Live updates: Birmingham Commonwalth Games, August 1 - Another big day at veldodrome & pool, sevens stars play for medals

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Live updates: Birmingham Commonwalth Games, August 1 - Another big day at veldodrome & pool, sevens stars play for medals

12:27am - Finally, after four match balls, King wins 14-12 in the fourth game, after Turmel hits a dropshot into the tin. The Kiwi moves into the semi-finals in her quest to defend her gold medal from four years agon.

Plucky performance from Turmel.

Teammate Paul Coll is next up on the show court, facing England's Adrian Waller to advance, but we'll leave tonight's coverage there.

IN th ejudo, Qona Christie is out of the women's -57kg division, after losing her repechage to Scot Malin Wilson, but at the boxing, featherweight Alex Mukuka has earned New Zealand's first victory with a razor-thin split decision over George Molwantwa of Botswana, moving into the quarter-finals.

Please check back at 5am Tuesday to catch up on the overnight action and live action from the morning's programme at these Commonwealth Games.

12:17am - King is two points away from the match, but concedes a stroke on a shot played into the forecourt and then hits the tin. She plays a daring boast for match ball, but Turmel saves two and ties it at 10-10.

12:06am - King wins the third game 11-9 on a stroke in a bitter encounter with Turmel. The Kiwis has been warned by the Aussie umpire that her next bit of dissention will incur a code-of-conduct penalty.

11:44pm - King salvages a point for 15-15 and then a drop shot for 16-15 game ball. She barely stays in the next rally and demands a stroke, but loses her appeal.

Turmel wins another point to level at 16-16, but King smashes for another game ball and finally takes it, when Turmel can't win a let. Phew!

11:41pm - Turmel tries a drop shot that catches tin, so King leads 14-13 and game ball, but Turmel plays across court for 14-14.

King can't retreive a dropshot and Turmel has another game ball, after trailling 10-2.

11:32pm - King holds eight game balls in the second, but can't finish Turmel off, allowing her to 10-10. This is getting tense...

King wins a stroke to make it 11-10, but makes a big error to gift the point back. Turmel has game ball on a drop shot into the corner and King wins another stroke for 12-12.

At 13-12, Turmel boasts for another game ball, King plays a drop shot that requires a video review, which rules no let, so 13-13.

11:14pm - Aussie Titmus wins the second 800 freestyle heat in 8m 36.17s and Thomas' time is the third fastest qualifying to the final.

Meanwhile, defending gold medallist Joelle King runs the risk of losing the opening game against Turmel in their squash singles quarter-final... Turmel has game ball and takes the game 11-9.

11:04pm - Thomas eases ahead of Zavaros to finish second in her 800 freestyle heat in 8m 39.01s and seal a spot in the final.

Meanwhile, judoka Qona Christie has lost her opening -57kg match to Christianne Legentil of Mauritius and now faces a repechage against Scot Malin Wilson.

11pm - Thomas has slipped to third in the 800 freestyle heat, behind Aussie Pallister and Canadian Zavaros, but there is little more to swim for, with a final spot well within her grasp.

England's Chris Murray has taken the 81kg weightlifting with a Games record total of 325kg. Cameron McTaggart finishes sixth with 305kg.

Squash star Joelle King about to start her singles quarter-final against England's Lucy Turmel.

10:55pm - Thomas is in the water for her 800 freestyle heat, with only 12 swimmers and four to drop out. She's second after 150m, behind Aussie Lani Pallister.

10:42pm - McTaggart will finish sixth in the 81kg weightlifting, but the gold medal is very much up for grabs, with Aussie Kyle Bruce leading, but he England's Chris Murray and Canadian Nicolas Vachon all attempting 181kg on their last attempts.

10:36pm - Gasson and Rasmussen on their blocks at the pool. Gasson lies second after the opening leg of butterfly, with Rasmussen in seventh.

Gasson slips out of the placings over backstroke and lies sixth after breaststroke. She finishes fifth in 2m 15.49s, but that won't get her into the final.

