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THE BEST OF DAY 4: COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2018

Netball and Hockey showcased upset wins, whilst Australia broke numerous records on both the track and in the pool. Nick Miller showed everyone why he’s England’s favourite strongman and there was an on-court engagement.

Major Upset

Malawi is currently celebrating a major GC2018 upset, making history to register as the nation’s first ever win against New Zealand. The Malawi Queens’ 57-53 victory was their first success against two-time Commonwealth Champions New Zealand in 10 attempts. The result puts New Zealand at risk of failing to make the semifinals. "We have beaten the untouchables," said coach Whyte Mulilima.

Another major upset occurred when India’s women’s hockey team beat world number two, England with a 2-1 victory. With many of the Indian team making their Commonwealth Games debut, there could be some anxious moments for the English team before the semifinalists are announced. "This is the first time we beat England, so we are very happy," India's captain Rani said.

Stop Hammertime!

English Nick Miller claimed gold in the men’s hammer throw with a Games and National record of 80.26m. Only a silver medalist in Glasgow 2014, the Englishman dominated the competition with this third-round effort of 76.84m, before improving in his fourth round. Our Australian Matty Denny got off to a rough start, with two fouls before he took silver with a personal best of 74.88m. Scottish Mark Dry earned a bronze medal with a sixth-round effort of 73.12m.

Our Aussie Know How to Start a Day

Australian walkers Dane Bird-Smith and Jemima Montag opened the day and the athletics program with double gold in their 20km races. Although Montag’s victory should have been sweet, her win came with heartbreak for teammate Claire Tallent who was disqualified while leading with only two kilometres to go. "I was just saying, 'I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry' but Claire said, 'No, don't say that. Enjoy this moment. This is your moment,'" said Montag.

English Engagement Celebrations

England’s men’s and women’s basketball teams both celebrate on-court wins on day four. However, two players had even more reason to celebrate with Jamell Anderson dropping to one knee after his team’s victory against Cameroon. "I had absolutely no idea," Jones said. "He told me I was just getting a picture taken."

Two is Better than One

Seychelles 17 year old breaststroker Samuele Rossi set two national records in less than two hours. In the morning 50m breaststroke heat, he set a new national record of 29.82 seconds, touching the wall first in front of Zambia’s Alexandros Axiotis. In a rare chance, the school student then got called back to the blocks to compete in a two-man swim off, where he shaved .41 seconds to lower his national record 29.41.

April 09, 2019 — Ian Stuart
Tags: GAMES