As Andy Pozzi and Sophie Hitchon had a day they would rather forget, Welsh athlete Melissa Courtney snatched a bronze in the women’s 1500m – the only British medal on Day 3 of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Just as it looked as though there would be no podium appearance for the home countries, Courtney held off two Australian athletes, as she was pulled along to a PB by the quick running Semenya. Scottish duo McColgan and Twell were the next best place home country runners in 6th and 7th, with McDonald in 8th.
After his world indoor title and an impressive run in the heats, Andy Pozzi looked as if he had every chance of another global title. He appeared to recover after clattering the first hurdle, but he clipped the 7th throwing himself off-balance to hit the next two hurdles and finish equal 6th.
Sophie Hitchon’s hopes of gold, came to nothing as she failed to register a distance in the hammer throw. Problems with positioning her feet and the resultant over-rotation led to an early exit from the final.
In the decathlon, which saw favourite Damien Warner no-height in the pole vault, John Lane (7529pts) finished in 6th place just in front of Ben Gregory (7449pts). Curtis Matthews withdrew after the 4th event on the first day.
There were no medals in the T54 1500m finals either. Richard Chiassaro was thwarted by a puncture, and English duo Nathan Maguire and Dillon Labrooy finished just outside the medals. Sammi Kinghorn also finished short of the medals in the women’s event, with Nicole Emerson in 6th place.
Zoey Clark and Emily Diamond just missed out on final places in the 400m, both finishing 4th in their respective semi-finals. Anyika Onuoro also finished fourth, two places from qualification.
There was better news in the morning session’s heats with Dina Asher-Smith and Zharnel Hughes both looking impressive in winning their 200m races. Dina eased off to 23.28s, while Finette Agyapong and Bianca Williams ran 23.15s and 23.20s to qualify second in their heats. Northern Ireland’s Amy Foster also progressed with a 4th place finish. Hughes ran 20.34s in winning his heat, Richard Kilty and Leon Reid both took second place in their heats to qualify for the semi-finals.
Eilidh Doyle claimed her place in the 400m hurdles final by winning her heat in 54.80s. Neither Meghan Beesley nor Jessica Turner could emulate Eilidh’s performance. Jack Green will run in the men’s final after his second place in the heats. Guernsey’s Alastair Chalmers ran a PB to finish 7th.
Dan Bramble sailed into the long jump final with an 8m leap, but Adam McMullen could not do enough to progress.
Kyle Langford and Jake Wightman are through to the 800m final – both finishing second in their heats. Guy Learmonth and Elliot Giles were unsuccessful in their final bid.