Rasmussen finishes sixth in 2m 16.03s. Eve Thomas is the only other Kiwi in action tonight in the 800m freestyle heats.

10:19pm - Kiwis in action at the pool soon, with Helena Gasson and Mya Rasmussen in medley heats.

McTaggart failed his second attempt at 170kg and has another to come. He currrently trails Haider Ali of Pakistan, but plenty of firepower to come.

McTaggart fails his final attempt and will have to settle for 303kg total.

10;12pm - McTaggart has completed his opening clean & jerk at 165kg and has nominated 169kg next.

10:05pm - NZ are in big trouble with three bowls left in their women's fours semi against India, just one shot up, but maybe three down on the head. Tayla Bruce steps up and knocks the India shot bowl away to grab the shot.

The India skip knocks the NZ shot away and they now hold at least one. Val Smith's last bowl... it's short.

India seem to hold three shots and that would end the match. It's over and that's a heartbreaking loss to the Kiwis, who will play Fiji for bronze now.

9:58pm - NZ take just one shot from that penultimate end and lead India 13-12 in their women's fours semi. IN the other semi, South African have taken three from the final end to pip Fiji 16-14 and move into the final. 

9:54pm - McTaggart has nominated 165kg as his starting attempt in the clearn & jerk.

Meanwhile, Taylor Bruce steals the shot off India on the 14th end and NZ may have a second promoted by the next Indian bowl.

9:47pm - India take two shots from the 13th end and they are level with the NZ four 12-12 with two ends to play. They make a big mistake though, when they roll the jack into the ditch and the Kiwis can now dictate the length of the head.

The Kiwis have rolled very shot and their length is being challenged - it's not the required 23 metres, so the jack is placed on the tee.

9:45pm - England's Chris Murray finishes with the best snatch of the 81kg men's division with 144kg, after Aussie Kyle Bruce can't improve on his opening 143kg.

9:35pm - Two more shots to the NZ women and they lead 12-10 after 12 ends in the women's fours.

Scotland take three shots on the last end to beat Skellern and Noble 18-10 in their para men's pairs semi. Still, a much better performance from the Kiwis, who lost 25-5 against the same opponents in pool play.

They will now play England for the bronze medal.

9:30pm - Great bowl from Tayla Bruce takes two shots away from India and gives the NZ four a couple, before the next Indian bowl reduces that to one. Val Smith grabs another...

Mc Taggart fails on his attempt at 141kg, so that's him finished in the snatch. He lies sixth.

9:27pm - McTaggart changes his next lift to 141kg, playing some mind games with his rivals.

9:23pm - Much-needed end from the NZ four, taking three shots to level the score at 10-10 after 11 of the 15 ends. They roll a very short head this time... 

Scotland pick up two more shots on the 14th end to lead 15-10 over Skellern and Noble, who are running out of time to qualify for the gold-medal match.  

9:18pm - McTaggart lifts 138kg with his second snatch attempt, with one more to come. He's nominated 140kg.

Skellern and Noble grab a shot back from Scotland on the 13th end to trail 13-10 in their para men's pairs semi at the bowls. 

9:12pm - India take three shots from the 10th end and now lead NZ 10-7 in the women's fours semi.

At the weightlifting, McTaggart succeeds with 135kg in his opening snatch attempt and has nominated 136kg for his second, but that may change...

9:02pm - The Kiwi women take a shot on the ninth end to snap their skid and draw level with India at 7-7 in the fours, but the Scots have taken control against Skellern and Noble with four shots on the 12th end and a 13-9 advantage now.

8:50pm - The men's 81kg weightlifting has begun and Kiwi Cameron McTaggart will begin his snatch competition at 135kg.

Meanwhile, the Scots have grabbed two shots on the 11th end to tie Skellern and Noble 9-9 in their para pairs bowls semi, while India have taken the 7-6 lead in the women's fours with three shots on the eighth end - that's six straight shots now.

