekind of Australia won gold.

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Commonwealth Games 2022 - Swimming

Saturday 30 July 2022 20:13 , Luke Baker

Dominant from Adam Peaty! Foot injury? What foot injury?

The greatest breaststroke swimmer of all time cruises into the 100m breaststroke final as he crushes the field with a time of 59.02s, almost a full second quicker than his time in the heats this morning.

No-one in either semi-final even got close to that time and he’ll gun for another gold in the final tomorrow.

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Joe Truman horror crash overshadows track cycling at Commonwealth Games

Saturday 30 July 2022 20:03 , Luke Baker

Joe Truman was knocked out cold and suffered a suspected broken collarbone after a horror 70km/h keirin smash that shocked the Commonwealth Games.

The 25-year-old crashed into Australian defending champion Matt Glaetzer and amid flying debris was knocked unconscious, receiving oxygen from trackside medics.

Truman was taken to hospital in a wheelchair after the second-round horror with Glaetzer’s skinsuit ripped to shreds.

Six-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy said: “It reminds us how tough these guys are and how brave you have to be.”

Joe Truman horror crash overshadows track cycling at Commonwealth Games

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Swimming

Saturday 30 July 2022 19:52 , Luke Baker

GOLD for Duncan Scott! Scott reverses the result from Tokyo as he touches the wall ahead of Tom Dean, who has to settle for silver.

Elijah Winnington of Australia finished strongly and took bronze.

A time of 1:45.02 for Scott, with Dean 0.39s back. A superb race!

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Swimming

Saturday 30 July 2022 19:48 , Luke Baker

Ok, here we go. They took a one-two for Team GB at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games but now Tom Dean and Duncan Scott are on opposing teams for this 200m freestyle final.

The Englishman and the Scot are great friends but they’ll do battle in one of the most anticipated swimming races of the entire Commonwealth Games.

There are other swimmers from the home nations in this final as well - including Joe Litchfield, Max Litchfield and Calum Jarvis. PLus a couple of Aussies in the form of Elijah Winnington and Mack Horton aiming to spoil the party. Box office!

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Cricket

Saturday 30 July 2022 19:36 , Luke Baker

Sri Lanka 106-9 (20 overs) vs England

Sri Lanka’s innings comes to a close and although they scratch out a few runs in the final overs, England will have a very chaseable target of 107.

Sophie Ecclestone was the pick of the England bowlers with 3-25 and her batters will fancy their chances of knocking off these runs to get their campaign off to the perfect start.

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(AFP via Getty Images)

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Swimming

Saturday 30 July 2022 19:28 , Luke Baker

Another medal for Team England in the pool and this time it’s SILVER for Imogen Clark in the women’s 50m breaststroke.

She comes agonisingly close to dipping under the 30-second mark but clocks 30.02s to juuuuuust pip Chelsea Hodges of Australia by 0.03s.

Neither can get close to the winner though, as South Africa’s Lara van Niekerk touches the wall in 29.73s to set a new Commonwealth Games record.

The semi-finals of the women’s 50m freestyle follow and there are three home swimmers into the final as Eglish duo Anna Hopkin and Isabella Hindley make it along with Northern Ireland’s Danielle Hill.

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Commonwealth Games 2022 - Swimming

Saturday 30 July 2022 19:14 , Luke Baker

And he does it!

A brilliant, brilliant swim from Ben Proud - especially the second 25m - and he takes GOLD in the 50m butterfly. The English swimmer doesn’t take a breath for the entire length and gets the touch on the wall for a time of 22.81s - a new Commonwealth Games record.

He finishes 0.4s ahead of Tzen Wei Teong with Cameron Gray nabbing bronze. English duo Jacob Peters and Adam Barrett finished 5th and 7th respectively, with Wales’s Lewis Fraser in 8th.

