Recap: Commonwealth Games action on day eight
After a quiet day for New Zealand on day seven with a solitary bronze medal, things are expected to heat up on Friday night and Saturday (NZT) at the Commonwealth Games.
Shot put colossus Tom Walsh and fellow orb thrower Jacko Gill form the focal point of New Zealand’s Round 8, with Walsh the dominant favorite for gold when the final kicks off just after 6am (NZT ).
First, the bowlers kick off with the women’s triple led by Val Smith looking to book their place in the semi-final gold medal game against Malaysia.
The Kiwi women’s duo and men’s four will also face knockout action.
Wrestlers Tayla Ford, Matthew Oxenham and Brahm Richards – the latter having overcome the pre-Games drama – are battling for medals while divers Maggie Squire Arno Lee and Luke Sipkes also splash for a podium finish.
At 5 a.m., the defending champions Black Sticks take on England in the semi-finals and the right to chase back-to-back gold medals, as mixed doubles gold medal favorites Joelle King and Paul Coll eyes the quarter-finals against Scotland.
The Women’s Black Sticks beat South Africa 4-1 to clinch their place in the semi-finals of the Commonwealth Games.
The Kiwis in action on day eight of the Commonwealth Games on Friday (New Zealand times, *indicates if qualified):
7:30 p.m.: Women’s triple semi-final (Val Smith, Tayla Bruce, Nicole Toomey) against Malaysia, quarterfinal women duet (Katelyn Inch, Selina Goddard) against Wales
11 p.m.: Four-man four-four quarter-final (Ali Forsyth, Mike Galloway, Andrew Kelly, Tony Grantham) against Wales, women’s pair semi-final*
9:05 p.m.: Women’s 1m Springboard Preliminary (Maggie Squire)
9:30 p.m.: Eliminations, quarter-finals, semi-finals and repechage – free U68kg women (Tayla Ford)freestyle men U65kg (Brahman Richards)men’s freestyle U86kg (Matthew Oxenham)
10 p.m.: Men’s quarter-final (Sam O’Dea, Brad Fuller) against Rwanda
11:45 p.m.: Round of 16 men’s doubles (Lwamba Chileshe, Temwa Chileshe) against malaysia
(Saturday August 6-)
12:30 p.m.: Individual all-around final* (Havana Hopman, Paris Menton)
1h20: Mixed doubles round of 16 (Oliver Leydon-Davis, Anona Pak) against Australia
3h30: Women’s triples for medals (Val Smith, Tayla Bruce, Nicole Toomey)four-man four-four semi-finals* (Ali Forsyth, Mike Galloway, Andrew Kelly, Tony Grantham)
4h: Medal Contest – Women’s Freestyle U68kg* (Tayla Ford)freestyle men U65kg* (Brahman Richards), freestyle men U86kg* (Matthew Oxenham)
5am: Women’s semi-final against England
5:05 a.m.: Women’s 1m Springboard Final* (Maggie Squire)
6:23 a.m.: Men’s synchronized 10m platform, final* (Arno Lee, Luke Sipkes)
5am: Women’s doubles quarter-final (Joelle King, Amanda Landers-Murphy) against England
7:15 a.m.: Mixed doubles quarter-final (Paul Coll, Joelle King) against Scotland
6:06 a.m.: Men’s shot put final (Jacko Gill, Tom Walsh)
7am: Women’s quarter-final (Alice Zeimann, Shaunna Polley) against England