8:44pm - India take another shot to draw within 6-5, with four consecutive shots.

Skellern and Noble take two on the 10th end to lead 9-7.

8:37pm - Skellern and Noble draw level 7-7 with a shot on the ninth end, but the women's four seem to have lost their way against India, after taking an early lead.

8:33pm - Kiwi skip Val Smith reduces the damage to just one shot on the sixth end against India and NZ still lead 6-4 in their fours semi.

8:31pm - The Scots have stormed into the lead over Skellern and Noble with three shots on the eighth end, moving 7-6 ahead.

8:24pm - India take two shots from the fifth end to trail NZ 6-3 in the women's fours semi, while the Kiwi para men have taken another shot against Scotland to lead 6-4 after seven ends.

Not long until the start of men's 81kg weightlifting, where Kiwi Cameron McTaggart will compete.

8:14pm - Scotland claw one back to trail Skellern and Noble 5-4 after six ends...

8:11pm - Another shot to Skellern and Noble to go 5-3 up over Scotland after five ends of the para pairs semi. The Kiwi and Indian women are playing some pinpoint bowls in their fours encounter, with NZ taking a shot in the fourth end for a 6-1 lead.

8:03pm - Apparently India have never won a bowls medal at the Commonwealth Games, but they hold shot again in the fourth end against the NZ four.

8:01pm - Great bowls from the Indian skip, steals the shot from NZ on the last attempt, so India are on the board, still trailling 5-1 in the women's fours.

7:58pm - Great bowl from the NZ women, with India holding two shots, but the Kiwis trailling the kitty to the back of the head for at least two at this stage...

Skellern and Noble have taken another shot on the fourth end against Scotland to lead 4-3.

7:55pm - Scotland have grabbed three shots back on the third end to tie Skellern and Noble at 3-3.

7:51pm - The Kiwi women have taken another two shots from India in their fours semi for a 5-0 advantage after two ends.

7:46pm - Skellern and Noble have taken another two shots on the second end to lead 3-0 early. This certainly isn't going the way of their meeting earlier this week.

7:41pm - Great news early from the bowls, where both the para men's pair and the women's four have taken shots in the first ends of their contests. Skellern and Noble have one shot on Scotland, while the four took three shots against India.

7:32pm - The para men's pair of Graham Skellern and Mark Noble finished fourth in the only section, winning two and losing three, including a 25-5 loss to Scotland, who are their opponents tonight.

7:28pm - At the Victoria Park bowls venue, New Zealand are preparing for their two semi-finals matches of the evening.

The women's four of Selina Goddard, Nicole Toomey, Tayla Bruce and veteran Val Smith face India for a spot in the gold-medal final. The Kiwis have gone unbeaten through pool play, although they drew with South Africa, and then beat Botswana in their quarter-final.

India finished second in their pool, behind England, before beating Norfolk Island in the quarter-finals.

5:34pm - Welcome to the NZ night session/Birmingham morning, which doesn't seem to have any track cycling, but will be highlighted by our bowlers contesting semi-finals in the women's four and men's para pair.

Also watch out for squash stars Paul Coll and Joelle King in singles quarter-finals later in the night.

Here's what the evening looks like...

Val Smith, Tayla Bruce, Selina Goddard & Nicole Toomy v India - women's fours semi-finals

Mark Noble & Graham Skellern v Scotland - para men's pairs semi-finals

Sue Curran/Bronwyn Milne & Gerald Brouwers/Kevin Smith v Scotland - para mixed pairs round 2

Alex Mukuka v George Molwantwa (Botswana) - men's featherweight round of 16

Qona Christie v Chrisianne Legentil (Mauritius) - women's U57kg preliminaries, quarter-finals, semis & repechage

Joelle King v Lucy Turmel (England) - women's singles quarter-finals

Paul Coll v Adrian Waller (England) - men's singles quarter-finals

Helena Gasson - women's 200m individual medley heat 2

Mya Rasmussen - women's 200m individual medley heat 2 

Eve Thomas - women's 800m freestyle heat 1     

Cameron McTaggart - men's 81kg

8:40am - That brings Newshub's live coverage to a close this morning. Please join us again this evening for all the action from Birmingham.

