GOLD COAST, Australia (Reuters) – Highlights on day 10 of the Commonwealth Games on Saturday (times GMT):
0540 SINDHU HAPPY TO FACE NEHWAL IN BADMINTON FINAL
India’s Pusarla Sindhu defeated Canada’s Michelle Li 21-18 21-8 to set up a gold medal match against compatriot Saina Nehwal, who advanced with a 21-14 18-21 21-17 win over Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour.
“Any win for the country is a good thing and having both the girls in the final is a proud moment because the gold and silver is going to India, which I’m very happy about,” Sindhu said.
“Everybody was hoping for this and it has finally come. It’s Sunday tomorrow so everybody will be glued to the TV.”
0510 ENGLAND CLAIM 4x100M RELAY GOLD MEDALS
England’s women won gold in the 4x100m relay with Jamaica claiming silver and Nigeria taking bronze. England’s men’s team had earlier won gold, finishing ahead South Africa and Jamaica.
0515 MUM’S THE WORD FOR JONAS AFTER 64KG BOXING GOLD
Namibia’s Jonas Jonas, who won gold in the men’s 64kg boxing bout after beating Canada’s Thomas Blumenfeld, said a call from his mother in the morning had inspired him to victory.
“It means the world to mum,” the 24-year-old said after the bout. “She called me early in the morning, crying, saying victory. Whatever mum says, it comes true. She might be a special charm.”
0417 NEW ZEALAND WOMEN SHOCK AUSTRALIA FOR HOCKEY GOLD
New Zealand stunned Australia to claim the women’s hockey gold for the first time in the Commonwealth Games with a 4-1 victory in the final.
0339 GOLD FOR ENGLAND BOXER YAFAI IN 46-49KG CATEGORY
England boxer Galal Yafai won the gold medal in the men’s 46-49kg bout, with India’s Amit Panghal taking silver.
0324 ENGLAND’S DANSON PLEASED WITH WOMEN’S HOCKEY BRONZE
England’s women defeated India 6-0 to claim the bronze medal in hockey. “It was a resilient performance,” said captain Alex Danson. “It’s a relief when you’ve done the work at home, and you’ve got the tactics and the ability.
“This performance shows the grit that we’re about. Sport is challenging, sport is tough. The best athletes are the most resilient, that’s why I am so proud of this team.”
0020 WARM WINDS GREET ROAD RACERS
Cloudy and overcast conditions with a stiff warm northerly wind has greeted the women’s road race cyclists as they pedal their way around the streets of the Gold Coast on the 10th and penultimate day of competition.
While a high of 29 degrees Celsius predicted, showers are forecast for later in the day as the men begin their rugby sevens program.
Trans-Tasman rivalry will be to the fore with New Zealand and Australia meeting in the finals of both the men’s and women’s hockey and the men’s heavyweight boxing. They also square off in the netball and women’s squash doubles semi-finals.
Plenty of medals are up for grabs to cap off the athletics program on the track with all four relays, the men’s 1,500m women’s high jump and men’s triple jump to be decided. Both marathons will be run on Sunday.
Compiled by Greg Stutchbury in Gold Coast and Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by John O’Brien/Sudipto Ganguly