Glasgow: While you were sleeping - Day 7

By Kris Shannon in Glasgow

Weight lifter Tracey Lambrechs, during the women's +75kg lifts at the Clyde Auditorium. Photo / Greg Bowker
Weight lifter Tracey Lambrechs, during the women's +75kg lifts at the Clyde Auditorium. Photo / Greg Bowker

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

NZ medals on day seven
1 gold 1 silver 3 bronze

Valerie wins gold
Valerie Adams made no race of winning her third Commonwealth Games shot put gold medal on a cool night at Hampden Park. After having a no throw to start, Adams flung out a throw of 19.88m and no one got close.

With one mighty heave, the gold the athletic world knew was a formality was officially confirmed. The gold was New Zealand's 600th medal in Commonwealth Games history. The haul includes medals won in the Games' previous incarnations - the British Empire Games, the British Empire and Commonwealth Games, and the British Commonwealth Games.

Chalaev claims weightlifting silver
Kiwi weightlifter Stanislav Chalaev has won his second straight silver medal at the Commonwealth Games.

Four years after overcoming the loss of his mother to take the podium in Delhi, Chalaev shrugged off knee injuries to do likewise in Glasgow.

Double bronze on the mat
New Zealand's 28-year medal drought in Commonwealth Games wrestling competition came to an end this morning...then lightning struck twice. First Tayla Ford won her freestyle 58kg bronze medal contest against England's Sarah Grundy, before Sam Belkin claimed bronze against Hugh McCloskey of Northern Ireland in the 97kg division. Both Kiwis had earlier lost their semifinals but both found consolation within 15 minutes of each other.

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Good things come in threes
And to complete a successful half hour for New Zealand, weightlifter Tracey Lambrechs also secured bronze in the women's +75kg class. The 28-year-old compiled 237 points in the event, which comprised the snatch and the clean and jerk. Lambrechs had stiff competition for the bronze from Australia's Deborah Acason, but a final lift of 136kg in the clean and jerk was enough to seal it, celebrating by wrapping coach Adam Storey in a huge bear hug.

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Medal table
Kiwis in action

Semi for Sticks
The women's Black Sticks cruised through to the medal round after a 6-0 win over Canada, setting up a semifinal against England after they earlier edged Scotland 2-1. New Zealand scored three goals in each half at the national hockey centre, with Krystal Forgesson and Anita Punt notching braces. The result leaves the Black Sticks on a collision course with Australia in the gold medal game, with both sides enjoying perfect records while scoring 25 goals in group play.

King deposed
Joelle King's defence of the women's doubles crown she won in New Delhi with Jaclyn Hawkes is still alive, despite a loss. King and new partner Amanda Landers-Murphy, who are seeded sixth, were beaten in three sets by third seeded English pair Alison Waters and Emma Beddoes, 8-11 11-2 11-8. For Waters, it was some consolation after being toppled for the bronze medal by King earlier this week. However the New Zealand duo will still be in the last eight.

Bowling on
Three New Zealand lawn bowls teams progressed from sectional play today with Glasgow medallists Jo Edwards and Val Smith leading the way. The women's pairs topped their group with two more wins today against Fiji and Jersey to make the quarter-finals. Also going through to the knockout phase were Shannon McIlroy in the men's singles, despite a defeat in his final pool match, and the men's fours who also lost their final pool match but still claimed second spot in their pool. The women's triples missed out on a shot at a medal after the trio of Mandy Boyd, Amy McIlroy, Selina Goddard were pipped by Wales 14-13 in their quarter-final match-up.

Meanwhile the Para-Sport Open Triples B6/B7/B8 team of Lynda Bennett, Barry Winks and Mark Noble are through to the gold medal match against South Africa after beating Scotland in the semis.

Bolt backtracks
After telling an English newspaper he thought the Commonwealth Games were "a bit s***", Usain Bolt has denied the disparaging comments on Twitter. The star attraction of the Games tweeted, "I'm waking up to this nonsense. journalist please don't create lies to make headlines." He then retweeted a BBC Sport video in which he called the Glasgow Games "awesome". Proving he's just as quick off the track then on, Bolt's changed of heart was timed at a world record 9.58 seconds.

Medal table


- NZ Herald

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