Glasgow: While you were sleeping - Day 4

By Kris Shannon in Glasgow

New Zealand's gold medalists on day four - Jo Edwards, Shane Archbold and Sophie Pasoe. Photo / Getty Images and Greg Bowker
New Zealand's gold medalists on day four - Jo Edwards, Shane Archbold and Sophie Pasoe. Photo / Getty Images and Greg Bowker

A quick bite of the best of the action from day four at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Another day, another track gold
Shane Archbold won New Zealand's fourth Commonwealth Games gold at the velodrome in Glasgow with victory in the men's 20km scratch race. Archbold held off a late charge by Australian Glenn O'Shea to cross the line in first and claim his first Commonwealth medal. Canadian Remi Pelletier was third.

Sam Webster then added to the New Zealand team medal tally and his own personal haul with a silver in the kierin final, to go with his two golds.


Shane Archbold celebrates after the winning gold in the men's 20km Scratch Race. Photo / Greg Bowker

Golden girl
Jo Edwards defended her women's lawn bowls singles title after beating England's Natalie Melore 21-15 in the gold medal match. Edwards had been up 17-4 up at one point, but Melmore staged a valiant comeback to get herself back into the match. But Edwards was able to hold her nerve and close out the contest.

The medals for New Zealand didn't end there, with the women's four claiming bronze in the bowls to win what was this country's first medal away from cycling and judo. Skipper Mandy Boyd, Selina Goddard, Amy McIlroy and Val Smith edged Scotland 21-15 at the Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls centre, with Boyd coming up clutch in the final end with a drive securing a come-from-behind victory.

And the golds keep coming
Sophie Pascoe won New Zealand's first medal in the pool this morning, comfortably taking out the women's 100m breastsroke SB9 final.

It is the first swimming gold New Zealand has won at a Commonwealth Games since Anna Simcic took out the 200m backstroke at the Auckland Games in 1990.


Sophie Pascoe listens to the New Zealand anthem after winning gold. Photo / Getty Images

Record-breaking Walsh
What a start to the track and field programme for New Zealand. Tom Walsh, the first Kiwi to feature inside Hampden Park, broke the Commonwealth Games record in the shot put with his very first throw. The 22-year-old hurled a phenomenal 21.24m with his opening effort of the event, automatically qualifying for tomorrow morning's (NZT) final and beating every other competitor by at least a metre. That included compatriot Jacko Gill, who qualified fifth for the final after throwing 19.54m.

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Kiwis in action

Robertson shocks in 5000m
The athletics programme got even better later in the afternoon. Much of the Kiwi pre-race attention in the 5000m focused on Nick Willis, a 1500m specialist who was testing himself in the longer distance. But the Robertson twins - from Hamilton and based in Kenya - stole the show, with Zane grabbing bronze and Jake also running in the front pack before falling with a couple of laps to go. An ecstatic Zane was four seconds behind the Kenyan winner, two seconds back from the Kenyan silver medallist, and narrowly ahead of the Kenyan who finished fourth.


New Zealand's Zane Robertson after taking bronze in the 5000m. Photo / Getty Images

Sevens golden era ends
New Zealand's golden era of dominance in the Commonwealth Games sevens came to a painful end at Ibrox Stadium with a 17-12 defeat to South Africa. Sir Gordon Tietjens is not used to losing at these Games, but his record of winning every tournament since the 1998 inauguration was shattered in front of 45,000 in Glasgow.

King trumped
Squash from Joelle King, winner of a gold and silver four years ago, was no match for world No 1 Nicol David of Malaysia, losing her semifinal in straight sets. King will tonight play off for bronze before turning her attentions to the doubles campaign, where she won both of her medals in Delhi.

- NZ Herald

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