Oliver Hoare
Oliver Hoare produced an outstanding run to win the 1500m gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. Image by Dean Lewins/AAP PHOTOS
  • Commonwealth Games

Drought turns into Australian gold deluge

Roger Vaughan August 7, 2022

After the drought, the deluge.

Australia went from bust to boom on Saturday, winning nine gold medals that featured several outstanding performances.

The netballers are also into their gold medal game, as are the all-conquering women’s cricketers.

It followed a rarity in Australia’s Commonwealth Games history, with no gold medals on Friday.

On Friday night, England were within three gold medal of Australia at the top of the medal tally.

A day later, the margin was back to nine.

The stage was set on Saturday morning, with Ellen Ryan and Kristina Krstic beating England in an all-time classic lawn bowls doubles final.

After Jemima Montag claimed 10,000m walk gold at the track and world champion Eleanor Patterson was relegated to silver in the high jump, Oliver Hoare provided one of the highlights of the Birmingham Games.

Hoare joined Australian sporting icon Herb Elliott as the only Australians to win 1500m or mile gold medals at the Games with a remarkable run.

Fourth at the top of the final straight, Hoare powered home in Games record time, also lopping more than two seconds off his PB.

Rhythmic gymnast Alexandra Kiroi-Bogatyreva completed her Games medal collection with gold in the clubs final.

Australia beat England to reach the netball final on Sunday against Jamaica and the cricketers saw off New Zealand to set up a T20 final against India.

Sunday’s beach volleyball finals will also feature Australians in the men’s and women’s pairs gold medal games.

Aaron Wilson’s shirt came off as he defended his singles bowls title – the first man in 44 years to go back-to-back at the Games.

Tom Barns added another bronze in the wrestling, while Charli Petrov and Michelle Wu combined for diving gold in the synchronised 10m platform.

Petrov, 14, is Australia’s youngest competitor at the Birmingham Games.

Maddison Keeney and Anabelle Smith gained redemption for their spectacular implosion at the Gold Coast Games, winning the synchronised three-metre platform.

Boxers Kaye Scott and Callum Peters will box for gold on Sunday after winning their semi-finals.

And back at the track, Kurtis Marschall beat two English rivals to claim a second-straight pole vault gold medal.

Yang Qian beat her great friend Lei Li Na in their para table tennis final, while the Kookaburras play India in the men’s hockey final on Monday after a come-from-behind 3-2 win over England that featured a controversial deciding goal.

Along with the netball, cricket and women’s hockey, Sunday will also feature big Australian gold medal chances in the road races.