Live updates: Birmingham Commonwealth Games, August 3 - Kiwi mountain bikers go for gold, Lewis Clareburt continues charge in pool

12:20am - That will do us for this NZ evening session, which was highlighted by the gold-silver double in the men's mountain bike from Sam Gaze and Ben Oliver. 

Join us at 5am for an action-packed morning of Kiwis chasing more medals.

12:10am- BOXING - Alex Mukuka has been handily beaten 5-0 and is out at the quarterfinal stage of the men's featherweight competition, falling one victory short of a guaranteed medal. 

12:04am - Here comes Gaze and it's official - gold for NZ! Oliver on his way in to claim silver.

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11:51pm - Bell lap for Gaze! He's all by himself as he begins his final cruise to gold.

He's 42 seconds ahead of Oliver, who is over two minutes clear of third.

11:40pm - MOUNTAIN BIKE - Gaze has made his move and pulled well clear of Oliver with two laps to race. Oliver won't be troubled for silver, either.

11:30pm - MOUNTAIN BIKE - Gaze and Oliver are now 58 seconds clear with three laps to go. The only question is which Kiwi claims gold?

11:14pm - MOUNTAIN BIKE - Gaze now pulling away slightly from Oliver in the fourth of eight laps.

Either way, this seems a lock for a Kiwi one-two.

11:11pm - JUDO - Kody Andrews wins his semi-final via ippon and is now guaranteed a medal in the men's +100kg final, which will take place around 4am Thursday.


11:06pm - Gaze reclaims a (very narrow) lead over Oliver as they complete their third of eight laps.

The Kiwi pair are now 35 seconds clear of the third-placed rider.

10:55pm - Second lap done and Gaze and Oliver are neck and neck in first and second - now 23 second clear of the third-placed rider. Six laps to go.

10:48pm - Gaze and Oliver have opened up a six-second gap on the next pack of riders at the end of the first of eight laps. Pulling away here early.

10:38pm - Still on the first of eight laps and the Kiwis look steady in first (Gaze) and second place (Oliver).

10:34pm - Gaze makes his push to claim the front of the pack. Oliver into fourth.

10:31pm - Gaze and Oliver in fifth and sixth after the first section.

10:22pm- Next up will be Ben Oliver and Sam Gaze in the men's cross-country mountain bike (10:30pm), while the women's bowls pair take on Niue in the quarter-finals (10:30pm).

Rounding out tonight's coverage will be Alex Mukuka in the men's featherweight boxing quarter-finals.

10:15pm - JUDO - Moira de Villiers (women's U78kg) and Kody Andrews (men's 100kg+) have advanced to their respective semi-finals.

Those will take place from 4am, Thursday.


Kiwis Eve Thomas and Erika Fairweather are up at 9:57pm in the third heat of the women's 400m freestyle. 

Thomas and Fairweather take to their blocks.

Fairweather and Thomas in second and third respectively at the halfway mark.

Fairweather battling the Canadian for first. Thomas has dropped back.

Pips her at the post! Fairweather finishes first, Thomas in fourth.

Fairweather's time of 4m 2.28s makes her the top qualifier for the final with one heat remaining.

The heats have all wrapped up, and Fairweather is officially the top qualifier for the final. Thomas sneaks in as the seventh qualifier.

Fairweather and Thomas will be racing in the women's 400m freestye final at 6:37am, Thursday

9:50pm - JUDO - NZ's Jason Koster has been consigned to the repechage after losing his men's -100kg quarter-final via ippon.

9:48pm - BOWLS - An epic contest comes to an end, as Kiwi McIlory is pipped by Jersey's Ross Davis 21-19 in the 31st end of their men's singles clash, a contest which finished just a minute before the 2h 15m time limit.

9:40pm - SWIMMING

Clareburt is in lane No. 5. Here we go.

Solid start through the opening butterfly leg, turns first at the wall.

Reins it in on the backstroke, turns in second and is neck and neck through the breaststroke.

Clareburt eases home in the final freestyle leg to finish in second with a modest time of 2m1.12s to see him qualify sixth for the final.

Clareburt will chase his third gold in the men's 200m IM final at 6:07am, Thursday (NZ time).

