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Best of GC2018: Day 9

13 Apr 2018

From birthday gold medal celebrations to India's youngest ever Commonwealth Games champion and the historic first day of the women's Rugby Sevens competition, Day 9 did not disappoint. 

With only two more days of world-class sporting action to go, relive some of the most magical and moving moments of Day 9. 

Sport Snapshot

Golden birthday celebrations for Laetisha Scanlan

Birthday presents don't get much better than a gold medal, and Laetisha Scanlan ensured hers was a 28th birthday to remember when she won the women's trap title.

As icing on the birthday cake, she also secured a Commonwealth Games record of 38.

“I said to myself today: ‘I’m not going to worry about the result. Win lose or draw, I’m going to celebrate for my birthday’, but boy, am I going to celebrate tonight,” Scanlan said after the win. 

Laetisha Scanlan celebrates after making her final shot and winning the women's trap finals
Birthday gold medals are the sweetest

Scanlan thanked her dad, her “number one supporter”, who inspired her to get involved with the sport. 

Northern Ireland’s Kirsty Barr took the women’s trap silver, her first Games medal after three Commonwealth Games appearances. 

Another shooter reached a milestone today, with India’s Amish, just 15, becoming the nation's youngest ever Commonwealth Games champion

Cyprus star steals the show at Coomera Indoor Sports Centre

Rhythmic gymnast Diamanto Evripidou brought her haul to a total of six medals for Cyprus, dominating the competition.

Adding to her individual all-around and team gold medals from Thursday 12 April, Evripidou won gold in the hoop and ball, silver in the ribbon and bronze in the clubs. 

She even surprised herself with her success. "I came here to win one medal only, and I have six," she said. 

Diamanto Evripidou of Cyprus competes in the ribbon apparatus
Diamanto Evripidou dominated the Rhythmic Gymnastics

Oxenford Studios stages a Squash comeback for the ages 

Australia’s women’s doubles pairing of Donna Urquhart and Rachael Grinham rallied under the urgings of a vocal home crowd to score a comeback win over Welsh duo Tesni Evans and Deon Saffrey in a 48-minute thriller at Oxenford Studios.

The Aussies were down a game and nine points in the second game, before winning 10 consecutive points and another game to win the match. 

"I definitely don't think we would have been able to do it without the crowd here today. We literally came back from the dead. We'll always remember that one," Grinham said.

Read: Squash a family affair for Donna Urquhart

 Rachael Grinham and Donna Urquhart of Australia celebrate victory during the Women's Doubles Quarterfinal Squash
A victory 48-minutes in the making

There was an upset in the mixed double semifinals with number one seeds, New Zealand’s Joelle King and Paul Coll, defeated by number five seeds, India’s Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Saurav Ghosal. 

Daley dives into fifth Games gold medal

The English team of Tom Daley and Daniel Goodfellow won gold in the men’s synchronised 10m platform final, scoring 405.81 at Optus Aquatic Centre. 

Another English team, comprising Matthew Dixon and Noah Williams, took silver with a score of 399.99, followed by Australians Domonic Bedggood and Declan Stacey in bronze, with 397.92. 

Daley, who withdrew from the individual event due to injury, said he was happy to be able to compete, let alone win. "Two days ago I was not sure I was going to be able to compete because of my hip,” he said. 

“I was doing every type of compression you can imagine - ice, cherry juice, eating things with turmeric and fatty acids like fish... all of the things I could do to even get myself to the start line.”

Gold medallists Daniel Goodfellow and Thomas Daley during the medal ceremony
Gold medallists Daniel Goodfellow and Tom Daley

Women's Rugby Sevens kicks off

The first women’s Rugby Sevens matches in Commonwealth Games history were contested today, with eight Commonwealth teams bringing their best to Robina Stadium.

New Zealand didn’t concede a point all day, winning their first match against Kenya 45-0 and then 41-0 against South Africa. 

