Commonwealth Games 2022: Updates from all New Zealand teams and athletes on day nine


Tom Walsh takes gold and Jacko Gill takes silver in the men’s shot put. Video / Air Sports

All the action from day nine of the Commonwealth Games.

To see a full list of every result from every Kiwi athlete and team, check out our full schedule and results.

NZ wins bowls bronze

New Zealand has won bronze for the third time at the Commonwealth Games, with Selina Goddard and Katelyn Inch winning in their quest for a medal in the women’s pairs.

Goddard and Inch defeated Malaysian duo Emma Firyana Saroji and Siti Zalina Ahmad 20-15 in their bronze medal match, to join the women’s triples and women’s fours to take home bronze from the Games.

The Kiwi duo looked set for a comfortable win as they were 11-4 after 10 games, but the Malaysian duo stormed back with two fantastic goals to take a 12-11 lead.

But Goddard and Inch fought back and took a 15-12 lead that was soon extended to 18-13. Malaysia didn’t quietly go away and cut the deficit to three, but the Kiwis closed it off to finish New Zealand’s lawn bowl campaign with a third bronze.

Silver ferns destroyed

The gold drought of the Silver Ferns at the Commonwealth Games will last at least four more years.

The Ferns were defeated by Jamaica 67-51 in the semi-final in Birmingham, a third consecutive Games in which they failed to reach their final goal.

While this year’s attempt didn’t hit the lows of 2018 and the defeat to Malawi, the Ferns could still achieve the same result.

A bronze medal match awaits in which the Ferns will be underdogs against Australia or England, and if they finished fourth, as in 2018, there could be no complaints after the Kiwi squad failed to compete in their main matches.

A 10-goal loss to England in the group game today was followed by their biggest loss to Jamaica in history – and only their sixth of all time, and yet it came as no surprise.

By the end of the first quarter, the result was already clear, with Jamaica shooting to an 18-9 after bad errors, with a sloppy pass from the Ferns, and coach Noeline Taurus’ changes not having much of an impact by halftime. lead to 36-22.

When the New Zealand shooters got the ball they were accurate, hitting 51 out of 55 tries, but Jamaica was overwhelming, not only producing more tries than the Ferns, but hitting them all.

Led by Jhaniele Fowler’s superb 54/54 return and a confident display from Shanice Beckford, Jamaica was far too good, leading by a whopping 22 goals as they rode to victory.

High jumper impresses

Kiwi high jumper Keeley O’Hagan put on an impressive show in her Commonwealth Games final.

O’Hagan entered the event with the 11th highest personal best of any show jumper in the competition, but extended her PB by an inch to a 1.89m jump, finishing sixth.

O’Hagan flirted with danger early on, releasing just 1.81m on her third and final attempt, but did the same at 1.89m to get another score.

O’Hagan faced 1.92m to stay in the competition and also match the New Zealand record set by Tania Murray in 1991, but O’Hagan couldn’t jump to new heights, but the 28-year-old can still be proud of her effort away.

Jamaica’s Lamara Distin won gold as the only 1.95m jump.

Sam Tanner also set a personal best in the 1500m final, flying past his previous record of 3:34.72 and running 3:31.34 to finish sixth.

In a fast race, Tanner settled into the back, but finished strong to storm past several fading runners. However, he was too far back to contest the medals, with Australian Ollie Hoare storming home late to stun 2019 world champion Timothy Cheruiyot by 0.09 seconds. Hoare shot past the Kenyan in the closing seconds to win in a record time of 3:30:12, with current world champion Jake Wightman in third.

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