LIVE: It’s Day 6 of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, and it’s set to be another cracker for the Aussies.
After 11 golds and 32 medals total on Day 5, Australia will be targeting more success – with a packed schedule in the Athletics, plus the final action in the pool.
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Superstar Peter Bol opened his campaign in style, cruising into the end of the 800m after crossing the line in his heat in first place. While sprint star Rohan Browning is back in action in the 100m semis – and hopefully the final at 6.30am AEST.
In the pool, Ariarne Titmus hunts gold in the 400m, while Se-Bom Lee hits the water in the 200m individual medley.
There’s also plenty of other action on offer, with the Kookaburras back on the hockey field after the Hockeyroos’ comfortable victory early on day six, plus our Aussie women’s cricket team (8pm).
That’s not to mention beach volleyball, table tennis, lawn bowls, or mountain biking and so on …
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TITMUS SETS UP FINAL SWIM WITH TEEN SENSATION
Ariarne Titmus – the world record holder, defending Commonwealth Games champion, and the Olympic champion – qualified fastest from her heat in 4:08.25.
But her time wasn’t good enough to qualify in lane four for the final. It’s unlikely to concern her though, with the Olympic champion looking to keep some energy in her stocks.
It does, however, set-up what promises as one of the races of the Games, with Titmus to go stroke for stroke against Canada’s 15-year-old sensation, Summer McIntosh, as both women look to break the four-minute barrier.
Titmus’ time was marginally slower than second-placed McIntosh, who touched the wall at 4:07:36. New Zealand’s Erika Fairweather qualified fastest in 4:07:27.
“I think Summer kind of reminds me of myself,” Titmus told Channel 7. I burst onto the national team when I was 16 and took it to Katie and a lot of the things that I see about her remind me of what I used to be like. But just because there’s someone new in the field doesn’t mean that I change anything. I prepare knowing that when I come to race I can hopefully beat everyone and just because there’s another person there doesn’t mean I’m going to do anything different. I’m going to come out tonight and do my best and hopefully that’s good enough for the gold.”
Lani Pallister and Kiah Melverton made it a one-two-three for Australia in the heat.
FAVORITE BOWL FOR 800M FINAL
Peter Bol is once again turning heads, having flown into the men’s 800 final.
After a disappointing finish at the world championships, Bol returned to the form that made him a household name at the Tokyo Olympics and blitzed the field in the second heat, posting a time of 1:47:01.
“It’s great to be here,” Bol told Channel 7. “Unbelievable crowd as well. It’s an awesome feeling.
“Two championships in a row. It’s almost like it’s a second chance. I ran exactly how I wanted, and now four days off and back for the final.”
The news wasn’t so good for fellow Australian Charlie Hunter, who missed out on the final after posting a time of 1:49:94.
Meanwhile, Steve Solomon has qualified for the semi-finals of the men’s 400m. The 29-year-old finished second in the opening heat of the event.
“I’m really happy with today’s run,” he said.
“I’ve had a challenging season to put it lightly. I’m really looking forward to coming back Friday night.
“I just wasn’t able to get the body right for (the world’s) and I’m proud of how I’ve refocused. It’s exciting times.”
STAR DUO SMOKE PAKISTAN
Australia is in the box seat against Pakistan in their T20 pool match against Pakistan.
Despite slumping to 2-19 after the early exits of Alyssa Healy (4) and captain Meg Lanning (4), opener Beth Mooney (70* off 49) and Tahlia McGrath (78* off 51) put Australia in the driver’s seat with their 141-run unbeaten third-wicket stand.
The Hockeyroos’ perfect start continued, as Katrina Powell’s side had a comfortable 2-0 win over Scotland.
The victory sealed top spot in Pool B for the Hockeyroos and a place in the final four.
While Powell’s side dominated much of the game, they had to wait until late in the second term to find the back of the goals as Grace Stewart finished nicely to put Australia in front.
Shanea Tonkin then doubled Australia’s lead to confirm a comfortable victory.
SELECTED SCHEDULE (MORE TO COME)
Women’s heptathlon, Long Jump – 7:50pm
Men’s 800m heats (Hunter, Bol) – 8:20pm
Men’s 400m (Solomon) – 9:20pm
Men’s high jump final (Starc) – 4am
Women’s heptathlon, Javelin throw – 4:08am
Men’s 100m semi-final (Browning, Doran) – 4:10am
Women’s 100m semi-final (Anang, Masters) – 4:35am
Women’s 10K (Batt-Doyle) – 5am
Men’s 100m – 6:30am (Thursday)
Group Matches: Women’s; Men’s – Australia v Rwanda (11.30pm)
Group Matches: Australia v Pakistan 8pm
Women’s Group Matches – Australia v Scotland (6pm)
Men’s Group Matches – Australia v South Africa (6am)
Tons of action from 5.30pm AEST, culminating in theFor Women’s Pairs B6-B8 Gold Medal match – Australia v Scotland (midnight)
Day session from 7.30pm
Men’s 200m Individual Medley Heats (Se-Bom Lee, Brendon Smith), Women’s 200m Freestyle S14 Heat (Jade Lucy, Madeleine McTernan, Ruby Storm), Men’s 200m Freestyle S14 Heat (Liam Schluter, Ben Hance, Jack Ireland), Women’s 400m Freestyle Heats (Lani Pallister, Ariane Titmus), Mixed 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Point Heat, Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay Heats, Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay Heats
Night session from 4am
Men’s 200m Individual Medley Final, Women’s 200m Freestyle S14 Final, Men’s 200m Freestyle S14 Final, Women’s 400m Freestyle Final, Men’s 50m Freestyle Final, Women’s 50m Backstroke Final, Men’s 1500m Freestyle Final, Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay Final, Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay Final, Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay Final
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