Commonwealth Games 2022: Updates from all New Zealand teams and athletes on day 9

Commonwealth Games 2022: Updates from all New Zealand teams and athletes on day 9


Tom Walsh wins gold and Jacko Gill silver in men’s shot put. Videos / Sky Sports

All the action from day 9 of the Commonwealth Games.

For a full list of results for all Kiwi athletes and teams, check out our full schedule and results.

NZ wins bronze

New Zealand won their third Commonwealth Games bronze in the lawn bowls, with Selina Goddard and Katelyn Inch winning in their women’s pairs medal hunt.

Goddard and Inch beat Malaysian duo Emma Firyana Saroji and Siti Zalina Ahmad in their bronze medal match 20-15 to join the women’s triples and fours to take home bronze from the games.

The Kiwi duo looked poised for a comfortable win after a comfortable 11-4 win after 10 ends, but the Malaysian pair stormed back with two fantastic ends to take a 12-11 lead.

But Goddard and Inch fought back and took a 15-12 lead that soon increased to 18-13. Malaysia didn’t walk away calmly, reducing the deficit to three, but the Kiwis completed it to end New Zealand’s Lawn Bowls campaign with a third bronze.

Silver ferns shattered

The Silver Ferns’ golden drought at the Commonwealth Games will drag on for at least another four years.

The Ferns were beaten 67-51 by Jamaica in the semifinals in Birmingham, a third straight game they failed to reach their ultimate goal.

While this year’s try didn’t match the low point of 2018 and the loss to Malawi, the Ferns could still end up with the same result.

A bronze medal game awaits in which the Ferns will be underdogs against either Australia or England and if they finished fourth like they did in 2018 there could be no complaints after the Kiwi side were uncompetitive in their most important games.

A 10-goal loss to England in pool today was followed by the biggest loss to Jamaica in history – and only their sixth all-time – and yet it came as no surprise.

By the end of the first quarter the result was already in place, Jamaica blasting to an 18-9 from bad errors, with some sloppy passes from the Ferns, and coach Noeline Taurua’s changes didn’t have much of an effect as the lead extended to 36-22 at halftime .

When New Zealand’s shooters got the ball they were accurate, hitting 51 tries out of 55, but Jamaica were overwhelming and not only produced more tries than the Ferns, they hit them all.

Led by Jhaniele Fowler’s terrific 54/54 win and a commanding performance from goalscorer Shanice Beckford, Jamaica were far too strong, leading by as many as 22 goals to victory.

High jumper impressed

Kiwi high jumper Keeley O’Hagan put on an impressive performance in her final at the Commonwealth Games.

O’Hagan came into the tournament with the 11th highest personal best of any jumper in the competition, but improved her PB by an inch to 1.89m and finished sixth.

O’Hagan flirted with danger early on, overcoming just 1.81m on her third and final attempt, but did the same at 1.89m to set a new mark.

At 1.92m to remain competitive and also to break Tania Murray’s New Zealand record set in 1991, O’Hagan has not been able to reach new heights, but the 28-year-old can still be proud of her efforts.

Jamaica’s Lamara Distin won gold as the only jumper to clear 1.95m.

Sam Tanner also set a personal best in the 1500m final, beating his previous record of 3:34.72 to finish sixth in 3:31.34.

In a fast race, Tanner settled at the back but finished strong, charging past several dwindling runners. He was too far behind to contend for the medals, however, as Australia’s Ollie Hoare stormed home late to stun 2019 World Champion Timothy Cheruiyot by 0.09s. Hoare passed the Kenyan in the final seconds to win in a game record time of 3:30:12, with current world champion Jake Wightman in third place.

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