9:38pm - BOWLS - Kiwi women's pair of Katelyn Inch and Selina Goddard have prevailed 19-10 over South Africa to advance to the quarter-finals.

9:28pm - SWIMMING - Let's cross to the pool now to check in wiith NZ sensation Lewis Clareburt, who'll be racing in his heat of the men's 200m individual medley.

The first of four heats is underway, with Clareburt slated to race in the fourth.

9:13pm - BOWLS - Jersey has taken a 17-14 edge over Kiwi McIlory in the race to 21.

9:10pm - JUDO - Jason Koster gets the Kiwi judokas off to a positive start, taking a win in the men's under U100kg by way of a triple penalty against his opponent.

9pm - WEIGHTLIFTING - Junior Tasi fails on his first lift of 145. Chooses to bump it up to 146 but no dice.

Can't make it stick on his third, and the Kiwis is the first out of the men's 109kg final.


8:55pm - Jersey up over NZ's Mcilroy 13-11 after 19 ends. The women' pair ahead 12-7 after nine.

8:34pm - McIlroy down 11-8 after end 14. The Kiwi women's pair up 7-5 after nine.

8:15pm - Davis on fire and the Kiwi McIlroy suddenly finds himself down 9-5 after end 10.

Inch and Goddard have fought back to claim a 6-4 lead against South Africa after seven ends.

8:03pm - Women's pair Katelyn Inch and Selina Goddard are down 4-2 to South Africa. 

Davis is on the comeback against NZ's McIlroy, closing it to 5-3 after end seven.

Two-shot haul for Davis and we're locked at five after eight ends.

7:50pm - In case you were wondering, according to trusty Wikipedia:

"Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands, between England and France. A self-governing dependency of the United Kingdom, with a mix of British and French cultures, it’s known for its beaches, cliffside walking trails, inland valleys and historic castles".

No mention of their bowling prowess.

7:40pm - Shannon McIlroy looking in fine touch to open his second-round duel with Jersey's Ross Davis, up 3-1 after three ends. 

Make that 4-1 at the end of four....ends.

7:25pm - Good evening Comm Games tragics, we're back with another evening of Kiwis in action across Birmingham.

Tonight's main event will be the men's cross-country mountain bike, where - despite losing 2018 silver medallist Anton Cooper in a heartbreaking late withdrawal - NZ still boast the gold-medal favourite in defending champion Sam Gaze.

Lewis Clareburt will be back in the pool to resume his quest for a third gold medal, alongside promising young talent Erika Fairweather.

Boxer Alex Mukuka could guarantee himself a medal if he's able to get past Ghana's Joseph Commey in their featherweight quarter-final.

We also have some judo, weightlifting, and we'll kick the evening off with a spot of lawn bowls.



Katelyn Inch & Selina Goddard v South Africa - women's pairs round 2

Shannon McIlroy v Ross Davis (Jersey) - men's singles round 2


Katelyn Inch & Selina Goddard v Nuie - women's pairs round 3



Lewis Clareburt - men's 200m individual medley heat 2


Eve Thomas - women's 400m freestyle heat 3

Erika Fairweather - women's 400m freestyle heat 3

Mountain bike


Men's cross country - Sam Gaze, Ben Oliver



Kody Andrews - men's +100kg quarter-finals

Jason Koster v Qaisar Khan (Pakistan) - men's U100kg round of 16

Sydnee Andrews v Gabriella Wood (Trinidad & Tobago) - women's +78kg quarter-finals

Moira de Villiers v Hayley Mackey - women's U78kg quarter-final



Junior Tasi - men's 109kg



Quarter-finals - men’s featherweight U57kg, Alex Mukuka v Joseph Commey (Ghana)


8:45am - That concludes our coverage for the morning, but we'll be back later tonight for the rest of today's events.

The standout event will be the return of Lewis Clareburt to the pool, backing up for the men's 200m individual medley, while Erika Fairweather and Eve Thomas will be in action for the women's 400m freestyle. 

Thanks for joining us, and see you again soon!

8:35am - SWIMMING

It's a 1-2-3 finish for Australia, as Titmus sets a new Games record in the process. 

