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Gold Coast’s Games finale lowers bar for follow-up at Birmingham 2022

Eleven days of slick operation were somewhat undermined by two bum notes struck in the final 24 hours on the Gold CoastThe organisers of Birmingham 2022, possibly daunted by following an event so well received on the ground, may have felt some relief a…

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England stun Australia with penalty shot on the siren to win netball gold

Thrilling Commonwealth Games final goes right down to the wireFirst time a team other than Australia or New Zealand have winKadeen Corbin did a black flip, Helen Housby sobbed and coach Tracey Neville declared it a dream come true after England won Com…

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Marathon greats condemn Games organisers over Hawkins treatment

‘That should never happen’ – Paula Radcliffe rebukes organisersParamedics take minutes to render assistance to prone athleteCommonwealth Games organisers were heavily criticised for not providing sufficient medical assistance to a Scottish marathon run…

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Frazer Clarke out of Anthony Joshua’s shadow to win Commonwealth gold

• World champion’s ‘sparring partner’ beats Satish Kumar in final• Clarke caps England boxing’s best Games display with six titlesAt 6ft 3in and weighing more than 14st, Frazer Clarke is not accustomed to being in anyone’s shadow but when you train wit…

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Late call-up Lorraine Ugen anchors England to Commonwealth relay gold

• Long jumper drafted into 100m team with less than 24 hours notice• Women match gold show delivered by England’s menA long jumper by trade, Lorraine Ugen rarely covers more than 40m down the runway but she stepped into England’s 100m relay squad with …

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Tom Daley speaks out on anti-gay laws in Commonwealth nations after winning gold

Daley and Dan Goodfellow win 10m synchronised final Compatriots Matthew Dixon and Noah Williams claim silverTom Daley won gold in the 10m synchronised event with Dan Goodfellow and then used the platform to strongly condemn anti-gay laws in 37 Commonwe…

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Jack Laugher makes it two Commonwealth golds and eyes a third

• Englishman takes top honour despite lack of ‘full fitness’• Annie Last grabs gold; women face hockey play-off with IndiaJack Laugher’s rivals must worry about what he could achieve at full fitness after the Englishman won a second Commonwealth gold m…

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Kyron McMaster lets the tears flow after gold follows coach’s death | Martha Kelner

Kyron McMaster’s 400m hurdles win gave the British Virgin Islands a first ever Commonwealth gold, and came months after his coach Xavier Samuels was killed in Hurricane IrmaKyron McMaster did not succumb to tears when he received his gold medal inside …

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Tracey Neville calls on England to use New Zealand win as springboard to gold

• England’s netball team in historic win over New Zealand• Neville: ‘It was guts and a lot of hard work that got us through‘Tracey Neville has urged her England netball team to use the historic victory over New Zealand to spur them to Commonwealth gold…

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Tracey Neville calls on England to use New Zealand win as springboard to gold

• England’s netball team in historic win over New Zealand• Neville: ‘It was guts and a lot of hard work that got us through‘Tracey Neville has urged her England netball team to use the historic victory over New Zealand to spur them to Commonwealth gold…

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Money problems and heart surgery: GB’s torrid road to beach volleyball success

Chris Gregory and Jake Sheaf had to struggle just to get to Gold Coast. Now, with a bronze medal in reach, they are hoping for greater recognition both personally and for the sport in generalThe white sands and turquoise waters of Coolangatta on the so…

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Commonwealth Games: ‘Tiny island nation of England is not doing so good’

Largest ever team to leave these shores is trailing Australia by a distance and the administrative backup has missed a trick tooTeam England ticked very few boxes at the Commonwealth Games on Tuesday, from the support officials who incomprehensibly bot…

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Caster Semenya storms to 1500m title but is criticised by fellow runners

• Brittany McGowan: ‘It’s tough for a lot of women in the 1500m’• Isaac Makwala blitzes the field to win gold in men’s 400mCaster Semenya’s strongest opposition on the way to winning Commonwealth gold came from a faulty starter’s gun which left the wom…

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Unticked box leaves English cyclist Melissa Lowther unable to race

Administrative error despite ‘seven or eight’ layers of checksTeam England offers apology to ‘gutted’ riderEnglish cyclist Melissa Lowther has been training all season for the time trial at the Commonwealth Games and travelled more than 24 hours to be …

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Adam Peaty’s four-year winning run ends at Commonwealth Games

• English swimmer suffers first defeat since 2014 Games in Glasgow• Cameron van der Burgh takes gold in 50m breaststrokeAdam Peaty leaned into Cameron van der Burgh’s lane and gave him a warm handshake after the South African ended a four-yea…

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Max Whitlock falters as Georgia-Mae Fenton takes gymnastics gold

• Olympic Champion Whitlock can’t repeat success on Gold Coast• England’s Fenton and Coutney Tulloch win gold on bar and ringsGeorgia-Mae Fenton took a risk by not buying her mum a birthday present in the hope a Commonwealth title would be an acceptabl…

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Adam Peaty disappointed despite Commonwealth Games gold medal

• English swimmer wins Commonwealth Games 100m breaststroke• Peaty unhappy at time well outside his world recordThe stratospheric standards Adam Peaty holds himself to were etched on his face after he obliterated the competition to claim Commonwealth g…

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Zoe Smith overcomes adversity to brew up third Commonwealth Games medal

• English weightlifter beats injury problems to win silver• Works in bubble tea shop after funding cutFrom working shifts in a bubble tea shop to an injection in the spinal cord since arriving on Australia’s Gold Coast, nothing about Zoe Smith’s route …

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Commonwealth Games: Sarah Vasey wins Team England’s fifth medal in pool

• City of Derby swimmer beat Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson into second• Club-mate Adam Peaty breezes into 100m breaststroke finalAdam Peaty rarely finds himself eclipsed by anyone, let alone another swimmer from the same club, but he was forced to surrender …

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Charlie Tanfield adds Commonwealth gold to world championship glory

• Student holds off Scotland’s John Archibald in 4,000m final• Tanfield continues his remarkable breakthrough seasonBritish cycling has been short on heartwarming tales of late so how timely that Charlie Tanfield, a student who lives in a shared house …