BIRMINGHAM 2022 COMMONWEALTH GAMES🏴
Presented by Joseph Kizza
(Scroll down the page for earlier updates. All times indicated are Ugandan time.)
11:20 pm | Good night!
Another good day at the office for Team Uganda in Birmingham. There is still more action continuing into the evening, but for this page today, it is a wrap. Will be back on Wednesday for more updates.
I leave with you with these memorable pictures of Ugandan Jacob Kiplimo crossing the finish line to Commonwealth Games gold in the 10,000m final plus the medals pictures.
11:12 pm | Uganda's 10,000m golden dominance at Commonwealth
A Ugandan has won each of the last five 10,000m finals at the Commonwealth Games.
2006 - Boniface Toroitich Kiprop (27:50.99) in Melbourne
2010 - Moses Kipsiro (27:57.39) in Delhi
2014 - Moses Kipsiro (27:56.11) in Glasgow
2018 - Joshua Cheptegei (27:19.62 - GR) on Gold Coast
2022 - Jacob Kiplimo (27:09.19 - GR) in Birmingham
11:07 pm | TWO GOLD MEDALS FOR UGANDA! 🥇🥇
Jacob Kiplimo has secured Uganda's second gold medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham after Victor Kiplangat won the men's marathon.
11:03 pm | GOLD FOR UGANDA'S KIPLIMO! 🥇
Jacob Kiplimo punches the air just before crossing the line after overtaking Kenyan Daniel Simiu Ebenyo on the home straight to win the 2022 Commonwealth 10,000m gold, replicating what compatriot Joshua Cheptegei did in 2018 at the Gold Coast.
The 21-year-old Ugandan clocks 27:09.19, a new Games record and a season's best.
Kenyan pair Ebenyo (27:11.26) and Kibiwott Kandie (27:20.34) take silver and bronze, respectively, as well as recording new personal best times.
Jacob Kiplimo takes pole position now, with five laps to go. That injection of pace has produced casualties already. The field is now stretched out. Breathing heavily on his back are the Kenyan duo Daniel Simiu Ebenyo and Kibiwott Kandie.
Interestingly, South Africa's Adriaan Wildschutt and Scotland's Andrew Butchart are at the front, with about eight laps to go. Close behind them are the three Kenyans, with Kiplimo maintaining a conservative - but tactical - position in the middle.
In the men's 10,000m final, Kenyan duo Daniel Simiu Ebenyo and Kibiwott Kandie are sharing leading duties. Kiplimo is tucked in the middle of the pack 13 minutes into the race.
Meanwhile, Sam Atkin has surrendered and stepped off the track. He had started off well. A niggle, perhaps?
England's Sam Atkin, in distinctive white and red, decides to peel farther out to the front of the pack, with Kiplimo leading the chasing pack.
The men's 10,000m final is under way. Uganda's Jacob Kiplimo is very much involved. He starts from the back at the starter gun, but eventually eases his way forward.
10:30 pm | England's Peaty wins 50m breaststroke gold 🥇
England's Adam Peaty powers to victory in the men's 50m breaststroke final to take gold. He taps the wall ahead of Australia's Sam Williamson (silver) and Scotland's Ross Murdoch (bronze). The home crowd inside the Sandwell Acquatics Centre is in full voice.
Women's 100m breaststroke medallists: From left, South Africa's Tatjana Schoenmaker (silver), South Africa's Lara van Niekerk (gold) and Australia's Chelsea Hodges (bronze).
Men's 200m backstroke medallists: From left, Australia's Bradley Woodward (silver), England's Brodie Williams (gold) and South Africa's Pieter Coetze (bronze).
9:58 pm | Gold for Canada in men's 100m butterfly 🥇
Canada's Joshua Liendo Edwards flies to men's 100m butterfly victory to win gold, as England's James Guy takes silver and Australia's Matthew Temple bronze.
9:51 pm | More swimming gold for Australia 🥇
More medals are swimming Australia's way, as they deliver a clean sweep in the women's 100m freestyle final. Make that gold, silver and bronze in the same race for the Aussies!
Compatriots Mollie O'Callaghan (gold), Shayna Jack (silver) and Emma McKeon (bronze) will be delighted to stand on the podium together.
At Alexander Stadium, the women's pole vault final is shaping out nicely.
Here, Canada's Alysha Newman gives it a try.
Northern Ireland's Ellie McCartney knows the relief and joy that comes with clearing a jump.
And so does Northern Ireland's Ellie McCartney.
But Canada's Anicka Newell knows all too well that when you fail on one attempt, you have got to pick yourself up and give it another shot.
