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Thompson-Herah and Wightman sprinkle Commonwealth stardust

BIRMINGHAM: Double Olympic dash champion Elaine Thompson-Herah and males’s 1500 meters global champion Jake Wightman each sailed via their heats on the Commonwealth Video games on Thursday. Thompson-Herah’s hopes of including 200m gold to the 100m identify she received on Wednesday will partially relaxation on whether or not Namibia’s Olympic silver medalist Christine Mboma shakes off rustiness because of a loss of coaching.

Each got here via their heats with out a hitch in entrance of any other sizeable crowd at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. The ladies’s 200m is among the standout occasions on the Commonwealth Video games in Birmingham, that includes the 2 first house within the Olympic ultimate, Thompson-Herah and Mboma. Thompson-Herah had a snappy turnaround from profitable the 100m however she slightly broke sweat in profitable her warmth in 22.80sec.

The 30-year-old is on step one of what she says is her bid to go back to the highest after a disappointing global championships remaining month. Thompson-Herah crowned the rostrum finally yr’s Tokyo Olympics in each the 100m and 200m, protecting the titles she had received in Rio. However she best took bronze within the 100m at the back of compatriots Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson at this yr’s worlds in Eugene, Oregon, and completed 7th within the 200m ultimate. Fraser-Pryce and Jackson opted to skip the Commonwealths, even supposing Fraser-Pryce is in Birmingham as she trains with the staff forward of subsequent week’s Monaco Diamond League assembly.

BIRMINGHAM: Gold medalist Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah celebrates after the Girls’s 100m ultimate athletics match on the Alexander Stadium.- AFP

‘Hype’

Mboma has been limited to the 200m since Global Athletics, the game’s governing frame, dominated she can’t run distances from 400m as much as 1600m on account of her naturally excessive testosterone ranges. The nineteen-year-old – Namibia’s first-ever feminine Olympic athletics medalist – eased into the second one spherical, timing 23.20sec. They cross once more on Friday within the semi-finals, with the general scheduled for Saturday.

Wightman certified for Saturday’s males’s 1500m ultimate, the place he’s going to be within the odd place of being the hunted and no longer the hunter after his surprising good fortune on the planet championships. “That was once the bit I used to be maximum taking a look ahead to,” mentioned the Scottish runner, relating to the giant roar that swept across the stadium when his identify was once introduced. The lads’s 1500m will have to be a face-off between Scotland and Kenya.

Within the Kenyan nook is 2019 global champion and Olympic silver medallist Timothy Cheruiyot and Abel Kipsang, who was once fourth finally yr’s Tokyo Video games. Within the blue nook for Scotland are Wightman and Olympic bronze medalist Josh Kerr. Wightman, 28, mentioned he didn’t care that he now has a goal on his again. “I don’t really feel to any extent further strain however a bit of extra hype round it, needless to say,” he informed the BBC. Canada’s Camryn Rogers set a brand new Video games list throw of 74.68 metres within the girls’s hammer throw.

Titmus stars in pool

In the meantime, Australia’s Ariarne Titmus finished a shocking person freestyle treble at the remaining evening of swimming motion. Kenya’s Ferdinand Omanyala received the lads’s 100m in a time of 10.02 whilst Scotland’s Eilish McColgan emulated her mom Liz McColgan in profitable the ladies’s 10,000m. At the ultimate evening of motion on the Sandwell Aquatics Centre, 400m global list holder Titmus beat a high-class box after her previous triumphs within the 200m and 800m freestyle. The 21-year-old ruled the race, touching in 3min 58.06sec to peer off the problem of Canada’s 15-year-old Summer season McIntosh.

The Olympic 200m and 400m champion skipped the arena championships in Budapest in June, the place she would have confronted US megastar Katie Ledecky, to concentrate on the Commonwealths. She leaves Birmingham with 4 golds in overall after being a part of Australia’s profitable staff within the girls’s 4x200m freestyle relay. “I got here right here with the function to win all 4. I assumed I had the capability to do this and I’m satisfied I did,” she mentioned. Titmus mentioned it was once an important to have race follow in a high-pressure state of affairs. “I feel that, again house, Australia truly prides itself on good fortune within the pool on the Comm Video games,” she mentioned.

“Probably there’s extra strain right here to win than on the Olympics every so often as a result of we’re so dominant. Appearing beneath that strain is hard.” England’s Ben Proud received his 3rd instantly Commonwealth males’s 50m freestyle identify, dominating the sector to win in 21.36sec. “It’s a yr in the past since I used to be giving my interviews and burst into tears on account of a foul swim on the Olympics,” mentioned the arena champion, who additionally received the 50m butterfly in Birmingham. “Such a lot has modified. That is truly my redemption yr. One thing has clicked.”

Emma McKeon received a record-extending twentieth Commonwealth medal as Australia introduced the swimming occasions to a detailed by way of profitable the ladies’s 4x100m medley relay. The 28-year-old has received six gold medals in Birmingham to take her general tally of golds to fourteen. England’s Olympic 200m freestyle champion Tom Dean in any case were given his fingers on a gold medal after six silvers, touching 0.08sec forward of Australia’s Kyle Chalmers within the males’s 4x100m medley relay. Australia completed with 25 swimming gold medals out of a complete of 52, with the total tally together with swimming and para-swimming occasions.

Somewhere else on day six of the Video games, England’s Georgina Kennedy beat Canada’s Hollie Naughton in 4 video games to win the ladies’s squash ultimate. New Zealand’s Paul Coll received the lads’s match, beating Joel Makin of Wales in a five-game nail-biter. New Zealand additionally took gold and silver within the males’s cross-country mountain cycling, with Samuel Gaze simply edging out Ben Oliver whilst England’s Evie Richards received the ladies’s match. Australia prepared the ground within the general medals tally with 46 golds, seven forward of England, with Canada in 3rd position on 16. – AFP

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