Commonwealth Games: As it happened - April 5 (Day One)

  • Updated
  • 05/04/2018


12:41am - The Tall Ferns defeated Malaysia 86-44 in their first match.

11:57pm - Australia dominate to win easily in a new world record of 3m 30.05s, easly beating Canada and England. New Zealand are about two seconds outside their national record to finish fourth, beating South Africa.

11:55pm - Transom has NZ in fourth or fifth after the opening leg, but England, Australia and Canada have separated from the rest out front.

11:52pm - Last event in the pool tonight is the women's 4x100m freestyle relay, which features an NZ team of Laticia Transom, Georgia Marris, Carina Doyle and Helena Gasson.

11:48pm - At Cairns, the Tall Ferns are comfortably ahead of Malaysia in the basketball, leading 51-25 at halftime. Guard Micaele Cocks leads scoring with 11 points.

11:42pm - At the squash, Campbell Grayson has made it to the round of 16, but Even Williams became our first casualty, losing 3-1 to his Malaysian opponent.

At the weightlifting, Iannes Guinares placed seventh, recording a 145k clean & jerk for a total of 261kg.

Swimmers Georgia Marris and Helena Gasson have not progressed past their 100m butterfly semi-finals.

11:37pm - OK, that was exciting. 

Meanwhile, while our cyclists were tearing up the velodrome, let's catch up on what everyone else was doing.

Bronogh Ryan finished eighth in her 50m breaststroke semi and did not progress to the final.

The news was better for Corey Main, who finished third in his 100m backstroke semi, clocking 55.02s. That made him the seventh-fastest qualifer for the final.

11:15pm - NZ start faster, but the English made up ground over the closing laps - but Eddie Dawkins brings the Kiwis home. GOLD!

Dawkins took half a second out of Englands last rider over the closing lap, but the time (42.877s) was just outside their Games record, set in the afternoon.

11:13pm - Next up, the men's team goes for gold against England - they've won three world titles and are favourites.

11:07pm - The Kiwis led early, but Australia are too strong, setting a new Games record of 32.488s. New Zealand lower the national record they set in the afternoon heats. 

11:05pm - The women are lining up for the team sprint final at the velodrome - New Zealand v Australia. 

11:04pm - The Tall Ferns have tipped off their basketball opener against Malaysia - they're 5-3 up early.

11:02pm - Kiwi Bronogh Ryan is in the second of the women's 50m breaststroke semis, swimming from lane eight. She was the second-slowest qualifier, so will be hard pressed to qualify for the final.

10:59pm - Hunter also finishes third in 23.93s, another personal best, and both Kiwis are into the 50m butterfly final. South African Chad Le Clos wins in 23.53s, with countryman Ryan Coetzee 23.79s.

Hunder and Perry are ranked fifth and sixth in the final.

10:56pm - Perry finishes third in a personal best of 23.99s, so he's well placed to make tomorrow's final. He finishes behind Aussie Grant Irvine (23.79s) and Trinidadian Dylan Carter (23.90s).

Both the Kiwis are primarily freestylers, here to swim the relay tomorrow, so this is an encouraging performance from both so far.

10:45pm - Kiwi Sam Perry lines up in lane six of the first 50m butterfly heat - his heat time of 24.23s ranks fourth in this line-up, so he's a chance of progressing to the final.

Daniel Hunter's 24.01s in the second semi also ranks fourth - he starts from lane three. Both are well outside Corney Swanepoel's national mark of 23.40s.

10:28pm - In the pool, Englishman Thomas Hamer has broken the first world record of these Games in the S14 200m freestyle, clocking 1m 55.88s to edge out Australian Liam Schluter.

Sam Perry and Daniel Hunter are up soon in their 50m butterfly semis.

10:15pm - Over at the squash, Joelle King and Paul Coll are off to winning starts in their singles competitions. King defeated Deon Saffery from Wales 3-0, Coll beat Zambia's Kelvin Ndhlovu in straight games also to move to the round of 16.