9:35 pm | Gold for S.Africa, England, Australia in swimming 🥇🥇🥇
It is a medals rush in the swimming action tonight at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre:
South African pair Lara van Niekerk and Tatjana Schoenmaker take the women's 100m breastroke gold and silver, respectively, as Australia's Chelsea Hodges bags bronze.
England's Brodie Paul Williams wins the men's 200m backstroke to take gold, ahead of Australia's Bradley Woodward (silver) and South Africa's Pieter Coetze (bronze).
Gold medallist England's Brodie Williams (R) consoles teammate England's Luke Greenbank
In the women's 200m butterfly final, England's Laura Stephens is sandwiched by two Australians on the podium as she takes silver. Elizabeth Dekkers (pictured below) wins gold and compatriot Brianna Throssell settles for bronze.
More pool final action is coming up.
The athletics evening programme is about to get under way with the women's pole vault final.
8:35 pm | Uganda's Jacob Kiplimo in tonight's 10,000m final
Meanwhile, athletics resumes tonight.
Uganda's Jacob Kiplimo is racing in tonight's men's 10,000m final. The 21-year-old is the 2022 World Athletics Championships bronze medallist. Having opted not to compete in the 5,000m final in Eugene, Kiplimo will be the only Ugandan in the race. His compatriot, Joshua Cheptegei, who is the reigning 10,000m world champion, is not taking part in Birmingham.
Kiplimo will definitely see this as a perfect opportunity to go for the big one - gold.
In lawn bowls, Scotland beat Australia 16-7 in the para men's pairs B6-B8 to gold while England take bronze after defeating New Zealand.
Earlier, India beat South Africa 17-10 to take gold in the women's fours, the latter bagging silver. New Zealand settled for bronze after beating Fiji 17-6.
In the 3x3 wheelchair basketball, England beat Scotland 12-10 to win the women's bronze after England's men did the same earlier in a 21-11 win over Malaysia to also take bronze.
Next, it will be Canada vs Australia in both the men's and women's gold medal matches later tonight.
7:59 pm | PICTURE THIS 📸
Table tennis men's team medallists: From left, Singapore (silver), India (gold) and England (bronze).
Artistic gymnastics, women's floor exercise medallists: From left, England's Ondine Achampong (silver), England's Alice Kinsella (gold) and Australia's Emily Whitehead (bronze).
Artistic gymnastics, men's horizontal bar medallists: From left, Australia's Tyson Bull (silver), Cyprus' Georgios Angonas (gold) and Cyprus' Marios Georgiou (bronze).
7:28 pm | Canada's Beauchemin-Pinard wins judo gold 🥇
In judo, Canada's Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard beats England's Gemma Howell to take the women's -63kg gold.
In the 3x3 wheelchair basketball, England beat Malaysia 21-11 to bag the men's bronze while England's women's will attempt to do the same against Scotland at 7:30pm.
In 3x3 basketball, Canada edge past Scotland 13-12 to take the men's bronze while Australia take the women's bronze after beating New Zealand 15-13.
Australia will take on hosts England in the men's gold medal match tonight at 10:30pm while England battle Canada for gold on the women's side at 11pm.
In the men's 3x3 wheelchair basketball, South Africa settle for sixth place after losing 7-10 to Northern Ireland, who take fifth place.
In the women's 3x3 wheelchair basketball, South Africa take fifth place after beating Kenya 6-5, who settle for sixth.
The men's bronze medal match will be between England and Malaysia at 7pm while the women's bronze medal contest will be England vs Scotland at 7:30pm.
5:57 pm | Embarrassment of riches for England 🥇🥇
In artistic gymnastics, it is a one-two for England as they take gold (Jake Jarman) and silver (Giarnni Regini-Moran) in the men's vault final. Australia's James Bacueti takes bronze.
In the women's balance beam final, Australian duo Kate McDonald and Georgia Godwin take gold and silver, respectively, while Canada's Emma Spence wins bronze.
Australia's Kate McDonald took gold in the women's balance beam final
It is another one-two for England as gold and silver goes their way in the men's parallel bars through Joe Fraser and Giarnni Regini-Moran, respectively. Marios Georgiou of Cyprus bags bronze.
5:45 pm | India take table tennis gold 🥇
In table tennis, India beat Singapore 3-1 to win the men's team gold while England beat Nigeria 3-0 to take bronze.
In cricket, England beat South Africa by 26 runs in their Group B match in the preliminary round. Next, Sri Lanka will play New Zealanda in the other Group B match at 8pm.
In badminton, Singapore beat hosts England 3-0 to take the mixed team bronze. Later at 7:30pm, Malaysia will play India in the gold medal match.
