Live updates: Birmingham Commonwealth Games, July 31 - Track cyclists, swimmer Lewis Clareburt chase more gold

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Live updates: Birmingham Commonwealth Games, July 31 - Track cyclists, swimmer Lewis Clareburt chase more gold


Well, that wraps up our coverage for tonight, but we'll be back first thing tomorrow morning!

And it's going to be a big one too! But the main focus will be on Lewis Clareburt, who has the chance for a second gold medal in as many days, this time in the 200m butterfly.

Thanks for joining us, and we'll see you again soon!

12:21am - RUGBY SEVENS

And Fiji win it! Captain Nacuqu the hero - after running over 80 metres to score the winner!

They'll face the winner of South Africa and Australia in the gold medal match, while the All Blacks Sevens will join their female counterparts in playing off for bronze.

NZ 14 FIJ 19


News from the velodrome, the second scratch race has been abandoned, along with the rest of the morning session after an accident.

At least one rider has been taken to hospital, but Kiwi George Jackson is said to be alright.

12:19am - RUGBY SEVENS

Wow! We're going to extra time, as Fiji squander the chance to win it with a double movement!

Extra time it is!

NZ 14 FIJ 14

12:17am - RUGBY SEVENS

The All Blacks Sevens are down to five now! Carter is shown yellow for taking out Mocenacagi, and lucky not to give away a penalty try.

NZ 14 FIJ 14

12:14am - RUGBY SEVENS

Normal time is up, and the All Blacks Sevens are down a man now, as Akuila Rokolosia is shown yellow for a deliberate knockdown. Huge chance for Fiji to win it from here!

NZ 14 FIJ 14

12:07am - RUGBY SEVENS

Fiji score! Sauturaga is close, and offloads to Mocenacagi to go in for his side's second.

The conversion is good, and it's all square! Could we go to extra time?

NZ 14 FIJ 14

12:04am - RUGBY SEVENS

The second half is underway.

NZ 14 FIJ 7

12:02am - RUGBY SEVENS

Game on! Fiji hit back before halftime, and it's Sauturaga who scores.

An intercept sends the Fijian flyer over for his side's first points.

Uh oh, it looks like Scott Curry's gone down as well, pulling up with a hamstring injury in the chase.

Fiji convert, and that's halftime.

NZ 14 FIJ 7

11:59pm - RUGBY SEVENS

Ware does score this time! The All Blacks Sevens make their numerical advantage count, and Ware beats his man to score under the posts.

The conversion is good!

NZ 14 FIJ 0

11:56pm - RUGBY SEVENS

Aminasi Tuimaba is the hurt player for Fiji, and he won't continue. They're already without star player Jerry Tuwai.

And after the break, the All Blacks Sevens open the scoring through Regan Ware!

How's the conversion attempt? Hang on, the TMO rules Ware was taken out by Kamineli, so that's a penalty try. Fiji lose Kamineli to the bin.

NZ 7 FIJ 0

11:51pm - RUGBY SEVENS

Scoreless so far, but play is stopped with one of the Fijians down after a head knock.

NZ 0 FIJ 0

11:40pm - RUGBY SEVENS

We're nearly ready to get underway in the semi-final between the All Blacks Sevens and Olympic champions Fiji.

South Africa and Australia are in the second semi-final, slightly later.


The second heat of the men's scratch race is underway, and Kiwi George Jackson is among the riders.

He'll need a top 10 finish to advance and join Strong and Stewart in progressing.

11:29pm - SQUASH

Too easy for Joelle King. She wraps up victory in straight games by taking the third 11-5.

Her quarter-final will be played tomorrow night.

11:18pm - SQUASH

And King takes the second game 11-5.

11:09pm - SQUASH

Joelle King dominates the first game to win 11-3.


Stewart and Strong finish fourth and fifth respectively, and both advance to the scratch final.

11:00pm - SQUASH

Back to squash, and Joelle King will face off against Scotland's Georgia Adderley in the women's singles round of 16.


New Zealand pair Campbell Stewart and Corbin Strong are both up in the first heat of the men's scratch race.

10:47pm - GYMNASTICS

Ethan Dick finishes ninth in the men's all-round final. A reminder that Misha Koudinov withdrew with injury earlier this evening.

10:42am - SWIMMING

Gray finishes with the 14th equal best time, so advances to the semis.

