Live updates: Birmingham Commonwealth Games, August 4 - Clareburt chases swimming history, as more medals beckon

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That's a wrap from us tonight - but we'll be back again early on Friday!

Here's a look at what's to come, and you can find all of the action right here.

Portia Bing - women's 400m hurdles round 1, heat 1

Connor Bell - men's discus final

Ali Fosyth, Mike Galloway & Andrew Kelly & Tony Grantham v Malta - men's fours round 4

Ali Fosyth, Mike Galloway & Andrew Kelly & Tony Grantham v Scotland - men's fours round 5

Val Smith, Tayla Bruce & Nicole Toomey - women's triples quarter-finals

Troy Garton v Jaismine Jaismine (India) - women’s lightweight (U60kg) quarter-finals

Wendell Stanley v Tiago Muxanga (Mozambique) - men’s light-middleweight (U71kg) quarter-finals

Leuila Mau'u v Leran Regis (St Lucia) - men’s super-heavyweight (92+kg) quarter-finals

NZ v England - women's group match

Liam Stone - men's 1m springboard preliminaries

Mikali Dawson - women's 10m platform preliminaries

Liam Stone - men's 1m springboard final

Mikali Dawson - women's 10m platform final

NZ v South Africa - men's group match

NZ v England

Joelle King/Amanda Landers-Murphy v Guyana - women's doubles round of 16

Abbie Palmer & Kaitlyn Watts v Scotland - women's doubles round round of 16

Paul Coll & Joelle King v Pakistan - mixed doubles round of 16

Lwamba & Temwa Chilese - men's doubles rounds of 32 & 16

Joelle King & Amanda Landers-Murphy - women's doubles round of 16

11:46pm - BOWLS

Shannon McIlroy has been knocked out of the men's singles, beaten by Scotland's Iain McLean.

11:26pm - ROAD CYCLING

The men's time trial is underway. Can Aaron Gate and Tom Sexton add to Georgia Williams' bronze from earlier tonight?

11:18pm - BOWLS

Shannon McIlroy trails Iain McLean 10-3. Both need a win to stay in contention.

11:03pm - ATHLETICS

NZ's Keeley O'Hagan has qualified for the final of the women's high jump after clearing 1.81m.

Another great effort from the Kiwi high jump contingent.

10:40pm - ATHLETICS

Kiwi Sam Tanner has finished fifth in his 1500m heat and advances to the final.

10:18pm - ROAD CYCLING

Over to the time trial, and Georgia Williams has picked up bronze!

She's finished behind Australia's Grace Brown, and Anna Henderson of England.

10:16pm - ATHLETICS

Apologies, Bradley's third throw was 61.77m - better than her second - and sees her in eighth, which should be enough to qualify.

10:13pm - ATHLETICS

Bradley has her final throw, currently ninth and needing a top 12 finish to reach the final.

She can't better her second attempt though, and will need other results to go her way now.

10:08pm - ATHLETICS

Bruce is up for her third attempt in the hammer throw, two red flags so far. This is her last attempt. 

But this one's no good either, that means Bruce is out.

9:47pm - ATHLETICS

Lauren Bruce is up for her second throw, her first one wasn't registered. 

And this one is a red flag too.

9:46pm - HOCKEY

That's fulltime, and the Black Sticks women have claimed a comfortable 4-1 win, and are through to the semi-finals.

9:40pm - ATHLETICS

Ratcliffe is up for her second throw, and she goes even better with 68.73m!

Camryn Rogers of Canada currently leads after a Games record of 74.84m, but Ratcliffe is second.

Bradley's effort sees her seventh.

9:32pm - ATHLETICS

Lauren Bruce's first throw was a no-throw, while Nicole Bradley throws 59.79m first up.

9:26pm - ATHLETICS

Julia Ratcliffe has opened with a throw of 66.41m in qualifying for the hammer throw.

9:23pm - HOCKEY

The Black Sticks women have their fourth, but South Africa hit back to make it 4-1 in the final quarter.

8:56pm - ATHLETICS

New Zealand are well represented in the women's hammer throw qualifying, not far away from getting underway.

Defending champion Julia Ratcliffe is the standout, and is joined by Nicole Bradley and Lauren Bruce.

8:52pm - HOCKEY

Back after halftime. Can the Black Sticks women add more goals to their total?

