13 Apr 2018
A brilliant bronze for Niamh Emerson on day nine
After a great first day in the heptathlon yesterday, current Psychology student Niamh Emerson kept up the momentum today as she jumped 6.06m in the long jump before throwing a new personal best in the javelin with 40.34m. She then went on to win the 800m heat with 2:12.18, and the bronze medal was hers with a new personal best of 6043 points! Her compatriot Katarina Johnson-Thompson won the gold, with Canada’s Nina Schultz taking the silver. This is 18-year-old Emerson’s first ever medal on the international stage, after finishing so close last year at the European Junior Championships where she placed fourth.
Also doing well at the athletics stadium today was alum Jake Wightman of Scotland, who contested the 1500m after finishing fourth in the 800m final yesterday. Wightman managed to book his place in the 1500m final as well, after coming third in his heat with 3:47.16. He is currently ranked tenth going into the final and will look to improve on his time from the qualifications, perhaps even challenging for a podium position tomorrow.
Fellow alum Harry Aikines-Aryeetey contested the 4x100m relay heats today with his team England, where they went on to win the heats with 38.15s. They are currently at the top of the rankings heading into tomorrow’s final, and the team will most likely look to improve on the silver medal they won at Glasgow in 2014. In the men’s 4x400m, alum Martyn Rooney was going to secure a place for England in the final, but hard luck struck as first-leg runner Matthew Hudson Smith broke down with a hamstring injury at the start of the race.
Loughborough-based Zane Duquemin competed in the men’s discus final today where he threw 54.84m in his second attempt. He went on to improve this in the third round where he recorded an effort of 55.64m. This saw him finish ninth in his second Commonwealth Games.
On the badminton court, alumna Chloe Birch was unfortunately humbled today as she lost out by 2-0 against a very impressive Malaysian side and unfortunately had to exit the competition at the quarter finals. Birch has been incredible during these games, keeping up with an incredibly busy schedule and still managing to win most of her matches. She will leave the Gold Coast with a very-well deserved bronze medal from the Mixed Team Event.
On the hockey pitch competing for England, alumni David Condon, Harry Gibson, Mark Gleghorne, Chris Griffiths, Barry Middleton, Ian Sloan and Henry Weir played against Australia today in the men’s semi-finals. The men battled it out in an extremely close semi-final losing out by a goal to Australia. Behind at half-time, England drew level in the third quarter through Ian Sloan. Australia restored their lead in the final quarter and, although the hosts were reduced to nine men for the closing stages, they held on. Australia will go onto the final, and England will play India in the bronze-medal match.
The rugby sevens finally started today, which saw alumna Elinor Snowsill of Wales taking on Australia and Fiji earlier today. Snowsill and her team Wales unfortunately had a tough day and lost both matches, but they will regroup and go up against England tomorrow.