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Katarina Johnson-Thompson successfully defended her Commonwealth title in the women's heptathlon

Katarina Johnson-Thompson efficiently defended her Commonwealth title within the ladies’s heptathlon

Katarina Johnson-Thompson claimed her first heptathlon title for 3 years as she efficiently defended her Commonwealth Video games crown.

The 29-year-old triumphed with 6,377 factors, forward of Northern Eire’s Kate O’Connor, who took silver, and England team-mate Jade O’Dowda in third.

It’s Johnson-Thompson’s first victory since successful the world title in 2019, having recovered from a minimum of one career-threatening damage.

A ruptured Achilles threatened her Olympic dream final yr and, despite the fact that she made it to Tokyo, she suffered a critical calf damage within the 200m and needed to withdraw.

Her damage nightmare meant she was unable to defend her world title in Oregon final month, ending eighth, as Nafi Thiam reclaimed the crown after dropping to Johnson-Thompson in Doha in 2019. However on the Alexander Stadium, she ended her look forward to a win.

Johnson-Thompson held an in a single day lead and clung on to a 122-point benefit after the lengthy soar on Wednesday morning.

She then consolidated her lead with a surprising private better of 44.33m within the javelin, certainly one of her weaker occasions, leaving her on the verge of gold.

It gave her a 136-point benefit over Northern Eire’s O’Connor heading into the ultimate 800m and she or he ran two minutes 13.93 to complete second within the race and comfortably declare total victory.

Elsewhere within the athletics on Wednesday evening, Scotland’s Eilish McColgan adopted in her mom’s footsteps when she gained gold within the ladies’s 10,000m, battling previous Kenya’s Irene Cheptai for an emotional victory in a Video games-record time.

Liz McColgan gained the identical title in 1986 and 1990, in addition to the world title in 1991, and now Eilish has written her personal little bit of historical past after a collection of big-event near-misses.

She set a robust early tempo on Wednesday and was finally left alone with Cheptai for the ultimate 4 laps earlier than gritting her enamel to surge clear over the past 150 metres and win in half-hour and 48.60 seconds.

Within the pool, Tom Dean turned England’s most adorned athlete at a single Commonwealth Video games, strolling away from Birmingham with a “particular” gold after six successive silver medals.

Dean was once more overwhelmed by Scotland’s Duncan Scott within the males’s 200 metres particular person medley on Wednesday evening, having additionally been pipped by his buddy and rival over the identical distance within the freestyle on the weekend.

However alongside Brodie Williams, James Wilby and James Man, Dean lastly bought his palms on Commonwealth gold as England completed eight hundredths of a second forward of Australia within the males’s 4x100m medley relay last, with Scotland
finishing the rostrum positions at a raucous Sandwell Aquatics Centre.

Dean scooped a well-known Olympic gold within the males’s 200m freestyle final yr, edging out Scott, who has gained a measure of revenge in latest days with two particular person wins over the Londoner.

Within the males’s 50m freestyle, Ben Proud adopted up his 50m butterfly win with a second gold of the video games, with English team-mate Lewis Burras 0.32 seconds behind in second.

Proud additionally gained the occasion at June’s World Championships and was blissful to bounce again after ending joint-fifth at Tokyo 2020, saying: “A lot has modified. That is actually my redemption yr.”

Bethany Firth claimed Northern Eire’s first Commonwealth gold within the pool within the ladies’s 200m freestyle S14, with English duo Jessica-Jane Applegate and Louise Fiddes second and third respectively.

Within the weightlifting, England flag-bearer Emily Campbell gained gold within the ladies’s +87kg class, the 28-year-old setting a brand new private greatest and Video games document of 124kg within the snatch portion of the occasion, three kilograms away from reigning champion Feagaiga Stowers of Samoa.

In entrance of a packed crowd on the NEC, the duo traded Video games information with their opening clean-and-jerks, earlier than Stowers failed on 154kg to verify the gold medal for Campbell.

With two lifts nonetheless to go, Campbell raised the bar once more with a profitable carry of 157lb, earlier than rounding off her competitors by executing 162kg, a brand new Commonwealth document that eclipsed her complete rating within the Tokyo Olympics by three kilograms.

Elsewhere, England’s Evie Richards put a “horrible yr” behind her to storm to Commonwealth gold in Wednesday’s mountain bike race.

There was no signal of the again damage or a number of diseases which have plagued the world champion over the past six months as she rode clear on the primary of the seven laps round Cannock Chase forest to enhance on the silver she claimed 4 years in the past.

There was one scare with two laps to go when she slid on a nook and needed to remount however that was the one second within the 95-minute race the place a Richards win seemed unsure and she or he was finally a snug winner from Australia’s Zoe Cuthbert and South Africa’s Candice Lill, with Scotland’s Isla Brief fourth.

“I’ve had a horrible yr,” the 25-year-old mentioned. “From being world champion final yr this yr has gone to shambles. I had a foul again in February and that is the primary race with no ache, no tears. Simply to complete a race, it sounds foolish, however it’s such a particular second.”

Within the judo, Arsenal fan Jamal Petgrave delivered gold earlier than saying he would like to parade the medal on the Emirates Stadium.

Petgrave went into additional time to provide a ‘Golden Rating’ victory over Mauritius judoka Remi Feuillet earlier than his ideas rapidly turned to the forthcoming Premier League marketing campaign.

“I am trying ahead to the brand new season and the documentary ‘All or Nothing’,” Petgrave mentioned after his thrilling Coventry Area victory within the males’s -90kg division.

“I hope to go to extra video games and I might love to point out the medal on the stadium.”

England additionally gained gold within the ladies’s -78kg as Emma Reid beat her “idol” Natalie Powell 1-0 to deprive the Welsh judoka of a second Commonwealth title.

Eearlier, Scotland‘s Rosemary Lenton turned a Commonwealth gold medallist on the age of 72 with victory within the ladies’s pairs B6-B8 last alongside Pauline Wilson.

Lenton, who was previously a aggressive sailor and bike owner, was making her Video games debut within the para bowls, twenty years after problems from a routine surgical procedure led to her needing a wheelchair.

What started as an in depth last in opposition to Australia’s Cheryl Lindfield and Serena Bonnell, stage at 5-5 within the early going, turned a blowout as Lenton and Wilson triumphed 17-5.

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