10:39pm - SWIMMING

Gray finishes fifth in his heat, but we'll have to wait to see how the times stack up from the other heats.

10:37pm - SWIMMING

Cameron Gray is up in the heats of the men's 100m freestyle.

He'll need a top 16 finish to progress to the semis.


Sam Dakin is the last Kiwi standing in the men's sprint.

He's up against Malaysia's Shah Sharom, but can't advance.

10:21pm - SWIMMING

Kiwi duo Helena Gasson and Hazel Ouwenhand have both qualified for the semi-finals of the women's 50m butterfly.

Gasson's time sees her qualify second, while Ouwenhand is 15th of 16 qualifiers.

10:15pm - GYMNASTICS

Ethan Dick is currently in 11th place of the men's all-round final.

10:06pm - SWIMMING

Both Jeffcoat and Gray have qualified for their semi-finals.

Jeffcoat has the second-fastest time of the heats, while Gray's effort was 12th best.

Those races are at around 7:15am tomorrow.

10:03pm - SWIMMING

Cameron Gray is up next in the backstroke, and he finishes fourth in his heat.

The top 16 advance to the semis, so we'll have to wait for the last heat to see where he ends up.


Sam Webster has been knocked out of the last 16 in the men's sprint, beaten by Nicholas Paul.

10:01pm - SWIMMING

And Jeffcoat smashes it! He wins his heat to advance to the semi-finals.

10:00pm - SWIMMING

Jeffcoat is the first of two Kiwis in the backstroke, competing in heat four.

9:59pm - BOWLS

Inch has fallen to a narrow 21-20 loss to Ahmad of Malaysia. She held an 11-5 lead at one point.

9:56pm - SWIMMING

The men's 50m backstroke is up next. Two Kiwis are in the mix, with Andrew Jeffcoat and Cameron Gray both competing in the heats.


Ethan Dick has dropped to eighth in the men's all-round final. He'll need a few other bits to go his way if he's a shot at a medal.

9:47pm - SWIMMING

Rasmussen finishes fifth in her heat, and won't progress to the final.

9:44pm - SWIMMING

Mya Rasmussen is next up, in the 200m breaststroke.

9:42pm - SWIMMING

Clareburt is second after the first turn, and holds into the halfway mark. South Africa's Chad le Clos holds the lead.

But Clareburt takes the lead heading into the final length, and this is going to be a sprint to the finish.

Clareburt gets there first, le Clos second.

Another final for the Kiwi! That'll be raced at 6:28am tomorrow morning.

9:38pm - SWIMMING

Clareburt lines up for his heat, he's in lane three.

And they're off!

9:35pm - SWIMMING

Back to the pool, and Lewis Clareburt is backing up in the 200m butterfly.

He won gold earlier today in the 400m individual medley.


Sam Dakin moves fifth with a time of 9.928 seconds. Saunders has dropped down to 11th, needing a top 16 finish to advance.

9:29pm - HOCKEY

Make that 4-1 to New Zealand! Sam Lane scores right at the end of the fourth quarter to seal the Black Sticks men's first win of the tournament!

NZ 4 PAK 1

9:25pm - BOWLS

It's all square at 16-all between Inch and Ahmad now.


Ethan Dick is still fifth in the men's all-round final, after a 13.800 on the parallel bars.


Saunders is the first up in the men's sprint. He comes away with a time of 10.113 seconds, enough for fifth place at the moment.

A top 16 finish will be enough for any of the Kiwis to progress.

9:14pm - BOWLS

It's getting close between Inch and Ahmad. 

The Kiwi's lead has been cut to 16-14 after 20 ends.

9:13pm - HOCKEY

That's the end of the third quarter, the Black Sticks men are still up 3-1.


Back to the velodrome for the first time tonight.

Sam Dakin, Callum Saunders and Sam Webster are all up in the men's sprint.

9:05pm - HOCKEY

And the Black Sticks men go 3-1 up! 

Dylan Thomas restores the all-important two goal buffer for the Kiwis.

NZ 3 PAK 1


Koudinov's withdrawal leaves Ethan Dick as the only Kiwi in the competition.

Dick sits fifth after the rings and pommel horse respectively.

Still a way to go though.

