Commonwealth Games 2022: ‘National disgrace’ rocks Comm Games as Hockeyroos survive penalty shootout scare
The Hockeyroos are one match away from winning gold, having survived a penalty shootout against India in controversial circumstances to progress through to the gold medal match.
After conceding a late goal, Australia, who were knocked out in the quarter-finals of the Olympics last year by the same opponent, were gifted an early reprieve from the umpire as Rosie Malone was allowed to re-take the first attempt of the penalty shootout.
Malone had missed her attempt, but the official timer on the shot had not been started correctly - giving her a second chance.
“That would be a national outrage if that happened to Australia,” commentator Alastair Nichoson said on Channel 7.
“It’s amateur and unfortunate,” said former Hockeyroo Georgie Parker.
Meanwhile, an Australian athlete delivered one of the gutsiest performances of the Commonwealth Games so far, successfully winning a bronze medal despite tearing his ACL in the semi-final.
But Australia’s lead in the medal tally evaporated on day eight as England garnered a host of gold medals, leaving them within touching distance of overhauling Australia.
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HOCKEYROOS SURVIVE GIANT SCARE, THROUGH TO GOLD MEDAL MATCH
Three “clinical” penalties against India have seen the Hockeyroos progress through to the gold medal match against England.
After conceding a late goal, the Hockeyroos, who were knocked out by India in the quarter-finals of last year’s Olympics, were forced to do it the hard way in a penalty shootout.
It looked like they had got off to the worst possible start when Rosie Malone missed. But the goal-scorer was given a reprieve by the officials and she made no mistake second time round.
From there India capitulated, missing with all three attempts while Australia showed their class as Kaitlin Nobbs banged it home with Australia’s second attempt and Amy Lawton showed her class by flicking over the keeper.
India captain Savita Punia was all class as she responded to the drama by saying: “Such decisions are tough to take but it’s part of sport and you have to accept it.”
India head coach Janneke Schopman alsosaid: “I don’t think even the officials understood what happened… it’s not an excuse but that didn’t help the team.”
AUSSIE WINS BRONZE WITH TORN ACL
Australia’s Jayden Lawrence showed remarkable courage to win a bronze medal in the men’s freestyle 86kg category despite tearing his ACL in the semi-final.
“I got the medal. It is third time lucky and it’s been a long time coming. I’ve been training really, really hard for this, given up a lot. I’m so happy,” he told Seven.
“In the Pakistan match I got injured, I tore my ACL. I was a bit knackered there,” three-time Commonwealth Games athlete Lawrence said. “In five minutes I will not be able to walk.”
But asked if it was worth it, the 27-year-old memorably declared: “Bloody oath.”
It is Australia’s first wrestling medal since 2010.
DUBLER IN GOLD HUNT IN EPIC DECATHLON FINALE
In one of the great decathlons in recent memory, Australia’s Daniel Golubovic claimed silver and Cedric Dubler bronze in a two-day-long battle that went down to the wire.
Dubler was in second entering the final event, the 1500m, having fought with Grenada’s Lindon Victor for the lead in the points throughout the competition.
Victor had overtaken Dubler with a sensational effort in the javelin, the penultimate event, setting up a thrilling finale.
But it was another Aussie in Golubovic who stole the show with a stunning run, storming away from the field to win by a mile.
All eyes were on the time gap as the Grenadian appeared dead on his feet in the final metres, finishing over 20 seconds behind Golubovic - but the Aussie needed to best him by more than 23 seconds to overtake him in the total points race.
Victor finished with 8233 points, with Golubovic just behind on 8197 points and Dubler struggling in the run to finish on 8030.
Golubovic told Seven: “It’s been an incredible experience, coming down and moving back to Australia and back to Brisbane during COVID, it’s been a wild few years and it’s been a long process to get here. It feels so good to be on this stage right now.”
Celeste Mucci ran a strong 100m hurdles heat, matching her personal best time of 12.96, which saw her finish third.