Canada and Australia also had convincing wins. Canada beat South Africa 29-0 and Kenya 24-12. Australia won their opening match over Wales 34-5 before defeating England 29-12 in the final match of the evening. 

Fiji lost their first round match to England 5-17, before showing what they’re made of against Wales, winning 29-7. 

Niall Williams of New Zealand makes a break in the womens match between New Zealand and South Africa
New Zealand dominated the first day of women's Rugby Sevens

Semenya secures the double as Games records fall 

South African middle distance runner Caster Semenya chased down the elusive 800/1500m double - and a Games record - completing the set with the 800m victory tonight. 

Stopping the clock at 1:56.68, she finished almost two seconds clear of silver medallist, Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui. Semenya is only the third woman in Commonwealth Games history to complete the double.

GC2018 was the two-time Olympic and three-time world champion's first Commonwealth Games and she didn't miss the chance to leave her mark on the track. 

Caster Semenya wins the gold medal in the women's 800m
Semenya celebrates her win

Semenya's was one of several Games records set on Day 9. Kenya's Conseslus Kipruto set a new Games record for the men's 3000m steeplechase in 8:10.08. In the discus, Jamaica's Fredrick Dacres threw 68.20m to break the Games record. Another fell in the men's 10,000m, with 5000m champion, Uganda's Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei, completing the distance double and smashing the previous Games record in 27:19.62. In a dramatic finale to the women's pole vault, Canada's Alysha Newman met her national record and set a new Games record of 4.75m. She even had enough energy to backflip on the mat after her winning jump. It came after New Zealand's Eliza McCartney broke the Games record earlier with a 4.70m jump. 

Photos of the Day

Silver medalist Dame Valerie Adams of New Zealand celebrates with family after the Women's Shot Put fina
Dame Valerie Adams (New Zealand) celebrates with her baby daughter after winning silver in her fifth consecutive Commonwealth Games
Rachael Grinham and Donna Urquhart of Australia check on Tesni Evans of Wales during the women's squash doubles quarterfinal match
Australia's Rachael Grinham and Donna Urquhart check on Wales' Tesni Evans during the Squash women's doubles quarterfinal match
A fan at the Rugby Sevens
A fan embraces the party atmosphere of the Rugby Sevens
Silver medallist Nina Schultz of Canada, gold medallist Katarina Johnson-Thompson of England and bronze medallist Niamh Emerson of England celebrate with fellow athletes after the Women's Heptathlon 800 metres
Silver medallist Nina Schultz (Canada), gold medallist Katarina Johnson-Thompson (England) and bronze medallist Niamh Emerson (England) celebrate with fellow athletes after the Women's Heptathlon 800 metres
Fedrick Dacres of Jamaica celebrates winning gold with silver medalist Traves Smikle of Jamaica alongside 800 metres brone medalist Natoya Goule of Jamaica after the Men's Discus final
Fedrick Dacres of Jamaica celebrates winning Discus gold with silver medallist Traves Smikle, alongside 800m bronze medallist Natoya Goule 

What You Might Have Missed

Hurihuri presented by Movement of the Human

On the Roundabout Stage in Broadbeach, Movement of the Human presented Hurihuri, the world premiere of an amazing traditional Pacific performance, combined with urban street culture. 

A highlight was the breathtaking aerial duet starring integrated artist Rodney Bell

Movement of the Human perform Huri Huri at Broadbeach for Festival 2018
Huri Huri, presented by Movement of the Human, at the Roundabout Stage in Broadbeach

Quotes of the Day

The plan was to go with the jacket. I accidentally also managed to match Borobi, which I was actually really happy about. But that was an accident."

- Scottish shooting bronze medallist Seonaid McIntosh on her blue hair

The more tape the better."

- Australian diver Melissa Wu on how she's handling injuries

I gave one to my coach because she did a lot of work. I'm going to give one to my mum, because she's my coach too."

- Cyprus gymnast Diamanto Evripidou on what she's going to do with all the Borobi plush toys she received with her six medals.