8:43pm - HOCKEY

That's the end of the second quarter, no change to the score, but the Black Sticks women still hold a 3-0 lead.

8:42pm - BOWLS

And McIlroy has defeated Locke, needing 12 ends to earn the 21-5 victory.

He'll face Scotland's Iain McLean later tonight.

8:26pm - HOCKEY

And the second quarter is underway. 

South Africa are yet to win in Birmingham, so they'll need a huge effort from here if that's to change.

8:23pm - BOWLS 

Shannon McIlroy has surged to a 12-5 lead after nine ends.

8:22pm - HOCKEY

That's the end of the first quarter, the Black Sticks women are in control.

8:18pm - HOCKEY

The floodgates have been opened. The Black Sticks women score their third, as Hope Ralph smashes one home from a penalty corner.

NZ 3 SA 0

8:12pm - HOCKEY

Make that two! Tyler Lench taps home after a mix-up at the back post.

NZ 2 SA 0

8:09pm - HOCKEY

And the Black Sticks women take the lead! They've been all over South Africa to start the first quarter, and finally break through as Tessa Jopp fires past the keeper!

NZ 1 SA 0

7:58pm - HOCKEY

The Black Sticks women are about to begin their final pool match, facing South Africa.

The Kiwi women - and reigning gold medallists - are second in the pool, with two wins and one loss from their first three games.

7:53pm - BOWLS

McIlroy has come back from 2-0 down, and now leads 5-2 after the first three ends.

7:20pm - BOWLS

Good evening! We're about to get underway for the night, starting with Shannon McIlroy in the men's singles.

He's up against Chris Locke of the Falkland Islands, and then Iain McLean of Scotland later tonight.


Here's the NZ evening session looks...

Julia Ratcliffe - women's hammer qualifying

Nicole Bradley - women's hammer qualifying

Lauren Bruce - women's hammer qualifying

Keeley O'Hagan - women's high jump qualifying

Sam Tanner - men's 1500m round 1


Shannon McIlroy v Chris Locke (Falkland Islands) - men's singles round 4

Shannon McIlroy v Iain McLean (Scotland) - men's singles round 5

Women's time trial

Men's time trial

NZ v South Africa - women's group match

Lwamba & Temwa Chilese v Papua New Guinea - men's doubles rounds of 32 & 16

9:17am - Zeimann and Polley have lost to Canada in beach volleyball, but will still make the quarter-finals as the second-placed team in their pool.

That's it for the morning, join us again this evening, as our road racers try to continue cycling success in the time trial. 

8:38am - Hobbs is off to a good start, but Thomapson-Herath surges midtrack to win in 10.95s. The Kiwi finishes midfield and clocks 11.19s for sixth. 

A quick lap of the venues shows our beach volleyballers Zeimann and Polley are the last Kiwis in action this morning - they're playing Canadians Pavan and Melissa. Our men - O'Dea and Fuller - have beaten England to remain unbeaten and progress to quarter-finals.

8:27am - Zoe Hobbs now preparing for the 100m final at Alexander Stadium. She'll race from lane seven, with Jamaican Elaine Thompson-Herath and England's Daryll Neita the fastest qualifiers in the middle of the track.

8:19am - Within minutes, across town, Coll has finally finished off Joel Makin for the squash singles gold, 3-11 11-9 8-11 11-8 11-6.

Maybe now is a good time to update this medal table, which has changed constantly throughout the morning...

8:10am - Kerr has missed his last attempt, but that's gold for him!

8:07am - Starc misses his third attempt at 2.28m, so Kerr can win it here.

Mitton bombs 19.03m to take the shot put lead, with Wesche unable to improve, so bronze for her.

8:02m - Starc has missed his second attempt at 2.28m, so Kerr is one jump away from gold. He misses his second too.

7:59am - Wesche fouls her fifth attempt at the shot put and has one last attempt for victory. Thomas-Dodd also fouls and Mitton improves to 18.29m.

7:55am - Starc and Kerr both miss their first attempts at 2.28m, so Shankar can take the lead with this jump... but he can't manage it. He has bronze and New Zealand have at least silver now.

Coll has taken the fourth game of his squash final, 11-8, and it will all come down to the fifth and final game against Makin of Wales.

7:53am - Wesche throws 18.03m and remains second in the shot put. Thomas-Dodd can't improve and Mittion is struggling to reach 18m in third.