4:14 pm | Canada's Laylor wins weightlifting gold 🥇
Canada's Maya Laylor wins the weighlifting women's 76kg gold with a total of 228, which is a new Game's record. Nigeria's Taiwo Liadi (216) takes silver while Maximina Uepa of Nauru (215) bags bronze.
The men's 96kg final is under way.
3:55 pm | India take lawn bowls gold 🥇
In lawn bowls, India beat South Africa 17-10 to take gold in the women's fours, the latter bagging silver. New Zealand settled for bronze after beating Fiji 17-6.
Next up, Scotland face Australia in the para men's pairs B6-B8 gold medal match, which will be getting under way at 6:15pm on rink 1. On rink 6, New Zealand will battle hosts England for bronze.
3:40 pm | PICTURE THIS 📸
Nigeria's Orobosa Anabel Frank competes during the women's shot put qualifying round.
Samoa's Tuilefano Nu'u competes during the women's shot put qualifying round.
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) sit with their daughter Britain's Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (C) as they watch the men's 1500m freestyle heats swimming event at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre.
England's Katarina Johnson-Thompson runs during the women's heptathlon high jump.
Northern Ireland's Anna McCauley jumps during the women's heptathlon high jump.
Northern Ireland's Kate O'Connor reacts after jumping during the women's heptathlon high jump.
Namibia's Ryan Williams competes in the men's discus throw qualifying round.
Christoforos Genethli of Cyprus competes in the men's discus throw qualifying round.
3:02 pm | Uganda's Nyamahunge through to 100m semis
Uganda's Jacent Nyamahunge has advanced to the semi-finals of the women's 100m after finishing third in the heats, clocking 11.53.
On the track, the women's 800m heats are done. Next on the athletics platter is the women's 100m heats. Seven races here: Top three progress automatically and are joined in the semi-finals by three non-automatic qualifiers.
1:53 pm | PICTURE THIS 📸
Belize's Brandon Jones goes airborne during the men's long jump qualifying rounds.
Jamaica's Shawn-D Thompson thrusts himself as far as he can during the men's long jump qualifying rounds.
And Australila's Christopher Mitrevski lands on the sand during the men's long jump qualifying rounds.
1:53 pm | Uganda's Nakaayi through to 800m final
Uganda's Halimah Nakaayi, the 2019 world champion, has advanced to the final of the women's 800m after finishing second in her heat (1:59.35) behind Kenyan Mary Moraa.
1:36 pm | PICTURE THIS 📸
Tanzania's Collins Saliboko competes in the men's 50m freestyle heats.
Australia's Grace Stewart (L) competes with New Zealand's Frances Davies during their Women Pool B hockey match.
Ghana are trailing 0-5 against Canada in their women's hockey Group A match after Australia edged New Zealand 1-0 in the earlier match of group B.
From the pool of Sandwell to the blue track of Alexander Stadium, where the races continue to come in thick and fast - literally. For instance, Africa's fastest man, Kenyan Ferdinand Omanyala, has raced in and won heat five of the men's 100m, clocking 10.07 ahead of Cameroon's Emmanuel Eseme, who takes the second automatic spot into the next round.
The swimming heats are unfolding at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre. Australia's Mitchell Larkin is among those who have competed in the men's 200m backstroke heats.
And look who is cheering on the swimmers from the stands: Britain's former Prime Minister Theresa May (R) and Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street.
It will be South Africa vs India in the lawn bowls women's fours in the gold medal match on rink 1. And on rink 6, Fiji will face New Zealand in the bronze medal match.
Later, Scotland will battle Australia for gold in the para men's pairs B6-B8 while New Zealand will take on England for bronze.
12:56 pm | Wales win lawn bowls gold 🥇
Wales edge England 19-18 to win and take gold in the lawn bowls men's pairs. The hosts settle for silver. Earlier, Scotland took bronze after beating Northern Ireland.
South Africa's Akani Simbine is the reigning Commonwealth 100m champion. He makes quick work of the men's 100m heat two, powering across the finish line in 10.10 seconds to advance automatically to the next round.
Jake Doran of Australia outdips Jamaica's Nigel Ellis for second place.
The 10 heats of the men's 100m heats have started. The top two move on automatically to the next round. Nigeria's national record-holder Favour Oghene Tejiri Ashe wins the first heat, as England's Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake takes the second spot.
Ato Boldon of Trinidad and Tobago is the Commonwealth Games 100m record-holder (9.88).
Judo round of 16 duels are happening now at the Coventry Arena. So far, it is wins for The Gambia's Faye Njie, Sri Lanka's Chamara Repiyallage, Northern Ireland's Joshua Green and Cyprus' Dato Matsoukatov.
