Commonwealth Games 2022 Day 4 LIVE updates: Australians ahead in table tennis, Diamonds take to the court tonight
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Some breaking news from the pool this morning, with Kyle Chalmers scratching his 100m butterfly to stay fresh for his 100m freestyle final tonight.
No great surprise, but after he dropped that very fast semi-final last night, he wants to be right on top of his game as he swims for gold this evening.
Here’s a look at what that men’s 200m freestyle final will look like based on everyone’s qualifying times in the semi-finals.
The fourth day of swimming heats is about to start in Birmingham, with the women’s 200m backstroke heats up first.
Kaylee McKeown and Minna Atherton are the only two Australians in the 200m backstroke heats, with McKeown tipped as race favorite after she won the event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and 2022 World Championships in Budapest.
Australia has seven lawn bowls athletes currently on the green, and in all three games the Australians are dominating.
In the men’s triples semi-final Barry Lester, Carl Healey and Ben Twist are up 17-11 against the Fijian team with six games (or ‘ends’) to go.
In the men’s para pairs B6-B8 semi-final Australia’s Damien Delgado and Chris Flavel are up 17-4 against England.
And the Aussie women are up 14-6 against South Africa in the women’s pairs B6-B8 semi-finals.
Australia’s Jian Fang Lay and Yangzi Liu put the Aussies ahead after the first game of the women’s team bronze medal match.
Playing a doubles game first, Lay and Liu managed to contain the energetic Welsh team to post a definitive 3-0 win.
Liu is currently at the table, playing Anna Hursey for the first of the singles games.
If you’re unfamiliar with how the team table tennis matches work, then here is a quick run down so that you can watch the match and know what you’re talking about.
The team has three players. For Australia, that’s Yangzi Liu, Jian Fang Lay and Minhyung Jee.
Contests are the best of five matches, and they consist of two singles matches, a doubles match and then one or two singles matches if required, until one team wins three matches. Each match is the best of five games.
The bronze medal match is about to get underway for the women’s team in table tennis.
Australia will play Wales for the bronze medal, while Singapore and Malaysia battle it out for gold a little later on.
What’s Australia’s secret weapon? Jian Fang Lay.
The 49-year-old from Victoria is competing at her sixth Commonwealth Games and was the first Australian woman to ever compete at six Olympic Games.
The Diamonds take to the court later tonight when they play South Africa at 9pm AEST.
Australia has had great success in netball at the Commonwealth Games, having won a medal in every Games since its introduction in 1998.
Ahead of the Games, Diamonds’ wing defense Ash Brazill spoke to The Sydney Morning Herald other The Age about playing at the Games, and Australia’s friendly rivalry with England.
Read the full story here.
Even before Australia’s women sliced and diced Fiji in breathtaking fashion on Sunday night to win a maiden Commonwealth Games rugby sevens gold medal, they knew they were going to win.
That statement could be construed as arrogant. Far from it.
Read the full story here.
Australia have never done this before. We have never had a Commonwealth Games running straight out of a World Athletics Championships.
Two weeks ago Australia enjoyed one of the country’s most successful world championships performances in track and field. Two gold medals and a bronze – all won by women – and three more women who were only fractionally out of the medals.
You can find a full guide to Australia’s track and field athletes at the Commonwealth Games here.