Eve Thomas takes fourth place, but she was nowhere near the Australian three.

8:30am - SWIMMING

New Zealand's Eve Thomas is about to get underway in the women's 800m freestyle final.

Olympic champion Ariane Titmus seems the favourite for gold, but you never know...

8:23am - NETBALL

The Silver Ferns stay perfect, beating Trinidad and Tobago 80-24.

A great result for Dame Noeline Taurua's side!

8:02am - CRICKET

Last over of the White Ferns v Sri Lanka. Rosemary Mair will bowl it, Sri Lanka need a mathematically impossible 54 runs.

Sri Lanka at the very least pass 100, but they finish on 102/8 - the White Ferns win by 45 runs and reach the semi-finals!


Hayley Whiting has finished in the women's 87kg+ category.

Australia's Eileen Cikamatana claimed the gold medal with a new Games record of 255kg lifted.

7:47am - SWIMMING

Cameron Gray has missed out on a spot in the final of the men's 50m freestyle.

He finished sixth in his semi-final.

7:41am - CRICKET

Hayley Jensen will bowl her last over, and she gets another wicket! Sanjeewani drags on for two, and Jensen has three-for! She's got three balls to pick up her best figures.

Sri Lanka are 68/7.

7:36am - NETBALL

The Silver Ferns are also in complete control of their latest pool match. 

New Zealand lead Trinidad and Tobago 42-11 at halftime of their Pool B clash.

7:32am - CRICKET

Eden Carson has come into the attack, and taken two wickets in no time to leave Sri Lanka 56/6 in the 13th over.

They need 92 runs in 44 balls at a required run rate of nearly 13 if they're to overcome the White Ferns here.

SL 57/6

7:21am - CRICKET

Back to the cricket, and Jensen has taken a third wicket to leave Sri Lanka 19/3 at the end of the seventh over. The White Ferns are well on their way to victory.

SRI 19/3

7:20am - ATHLETICS

Slightly confusing scenes here. Because Kennedy passed at 4.50m, she still needs to clear 4.60m to be guaranteed gold.

If she can't, then things will start to get a bit tricky.

It won't matter though - Kennedy has cleared 4.60m, and takes gold!

7:16am - ATHLETICS

Australia's Kennedy has gold wrapped up, but will now have a crack at 4.60m.

Not before a hurdles heat in the background though.

Kennedy pulls out of her run, so that counts as a fail.

7:11am - ATHLETICS

Caudery also fails her go at 4.50m, so she takes silver on count back.

7:10am - ATHLETICS

Ayris is up for her last go at 4.50m.

She's guaranteed at least bronze, but can push for silver or gold with this.

She can't get over though. But that's still bronze!

And she gets a huge hug from McTaggart as well!

7:08am - ATHLETICS

McTaggart, needing this to stay in the competition.

She gets up, but again clips the bar on the way down!

McTaggart goes, but that gives at least bronze to compatriot Ayris.

7:07am - ATHLETICS

Caudery lines up for her second attempt at 4.50m.

Another delay as an 800m heat begins in the background.

She gets up, but nips the bar on the way down!

Last chance saloon for all three jumpers at 4.50m.

7:03am - CRICKET

The White Ferns are in charge. Sri Lanka are 18/2 at the end of the powerplay, needing 130 runs from 82 balls.

Hannah Rowe picked up the second wicket.

7:02am - ATHLETICS

And Ayris for her second jump at 4.50m - her PB.

But again she clips the bar on the way down.

Both Kiwis have one jump left.

7:02am - ATHLETICS

Ok, so Australia's Nina Kennedy has passed at 4.50m, which means McTaggart has her second attempt now.

False start, and she's got 20 seconds to go again. 

She goes up, but pulls out at the last second.

So that's another miss for McTaggart, she has one jump left at 4.50m.

7:00am - ATHLETICS

England's Caudery has her first go at 4.50m - and she fails too.

No one's cleared 4.50m - yet.

6:58am - ATHLETICS

Here's Ayris, her first go at 4.50m. 

But she knocks the bar on the way up. 

No good.

6:57am - ATHLETICS

The bar goes up to 4.50m. McTaggart will be first up.