Meanwhile, Australia have beaten New Zealand 1-0 in the women's hockey Group B. Australia remain top of the group, which also features Scotland, South Africa and Kenya.
12:26 pm | Scotland get lawn bowls bronze 🥉
Across to Victoria Park, it is bronze for Scotland in the lawn bowls men's pairs after beating Northern Ireland 25-5. The gold medal match has yet to be decided, as Wales and hosts England go head to head.
There is swimming heats action coming up at 12:30pm.
Men's 200m backstroke, women's 200m butterfly, men's 50m freestyle, women's 50m backstroke, mixed 4x100m medley relay and men's 1,500m freestyle. Today is the penultimate day of swimming action at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre
Later tonight, we shall have medal events in the women's 100m breaststroke, men's 200m backstroke, women's 200m butterfly, women's 100m freestyle, men's 100m butterfly, men's 50m breaststroke, men's 100m butterfly S10, women's 200m individual medley SM10, women's 800m freestyle and mixed 4x100m medley relay.
The women's heptathlon 100m hurdles is up next.
Muhammed Anees Yahiya has the honour of being the first athlete to compete at the track and field events here, and the crowd provides the Indian with a loud vocal backing as his races on the runway to do his first men's long jump qualifying entry.
Action has officially begun!
There is a slight breeze wafting over a filled Alexander Stadium, as spectators settle in for the first track and field action at these Games. The stadium announcer gets the crowd warmed up, as colourful clouds of pyrotechnics billow over the vast stands and arena. Add some music to that and we have the perfect setting for some exciting global athletics show!
Over to the University of Birmingham Hockey and Squash Centre, Australia are still narrowly ahead against New Zealand (1-0) in their women's Group B hockey match. It is the third quarter and it is the one goal scored in the first quarter that separates these two sides.
This could still go either way.
Wales are leading hosts England 15-6 in the lawn bowls men's pairs gold medal match. Scotland are ahead against Northern Ireland (19-4) in the bronze medal match.
The opening track and field athletics action will start with the qualifying round of the men's long jump at 12pm.
On the track, we shall have heat one of the women's heptathlon 100m hurdles and the women's T37/38 100m heats. The men's 100m heats will start ay 12:30pm.
It will be action both on the field and on the track, including the women's shot put qualifying round and the women's heptathlon high jump.
The men's discus throw qualifying round is also part of today's programme, as are the women's 800m heats. Uganda's Halimah Nakaayi, the 2019 world champion, will race in heat one. Her season's best time is 1:58.68 and personal best time 1:58.03.
Also part of the first athletics session of the day will be the women's 100m heats.
There is a medal event coming up at 11:30am: the women's 76kg weightlifting final at the NEC Hall 1.
Nigeria's Taiwo Liadi and Cameroon's Jeanne Gaelle Eyenga Mboosi are among the 11 weightlifters that will summon their muscle power for the medals.
Australia are leading 1-0 against New Zealand in women's hockey (Group B).
At 11am, New Zealand will take on Australia in women's hockey (Group B), before Ghana battle Canada in Group A at 1pm. There will be more action later in the day, with India facing hosts England in Group A (4pm) and Kenya against South Africa in a Group B duel at 6pm.
10:31 am | First event of the day is under way
As usual, the opening event of these Games has been the lawn bowls at Victoria Park, and today is no different. The starter of today's course is a bronze medal match between Northern Ireland (red balls) and Scotland (blue balls) on what is an overcast, lightly breezy morning in Birmingham.
A sizeable crowd is already sat in. The two sets of bowlers are ready for battle. Action begins - with the usual countdown.
10:20 am | 276 medals - and still counting
A total of 276 medals have been awarded so far. As many as 71 of those, including 31 gold medals, have gone to Australia, who lead the medals table.
It is one medal for Uganda - the historic gold won by Victor Kiplangat in the men's marathon.
Day five has 37 medals for taking in lawn bowls and para lawn bowls, weightlifting, badminton, table tennis, artistic gymnastics, 3x3 basketball and 3x3 wheelchair basketball, judo, athletics and para athletics and swimming.
Today, the curtains will draw on artistic gymnastics. It is also the penultimate day of swimming action at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre.
10:15 am | Good morning
Hello and welcome to our text and photo commentary of the fifth day of action at the 22nd edition of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, UK. We are not even halfway yet, but we have seen plenty of exciting performances in various sporting disciplines on the different surfaces hosting the events.
Today, plenty of attention will turn to Alexander Stadium for the first track and field action of this edition.
Let the racing begin!