Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Live - Commonwealth Games Day Four

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  1. 04:45 Swimming  

    England's Michael Rock was feeling sick this morning and didn't warm up but finished second in his 100m butterfly heat in 54.42secs. His coach said before the swim that Michael, who is the British record holder, is already very pale-skinned, but took on a new shade of white this morning. The women's 100m breaststroke sees England's British champion 100m breaststroker Achieng Ajulu-Bushell in action and BBC swimming commentator Adrian Moorcroft reckons the teenager needs to work on her leg-kick. "She's only doing half a kick and needs to get her feet up to her bum," says the former Olympic gold medallist over the distance.

  2. 04:40 Archery  

    Over at the Yamuna Sports Complex, the women's team compound archery semi-final is taking place with England, the favourites for gold, taking on Malaysia. The trio are Nicky Hunt, Nichola Simpson and Paralympian Danielle Brown, one of two Paralympians in the England squad alongside cyclist Sarah Storey and one of BBC Sport's ones to watch in Delhi. But they must wait for the first semi-final between Canada and hosts India to finish.

  3. 04:32 Commentary  

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  4. 04:28 Commentary  

    So what's in store on day four in Delhi? There are 35 golds on offer on Thursday. They are: swimming (five), archery (two), athletics (seven), track cycling (four), gymnastics (five), shooting (four), synchronised swimming (two), weightlifting (two) and wrestling (four).

  5. 04:25 Swimming  

    All of the home swimmers in the women's 50m backstroke and men's 50m breaststroke are through. Meanwhile, Muhajir Muhamed of the Maldives swims the 100m butterfly in 1:37.41 - for comparison, America's Michael Phelps does 100m in 49.82 seconds and his world record in the 200m is 1:51.51. A couple of bumps to the heart to Muhajir from me. Beautiful, the Friendly Games at their best.

  6. 04:16 Swimming  

    Gemma Spofforth, who missed out on gold in the 100m backstroke on Wednesday, is first out in the qualifying for the 50m backstroke heats - and she absolutely decimates the field with a new Commonwealth record of 28.30secs. Obviously has a point to prove. Meanwhile, team-mate Lizzie Simmonds, the European 200m backstroke champion, is missing from the 50m field, which means she is probably resting up for the 200m. Meanwhile, England's Dan Sliwinski looks in top shape - he beats world champion and world record holder Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa with a time of 28.47secs in the heats of the men's 50m breaststroke.

  7. 04:09 Swimming  

    An Indian flag (the "Tiranga") flutters enthusiastically by a fan at the Dr S P Mukherjee Swimming Stadium, our first port of call on day four of the Games. However, a lot of the swimmers have been hit by a stomach bug - the virus decimated poor Fran Halsall, who was doing her level best not be sick during her post-race interview with Sharron Davies after winning bronze in the 100m freestyle final. BBC 5 live swimming reporter Karen Pickering has Tweeted the competitors' toilets are blocked up - not what you want when you have a stomach with a trap door as thin as rice paper.

  8. Twitter  

    BBC 5 live's Karen Pickering on Twitter: "Back at the pool for heats. Sadly more swimmers are pulling out poorly. Aussie gold medal prospect for 100m bk Haydn Stoeckel is one."

  9. 04:00 Commentary  
    I maybe into my 30s, with my juvenile years of all-night parties and sybaritic hedonism well and truly behind me, but I never envisaged going to bed at 7pm on a Wednesday night. That, ladies and gentlemen, is possibly a new nadir. But it's for the Commonwealth Games, which makes setting my alarm for 0230 worth it. Just.
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England's Mark Lewis-Francis aims to convert impressive form in the heats into gold in Thursday's 100m final.

The 28-year-old clocked 10.15 seconds in winning his first heat in Delhi - his best time for five seasons - and followed it with a 10.20-second run.

Elsewhere, double Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington swims in her favourite 800m freestyle.

The Mansfield swimmer, who has already won two bronze medals, will be pushed by South African Wendy Trott.

World record holder Usain Bolt and compatriot Asafa Powell are both absent, but the main threats to Lewis-Francis' ambitions are still likely to come from Jamaica.

Oshane Bailey was fastest on Tuesday in a time of 10.12 seconds and is one side of the European silver medallist.

Bailey's fellow Jamaican Ramone McKenzie, who caught the eye by sporting a Batman mask in the heats, is on the other.

The trio go in the second of the semi-finals which will begin soon after 1334 BST.

Adlington, who is also competing in the 400m freestyle, recorded a time of 8 minutes 35.82 seconds in qualifying for the 800m final, 1.48 seconds behind Trott.

England team-mate Sasha Matthews and Scotland's Megan Gilchrist will also be on the blocks for the race which gets under way at around 1306 BST.

The medals for the men's 100m freestyle, 400m individual medley and women's 100m butterfly will also be decided in the afternoon session.

South African great Natalie du Toit is also likely to be aiming for her second gold of the Games in the women's 100m freestyle S9 final.

Home nations rivalries will be aired when England and Scotland meet in the quarter-finals of the badminton team competition which begin at 0730 BST.

Northern Ireland's Paddy Barnes takes on Scotland's Iain Butcher for a place in the last eight of the flyweight boxing competition in another all-British clash.

Pakistan's Haroon Khan, brother of world champion and Olympic silver medallist Amir, will take on Gilbert Bactora of Mauritius in another of the preliminary bouts which begin at 0830 BST.

Elsewhere England's gold medal credentials in netball will get a stern test when they take on New Zealand at 0500 BST.

The winners will probably avoid Australia in the semi-finals.

England's Nick Matthew, Peter Barker and James Willstrop fill three out of the four squash semi-final slots with the two matches due to start at 1030 BST and 1530 BST.

In the women's tournament, England is guaranteed to be represented in the final with second and third seeds Jenny Duncalf and Alison Waters playing each other.

And in women's 63kg weightlifting, defending champion Michaela Breeze of Wales hopes to win her third Commonwealth gold medal in an event also featuring Emily Godley of England.

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