8:38am - South Africa are in again and that should seal the 31-7 victory! Ndhlovu puts the big fend on and caps off a sensational victory. Gold for South Africa.

8:34am - Fiji finally score their first try! SA lead 24-7 with just three minutes left. Crowd loving this, and roaring the Fijians back into this.

8:32am - Davids with a huge cutout pass to a surging du Plesiss and skips out of one tackle to score in the left corner. SA running away with it now.

8:28am - Pretorious involved in everything! This time, he gets over the ball to win the turnover, finds Williams, and he's in for the try. South Africa lead Fiji 17-0 at halftime.

8:26am - The 'Boks are in again! This time, through Pretorious, who strolls in down the right wing to extend their lead. Clinical from South Africa.

8:22am - South Africa strike first through du Plessis after a clever kick by Davids. The conversion from out wide is successful and SA lead 7-0.

8:12am - Fiji finish strong but Australia far too good, as they hold on to claim gold with a 22-12 victory at Birmingham. Finally, we move to the men's final of Fiji v South Africa.

8:02am - Australia strolling to a comfortable victory here. They now lead 22-0 over Fiji in the gold-medal match.

7:57am - Meanwhile, in the gold medal match of the women's sevens, Australia lead 17-0 over Fiji right before halftime.

7:55am - NZ men's 3x3 basketball team have beaten Trinidad and Tobago 21-12 in their Pool B match, while the women claimed a 19-5 victory over the Virgin Islanders in their Pool B clash.

7:44am - All Blacks Sevens almost score after the hooter, but it doesn't matter, NZ men's take bronze to match the women's efforts at Birmingham.

7:42am - Australia score with just 20 seconds left, but it's far too little, too late, as NZ still lead 26-12. 

7:38am - Carter shows good strength and heads up play to embrace the tackle and stretch for the line to score the try! NZ lead 26-7 with two minutes to go.

7:36am - Another loose ball is picked up by Leo, there's plenty of space ahead of him and he's away in the corner for another NZ try!

7:30am - Leo shows a great turn of pace and runs the length of the field to score New Zealand's second. Weber the supplier, and Leo with the finish. ABs Sevens lead 14-7 at the break.

7:28am - Turner shows great feet, steps Weber, before another and is in for Australia! Game tied 7-7 with two minutes left of the first half.

7:25am - Carter scoops up the loose pass and sprints over 60m to score the game's opening try! New Zealand strike first.

7:24am - So the Black Ferns have won bronze, can the men follow suit? They're up right now against Australia, should be a cracker.

7:21am - Drama here! Canada score again but miss the conversion from right in front. Canada can't secure the kick-off and NZ hold on to claim bronze at Birmingham.

7:20am - Canada not done yet! Logan puts the foot down and sprints to score their first try of the bronze-medal clash. NZ should hold on though.

7:18am - Saili runs 60m to dot down under the sticks, which should seal the bronze medal for New Zealand. Brazier again involved in the lead up.

7:16am - Just over three minutes remain, but it's New Zealand still holding the 12-0 lead. Canada throwing everything they can at NZ, but the Kiwis' defence holding strong.

7:11am - Halftime here, with Black Ferns holding a 12-0 lead at the break. They've largely been untroubled, but can they hold on?

7:08am - Brazier scores New Zealand's second and they now hold a 12-0 lead over Canada. Strong start from our girls.

7:04am - Black Ferns Sevens strike first! Blyde crosses as New Zealand take the early lead. Canada have also lost a player to the sin bin.

7:02am - We're underway in the bronze-medal match for the women's rugby sevens, as NZ battle Canada for third.

6:50am - Clareburt receives his gold medal during the ceremony. What a Commonwealth Games he's had. We now move to our NZ sevens teams as they go for bronze.