She gets up fine, but again clips the bar on the way down.

6:53am - ATHLETICS

Newell has one last chance at 4.45m. If she fails, New Zealand will be guaranteed at least one medal.

And she's failed 4.45m - we're down to four!

6:51am - ATHLETICS

McTaggart with her last attempt at 4.45m. And she's over!

6:50am - ATHLETICS

Canada's Newell has her second attempt, but also clips the bar on the way down.

6:49am - ATHLETICS

Kiwi McTaggart for her second attempt at 4.45m. She's over, but her arm knocks the bar on the way down!

She'll have one last attempt to clear it.

6:48am - ATHLETICS

Slight delay after the track was used. As England's Molly Caudery clears 4.45m next.

6:44am - ATHLETICS

Here's Ayris, her first go at 4.45m - and she's over!

She joins Kennedy in the next round.

6:43am - ATHLETICS

Australia's Nina Kennedy is next, and she makes it look easy!

Pressure on McTaggart and Ayris to match her now.

6:42am - ATHLETICS

Canada's Anicka Newell also fails on her first attempt of 4.45m.

6:41am - ATHLETICS

McTaggart is back up, just five competitors left. The bar moves up to 4.45m.

Can McTaggart clear it first up? She can't, close but no cigar.

6:37am - CRICKET

The White Ferns are ready to begin their effort in the field. 

Hayley Jensen takes the new ball, and traps Sri Lanka captain Chamari Athapaththu in front! Not given though? That was out for all money!

It won't matter though - as Jensen cleans her up fourth ball! Great start for the White Ferns, a wicket maiden from Jensen.

SRI 0/1

6:34pm - BOXING

Erin Walsh has been beaten in the round of 16, falling to a points defeat to Elizabeth Oshoba of Nigeria.

6:33am - ATHLETICS

And now Ayris clears 4.35m!

6:26am - ATHLETICS

McTaggart is up for her first attempt, going for 4.35m - and nails it!

Ayris also cleared the 4.25m mark on her second attempt.

6:25am - CRICKET

Tahuhu brings up the 140 in the final over with four behind square on the leg side, and then gets three more with an edge down to third man. 

Hannah Rowe faces the last ball, and gets two down to long-on as Sri Lanka botch a run out at the bowler's end. That's the 20 overs, the White Ferns make 147.

NZ 147/7

6:21am - CRICKET

Tahuhu smashes four from the first ball, and then six off her second. A couple of singles, before Tahuhu is bowled - but it's a no-ball!

That'll be a free hit to end the 19th over. Can Tahuhu clear the boundary?

She gets a single, but then Gaze is run out coming back for two. Not sure what the plan was there, Tahuhu should have wanted the strike for the last over. Gaze goes for a useful 16.

NZ 134/7

6:17am - ATHLETICS

Ayris is the first of the Kiwis in the pole vault. Attempting 4.25m, but fails.

6:16am - CRICKET

Two overs to go, 120 is up, so Sri Lanka will have to chase more than a run a ball.

Halliday has added a vital 22 - but she goes to the first ball of the 19th! Halliday slices one straight to point for 22. Lea Tahuhu comes in, get ready for some fireworks!

NZ 120/6

6:08am - ATHLETICS

England's Holly Bradshaw, one of the pre-Games favourites, has been forced out of the high jump final with injury. 

That could open the door for McTaggart to contend for a medal...

6:07am - CRICKET

The 100 is up for the White Ferns, but the pair of Halliday and Gaze will still want to push towards 140.

Halliday finds the boundary twice to end the 16th over.

NZ 108/5

6:04am - ATHLETICS

We've got a big morning over at the athletics track! Imogen Ayris and Olivia McTaggart are both first up in the women's high jump final.

Later, Hamish Kerr will be a contender for the men's high jump, with that final starting at 6:33am.

5:59am - CRICKET

Another wicket falls, and this time it's Jensen. Big play and miss outside off, and the ball bounces out of Sanjeewani's gloves, back onto the stumps. 

Just three runs for Jensen, and Izzy Gaze comes in for her first innings as a White Fern.