Starc is nowhere near his first attempt at 2.28m in the high jump...

7:47am - Shankar, Thomas and Clarke-Khan of England have one last attempt each at 2.25m, and Kerr may already have clinched New Zealand's first-ever medal in the men's high jump.

Clarke-Khan fails, so does Thomas, there's Kerr's medal. Shankar wants 2.28m with his last attempt...

7:42am - Coll loses the third game against Makin and throws his racket in disgust. He must regroup, if he hopes to claim gold at the squash.

7:40am - Kerr and Starc both over 2.25m first time, but the Kiwi holds a countback advantage.

Wesche loses the shot put lead, as Thomas-Dodd tosses 18.98m on her third attempt.

7:27am - Starc and Shankar of India are over 2.22 at the high jump, and Thomas of the Bahamas joins them.

7:21am - Kerr clears 2.22m at his first attempt and retakes the lead in the high jump. Wesche still leads the shot put, after an 18.54m second effort, and Mitton opens with 17.13m.

Coll takes the second game of his squash singles final, 11-9, and that contest is now tied at a game apiece.

7:18am - Butt lifts 232kg and that should win it for him... it's a Games record for both clean & jerk and total. Liti has 232kg on the bar, virtually conceding the gold medal is gone, but he can't get under the clean and loses his crown.

7:15am - Liti lifts 224kg and has 228kg on the bar for his last attempt, Butt has not lifted yet...

Butt lifts 225kg and Liti ups his nomination to 230kg, which he will need to win the competition.

7:11am - Liti has succeeded with his opening clean & jerk of 218kg, but Butt is still 10kg away from entering. Not looking good for the Kiwi...

Defending high jump champion Starc clears 2.19m on his final attempt and six have now cleared that height.

Wesche has opened with 18.84m in the shot put to take and early lead over defending champion Danniel Thomas-Dodd (17.98m). Canadian Sarah Mitton is last to throw.

7am - OK, bear with us here, as we juggle Paul Coll in the squash final, Maddie Wesche in the shot put final, David Liti in the weightlifting and Hamish Kerr in the high jump final... with Zoe Hobbs now into the women's 100m final later. Phew!

Coll has dropped the first game of his match against Makin.

Kerr clears 2.19 first attempt and is currently the only athlete to succeed at that height.

6:52am - Hamish Kerr has cleared his opening height of 2.15m at the high jump on his first attempt. Women's shot put warming up, with Maddie Wesche in medal contention.

Aussie favourite Brandon Starc is struggling at the high jump, missing his first attempt at 2.19m.

6:46am - Bad news from the medal table, where Canada have finally caught the Kiwis with 14 gold, dropping New Zealand back to fourth. Today seems to be a day of bronzes for us...

6:40am - Three semis in the 100m, first two go through and next two fastest finishers.

Great start from Hobbs and she finishes second to progress to the final, behind Jamaican great Thompson-Herath. She's clocked 11.15s, slower than her heat, but does the business.

6:36am - Hobbs is in the second semi-final, lining up in lane six.

Meanwhile, Paul Coll has begun his gold-medal singles match at the squash, against Welshman Joel Makin.

6:29am - Andrews entering the arena for his judo final now...

Deschenes has Andrews pinned on the floor, he has a point and is close to ending the contest early. That's it, Deschenes achieves an ippon and has gold, with Andrews taking silver.

That's a silver and two bronze for the Kiwis at the judo, so not a bad return.

Zoe Hobbs warming up for her 100m semi-final at the track...

6:22am - Liti fails at 174kg, Butt raises 175kg, but has two red lights, so no lift. Liti finishes with 170kg and Butt 173kg, which is a new Games record.

Next up, clean & jerk...

6:15am - Liti has achieved his next weight at 170kg, the same weight Butt raised in his opening attempt.

Butt lifts 173kg, but his lift is reviewed vigorously and eventually allowed.

6:09am - Clareburt on his blocks at the pool...

Butterfly first, the discipline Clareburt won an individual gold in and he's second after the opening 50m.

Clareburt trails Scott from Scotland after backstroke and still there after breaststroke. It's down to freestyle...

Bronze for Clareburt, who is passed by Tom Dean of England down the final length of the pool. Not the history he was seeking, but still a great Games from the Kiwi.

His time of 1m 57.59s just misses his national record, but Scott has broken the Games record with his 1m 56.88s.