Amanda Landers-Murphy was also untroubled to beat Sri Lankan Mihiliya Methsarani, Evan Williams is a game up on his Malaysian rival and Campbell is a game up on a Scottish opponent .

10:06pm - At the weightlifting, Pakistan's Talha Talib has set a new Games record for the snatch with 132kg. 

Kiwi Ianne Guinares sat fifth with 116kg and is due to enter the clean & jerk at 139kg.

10:02pm - While we were away, the Silver Ferns wrapped up a 64-51 win over Uganda, but plenty of work-ons there, as they would be saying in their post-game interviews.

One positive, Maria Folau shot 22/22 in her three quarters on court.

9:53pm - Well, that was a dominant display from the Aussies, catching their rivals just before the finish line in a new record of 4m 15.214s. The Kiwis don't record a time, but pick up a silver medal neverthelss.

9:48pm - The Kiwis are hanging in early, but are now slipping back, a second behind at 1500m.

9:47pm - New Zealand and Australia on the track now, racing for gold and silver.

9:46pm - Canada have beaten England for the bronze medal in the women's pursuit. They looked threatening in their heat, before losing form badly and failing to overhaul the Kiwis on that occasion.

They again lost a rider early, but managed to hold on for a time of4m 21.493s, quicker than qualifying and both teams were faster than NZ's heat time. 

9:34pm - The Silver Ferns have still not put Uganda away, leading just 49-37 after three quarters. They have given all their players a run in this opening game though.

We might have to take our eyes off everything else for a while, as our track cyclists taken centrestage, beginning with the women's pursuit team.

9:28pm - And at the gymnastics, it seems the Kiwi men have missed out on a medal, slipping to fourth, as England emerged from the final group to snatch the gold. Cyprus were second and Australia finished less than a point ahead of New Zealand for the bronze medal.

9:25pm - In the men's 62kg weightlifting, New Zealand's Ianne Guinares has managed 114kg in the snatch with four competitors still to enter.

9:21pm - At the boxing, Kiwi Richard Hadlow has dispatched Edrian Volcere of the Seychelles, winning a 4-1 judges' decision. He now moves into the round of 16, where he meets Sir Lankan Dinindu Ponnawela Vidanalage Don on Sunday.

9:16pm - The Silver Ferns have doubled their advantage at halftime, leading Uganda 32-22, but you have to say it's not that convincing. Consider, in earlie results, Jamaica overcame Fiji 88-30 and England thrashed Scotland 74-28.

Sure, it's early days and they're probably not firing all their shots against the lowly ranked Africans.

9:03pm - The track cycling programme is back underway, with the visually impaired sprint finals. Remember, New Zealand will win three medals tonight, when they contest the finals of women's team pursuit (9:37pm) and team sprint (10:55pm), and men's team sprint (11:02pm).

8:46pm - After the opening quarter in the netball, the Silver Ferns hold a 15-10 advantage and you have to say the Ugandans are not going away easily.

8:28pm - The women's four of Katelyn Inch, Mandy Boyd, Tayla Bruce, Val Smith have beaten Jersey 20-15, with their opponents actually outscoring them 6-1 over the final four ends.

And the para mixed pair of David Stallard and Sue Curran have edged Wales 14-11.

The netballers are taking the court now, with Sam Sinclair WD, Temalisi Fakahokotau GK, Bailey Mes GS, Maria Folau GA, Grace Kara WA, Katrina Grant GD and Shannon Francois C in the starting line-up for New Zealand.

Uganda score the first goal and lead early.

8:18pm - In fact, the men's pair of Blake Signal and Shannon McIlroy have overcome Botswana 27-8, scoring 17 straight shots at one stage.

8:14pm - Coming up soon, the Silver Ferns take on Uganda in netball pool play. You would hope the NZ women could take care of the Africans without too much trouble, but their form lately hasn't been great.

Those bowls matches are coming to an end, so those results should be available soon. Looks like New Zealand will maintain their unbeaten record on the greens on opening day.

