The Gold Rush continues at the Commonwealth Games, All Blacks defeated and Ian Foster’s job on the line and a New Zealand one-two at the final Indycar race in Nashville – Cheree Kinnear recounts the highs and lows of the sporting weekend all in 90 seconds. Video / Photo Sports / Sky Sports
Everything you need to know about a successful Day 10 of the Commonwealth Games for New Zealand as Aaron Gate and our Kiwi Squash Stars made history.
Gate claims an amazing victory
Cyclist Aaron Gate has sprinted into the record books after winning his fourth Commonwealth Games gold medal this time in the men’s road race.
It’s the first time a New Zealander has won four gold medals in one game, and they’ve done it in style, with a ride that’s both amazing and believable.
The only New Zealander in a 15-man lead group to get away with more than 100km from the finish in the men’s road race, Gate spent an inordinate amount of energy chasing other riders’ moves only to find there was gas left in the tank to take on some sprinting past the world’s best at the finish.
“I put my arms up and didn’t really know if it really happened,” Gate told Sky Sports after beating Daryl Impey in the sprint.
“It was bloody hard work those last three laps and when it came to the sprint and I was in the best position to run that line I just couldn’t believe it.”
In the women’s road race, Georgia Williams was the top NZ finisher in 13th place.
Watch Niall Anderson’s full account of Gates’ reaction to gold here.
Coll, King adds to Kiwi fame
For a pairing that admitted they hadn’t trained together since 2018, Paul Coll and Joelle King certainly played like a synergistic team as they put on a dominant performance in the squash mixed doubles final.
King and Coll defeated England duo Alison Waters and Adrian Waller in a comfortable manner, creating a mismatch between the tournament’s two top seeds.
It was redemption for King after she was eliminated without a medal in women’s singles, while Coll added a second gold to his Birmingham tally.
King will have another shot at gold tonight at 11pm after advancing to the women’s doubles final with Amanda Landers-Murphy earlier in the day.
Watch Kris Shannon’s full coverage of the game here.
White Ferns get Bronze
The White Ferns’ new era got off to a promising start when they won the bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games.
The Kiwi side impressively sealed bronze with a surprisingly dominant shot against England by eight wickets, reassuring the home crowd in Edgbaston.
After a poor showing at the ODI World Cup, the White Ferns found the Twenty20 format more to their liking under new coach Ben Sawyer and managed to bounce back from a disheartening pool loss to England to retaliate in their last game.
See more of the game here.
Silver ferns are recovering
After plunging to fourth place in 2018, another non-medal edition in 2022 seemed possible, if not likely, after the Ferns were beaten by Jamaica in the semifinals.
That made for a bronze medal game against England, who had easily beat the Kiwis in pool by 10 goals, but – much like the White Ferns – the Silver Ferns turned things around and won a medal, winning 55-48.
Coach Dame Noeline Taurua was proud of her side’s response to back-to-back defeats and the heat of the home crowd.
“Going home with a medal is huge. Not only for our confidence but also for the selection of the players and also for the lead at the netball world championship.”
Watch Kate Wells’ post-win interview with Taurua here.
Black Sticks lose another shootout
After falling short in a shootout against England in the semifinals, it was their downfall again in the bronze medal game as they were beaten 2-1 by India in the tie-break after some late heroics forced the game into this stage.
A penalty from Olivia Merry with less than 20 seconds remaining brought the score to 1-1 in a game that always felt like the New Zealand side were chasing.
That’s where the jubilation ended for the New Zealanders, who returned home from Birmingham without a medal.
Meanwhile, the men’s Black Sticks defeated Wales 2-1 to finish fifth overall.
Watch Christopher Reive’s full report from the grass here.
Gold: Cycling Road – Men’s Road Race – Aaron Gate
Gold: Squash – Mixed Doubles – Joelle King and Paul Coll
Bronze: Cricket – New Zealand beat England by eight wickets
Bronze: Netball – New Zealand beat England 55-48
For a full list of results for all Kiwi athletes and teams, check out our full schedule and results.