6:44am - MORE GOLD FOR NZ! Josh Willmer stuns his Aussie rival to claim gold in the men's 100m breaststroke SB8 final.

6:40am - Tupou Neiufi claims silver in the women's 100m backstroke S8 final! What a morning for the Kiwis in the pool.

6:27am - Clareburt in third with just 50m left! 

He's done it! The Kiwi pulls off a late surge to claim his second gold.

6:25am - Clareburt in the final of the men's 200m butterfly final now!

6:22am - New Zealand's finishes eighth in the second semi-final, and will not join Gasson in the final. She clocked in 27.01sec.

6:18am - Helena Gasson finishes fourth in the women's 50m butterfly semi-final. Her time sees her qualify for the final in sixth.

6:12am -  Andrew Jeffcoat wins his semi-final in the men's 50m backstroke! Cameron Gray finished seventh and will have to wait to see if he makes the final.

Jeffcoat's time of 24.82sec is a new NZ record.

5:55am - GOLD FOR STRONG! The Kiwi surges to another first-place finish for New Zealand in the men's 15km race final.

5:50am -  Strong still leading with 26 laps to go. Plenty of time for the other two Kiwis to make their moves towards the leading pack.

5:44am - Kiwi Corbin Strong and Mark Stewart of Scotland have raced out in front with 38 laps to go, while George Jackson has rejoined the field.

5:40am - We're underway in the men's 15km sctratch race final, with 52 laps still to go. George Jackson has dropped out to have a wheel change.

5:32am - We're just 10 minutes away from the men's 15km scratch race, with Corbin Strong, Campbell Stewart, George Jackson in action for New Zealand.

5:20am - Earlier this morning, Rebecca Petch finished just outside the medals in fourth in the women's 500m TT, while our mixed team relay also finished fourth in the triathlon.

Michaela Drummond (5th), Bryony Botha (8th), Emily Shearman (9th) all finished outside of the medals in the women's 25k points race.

Meanwhile, neither Sam Webster or Sam Dakin qualified for the men's Sprint quarterfinals.

5:10am - Good morning and thank you for joining us! Plenty on this morning, with cycling, swimming and sevens the highlights.

The men's 15km scratch race final is scheduled for 5:42am, while Lewis Clareburt will be going for gold in the men's 200m butterfly final at 6:28am. 

Both our NZ sevens sides will be action for bronze from 6:50am.


Kia ora, good morning and welcome to Newshub's live coverage of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, where our triathletes and cyclists have already been in action this morning.

(quick wrap of medals so far this morning)

The first two days at Birmingham have certainly surpassed medal expectations for the NZ team and there are plenty more on offer today.

Here's what the rest of the morning looks like...

Basketball 3x3
NZ v Trinidad & Tobago - men's Pool B

NZ v British Virgin Islands - women's Pool B

Pam Walker & Lynda Bennett v South Africa - para women's pairs round 5

Mark Noble & Graham Skellern v Scotland - para men's pairs round 5

Val Smith, Tayla Bruce, Selina Goddard & Nicole Toomy v Botswana - women's fours quarter-finals

Sue Curran/Bronwyn Milne & Gerald Brouwers/Kevin Smith v Australia - para mixed pairs round 1

Mark Noble & Graham Skellern - para men's pairs quarter-finals

Emile Richardson v Desmond Amsterdam (Guyana) - men's middleweight round of 16

Men's 15km scratch race final

NZ v Canada - women's bronze-medal match

NZ v Australia - men's bronze medal-match

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

Cameron Gray - 50m backstroke semi-finals  

Helena Gasson - 50m butterfly semi-finals

Hazel Ouwehand - 50m butterfly semi-finals

Tupou Neiufi - 100m backstroke S8 final

Jesse Reynolds - 100m breaststroke SB8 final

Joshua Willmer - 100m breaststroke SB8 final 

Mya Rasmussen - 200m breaststroke final

Vester Villalon - men's 73kg