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Matty Lee and partner Noah Williams overcame cramp as they won gold in the men’s 10-metre synchronised platform event on day eight of the 2022 Commonwealth Games on Friday.

Laura Muir is eyeing an elusive Commonwealth medal after reaching her second final. The Scot finished fifth in her 1500m heat on Friday morning to reach Sunday’s final at the Alexander Stadium, running four minutes 14.11 seconds, having already reached Saturday’s 800m final.

Scotland’s George Miller became the oldest gold medallist in Commonwealth Games history after winning the para-bowls mixed pairs final at the age of 75.

Miller, who is lead director for partially-sighted team-mate Melanie Inness, succeeds his para-bowls team-mate, 72-year-old Rosemary Lenton, who briefly held the record after winning the women’s pairs title on Wednesday.

Fresh from helping the England team win their first rhythmic gymnastics medal since 2010 on Thursday, 17-year-old Marfa Ekimova produced a stunning set of performances to clinch the gold medal in the individual all-around event.

Ekimova, who was born in St Petersburg and moved to the UK at the age of two, produced superb routines on the four apparatus – hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon – to score 112.300 and edge Anna Sokolova of Cyprus into second place.


Quarter-final victory ‘meant everything’ to beach volleyball’s Bello twins

A euphoric Javier Bello sank to his knees in the sand while twin Joaquin reflected on past moments of despair as the English brothers moved to within one win of guaranteeing a Commonwealth Games medal.

Joaquin noted the quarter-final stage of major events represented something of a banana skin for the Madrid-born siblings, who emigrated with their beach volleyball-obsessed family to the UK aged 11.

More heartache might have been in store after the Gambia pairing of Sainey Jawo and Mbye Babou Jarra forced a decider, but the Bellos dug deep to secure an exhilarating 21-16 20-22 15-12 win.

Supported by their team manager mother Barbara and coached by their father Luis, with younger brother Enrique a training partner, the 22-year-old Bellos recognised their triumph was not theirs alone.


England beat New Zealand on penalties to reach final as Maddie Hinch stars

England beat New Zealand in a shoot-out to stay on course for a first-ever women’s hockey Commonwealth Games Gold in Birmingham.

Isabelle Petter and Hannah Martin scored in the shoot-out as goalkeeper Maddie Hinch refused to be beaten with a series of brilliant saves.

The two sides could not be separated in 60 minutes of intense hockey, playing out a goalless draw just like they had done in the bronze-medal match in Australia four years ago.

On that occasion New Zealand won the shoot-out to progress to the gold medal match, and the Black Sticks also got the better of England in the World Cup last month with a 3-1 victory.


England excited by chance to ‘do the job on Australia’ in netball semi-finals

Geva Mentor thought she’d seen it all in a two-decade international netball career, butshe admits the best could be yet to come.

Mentor made her Roses debut at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, won bronzes in Melbourne and Delhi and was part of the famous gold medal winning team on the Gold Coast in 2018.

However, the 37-year-old – who will earn her 159th cap in Saturday’s semi-finals – claims nothing would top a win in Birmingham this weekend.

Mentor played a starring role as England beat world champions New Zealand by ten points in their last group game to secure a final four meeting with world number ones Australia, who were stunned by Jamaica‘s Sunshine Girls.


‘It’s a dream’: George Miller becomes oldest Commonwealth Games medallist as Scotland clinch bowls gold

Sleepy Leamington Spa seems a rather perfect place for a septuagenarian showdown for sporting history.

It was here on the manicured bowling greens of Victoria Park, that Scotland’s George Miller and his junior, Wales’s Gordon Llewellyn, both 75, made their bids to become the oldest Commonwealth Games champions in history.

And, after two tactical hours, it was Miller who took over from fellow Scot Rosemary Lenton, 72, who had only claimed the record for her para women’s pairs gold 48 hours earlier.

“I think Rosemary is more pleased than I am,” joked Miller, who is the eyes for partially sighted team-mate Melanie Innes who, along with Robert Barr and his director Sarah Jane Ewing, beat Wales 16-9.

“When someone told me I was going to be the oldest competitor and I wondered what that meant, now I’m starting to find out, everyone wants to talk to me all of a sudden.


Commonwealth Games silver or bronze would feel ‘a bit weird’, Sarah Glenn reveals

Sarah Glenn admitted she would have conflicting feelings if England walked away from the Commonwealth Games with a bronze or silver medal.

After topping their group with a 100 per cent winning record, England need only beat semi-final opponents India to guarantee silver and go into the gold-medal match against Australia or New Zealand.

Defeat against India would come with the consolation of vying for bronze against the losers of the other semi, but cricketers are generally unaccustomed to celebrating just a place on the podium.


Adam Gemili eager to find ‘happiness’ again after Commonwealth Games exit underlines mental toll

Adam Gemili has one ambition in mind – rediscovering the smile that was his trademark.

It was that cheeky grin that endeared him to so many when he came out of nowhere to qualify for the London Olympics as a teenager in the same year he committed to athletics for good after playing football professionally.

A decade on, Gemili is a veteran of the athletics scene and is in the middle of the toughest year of his career.


England reach women’s hockey final

England women’s hockey team have reached the Commonwealth Games final after victory on penalties over New Zealand.

“They were incredible,” Maddie Hinch said of the home support, speaking to the BBC. “It’s hard to describe the difference these guys make for us. In those really tight games, they give you that extra energy in your legs, and the extra stretch for me to make a save! We have to believe. We our the ones with the home crowd. We have to use that to our advantage [in the final].”

Austalia currently lead India 1-0 in the second semi-final.

England celebrate winning the penalty shootout

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Matty Lee and injured Noah Williams win Commonwealth gold in synchro 10m platform:


Laura Muir thrilled to ‘save the legs’ in pursuit of audacious Commonwealth Games double

Laura Muir knows that she has to conserve every ounce of energy if she is to complete her set of major international medals and break her Commonwealth duck.

The 29-year-old from Kinross is attempting an audacious double at Birmingham 2022, competing in the 800m and 1500m.

Having already secured her place in Saturday’s 800m final, where she will take on England’s Olympic and world silver medallist Keely Hodgkinson, Muir backed that up by clinching a spot in the final of her preferred event on Sunday.

The top five from each heat went through, with Muir doing what she needed and no more as she came home in fifth.

She explained: “I went to the front at the start to slow it down a wee bit and got away with it for a while but then I knew they were going to come round at one point. When they came, I thought latch on, look at five and do as minimal as possible. I’ve done that and saved the legs for tomorrow.”


Noah Williams and Matty Lee win synchro 10m platform gold

Those 4 1/2 somersaults were executed to perfection, earning a final score of 84.36 – the only dive they didn’t pull off to near-perfection was round four, when Williams suffered that ankle injury jumping off the board.

England’s Matty Lee and Noah Williams during the men’s synchronised 10m platform final