8:46pm - BOWLS

Inch's lead has been cut back to 12-7 up over Ahmad of Malaysia.

8:45pm - HOCKEY

Halftime arrives with the Black Sticks men still 2-1 up.

8:33pm - HOCKEY

Pakistan have pulled one back, Ghazanfar Ali scores to bring the scores back to 2-1, New Zealand still lead before halftime.

NZ 2 PAK 1

8:25pm - HOCKEY

The Black Sticks men have scored twice in a matter of minutes to start the second quarter!

Inglis has made up for his earlier strike being disallowed, and scored both of New Zealand's goals so far.

NZ 2 PAK 0


New Zealand's Misha Loudinov has been ruled out of the artistic gymnastics all-round final, with injury cited.

8:17pm - HOCKEY

That's the end of the first quarter, and it's scoreless between the Black Sticks men and Pakistan.

8:15pm - HOCKEY

The Black Sticks open the scoring! Hugo Inglis beats the keeper - or has he?

Nope. The goal is ruled out.

8:03pm - BOWLS

Inch has raced out to an 8-1 lead after six ends.

8:02pm - HOCKEY

The Black Sticks men are about to begin their second match of the tournament, against Pakistan.

The reigning silver medallists fell to a shock 5-1 deficit in their opener, before pulling back a 5-5 draw against Scotland.

7:53pm - BOWLS

Inch has pushed her lead out to 4-1

7:46pm - BOWLS

And Ahmad brings one back. Inch still leads 3-1 after three ends.

7:41pm - BOWLS 

Make that 3-0 to Inch!

7:35pm - BOWLS

Inch takes a 2-0 lead over Ahmad after the first end. Perfect start for the Kiwi.

7:27pm - BOWLS

Katelyn Inch is back in action, facing Siti Zalina Ahmad of Malaysia in the women's singles.

Both are unbeaten from their first three matches.


And we're back! We've got another huge night of action on the cards from Birmingham.

The cyclists and swimmers are back in action, while the All Blacks Sevens also face off against Fiji for a place in the gold medal match.

Up first though, is bowls and gymnastics starting from 7:30pm and 8:00pm respectively, so stay tuned.


Tonight's schedule (NZ time) looks like this...

Artistic Gymnastics
Ethan Dick, Mikhail Koudinov - men's individual all-round final

Katelyn Inch v Siti Zalina Ahmad (Malaysia) - women's singles round 5

Shannon McIlroy & Tony Grantham v Scotland - men's pairs round 5

Men's sprint qualifying

Men's sprint 1/8 finals

Men's sprint 1/8 finals & quarter-finals

Corbin Strong - men's 15km scratch race qualifying

Campbell Stewart - men's 15km scratch race qualifying

George Jackson - men's 15km scratch race qualifying

NZ v Pakistan - men's group match

NZ v Fiji - men's semi-finals

Joelle King v Georgia Adderley (Scotland) - women's singles round of 16

Paul Coll v Emyr Evans (Wales) - men's singles round of 16

Kaitlyn Watts v Joshanna Chinappa (India) - women's singles round of 16

Mya Rasmussen - 200m breaststroke heat 1  

Andrew Jeffcoat - 50m backstroke heat 4

Cameron Gray - 50m backstroke heat 5

Hazel Ouwehand - 50m butterfly heat 6

9:35am - Join us again this evening for Day Three of the Birmingham Games, with our cycling men in sprint qualifying and more swimming heats.

9:33am - This morning's action draws to a close at Birmingham, with the Blackstocks women holding on for a 1-0 win over Scotland to remain unbeaten in pool play. Next up for them is Australia...

8:54am - At the basketball, the NZ men have fallen to their second loss of the day, defeated 21-11 by Australia.

Blacksticks women still ahead of Scotland 1-0 in the third quarter.

8:27am - Amid the drama at the pool, we can report that the All Blacks Sevens are on track to beat Kenya in the quarter-finals, ahead 24-0 late in their contest. Other winners so far are Fiji and South Africa, with Australia and Samoa in the final playoff.

Meanwhile, the Silver Ferns have accounted for Uganda 53-40, but not a convincing performance, with the NZ netballers losing the third quarter 11-8.

The Blacksticks women are 1-0 up on Scotland in the second quarter.

8:10am - Jeffcoat lying second at the turn and looking good for a meal, but now tying up down the second lap and will miss out, finishing fourth - just 0.07s off bronze.

