Netball, hockey and diving action today in Birmingham
Good morning, everyone! Before we kick off day eight of the Games let’s take a recap of yesterday’s action! We finished off the day with a total of 118 medals (42 gold, 44 silver and 32 bronze), which puts us firmly in second and just 14 behind Australia!
The most eventful moment of the day was witnessing Thomas Geraint fall in the early moments of the men’s cycling time trial! Despite the crash and bloody knees, he went on to win bronze in the race which added nicely to his now stash of 18 medals!
Asked about the crash later on, he said: “I did the recon in traffic, so it’s pretty pointless really, other than knowing where the uphills and downhills are,”
“It’s my fault. I was thinking ‘it’s a sweeping left’, but suddenly there are barriers in the way and their legs are sticking out, and it’s ‘Oh s—!’ I’ve had good practice of trying to refocus in time trials with something going wrong. It’s frustrating but at the end of the day, you know, with that happening, it is good to come away with a medal.”
Yesterday saw the first day of the diving kick off with the men’s 1m springboard and the women’s 10m platform! Defending Commonwealth champion, Jack Laugher did not disappoint when he won his third consecutive 1m springboard title at the Games, and sixth title over all at the tournament! Up and coming star Jordan Houlden also impressed, winning a bronze on his debut at the Games!
Up next 17-year-old Andrea Spendolini Siriex wowed the crowd as she won gold! Clear at the top of the leaderboard by 20 points, her dad, ‘First Dates’ star Fred Siriex looked overjoyed as watched from the stands. Lois Mae Toulson finished behind her winning a well-deserved silver medal to add to her collection!
The day concluded nicely with Lawrence Okeye winning silver in the men’s discus at his first return to the Games since leaving the NFL, and England netball beating New Zealand by ten goals! This leaves them top of the group going into the semi-finals where they will face Australia.
Stay tuned for today’s action!