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(AFP via Getty Images)

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Swimming

Saturday 30 July 2022 19:09 , Luke Baker

Right, we’re turning our attention to the swimming now. Duncan Scott vs Tom Dean in the 200m freestyle is arguably the headline act, although a certain Adam Peaty is also going in the 100m breaststroke semi-finals.

However, first up, we’ll see another superstar in Ben Proud. Blink and you’ll miss him, as the Englishman is looking for gold in the 50m butterfly!

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Cricket

Saturday 30 July 2022 19:05 , Luke Baker

Sri Lanka 74-6 (14 overs) vs England

England in complete control at Edgbaston as they’ve torn through the Sri Lanka batting line-up. Issy Wong and Freya Kemp have taken two wickets apiece, with Katherine Brunt and Sophie Ecclestone nabbing one.

Sri Lanka have six overs left to somehow claw themselves to a defendable total.

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Commonwealth Games 2022 - Rugby Sevens

Saturday 30 July 2022 18:52 , Luke Baker

It’s been a disappointing rugby sevens competition for the home nations, with only Scotland’s men reaching the knockout stages but the other teams are still competing for the minor places, where they’re having more success.

England’s women beat South Africa 36-0, while Scotland downed Sri Lanka 58-0 meaning those team will meet in the 5th-place play-off tomorrow.

On the men’s side, England thumped Jamaica 45-7 to move into the semi-finals of the battle for 9th. The worst they can finish now is 12th.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Cycling

Saturday 30 July 2022 18:38 , Luke Baker

BRONZE for Wales in the women’s sprint! A brilliant pair of races from 19-year-old Emma Finucane after falling 1-0 behind to England’s Sophie Capewell.

In the decider, she got on Capewell’s shoulder round the final bend and powered past her. A second bronze medal of the Games for the Welsh teenager after she also came third in the team sprint. Fantastic stuff!

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Commonwealth Games 2022 - Cycling

Saturday 30 July 2022 18:33 , Luke Baker

What a ride by Nicholas Paul in the men’s keirin final! The Trindad & Tobago rider scorches clear from the front of the field and no-one can get near him - that’s a scintillating GOLD. He blew away the field.

Scotland’s Jack Carlin holds on behind him to take SILVER while Shah Sahrom of Malaysia gets bronze.

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Commonwealth Games 2022 - Cricket

Saturday 30 July 2022 18:29 , Luke Baker

Sri Lanka 34-2 (5.4 overs) vs England

It couldn’t have happened any other way really, could it...?

With her first ball of the match, Katherine Brunt traps Vishmi Gunarathne lbw and on the occasion of her 100th T20I appearance, she has an immediate wicket.

Sophie Ecclestone has just removed Hasni Perera caught & bowled, so Sri Lanka are now 34-2 in the sixth over.

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Commonwealth Games 2022 - Cycling

Saturday 30 July 2022 18:24 , Luke Baker

It’s GOLD for Ellesse Andrews in the women’s sprint. That has to go down as a shock - with the New Zealander beating Olympic champion Kelsey Mitchell of Canada 2-0 in the gold medal spare - winning with a race to spare.

In the second race, Andrews stormed past her rival with about half a lap to go and Mitchell had nothing left in the tank. Superb riding by here, sealing New Zealand’s fifth gold of the Games.

In the all-British bronze medal contest, Welsh 19-year-old Emma Finucane held off England’s Sophie Capewell to level the match at 1-1. It all comes down to the deciding race for the bronze medal.

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(AFP via Getty Images)

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Cycling

Saturday 30 July 2022 18:15 , Luke Baker

Firstly, an update on Joe Truman - who suffered that horrific crash in the men’s keirin earlier. Truman did indeed lose consciousness during the crash - hence his body going limp - and he’s been taken to hospital with a suspected broken collarbone but initial updates suggest there is no other serious damage. That’s as good a news as there could be, given the severity.

Also, just to let you know Aaron Gate won GOLD in the all-New Zealand clash in the final of the men’s 4000m individual pursuit as he beat teammate Tom Sexton by over four seconds. Silver for Sexton.