8:08am - Next up is Andrew Jeffcoat in the 100m backstroke final and he has been one of the fastest qualifiers through heats and semis, so watch out for another podium finish here.

7:53am - IN the blocks and the 400 medley is off. Clareburt near the front on the opening butterfly leg, with South African Matthew Sates ahead early.

Clareburt takes the lead down the second lap and now into backstroke... he still leads halfway through backstroke, but Aussie Brendon Smith is on his shoulder.

Scot Duncan Scott is the big threat in lane one - he is catching on the breaststroke and has a great freestyle. Clareburt still leads halfway through the breaststroke though.

Clareburt a length ahead with the freestyle to come... go Lewis!

Clareburt won't be caught here - gold medal for the Kiwi!

7:38am - Clareburt clocked the fastest heat time over 400m medley last night, but none of the times were particularly fast, so obviously everyone is holding something back.

Meanwhile, another draw for Kiwi bowlers, with men's pair of Shannon McIlroy and Tony Grantham tying with Jersey 15-15, and the women's para pair falling 19-8 to Australia.

Brad Fuller and Sam O'Dean have beaten Cyprus in their beach volleyball opener, 21-18 21-13.

7:29am - Kiwis Zeimann & Polley have overcome Kenya in the opening round of women's beach volleyball, while the NZ men O'Dean & Fuller are a set up on Cyrpus.

The Silver Ferns lead Uganda 25-16 in the second quarter of netball play, while the NZ women have beaten Canada 21-11 in 3X3 basketball. 

7:25am - Kiwi Hazel Ouwehand contesting the 100m backstroke semis in the pool, but she was the slowest qualifier into this race and finishes seventh in 1m 04.10s, slower than her heat.

Not long until Lewis Clareburt's 400m medley final...

Black Ferns Sevens will face Canada for bronze, after the North Americans were beaten by Fiji in the other women's semi-final.

7am - Aussies are yellow-carded for pulling Woodman's hair. Time is up on the clock, but NZ have a scrum in the 22 and an extra player...

Australia pile onto the ball and knock on, but the game is over and NZ are eliminated.

6:58am - Levi has a hat-trick and puts Australia ahead with less than two minutes left, AUS 17-12

6:55am - Levi has too much pace and power for Hirini to score in the corner for Australia, NZ 12-10. 

6:50am - Theresa Fitzpatrick cuts against the grain to score for NZ and put them ahead for the first time, Nathan-Wong converts, NZ 12-5 at haltime.

6:48am - Woodman is playing this game, after her ankle injury yesterday, and she scores next to bring the Kiwis level, 5-5.

6:42am - NZ and Australia have just kicked off in their women's sevens semi-final. The two teams who have won the last two Olympic titles and contested the Gold Coast final four years ago...

Australia scored first through Maddison Levi, 5-0.

6:28am - Of course, our cyclists enjoyed another great morning at the velodrome, with Aaron Gate, Bryony Botha and Ellesse Andrews all winning gold, and Tom Sexton beaten by Gate in the men's pursuit final, but taking silver.

Cameron Gray receives his bronze medal for the 50m butterfly at the pool...

Still plenty to come this morning, with the Black Ferns Sevens about to face rivals Australia in the semi-finals and the All Blacks Sevens up against Kenya in the men's quarter-finals later.

6:17am - Continuing our wrap of overnight results, squash player Temwa Chilese lost to Rory Stewart of Scotland 11-8 4-11 4-11 4-11 in the round of 32 of men's singles. Brother Lwamba faces Nick Sachive of Canada later this morning.

Last night, Paul Coll, Joelle King and Kaitlyn Watts all cruised through their opening rounds without dropping games.

6:10am - Cameron Gray in the 50m butterfly final, drawing lane one at the Sandwell Squatics Centre. They're in a line across the pool and Gray has grabbed bronze - stunning!

Gray barely progressed through heats and semis, but this event is so explosive, anyone has a chance. He finishes 0.67s behind England winner Ben Proud, with Singapore's Tzen Wei Teong second.

6:01am - OK, we have a brief respite before swimming finals begin, so let's recap what's happened overnight for the Kiwis at Birmingham.

