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Commonwealth Games day nine review
Marlon Devonish and Mark Lewis-Francis
Despair for Devonish and Lewis-Francis after the baton mix-up
England's sprinters crashed out of the 100m relay and there were silvers for Jo Pavey and the men's synchro divers on a dramatic day in Melbourne.

Wales clinched two bowls silvers while Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms reached the mixed doubles badminton final.

There were England bronzes for shooter Pinky Le Grelle, pole vaulter Steve Lewis and the men's basketball team.

England's men were dumped out of the hockey semi-finals by Pakistan after conceding a golden goal in extra-time.


The highlights of the day's action are listed below - if you want to find out more on individual events use our schedule and/or results pages.

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DAY NINE HIGHLIGHTS

ATHLETICS

Defending champions England crashed out of the 4x100m relay as Marlon Devonish and Mark Lewis-Francis failed to exchange the baton.

World record holder Asafa Powell powered Jamaica into the final, with the Australians and Canadians also impressing.

England's Jo Pavey fought all the way in the 5,000m but was pipped by Kenya's Isabella Ochichi. Kenya's 10,000m champion Lucy Wangui took bronze.

England won an unexpected bronze in the men's pole vault as Steve Lewis finished behind Australians Steve Hooker and Dmitri Markov. Nick Buckfield was fourth.

Jamaica's Brigitte Foster-Hylton won the women's 100m hurdles to take her first ever major title ahead of Canada's Angela Whyte and Jamaican Delloreen Ennis-London.

England's Jade Johnson could only finish fifth in the long jump as Australian pair Bronwyn Thompson and Kerrie Taurima grabbed gold and silver.

England's 4x400m relay team of Andrew Steele, Martyn Rooney, Matt Douglas and Robert Tobin were second quickest to progress with the Bahamas and Australia teams impressing.

Canada's Chantal Petitclerc won the women's 800m EAD T54 beating Australian Eliza Stankovic and Canadian Diane Roy. Wales' Tanni Grey Thompson was fourth.

Kenyan Janeth Jepkosgei clinched gold in the women's 800m, with Scotland's Susan Scott finishing fourth. England's Jemma Simpson and Marilyn Okoro were sixth and seventh.

Ezekiel Kemboi of Kenya won the men's 3,000m steeplechase to take the gold ahead of team-mates Wesley Kiprotich and 2000 Olympic champion Reuben Kosgei.

In the men's 50km walk, Australian Nathan Deakes smashed his own Games record to beat New Zealand's Tony Sargisson and Australian Christopher Erickson.

SHOOTING

England's Pinky Le Grelle won bronze in the skeet shooting after a dramatic shoot-off. She was pushed into third behind Cyprus' Andri Eleftheriou and Australian Lauryn Mark.

Wales' John Croydon was fourth in the men's 50m rifle three positions, with England's Chris Hector fifth. India's Gagan Narang won the gold.

Singapore's On Shaw Ming won the men's 25m centre fire pistol gold, beating India's Samaresh Jung and New Zealand's Gregory Yelavich in a shoot-out.

BADMINTON

England's Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms made the final of the mixed doubles after beating Singapore's Hendri Saputra and Yujia Li.

In the men's singles semi-finals, England's Aamir Ghaffar lost to Malaysia's Chong Wei Lee.

England's Tracey Hallam made the final of the women's singles after beating Jersey's Elizabeth Cann. Scot Susan Hughes lost to Malaysia's Mew Choo Wong.

In the men's doubles semi-finals England's Anthony Clark and Robert Blair lost to Malaysia's Choong Hann Wong and Tan Fook Choong.

Emms was also in action with Donna Kellogg in the women's doubles, but lost in the semi-finals to Singapore's Jiang Yanmei and Li Yujia.

DIVING

In the men's 3m Springboard Synchronised, England's Tony Ally claimed silver with Mark Shipman behind Canadians Alexandre Despatie and Arturo Miranda.

England's Tandi Indergaard was seventh in the women's 1m Springboard as Canada's Blythe Hartley won ahead of Australians Sharleen Stratton and Kathryn Blackshaw.

Australians Mathew Helm and Robert Newbery won the men's 10m synchro platform gold, beating Malaysia's Bryan Nickson and James Sandayud.

England's Gary Hunt and Callum Johnstone were third but no bronze medal was awarded as only four teams contested the event.

BOWLS

Wales' Betty Morgan clinched silver after losing 10-5 9-5 to Malaysia's Siti Zalina Ahmad in the women's lawn bowls singles final.

Northern Ireland's Margaret Johnston missed out on the bronze after losing to Lorna Trigwell of South Africa in the play-off.

Wales grabbed another bowls silver after Robert Weale lost 7-4 2-9 2-1 to Australian Kelvin Kerkow in the men's singles.

England's Stephen Farish missed out on a medal after losing to Canadian Ryan Besterin in the play-off.

TABLE TENNIS

England's Joanna Parker and Kelly Sibley lost in the women's doubles, while teams from New Zealand, Australia and two from Singapore all reached the last four.

In the men's doubles, England veteran Alan Cooke and 16-year-old Paul Drinkhall beat Ryan Jenkins and Adam Robertson of Wales.

England's Andrew Baggaley and Andrew Rushton defeated Achanta Sarath Kamal and Soumyadeep Roy of India.

Singapore grabbed all the mixed doubles medals. Yang Zi and Zhang Xue Ling beat Li Jiawei and Cai Xiao Li, while Jason Ho and Sharon Tan won bronze over Australia's Miao Miao and Russell Lavale.

SQUASH

In the mixed doubles quarter-finals, Wales' Tegwen Malik and Gavin Jones lost to Australia's Natalie Grinham and Joseph Kneipp, while England's Vicky Botwright and James Willstrop progressed.

In the men's doubles quarter-finals Scotland's John White and Harry Leitch lost a five-set thriller to England's Peter Nicol and Lee Beachill.

Wales' David Evans and Alex Gough were defeated by Australians Dan Jenson and David Palmer.

In the women's doubles England's Vicky Botwright and Tania Bailey progressed after finishing second in their group. Their one loss was to to New Zealand's Shelley Kitchen and Tamsyn Leevey.

ROUND-UP

England conceded a golden goal to lose 2-1 to Pakistan in the men's hockey semi-final. Matt Daly's penalty corner had taken the match into extra-time.

England face Malaysia in the bronze medal play-off who lost to Australia 6-0 in the other semi-final.

In the men's basketball, England secured bronze with a 80-57 win over Nigeria. Australia won gold beating New Zealand 81-76.

England's Jason Irving took silver in the men's disability weightlifting with Nigeria's Ruel Ishaku winning gold and Australian Darren Gardiner grabbing bronze.

In the gymnastics women's team rhythmic final Canada won gold by beating Malaysia and Australia.





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