The women’s sprint finals are also underway. Just like the semi-finals they’re best of three. England’s Sophie Capewell leads Wales’s Emma Finucane 1-0 in the all-British clash in the bronze medal match, while New Zealand’s Ellesse Andrews surprisingly got one over Olympic champion Kelsey Mitchell of Canada to also lead 1-0.

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Commonwealth Games 2022 - Cricket

Saturday 30 July 2022 18:07 , Luke Baker

England’s women are getting their cricket campaign underway against Sri Lanka - that’s just started and England are bowling at Edgbaston. The cricket is a T20 format remember.

Katherine Brunt is winning her 100th T20I cap in this match - absolute legend of the sport.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Hockey

Saturday 30 July 2022 18:04 , Luke Baker

FULL-TIME: England 12-0 Ghana

A complete thumping by England as they score four goals in the final quarter to seal a 12-0 triumph over Ghana in the women’s hockey competition.

Grace Balsdon, Anna Toman, Hannah Martin and Laura Unsworth netted in that fourth quarter. Job done.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Cycling

Saturday 30 July 2022 17:57 , Luke Baker

A huge relief that Truman and Glaetzer are both moving and hopefully no long-lasting damage has been done. They’re in safe hands with the medical personnel.

In the carnage of the crash, they’re taking the result of the heat as it occurred so close to the end, meaning Shah Sahrom of Malaysia, Trinidad’s Kwesi Browne and Jack Carlin of Scotland advance to the men’s keirin final.

The track is cleared and tidied and the second semi-final can commence. There’s a bit of an edge to the atmosphere (understandably) at the Lee Valley Velodrome but it’s a second Trinidadian, Nicholas Paul, who wins it, while Callum Saunders (NZL) and Matt Richardson (AUS) also advance in second and third.

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Commonwealth Games 2022 - Cycling

Saturday 30 July 2022 17:48 , Luke Baker

CRASH! This looks really, really nasty for England’s Joe Truman.

In the first men’s keirin semi-final, on the final lap, Australia’s Matt Glaetzer goes down after clipping the bike in front, right in front of Truman, who can’t avoid him and goes down hard. Truman’s body seems to go limp as he slides down the banking and he doesn’t move for a couple of minutes as medics surround him. It’s scary stuff

Eventually he sits up, amid huge roars from the crowd. That’s a huge relief. He is put into an oxygen mask, transferred into a wheelchair and wheeled off the track.

Glaetzer also went down hard - his skinsuit is in an absolute state, torn to shreds but the two-time Commonwealth keirin champion was able to get up of his own accord and walk back to the Australian pen.

They were probably travelling at 70kph when the crash happened.

Climate change crisis looms large over Tuvalu’s beach volleyball Commonwealth Games dream

Saturday 30 July 2022 17:41 , Luke Baker

Saaga Malosa and Ampex Isaac could be forgiven for not being too concerned by talk of the relevance of the Commonwealth - or these Games. They are more worried for the future of their nation, writes James Toney in Birmingham.

Tuvalu - population 11,931 - is the third smallest country in the world, behind only Nauru and Vatican City. Compromised of just nine islands and thinly-populated atolls, it faces extinction because of climate change.

Rising seas and deadly storms have started to swamp the islands, specks in the Solomon Sea, and fears are growing that Tuvalu will be soon uninhabitable or may vanish completely.

There is even an emergency plan to evacuate the entire country to a few uninhabited islands that currently belong to Fiji.

All of which puts a 21-10, 21-12 defeat to England’s Javier and Joaquin Bello in the beach volleyball preliminary rounds into rather stark contrast.

Climate crisis looms large over Tuvalu’s beach volleyball Commonwealth Games dream

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Cycling

Saturday 30 July 2022 17:34 , Luke Baker

England’s Charlie Tanfield misses out on bronze in the men’s 4000m individual pursuit as Australia’s Conor Leahy edges him by over a second in the bronze medal race.

