Glasgow: While you were sleeping - Day 6

By David Leggat in Glasgow

Samuel Gaze, silver, and Anton Cooper, gold, celebrate after racing in the men's cross country. Photo / Greg Bowker
Samuel Gaze, silver, and Anton Cooper, gold, celebrate after racing in the men's cross country. Photo / Greg Bowker

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

Double delight
Hamish Carter and Bevan Docherty now have a Commonwealth Games equivalent. Ten years after the triathletes completed a memorable one-two at the Athens Olympics, Anton Cooper and Sam Gaze repeated the feat in the men's mountain bike race in Glasgow. Just as in 2004, the Kiwis were assured of two medals with a few minutes remaning. And just as in 2004, one man eventually pulled away from his mate for gold, with Cooper playing the Carter role. But unlike the triathletes, both experienced pros at the time, Cooper and Gaze are both teenagers. Just a phenomenal ride.

Boyle, Pascoe win gold

Lauren Boyle won gold in the 400m freestyle this morning, posting a Commonwealth Games record time in the process. The gold medal adds to the silver Boyle won yesterday in the 800m freestyle. It is the first time New Zealand has won a Commonwealth gold in the 400m freestyle event. With eight blazing lengths of the pool in Glasgow, Boyle finally ended New Zealand's 20-year wait for a gold medal in women's able-bodied swimming.

Meanwhile, Sophie Pascoe took out the women's 200m individual medley SM10. Pascoe put in a dominant performance, winning by a margin of four seconds from her closest rival, Australia's Katherine Downie. Canada's Aurelie Rivard claimed the bronze medal.

Pritchard out
The New Zealand standardbearer for the women's fight game, Alexis Pritchard, bowed out in her first round of the 60kg division. Pritchard, ranked second, was well beaten by her much shorter Dominican opponent Valerian Spicer. Her legs didn't work, an emotional Pritchard said afterwards, lamenting she had let down the cause of women's boxing. Spicer clattered her with several blows late on to decide the outcome.

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Medal table
Kiwis in action

Injury worries for Ferns
The Silver Ferns eased past St Lucia 88-19 but the big issue is the fitness, or lack of, of key shooters Cathrine Latu and Maria Tutaia with their clutch pool game against Jamaica hours away. New Zealand must win to avoid world No 1 Australia in the semifinals. Tutaia was in a moon boot today and on one crutch. Never fear, quipped centre and fitness freak Laura Langman, she was on two the previous night.

Newdick bows out
First Scott McLaren, now Brent Newdick has bowed out of the decathlon early. McLaren didn't even make it to the end of the first day; Newdick was gone after seven of the 10 events with a foot injury picked up in the high jump take off. It does raise a legitimate question though; were both fully fit going into the event? And if not, why were they competing?

Nikki Hamblin meanwhile finished fifth in the 1,500m final, an event she claimed silver four years ago.

Bowlers in form
It may be the gold and bronze wins for the Jo Edwards in the singles and the women's four are rubbing off. Men's singles player Shannon McIlroy is unbeaten with four wins in his category, most recently Malta's Leonard Callus 21-2. The pair of Edwards and Val Smith also remain unbeaten after two games in section play. India gave them early cheek, leading 7-1 after four ends, before the Kiwis ran awy with it, 24-11.

Carney's short fight
Big Bopper Sam Carney's quest for a bronze medal in the 125kg division lasted less than half a minute. Carney was shoved out of the circle - akin to a winger being shoved over the touchline -, by Nigerian opponent Sinivie Boltic to go 5-0 behind in just 11s. Shortly after, performing a double twist and roll, Boltic spun Carney out a second time and that was the fight. Carney had a 'wht happened then' look as the referee raised the Nigerian's arm.

Medal table


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