7:24pm - We've also got half an eye on the gymnastics, where the Kiwi men were sitting third after two groups, but must now withstand the challenge from England, Canada and Scotland, who are currently competing.

7:14pm - A little lull in proceedings right now. In bowls, the para pairs are playing Wales, the women's fours currently face Jersey and the men's pairs are playing Botswana, so we'll keep an eye on that.

6:54pm - NZ men's sprint team off the mark! Brilliant performance by the Kiwis who send a statement to the rest of the pack with a dominant win over the Canadians.

They're now guaranteed to race for gold and will face England at 11:02pm.

6:48pm - Disappointing news coming in for the Kiwis - the men's 4000m pursuit team has reportedly been disqualified from their gold medal race.

Details are hazy, but the issue appears to have been with the transition between the lead and second rider. Canada have also been disqualified.

6:44pm - NZ women's sprint team advances to the gold medal race against Australia, set to start at 10:55pm.

6:31pm - Take two now...and an impressive first-up effort for NZ who get the best of Malaysia with a time that would've been a Commonwealth Games record about 10 minutes ago, before the Australians broke it.

6:29pm - All the action's happening at the Anna Meares Velodrome where the men's and women's team sprints are underway.

New Zealand up to the start line...false start! Natasha Hansen a little too keen.

6:21pm - Spoke too soon, sorry team. England edge NZ out of second place and into third, and they'll now be racing Canada for the bronze medal at 10:12pm (NZT).

It will be the women chasing gold at 9:37pm. Read more about that here.

6:18pm - England starting to fade over the final half! NZ looking pretty sturdy in second-place now...

6:15pm - England to the starting line now. The gold-medal favourites looks strong out of the gates.

6:14pm - Second-fastest time it is for the Kiwis with just the England team to run, who always present a stern challenge in this event.

6:13pm - Comfortably in second place now, should be another guaranteed medal coming up here...

6:11pm - Great start for the Kiwis, just a hair off the Aussies on the first lap...

6:09pm - Solid ride from Canada. Here comes NZ!

6:03pm - The locals get the competition off to a flying start, crushing the Commonwealth Games record. Canada up next, then NZ.

6:00pm - It's the men's turn now in the 4000m team pursuit. New Zealand will be up shortly.

5:48pm - Campbell Grayson secures a straight-sets win over Jason-Ray Khalil to advance to the round of 32 in the squash.

5:45pm - Lawn bowls ace Jo Edwards is content with her flawless start to the Games.

"Two wins on the first day of competition is always good, a couple of tough customers today so I showed quite a bit of patience to get that across the line."

5:42pm - Grayson goes two sets up over Guyana's Khalil in his opening squash match.

5:30pm - Third it is for Canada! New Zealand will race for gold against Australia in a trans-Tasman showdown in the velodrome at 9:37pm (NZT).

5:24pm - New Zealand are currently well-placed to advance to the gold-medal race in the women's 4000m pursuit. Canada is the final team to run, can they bump the Kiwis out?

Either way, New Zealand may have its first medal at the Gold Coast Games.

5:21pm - Campbell Grayson is into the first game of his squash match against Guyana's Jason-Ray Khalil at Movieworld. The Kiwi looks to be coasting to a first set win.

5:18pm - New Zealand record 4m 22.331s, which is quicker than the Welsh and good enough to put them in a medal race tonight. Whether that is for gold/silver or bronze will be decided by the next two teams to ride, England and Canada.

5:12pm - The Aussie pursuiters have clocked 4m 17.218s over the 4000m distance, so more than seven seconds under the previous mark set by Wales. The Kiwi women are next.

5:06pm - At the velodrome, we're into the women's team pursuit qualifying. Wales have set a Games record of 4m 24.825s, but Australia should smash that next, with the Kiwis following them.

5:03pm - Further to Evan Williams' first-round win in the men's squash singles, he will now progress to face 12th-seeded Malaysian Nafiizwan Adnan at 10pm (NZ time).

4:56pm - Just to clarify regarding the artistic gymnastics, New Zealand are currently placed third, but there's one final group of three countries left to compete.

