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Commonwealth Games 2022: athletics, swimming and more on day six – live!

Men’s cross-country cycling: This race is being dominated so far by Samuel Gaze and Ben Oliver of New Zealand who are out in front. They are 17 seconds in front of Charlie Aldridge of Scotland and Northern Ireland’s Cameron Orr, suggesting that is already a contest for bronze, with a New Zealand one-two wrapped up. But we shall see.

Women’s T20 cricket: Australia are ticking along at 58-2 off 9.4 against Pakistan.

Athletics men’s 800m: Australia’s Peter Bol won the second heat in 1:47.01, qualifying for the final alongside Boitumelo Masilo of Botswana. The third heat has also just finished, with England’s Ben Pattison closing that race out in 1:48.00 ahead of Kenya’s Wyclife Kinyamal. Alex Amankya of Ghana has grabbed a fastest qualifier slot. The final, as I mentioned just now, is on Sunday.

Heptathlon: The long jump has finished. Katarina Johnson-Thompson leads Jade O’Dowda by 122 points overall. KJT has 4718. Taneille Crase is poised nicely for Australia in third on 4,525, but England’s Holly Mills and Northern Ireland’s Kate O’Connor will also still reckon they are in reach of a potential podium place in 4th and 5th.

Next up for the women is the javelin, which is scheduled to start at precisely 7.08pm tonight. The 800m closes out the event at 9pm.

Men’s cross-country cycling: The men’s race is underway in Cannock Chase. There are 26 cyclists on the start-list. Australia’s Daniel McConnell is setting the early pace.

I’m getting a warm feeling of nostalgia because I used to date someone who lived in Cannock, so the last time I would have seen this scenery would have been for late night drinking and general young person’s misbehaviour.

The cross-country cycling gets under way in Cannock.

Athletics men’s 800m: We are now getting into the heats for the men’s 800m. England’s Jamie Webb will have hoped to benefit from a home crowd, as might Guy Learmouth of Scotland. And they end up being the two automatic qualifiers.

Elias Ngeny of Kenya was third in 1:49.53 and will be sweating on being a fastest finisher.

A quick shout out to Alex Beddoes of the Cook Islands, who finished seventh but posted a season’s best time.

Afterwards Webb said “I’ve not had the best of years, but you’ve got to take the opportunities when they come.”

The final isn’t until Sunday, and Learmouth and Webb joked about having a short holiday and a few beers before coming back at the weekend. Sounds good, lads.

Heptathlon: England’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson has improved her best in the final round of the long jump, and now has 6.33m. Team mate Jade O’Dowda went for a massive leap, but it was a foul. She’ll have to settle for the lifetime best of 6.52m she posted in the second round.

England’s Jade O’Dowda in action the morning.

Women’s T20 cricket: The Group A match between Australia and Pakistan is underway over at Edgbaston. Australia find themselves 11-1 after 3.2 overs. It is a bit of a dead rubber to be honest. Australia are already qualified for the semi-finals, and Pakistan are without a win so far and unable to progress.

Sadia Iqbal and Fatima Sana Khan of Pakistan prepare to take to the field prior to the Cricket T20 Group A match between Australia and Pakistan.

Heptathlon: England’s Jade O’Dowda has the longest jump after the second round, at 6.52m. That would give her a whopping 1014 points. KJT is 106 points ahead of her in the combined standings. There is another round of long jump to go.

Hello, Martin Belam here. Katarina Johnson-Thompson has just posted 6.28m in her second jump and is back out in front overall.

I’m looking forward to the mountain bikes today, and on my watch we will also get some T20 cricket, netball, squash, weightlifting medals. It’s all good stuff today.

Righty, that’s it from me to now. I’ll pass the baton to Martin Belam.

Women’s 400m heats: A slightly bizarre fourth and final race as favourite Mary Moraa just jogs round in 59.51, finishing way last. She’s clearly saving herself for the 800m but that was still a bit odd; as if she was racing against her will.

England’s Ama Pipi takes advantage to win in 52.46. It means, Ohuruogu is the fastest qualifier.

Heptathlon: Katarina Johnson-Thompson is about to take her opening leap in the Long Jump. A reminder that she has a lead of 109 points over Northern Ireland’s Kate O’Conner.

It’s a very modest opener for KJT, just 5.61m. She’ll need much more than that and is now deep in conversation with coach Aston Moore.

For context, Johnson-Thompson’s PB is 6.92m and her season’s best 6.37m.