NZ 89/5

5:48am - CRICKET

Bates goes! Ranasinghe has two in the over! A top edged sweep from Bates flies up towards point, where keeper Anushka Sanjeewani runs across to complete the catch.

Bates goes for 34, Hayley Jensen is in at No.6, with eight overs still to go.

NZ 79/4

5:46am - CRICKET

Green's out too! She uses her feet to Oshadi Ranasinghe, and feathers behind to the keeper - who takes off the bails for good measure.

Green goes for nine, Brooke Halliday replaces her. Suzie Bates is at the other end with 34.

NZ 77/3

5:40am - CRICKET

At the halfway stage of the innings, the White Ferns are 64/2.

5:35am - CRICKET

Another wicket falls, and this time it's Kerr! Spinner Inoka Ranaweera pushes a quicker ball through, and Kerr is beaten to lose her leg stump.

Kerr goes for seven off seven, Maddy Green replaces her at No.4 in the ninth over.

NZ 60/2

5:27am - CRICKET

Hold that thought. Devine falls looking for another maximum. She uses her feet, and is caught at long-off by Kavisha Dilhari.

Devine goes for 24, Amelia Kerr comes in at No.3. 

NZ 51/1

5:26am - CRICKET

Devine slog-sweeps for six, and brings up the 50-run stand with Bates!

NZ 51/0

5:22am - CRICKET

At the end of the power play, the White Ferns are 41/0.

Devine has 17 off 18 (but is more than capable of catching up!). Bates has 23 off 18.

NZ 41/0

5:12am - CRICKET

The White Ferns are batting first in their second pool match, against Sri Lanka at Edgbaston.

Openers Sophie Devine and Suzie Bates are going at just under a run a ball, 23/0 after the first four overs.


Good morning! If you're just catching up on results, here's what you've missed overnight:

New Zealand's women's four have won bronze, beating Fiji in their medal match.

Squash star Paul Coll has reached the gold medal match of the men's squash, while counterpart Joelle King will play for bronze after losing in her semi-final.

In athletics, Connor Bell and Maddi Wesche are both through to the respective discus and shot put finals.

NZ's 3x3 basketball women's side have fallen to defeat against Australia in the bronze medal match.

There's still more to come this morning though - so stick around!


Kia ora, good morning and welcome to Newshub's live coverage of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, where we must now get used to NO track cycling.

The flow of medals from the velodrome will be missed, but there are still a few on offer in other sports, with athletics beginning and squash singles reaching their climax.

This morning will see our para men bowlers and women 3X3 basketballers play for bronze medals, while squash stars Joelle King and Paul Coll face singles semi-finals.

Para swimmers Jesse Reynolds and Josh Willmer will chase more medals over 100m butterfly, after their earlier success.

The unbeaten Silver Ferns take on winless Trinidad & Tobago in netball, while the White Ferns face Sri Lanka in T20 cricket.

Here's how the morning shapes up...

Artistic Gymnastics
Sam Dick - men's vault final

Sam Dick - men's rings final

Olivia McTaggart - women's pole vault final

Imogen Ayris - women's pole vault final

Basketball 3X3
NZ v Australia - women's bronze-medal match

Tony Grantham, Andrew Kelly, Mike Galloway & Ali Forsyth v Jersey - men's fours round 1

Val Smith, Tayla Bruce & Nicole Toomey v Niue - women's triples round 2

Mark Noble & Graham Skellern v England - para men's pairs bronze-medal match

Erin Walsh v Elizabeth Oshoba (Nigeria) - women's featherweight round of 16

NZ v Sri Lanka - women's group match

Elliott Connolly - men's U81kg medal contests

NZ v Trinidad & Tobago

Joelle King v Hollie Naughton (Canada) - women's singles semi-final

Paul Coll v Saurav Ghosal (India) - men's singles semi-final

Andrew Jeffcoat - men's 200m backstroke final

Cameron Gray - men's 50m freestyle semi-finals

Hazel Ouwehand - women's 50m backstroke semi-finals

Joshua Willmer - men's 100m butterfly S10 final

Jesse Reynolds - men's 100m butterfly S10 final

Eve Thomas - women's 800m freestyle final