Tanfield has to settle for fourth, meanwhile it’s another bronze for the Australian medal tally.

Rugby sevens turmoil worsened by dismal Commonwealth Games for home nations

Saturday 30 July 2022 17:31 , Luke Baker

A home nations humbling at the Commonwealth Games has only exacerbated the turmoil in rugby sevens ahead of next season’s merger of England, Scotland, and Wales, writes Andy Baber in Birmingham.

Only Scotland’s men made it through to the knockout phase at Birmingham 2022, with Team England’s men and women both falling short of the medal matches in Coventry.

This year’s hosts claimed double bronze at Gold Coast 2018 but comprehensive defeats to New Zealand in their final group games ensured there would be no repeat four years later.

Those results come off the back of the decision from the three unions to combine once again to form Great Britain men’s and women’s teams for the 2023 World Sevens Series.

And opinion amongst the players was mixed on the future direction of the sevens game.

Rugby sevens turmoil worsened by dismal Commonwealth Games for home nations

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Hockey

Saturday 30 July 2022 17:22 , Luke Baker

England 8-0 Ghana

England are hammering Ghana in the women’s hockey now and double figures are well within sight.

Tess Howard, Hannah Martin and Lily Owsley have added goals since half-time and we’re now at the end of the third quarter.

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Cycling

Saturday 30 July 2022 17:20 , Luke Baker

Valiant efforts from both Emma Finucane and Sophie Capewell in the second heats of their best-of-three women’s sprint semi-finals after losing the opener but ultimately to no avail.

They both get pipped on the line, meaning it will be England vs Wales in the bronze medal contest later this afternoon, with Ellesse Andrews (NZL) and Kelsey Mitchell (CAN) battling for gold.

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(PA)

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Cycling

Saturday 30 July 2022 17:06 , Luke Baker

The men’s keirin first-round repechages are underway and England’s Joe Truman wins his repechage ahead of Scotland’s Alistair Fielding to reach the second round.

Only the winner of each repechage advances and England’s Hayden Norris misses out as Australia’s Thomas Cornish beats him on the line.

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(REUTERS)

Commonwealth Games 2022 - Hockey

Saturday 30 July 2022 17:00 , Luke Baker

HALF-TIME: England 5-0 Ghana

A great first half for England’s women in their group game against Ghana, with four goals from penalty corners and Holly Hunt netting a rebound from open play.

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Commonwealth Games 2022 - Cycling

Saturday 30 July 2022 16:44 , Luke Baker

GOLD for Bryony Botha in the women’s 3000m individual pursuit at the velodrome as she sets a new Commonwealth Games record in a time of 3:18.456.

She nearly caught her opponent Maeve Plouffe in the final and recorded a comfortable win by 8.66 seconds. Australia’s Plouffe settles for silver.

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Commonwealth Games 2022 - Cycling

Saturday 30 July 2022 16:41 , Luke Baker

Chalk up a BRONZE medal for Team Scotland and it’s come in the women’s 3000m individual pursuit. Neah Evans was taking on Sarah Roy of Australia and Evans was in control of the race from the off.

She eventually crossed the line in 3:25.050, over three seconds ahead of Roy. Evans was unlucky to miss out on a place in the gold medal race when she broke the Commonwealth Games record in qualifying, only to see it surpassed by two other riders but she leaves with a medal round her neck.

That gold medal race is taking place now as Bryony Botha of New Zealand squares off with Maeve Plouffe of Australia in an all-Antipodean battle.

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Commonwealth Games 2022 - Hockey

Saturday 30 July 2022 16:36 , Luke Baker

England 3-0 Ghana

England’s women are in control on the hockey pitches against Ghana as they lead 3-0 in the second quarter.

All three goals have come from penalty corners with Grace Balsdon converting two and Hannah Martin turning home one.

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