McClenaghan almost didn’t compete as he competed for Ireland at Tokyo 2020, but he’s here. However, and once again, he’s not favourite and will have to go some to beat England’s Joe Fraser.
Coming up, more or less now: we’ve got the finals of the women’s vault and men’s pommel horse. The latter features Rhys McClenaghan, who famously won gold in 2018 – Max Whitlock looked overjoyed when Hazel reminded him of that
Phew, that was dramatic. Thanks Will and afternoon all!
Australia made a row of it, after looking like they might get wiped, but have to make do with the silver after losing 14-12.
Right, that’s my stint done. I’ll hand you over to Daniel Harris who, believe me, knows his lawn bowls.
In the men’s triples lawn bowls final, England have just edged 13-12 ahead after allowing Australia to claw their way back to 12-12. It’s pure drama, this.
Wales win men’s triples lawn bowls bronze! They’ve seen off Fiji 21-7. Llongyfarchiadau, lads.
What’s going on in the women’s team table tennis final, you ask? Singapore have won it, beating Malaysia 3-0. Sorry, spoilers much.
A word for Giarnni Regini-Moran, who won bronze in the men’s floor final to make it a double for England. Another impressive showing and well-deserved medal.
Having burst onto the scene at his first Commonwealth Games with gold medals in the team and individual all-around events, England’s Jake Jarman has a third gold to his name after winning the men’s floor final.
In the lawn bowls men’s triples final, England lead Australia 12-10. The Australians have launched a comeback, however, and it’s still all to play for.
“Someone told me: ‘It doesn’t matter how you win, people only remember that you won,’” King says in her post-match interview.
“I thought: ‘Even if I lose, I want to make myself and everyone proud.’” She didn’t have to settle for valiant defeat, as it turned out.
Turmel defends match ball at 8-10, working the angles beautifully. She saves another with a shot which nestles in the back corner of the court, forcing the tie-break.
King earns another match ball, but squanders it with a mishit. Turmel pulls ahead, but then leaves a shot after a near-tangle with her opponent which, on review, is given as no let. That gives King the little boost she needs to cinch it. She sees out the game 14-12 and celebrates with a clenched fist before embracing her rival.
King has pulled ahead of Turmel now. While both players remain ultra-competitive, the New Zealander has incredible sting in her shots and leads 9-6.
Over in the badminton, England are losing their mixed team semi-final against Malaysia 1-0. Toby Fenty trails Ng Tze Yong 12-17 in the second set of match two, the men’s singles.
After a fizzing rally which ends with Turmel bamboozling her opponent with a clever shot, King finally sees out the game to make it 2-1. This is a seriously hard-fought contest.
Thanks Martin. This squash is a bit spicy, isn’t it? It’s currently game ball to King.
There you go, I got through my Commonwealth Games stint today only dropping one major clanger, and I didn’t even mention once that I was at Wembley yesterday and bore you with that. Here were my ten favourite things about Euro 2022.
I will see you here tomorrow. Will Magee is stepping up to the plate now, so I will leave you in his capable hands.
Squash: This squash match is the best thing I’ve seen so far at the games, apart from Duran Duran who I have an eternal soft spot for. New Zealand’s King eventually took that second game 18-16, so it is 1-1 against England’s Turmel. And both of them look like they could happily thwack the other round the head.
Women’s hockey: Scotland beat Kenya 11-0 in the end. I think earlier I gave the wrong pool standings. Scotland are now tied on six points with Australia and New Zealand, having played one game more. Only two teams go through. And thank you to Joanne Harris on Twitter for spotting where I had erred.
Squash: The quarter-final between Lucy Turmel (Eng) and Joelle King (NZ) has got a bit of needle to it and Turmel has been vocally contesting some of the calls. King held game ball for ages but Turmel managed to bring it back to 11-11. It is now 15-15, with Turmel having successfully defended 10 game balls.
Table tennis: If you missed it earlier, in the bronze medal match of the women’s team event, Australia had too much for Wales.
The final, which sees top seeds Singapore hoping to go one better than 2018 and to upgrade their silver to a gold, has started, and the’ve got off to a winning start 3-1 in the first doubles match.
The second match will be a singles match, pitching Feng Tianwei of Singapore against Alice Chang Li Sian of Malaysia.
Women’s hockey: Scotland now lead Kenya 9-0 after three quarters of their pool match.
Squash: This morning’s squash session has got underway, because there weren’t already enough sports happening for me to follow. The show court has the women’s singles quarter-final. Joelle King of New Zealand against England’s Lucy Turmel. It is close so far at 9-9, but Turmel has just been given a conduct warning.
Judo: There is an awful lot of judo knock-out contests going on this morning, but we don’t get into the medal matches until the evening session, when the men’s -60kg and -66kg finals are, along with the -48kg, -52kg and -57kg finals for the women. That session starts at 5pm.
Georgios Balarjishvili for Cyprus is the first person with a berth in the -66kg men’s final. He defeated Scotland’s Alexander Short in his semi-final, so Short will now have a chance for a bronze medal.
Badminton: It is Malaysia who have won the second mixed doubles game in the mixed team event, to level that 1-1 with England. That goes to a third and deciding game now.