That "subdivision" consists of Canada, Scotland, and England, and is set to get started at 5:07pm.

4:50pm - Jo Edwards has won her second match in the lawn bowls, defeating Pau Blumsky of Niue 21-11.

4:30pm - New Zealand are currently third in the men's team artistic gymnastic final after the sixth rotation, it looks like the Kiwis could make their first mark on the medal table!

4:21pm - At the gymnastics, the NZ men are lying third in the team competition after five rotations. That would be a great result if they can stick, but they're only a few hundredths of a point ahead of Wales.

Ethan Dick just scored 13.700 on the floor routine, which would put him in medal contention when the individual apparatus finals are held.

4:01pm - NZ boxer Leroy Hindley entering round three of his U-69kg bout against Katta of Sierra Leone. The Kiwi takes the points win in convincing fashion to advance to the round of 16.

3:52pm - And there it is, South Africa's Henri Schoeman claims the gold! 

Sissons is the first Kiwi over the line in fifth. Reid comes in 11th, with Dodds 16th.

Australia's Jacob Birtwhistle takes second, with Scotland's Marc Austin in third.

Not a Brownlee to be seen among the medals, that's a surprise.

3:49pm - Now it's Sissons making his move! The Kiwi bursts out of nowhere to claim fifth place, with Reid now well and truly off the pace.

South Africa's Henri Schoeman has a considerable lead on the rest of the pack, with local lad Birtwhistle in second.

3:42pm - Reid appears to be feeling the pinch a bit. Swimming is definitely his strong suit and the run seems to be taking its toll now, although he's still hanging about in a distant fifth.

3:39pm - South Africa's Schoeman now about 20m out in front, with Reid now fading back into fifth again after a brief stint in second.

3:37pm - Reid enters the transition to the run leg in fifth place. Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee are among the top three, with Aussie's Hauser in second.

Can the Kiwi make a push towards the podium?!

3:29pm - Devy Dyson is chuffed with his efforts on the rings, which earned him a score of 13.825.

3:22pm - Reid is now a part of a breakaway group at the front of the bike leg which is spearheaded by England's Brownlee brothers.

3:15pm - The rain has forced the lawn bowls competitors off the greens and play is suspended for the time being, with NZ's Jo Edwards in the thick of her second match.

3:14pm - The bike leg is well underway and the conditions haven't eased off whatsoever. We could see a few spills here before they head into the run.

3:11pm - Great start for NZ's Tayler Reid who emerges second out of the water.

3:00pm - The men's triathlon's set to get started in blustery conditions. The opening swim leg is going to be a tough slog in this type of water.

Ryan Sissons, Tayler Reid, and Tony Dodds are are among the field for New Zealand.

2:57pm - Concerning signs for the Black Sticks as veteran leader Anita McLaren limps off the turf in the dying stages of her side's 6-1 demolition of Scotland.

2:56pm - Building towards some velodrome action where there will be plenty of Kiwis vying for medals.

2:51pm - Scotland spare themselves some blushes with a consolation goal, cutting the Black Sticks' lead to a mere 6-1.

2:50pm - Ethan Dick puts on an impressive display on the rings.

2:46pm - Back to the artistic gymnastics, where Daniel Bishop dismounts the pommel to a score of 12.500. New Zealand are currently sitting fifth out of six teams in the overall men's final.

2:43pm - GOAL NEW ZEALAND! This is getting embarrassing for the Scots. Another well-executed penalty corner sees the Kiwi women go 6-0 ahead.

2:38pm - GOAL NEW ZEALAND! The Black Sticks push out to a dominant 5-0 lead over Scotland at the end of the third period as the rain starts to bucket down at the Gold Coast Hockey Centre.

2:31pm - Mikhail Koudinov takes to the pommel horse and puts forth an error-free display. 

2:22pm - The New Zealand Artistic Gymnastics team are introduced to the crowd at the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre. They're about to get underway.

2:11pm - An ectstatic Helena Glasson and Georgia Marris have qualified for the wiomen's 100m butterfly semi-final, scheduled to race at 11:33pm tonight (NZT).