Mixed fortunes for the Kiwi 3X3 basketballers, with the men falling 21-10 to England in their tournament opener and the women edging the English 15-14 in their encounter. They face Australia and Canada respectively later this morning.

At the bowls, the men's para pair of Mark Noble and Graham Skellern beat South Africa 17-7, but the women's four drew with the South Africans 14-14.

5:30am - Callum Saunders has missed out on the medals in the men's kierin final, charging to the front with a couple of laps to go, but unable to hold off his rivals.

5:18am - Andrews back on the track for race two of her sprint final and comes from behind again to upset Olympic champ Mitchell for gold! Wow!

New Zealand's third gold of the morning at the velodrome...

5:02am - Welcome to the a new day of competition at Birmingham and we're in the think of the medals at the cycling velodrome, where Bryony Botha and Aaron Gate have already struck gold in the individual pursuits, with Tom Sexton grabbing silver behind Gate in the men.

And sprinter Ellesse Andrews is racing against Olympic champion Kelsey Mitchell for gold in their final, with the Kiwi taking race one on the line. Wow!

Next chance, we get, we'll catch up on what happened overnight elsewhere.


Kia ora, good morning and welcome to Newshub's live coverage of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games - the second evening session of competition.

Stay with me here, this timezone thing has my head spinning...

The opening day saw New Zealand land at second on the medal rankings, based on their three gold medals to para-swimmer Dame Sophie Pascoe, and our men's pursuit team and women's sprint team at the cycling velodrome.

Seven medals in all puts us behind just Australia (eight) for gold and also England (nine) for total medals.

This morning offers some more medal chances, with individual pursuit finals and the ken's kierin at the velodrome, and Lewis Clareburt in the pool.

Here's how the morning pans out...

Basketball 3x3
NZ lost to England 21-10 - men's Group B

NZ beat England 15-14 - women's Group B

NZ beat Canada 21-11 - women's Group B

NZ lost to Australia 21-11 - men's Group B

Beach Volleyball
Shaunna Polley & Alice Zeimann beat Kenya 21-10 21-19 - women's group match

Brad Fuller & Sam O'Dea beat Cyprus 21-18 21-13 - men's group match

Mark Noble & Graham Skellern beat South Africa 17-7 - para men's pairs round 4

Val Smith, Tayla Bruce, Selina Goddard & Nicole Toomy drew with South Africa 14-14 - women's fours round 3

Shannon McIlroy & Tony Grantham drew with Jersey 15-15 - men's pairs round 4

Pam Walker & Lynda Bennett lost to Australia 19-8 - para women's pairs round 4

Ariane Nicholson lost to Lovlina Borgohain (India) unanimous points - women's light-middlweight round of 16

Sam Webster, second - men's keirin round 1 (second round)

Callum Saunders, second - men's keirin round 1 (second round)

Ellesse Andrews beat Sophie Capewell (England) 2-0 - women's sprint semis (final)

Brony Botha beat Maeve Plouffe (Australia) 3m 18.456s - women's individual pursuit final (gold)

Aaron Gate 4m 07.760s beat Tom Sexton 4m 12.179s - Men's individual pursuit final (gold & silver)

Sam Webster, fourth - men's keirin round 2 (7-12 final)

Callum Saunders, second - men's keirin round 2 (1-6 final)

Ellesse Andrews beat Kelsey Mitchell (Canada) 2-0 - women's sprint final (gold)

Sam Webster, first - men's keirin 7-12 final

Callum Saunders, fifth - men's 1-6 keirin final

NZ beat Scotland 1-0 - women's group match

NZ beat Uganda 53-40

NZ lost to Australia 17-12 - women's semi-finals (bronze playoff)

NZ beat Kenya 31-0 - men's quarter-finals (semi-finals)

Temwa Chilese lost to Rory Stewart (Scotland) 11-8 4-11 4-11 4-11 - men's singles round of 32

Lwamba Chilese lost to Nick Sachive (Canada) 6-11 11-6 11-6 8-11 4-11 - men's singles round of 32

Cameron Gray, third, 23.27s - men's 50m butterfly final (bronze)

Hazel Ouwehand, seventh, 1m 04.10s - 100m backstroke semis

Lewis Clareburt, first, 4m 08.70s - 400m individual medley final (gold)

Andrew Jeffcoat, fourth, 54.13s - 100m backstroke final