Women’s hockey: Scotland have eased up a bit against Kenya, only adding one goal in the second quarter, so they lead 7-0 at the halfway point.
Men’s 81kg weightlifting: England’s Chris Murray set a Commonwealth Games record of a combined 326kg to go into first place, then Kyle Bruce of Australia tried to beat it. It wasn’t the cleanest of lifts, and the judges wanted a replay – then failed it. Bruce appealed – unsuccessfully.
Nicolas Vachon of Canada then had the last lift – he put 7kg on the bar, when he only needed 6kg for gold. An inexplicable decision. He dropped the bar behind him after a wonderful lift, so it is no lift.
Gold for England! Silver for Australia! Bronze for Canada! Confusion for me!
(I also feel like Team England may have been casting aspersions on my weightlifting expertise on Twitter.)
Men’s 81kg weightlifting: This contest has got to the sharp end and in contention for the medals are Chris Murray of England, Kyle Bruce of Australia, Ajay Singh of India and Nicolas Vachon of Canada. Singh is ahead on 319, Murray and Bruce are tied on 318.
Women’s hockey: Scotland are leading Kenya 6-0 at the end of the first quarter. The Kenyans have previously been beaten 16-0 by New Zealand and 8-0 by Australia at these games, so you fear for them here again.
Badminton: I’m going to confess I’m not a Badminton expert, but I do know that England have just won the opening game in the mixed doubles in the semi-final of the mixed team event against Malaysia. Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith beat Chan Peng Soon and Cheah Yee See 21-12. They’ve started the second game now.
Women’s hockey: Earlier in Pool A, Wales’ women won their first match of the group stages, with a 4-0 win over Ghana.
If you need a reminder of how it works, there are two pools of five teams in a round-robin format. The top two in each pool go through to semi-finals which are on Friday.
The Pool A standings are currently England and India tied on six points each after two matches, Canada and Wales both have three points, but Wales have played a match more than the Canadians. Canada play Ghana tomorrow at 11am, while England and India will play at 2pm in a match likely to decide who wins the group.
Women’s hockey: Scotland are playing Kenya and we are currently having a video referee referral. Scotland were already leading 1-0, when a goalbound shot was cleared off the line, but with the wrong side of the stick. The resultant penalty stroke has been converted, so Scotland now lead 2-0. And in fact Jennifer Eadie has just immediately made it 3-0 while I was typing that. There are nine minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Good morning, it is Martin Belam here. A curious beast, the Commonwealth Games, but one thing you can’t complain about is the sheer volume of sport going on. Give me a moment while I set up my 1,057 different iPlayer streams.
Thanks for joining me for the early stint. The good news for you is that Martin Belam is lined up to take you through the coming hours.
Peaty: “I didn’t even do a warm up, I wasn’t that bothered. I only had two hours sleep.
“I am going to have a strong winter, I haven’t had one in two years. I need to reset.
“People don’t appreciate it, why would they? Going through a five-year period as Olympic champion is pressure.”
Swimming: Peaty and Houlie finish in a dead heat. He looked in reasonable nick over the shorter difference but still plenty to do.
Swimming: Here comes the men’s 50m breaststroke heats. James Wilby, the 100m champion, takes second in the fourth heat. Australia’s Grayson Bell speeds through in first.
Surely the loser should buy the dog …
Men’s bowls: Wales and England shake hands. England looked in fine fettle and the Welsh could not keep up, resulting in a 15-5 victory.
Some athletics news …
Men’s bowls: It is 14-5 to England against Wales in the triples semi-final. The standard is incredibly high and the English seem to be edging every end at the moment to extend their lead. We are 15 ends down, can Wales get back into this?
Table tennis: Australia have seen off Wales in the women’s team bronze match opener 11-5 11-5 11-8.
Beach volleyball: There might not be a beach in Birmingham but there will be some sand at Smithfield today and the teams will have the weather for it. It’ll be like the Copacabana come 7pm.
Men’s bowls: It is 10-5 to England against Wales in the triples after 12 ends in their semi-final.
Swimming: Adam Peaty is back in the pool in the 50m breaststroke heats at 10.45am or so. He finished fourth in the 100m final yesterday so will be hoping to do better today.
Men’s bowls: Tomlinson nails it with the final roll of the 10th end to earn three points for Wales to move the score on to 8-5. It’s a tense one.
Cycling: Some reaction to yesterday’s crash at VeloPark.
Men’s bowls: England are 7-2 up on Wales after eight ends in their triples semi-final. It is a pretty tight contest at Victoria Park in the sunshine.
It is another action-packed day in Birmingham. We will have everything from hockey to weightlifting with a little bit of gymnastics thrown in for good measure.
There are medals up for grabs in all sorts of events, including bowls and cycling. Hopefully it will be a calmer day on the track after the dramatic crash which saw Matt Walls going over the side and into the crowd during a race, resulting in the curtailing of the session. Thankfully, he and everyone else seem to be all right.
Going into the evening we will have some pretty exciting swimming on our hands. We start with the 100m men’s freestyle final and conclude with the 4x200m relay of the same discipline, with plenty packed in between.
It should be another cracking day aided by some decent weather to boot in Birmingham.