England netball knocked out by Australian rivals
HHello and welcome to Telegraph Sport’s coverage of day nine of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
As the action draws to a close, there are still several medals to go and today is likely to be great entertainment on the tracks, pitches and pitches of England’s second city.
Today’s highlights include several finals on the track.
In the men’s 1500m, Scotsman Jake Wightman will look to back up his World Championship gold with another at the Alexandra Stadium. He is the favorite in this race and no doubt wants to improve on his bronze medal won in the Gold Coast four years ago. Also participating in this race are his compatriots Josh Kerr and Neil Gourley, and for England Elliot Giles and Matthew Stonier will carry hopes at home.
Wightman’s father and coach Geoff will once again be a commentator as the English-born but Edinburgh-raised star goes for gold for Scotland. This race is to watch during your lunch with a start time of 1h10.
In the evening, Laura Muir and Keely Hodgkinson compete in the women’s 800m final, looking to make it a double gold medal for Scotland in the middle distance (according to what Wightman did earlier…), Zharnel Hughes races for England in the men’s 200m final, and Beth Dobbin will carry Scotland’s hopes in the women’s 200m.
On top of all that, there are the T20 semi-finals, the men’s hockey semi-finals and the men’s bowls final. Northern Irishman Gary Kelly will face Malaysian Fairul Izwan Abd Muin in the first semi-final, while Scotsman Ian McLean will face Australian Aaron Wilson in the other.
All this a day after history was made when Scotsman George Miller became the oldest gold medalist in Games history when Scotland beat Wales in the mixed pairs bowls B2/B3.
Miller, 75, is the director of visually impaired player Melanie Innes, who along with Robert Barr and her lead director Sarah Jane beat Wales 16-9 in the final at Victoria Park, Lymington Spa.
“A year ago I never would have dreamed of being here. I got a phone call and almost fell out of my chair to be honest. Here we are – where do we go from here. ‘here ?” Miller told the BBC.
“Boucles is easier for older people, but any sport…foot football, rugby etc. Get out and exercise, play games and compete. It’s great no matter what. your age.”
Miller took the record as the oldest gold medalist from Rosemary Lenton, also of Scotland, who at 72 won gold in the women’s para pair bowls last Wednesday.