Women’s 400m heats: The action continues and Kyra Constantine of Canada takes the second heat in 52.03. Nicole Yeargin of Scotland comes through in third with 52.52 and that books her spot in the semis. Post-race, Yeargin tells the BBC’s trackside reporter, Jeanette Kwayke, that she was “battling Covid last week”.

Heat three goes to an easing down Sada Williams of Barbados in 51.67sec (she’s run 49.75 this season). Zoey Clark of Scotland and England’s Jodie Williams grab the other two automatic qualification spots.

Athletics: Time for the women’s 400m heats and Vicki Ohuruogu – younger sister of Christine – comes through to win the opener in 51.34sec. A fine run and continues her strong season. Junelle Bromfield of Jamaica and Asimenye Simwaka of Malaysia are the other two automatic qualifiers.

“The stadium makes so much of a difference. I feel a bit rusty but I think I judged it quite well,” says Ohuruogu.

Vicki Ohuruogu wins her heat in the 400m.

Hockey: A brave effort by Scotland but they end up losing 2-0 to Pool A leaders Australia. No disgrace in that. They had to win to have any chance of progressing but it wasn’t to be.

T20 cricket: Two games at Edgbaston today, starting with Australia v Pakistan at 11am. That’s followed by India v Barbados at 6pm.

The Aussies have won two out of two in Group A so far while India and Barbados have a win apiece from their first two matches. Pakistan have lost both games so can’t progress.

In Group B, England and New Zealand are already into the semis with a game to spare after winning their opening two matches.

Athletics: The action in the Alexander Stadium begins at 10.30am with the women’s 400m heats.

Eight gold medals will be dished out tonight. Here are the timings if you want to plan your evening:

7pm: men’s high jump
8pm: women’s 10,000m final
8.05pm: women’s shot put final
8.45pm: women’s discus F42-44/61-64 final
9.20pm: men’s T37/38 100m final
9.30pm: men’s 100m final
9.45pm: women’s 100m final

The official list doesn’t appear to include the heptathlon although that comes to a conclusion too. The schedule says the javelin starts at 7.18pm and the concluding 800m at 9pm. So that’s eight gold medals in my book!

Hockey: The BBC’s focus right now is on the Pool B match between Scotland and Australia. Grace Stewart’s goal for the Aussies in the second quarter separates the teams as the match goes into the final 15 minutes.

As I write this, Shanea Tonkin makes it 2-0.

Judo: Another sport I always enjoy watching in Olympics/Commonwealth Games. It was quite a day for England yesterday as Daniel Powell and Lachlan Moorhead took gold. The action continues this morning.

👏 Another one in the bag 👏

🥇 Lachlan Moorhead 🥇

What a day to remember for our Judo team!#BringItHome | #Birmingham2022 | #B2022

— Team England (@TeamEngland) August 3, 2022

Weightlifting: Checking the schedule and there is just one gold medal to be handed out this morning. It comes in the men’s 109kg final of the weightlifting. It started at 9.30am so we’ll keep an eye on that. England’s Andy Griffiths is the home hope.

Ian Reid, the chief executive officer for Birmingham 2022, says some of the stayaway stars will regret missing out on glory. Four world champions from Eugene have swerved the Games: women’s 100m gold medallist, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, 200m champion, Shericka Jackson, 400m world champion, Shaunae Miller-Uibo, and 1500m gold medallist Faith Kipyegon.

“We can’t make people come here but, if Shelly-Ann was here earlier and saw the atmosphere and the full stadium, she probably regrets it,” he said. “To have 30,000 people in Alexander Stadium for every session of athletics, the atmosphere it’s created, I can’t think of anywhere for these athletes to be.”

Welcome to day six of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham!

After his shock defeat in the 100m breaststroke, Adam Peaty put the world back on its axis last night by doing what he does best and blitzing the field in the 50m. That helped England take its tally of gold medals to 31 although Australia still lead the way with 42.

The action comes thick and fast again today and another of the home nation’s top stars, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, continues her bid for gold in the heptathlon. She ended the first day leading by 109 points from Northern Ireland’s Kate O’Connor. The defending champion from Liverpool was only 11pts clear after the shot put but ran a 23.70sec 200m to take control. The final three disciplines take place today, starting with the Long Jump which begins at 10.50am. Also on the track today, we have the men’s 100m final at 9.30pm.

There are also nine gold medals to be dished out in the pool while the other raft of sports on offer include badminton, boxing, T20 cricket, hockey, judo and squash. Ooh, and for all you cycling fans out there, it’s the men’s cross-country at 11.30am and the women’s cross-country at 2pm. Those races take place at Channock Chase Forest if you’re near enough to pop along.

So, sit back and enjoy!

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