Commonwealth Games Schedule , 05 Aug 2022 : Fourth gold for Scotland?

Before the Commonwealth Games, Scotland’s Pauline Wilson explained her pathway into bowls.

Friday, 5 August – day eight

Gold medals: 17

Athletics: Women’s triple jump and 3,000m steeplechase, men’s shot put, T53/54 100m and decathlon

Diving: Women’s 1m springboard, men’s 3m synchro and 10m synchro

Lawn bowls: Women’s triples, B2-3 para mixed pairs

Rhythmic gymnastics: All-around

Wrestling: Women’s 57kg, 62kg and 68kg, men’s 65kg, 86kg and 125kg

Medal highlights

10:00-13:00 and 18:00-21:00 – Jack Laugher, fresh from his 1m springboard gold on Thursday, is back in action. This time it’s the 3m synchro, which the 27-year-old has won at the past two Commonwealth Games. In Birmingham, his partner will be Anthony Harding as Chris Mears, who won gold with Laugher for England in 2018, has retired to focus on his music career. Laugher and Harding won world silver in June with their nearest Commonwealth rivals being Malaysia in 11th and New Zealand 12th. The men’s 10m synchro is a similar story to an extent – England’s Matty Lee and Noah Williams also won world silver last month – but Canada are likely be breathing down their necks and Australia could feature, too. Scotland’s Grace Reid and Australia’s Georgia Sheehan renew their battle in the women’s 1m springboard, a battle won by Reid four years ago, though Canadian world bronze medallist Mia Vallee is a new name in the frame.

19:00-22:00 – The decathlon reaches a climax with the 1500m just after 21:30. England’s Harry Kendall, ranked 97th in the world, is the only home nations entrant and sits in sixth place after the first day of competition. Grenada’s Lindon Victor, who won the 2018 title and remains in the world’s top 10, has a commanding lead. In the men’s shot put, defending champion Tom Walsh remains one of the best in the world and favourite to retain gold for New Zealand. The women’s steeplechase and triple jump medals are also decided.

10:30-19:30 – Wrestling erupts into two frenzied days of activity with the preliminary rounds, quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals all decided in six weight classes. The men’s 65kg is an opportunity for Indian star Bajrang Punia to earn some redemption after a knee injury disrupted his attempt to land Olympic gold last year, eventually settling for bronze. It’s more than half a century since anyone other than India or Canada topped wrestling’s medal table at a Commonwealth Games, and you can expect more of the same in Birmingham as Canadian under-23 world champion Ana Godinez Gonzalez looks for gold in the women’s 62kg. The only home nation athlete to reach a final in 2018 was Wales’ Kane Charig, who is not attending this year.

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