Comeback star Michelle Jenneke was up next and comfortably finished second with a time of 12.63 to go through to the final on Sunday night. The time is the fastest she’s ever run the event, although it does not count as an official PB due to big tailwinds.
Ella Connolly qualified automatically for the women’s 200m final after finishing second in her semi-final. Fellow Australian Jacinta Beecher just missed out after finishing fourth in her heat in 23.41. Beecher ran 23.40
“I’m so pumped. It is crazy. It feels good,” Connolly said on Seven. “You can’t explain it. It is amazing. That was just crazy. Really enjoyed it.”
In the 1500m women’s heats, Abbey Caldwell and Linden Hall have progressed to the final after finishing inside the top four of their race with times of 4:13.59 and 4:14.08 respectively. Jessica Hull was fourth in her tightly-run heat and has also progressed with a time of 4:16.13.
Brooke Buschkuehl easily qualified for the long jump final during the morning session. Needing a jump of 6.75m to automatically progress, Buschkuehl needed just two attempts to reach the mark.
Australia’s Sam Dale also went through, but not without some drama. It appeared Dale had bowed out of the games with two fouls and a jump of just 6.02m. However, she was successful in overutnring a foul call on her second jump which saw her go through with an attempt of 6.35m.
Samuel Carter claimed bronze in the men’s T53/54 1500m final, ahead of fellow Aussie Jake Lappin in fourth. Carter was right in the hunt for the victory until the final stages.
‘DEVASTATING’ NEWS FOR AUSSIE
There was absolute devastation for high jump superstar Nicola Olyslagers, with the Olympic silver medallist forced to withdraw ahead of the final after suffering a torn calf.
“It’s both disappointing and devastating,” Olyslagers said.
“What was thought to be a tight calf after my qualifying round turned out to be a torn muscle in my jumping leg.
“Of all the emotions and shock I could feel in the moment, I still have peace. Winning bronze at the Commonwealth Games four years ago allowed my professional career as a high jumper to begin, it was a competition that changed the trajectory of my life.
“My prayer is that someone else’s dream comes alive tomorrow as I cheer them on from the sidelines. Let’s go cheer Eleanor on as she jumps for Australia so well out there.”
Eleanor Patterson, the world champion, will contest the final for Australia.
Brittany O’Brien won silver in the 1m springboard diving. The Australian charged towards the gold medal before Canada’s Mia Vallee surged home brilliantly to claim gold with a total score of 291.85, ahead of O’Brien’s 279.6.
Australia won bronze in the men’s synchronised 3m springboard final with TikTok star Samuel Fricker and Shixin Li posting a total of 374.52.
England’s Anthony Harding and Jack Laugher were clear winners with 438.33, followed by Malaysia’s Gabriel Daim and Muhammad Puteh, who narrowly pipped the Australians with 376.77.
BEACH VOLLEYBALL MARCH CONTINUES
Aussie duo Chris McHugh and Paul Bernett, meanwhile, are through to the semi final of the beach volleyball after downing Sri Lanka 15-9 in a third and final set.
The pair looked shaky in the first set but eventually steadied to secure the result, and keep their dream of defending their 2018 Gold Coast crown alive.
Australia narrowly missed out on a bronze medal in the para mixed pairs B2/B3 lawn bowls with England winning 14-11.
Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar also reached the semi-finals, but in far more comfortable fashion, beating Scotland in straight sets (21-11, 21-11).
The 2018 silver medal winners are back in action on Saturday.
Australia’s Alexandra Kiroi-Bogatyreva won bronze in the rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around final, her fourth Commonwealth Games medal after bronze in the ball event and the team’s competition in 2018.
It’s Australia’s second rhythmic gymnastics medal these Games.
Aussie duo Ellen Ryan and Kristina Krstic are into the women’s pairs gold medal match in lawn bowls.
They beat Norfolk Island 19-12 quarter-final earlier in the day, before defeating Malaysia 13-10 in a semi-final that just concluded.
The gold medal match will take place on 5.30am AEST Sunday.
You can track the live medal tally for every country here, with key Aussie wins and updates as they happen.