6:07am - Liti has succeeded with his opening lift of 166kg and has nominated 168kg next, Butt still to enter.

5:57am - Clareburt qualified for the 200 IM final in 2m 01.12s, which was only the sixth fastest, so it remains to be seen whether he was holding something back or the competition schedule has taken its toll. He'll be in lane seven.

5:53am - The weightlifting has begun, with the early liftes already completing their snatch attempts. Liti has nominated 166kg as his opening lift, Butt will enter at 170kg.

Meanwhile, Hamish Kerr is about to begin his high jump final at the athletics, Paul Coll is lining up for his squash singles final and Lewis Clareburt has his 200m medley final coming up.

5:45am - And Sydney Andrews has added to the Kiwi medal haul at judo, achieving an ippon against Northern Irish opponent Sarah Hawkes to grab bronze. Remember, Kody Andrews fighting for gold later this morning...

5:32am - Next up, David Liti begins defence of the super-heavyweight lifting division he won at Gold Coast four years ago, while Sydnee Andrews fights for a bronze medal in women's +78kg judo. 

Liti will have his hands full retaining the Commonwealth's strongest man title, with Pakistan's Muhammad Nooh Datgir Butt bringing bigger lifts into the competition.

5:05am - First, a quick recap on what we missed overnight...

  • Sam Gaze and Ben Oliver continued New Zealand's dominance of mountain biking at the Commonwealth Games, with a third straight one-two finish over cross-country. Gaze defended the crown he won at Gold Coast, but with sidekick Anton Cooper ruled out by COVID-19, Oliver slotted into the silver-medal position.
  • Upset in the semi-finals, squash ace Joelle King could not salvage a bronze medal in women's singles, falling to England's Sarah-Jane Perry 11-6 11-9 8-11 6-11 12-14 in an epic match.
  • But New Zealand grabbed a bronze at the judo, where Moira de Villiers beat Cameroon's Ayuk Otay Arrey Sophina in the women's -78kg third-place contest, adding to her silver medal from Glasgow 2014. Sydnee Andrews will fight for bronze in the women's +78kg division, while Kody Andrews will fight for gold in the +100kg class. 
  • Featherweight boxer Alex Mukuka misses out on a medal, after falling to Joseph Commey of Ghana by unanimous points decision in the quarter-finals.


Kia ora, good morning and welcome to Newshub's live coverage of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, day seven... or is it six?

Still haven't quite figured out this timezone difference, sigh!

After a relatively quiet day for medals yesterday, New Zealand are back in the hunt across a range of sports, highlighted by swim star Lewis Clareburt chasing a historic third gold medal at these Games.

No Kiwi swimmer has ever won three gold at the same Games - only Clareburt and Dame Sophie Pascoe have won two.

Squash ace Paul Coll will play for gold in the men's singles, with Joelle King seeking bronze in the women.

In athletics, sprinter Zoe Hobbs, shot putter Maddie Wesche and high jumper Hamish Kerr will chase medals in the morning (NZ time) session, while super-heavyweight lifter David Liti will try to defend his crown from Gold Coast four years ago.

Here's how the stacked morning looks...

Hamish Kerr - men's high jump final

Zoe Hobbs - women's 100m semi-final 2

Maddie Wesche - women's shot put final

Zoe Hobbs - women's 100m final

Beach Volleyball
NZ v England - men's group match

NZ v Canada - women's group match

Val Smith, Tayla Bruce & Nicole Toomey v England - women's triples round 3

Ali Fosyth, Mike Galloway & Andrew Kelly & Tony Grantham v South Africa - men's fours round 2

Sue Curran/Bronwyn Milne & Gerald Brouwers/Kevin Smith v England - para mixed pairs round 4

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

Kody Andrews - men's +100kg medal matches

Jason Koster - men's U100kg  medal matches

Sydnee Andrews - women's +78kg medal matches

Moira de Villiers - women's U78kg medal matches

Hayley Mackey - women's U78kg medal matches

Joelle King v Sara-Jane Perry (England) - women's singles bronze-medal match

Paul Coll v Joel Makin (Wales) - men's singles final

Lewis Clareburt - men's 200m individual medley final

Eve Thomas - women's 400m freestyle final

Erika Fairweather - women's 400m freestyle final

David Liti - men's 109+kg