Best of GC2018: Day 9
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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
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.
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.