1:57pm - Sam Perry and Daniel Hunter have officially qualified for the 50m men's butterfly semi-final.

That will get underway tonight at 10:52pm (NZT).

1:57pm - The women's Black Sticks are on fire! Two more goals, one more to Kelsey Smith, and they're up 4-0 over Scotland.

1:55pm - Corey Main up for his 100m backstroke heat, one of NZ's best medal hopes in the pool. He blitzes the field on his way to a first place finish, easing up on the gas as he closes out with a time of 54.99s.

1:47pm - GOAL NEW ZEALAND! The Black Sticks are 2-0 up courtesy of Brooke Neal's slick penalty corner at the close of the first quarter.

1:43pm - GOAL NEW ZEALAND! Kelsey Smith puts the women's Black Sticks 1-0 up over Scotland.

1:38pm - The women's Black Sticks are underway against Scotland. No score after five minutes of play.

1:33pm - NZ's Daniel Hunter is now up for his 50m butterfly heat. He touches in third place with a time of 24.01.

1:30pm - New Zealand take to the pool now. Sam Perry opens the account in style with a first place finish in the opneing heat of the 50m butterfly, coming in with a personal best time of 24.23s.                

1:21pm - Jo Edwards has beaten Pinki from India 20-16 in the women's singles lawn bowls. The Glasgow the gold medalist facesPaul Blumsky from Niue later today. 

1:11pm - New Zealand's men's triples team have defeated Singapore 28-6 in lawn bowls. 

1:00pm - Click here for a recap of the women's triathlon. 

12:49pm - Coming up in the next hour, the women's Black Sticks face Scotland, while a number of our swimmers hit the outdoor pool for some action. 

12:48pm - Quotes from Nicole van der Kaay. 

"I'm pleased with myself.That swim was rough so was happy to come through - I held on as long as I could but the top guys had some extra gears in their legs.

"I wanted to be in there from the start, I did the best I could so im happy."

Andrew Hewitt wasn't too pleased with her performance. 

"I'm really disappointed - my swim wasn't up there and I let myself get pushed around. I got isolated on the bike and had to do a lot of work."

Andrea Hewitt.
Andrea Hewitt. Photo credit: Photosport

12:36pm - Bermuda's Flora Duffy has won the first gold medal of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, taking out the women's triathlon in a time of 56:50 mins.

Duffy, the two-time world champion, pulled away from England's Jessica Learmonth early in the run to claim her first Games medal.

12:32pm - Andrea Hewitt is 13th, nearly 4 minutes back. 

12:30pm - Nicole van der Kayy is seventh, 1m41s back. Rebecca Spence was 2m22s behind the winner for a tenth place finish. 

12:27pm - Flora Duffy from Bermuda has won gold in the women's triathlon, with a time of 56:50.

12:14pm - Chef de Mission Rob Waddell has confirmed there have been no further cases of mumps in the women's 7s team.

12:07pm - Third lap of the cycling and New Zealanders - Van der Kaay is ninth, Spence is 11th and Hewitt is 12th.

11:46am - The swim leg is complete and Andrea Hewitt is 15th, just under a minute behind the leading pack. Rebecca Spence and Nicole van der Kaay are sixth and seventh respectively.  

11:29am - The women's triathlon is about to start. Andrea Hewitt, Nicole Van Der Kaay, Rebecca Spence are all competing.    

11:20am - Glasgow gold medallist Jo Edwards is currently competing right now against Pinki from India. The men's triple is also in action against Singapore. 

11:08am - For the full story, click here

11:00am - In some breaking news, Kiwi Zane Roberston has pulled out of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games with a groin injury. 

The Kenya-based 28-year-old had been selected for both the 10,000m, in which he holds the New Zealand record, and the marathon. He would have raced in one of the events.    

Kia ora, good morning... welcome to our live updates of day one of the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

We have a number of New Zealanders in action today, including our triathletes, out lawn bowlers and later tonight, our women's hockey team.

For the full list of day one action, click here