Live coverage of day seven of the Commonwealth Games, with Gary Lineker. Including diving, athletics and the women's all-around artistic gymnastics final.
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variety here in Glasgow. We have some stunning gymnastics,
spectacular diving, horrific boxing and three Olympic champions in track
and field" Wolf story. You can coach had to jump further,
run faster, throw further, but when the pressure is on and on time has
come, will that be enough? The essence of the champion is something
from within. You can't learn it, train for it or bottle it. It's what
makes you who you are, blocking out those who stand in your way. What
you know is yours and yours to take. You can't live in the past. The
present is all that matters. New obstacles, new challenges, new
surroundings, the price remains the same. -- the price. To be a
champion. The top trio of Rutherford, Adams
and James take centre stage but they are not the only big names in action
tonight. In the men's 800 Metres, David
Rudisha, star of London 2012. Northern Ireland's golden boy Paddy
Barnes has his sights on a light flyweight semifinal spot. The
English hopes in the gymnastics blue riband are led by Claudio cranky
parley. But Lizzie Beddoe from Wales is also in the mix. It should be
some light in the Hydro arena. -- some night.
We will stop off with diving in a moment, and then we are at Hampden
for the track and field after that. Just before eight, there is boxing
then we are back to athletics for the men's 400 Metres final, then
David Rudisha runs in the aged metres and we end with gymnastics
and the women's all-around. -- the 800 Metres. Michael Johnson is at
Hampden. We have to start with the event in
which he still holds the world record, the 400 Metres. Amazing you
still hold it but Kirani James is surely the man to watch tonight.
Yes, he is. I think he will have his hands full. With the lane draw, he
drew the outside lane, Lane 6. Martyn Rooney is in a great
position, if we go back to last year, when Kirani James lost the
World Championship to LaShawn Merritt, he got caught up in a
situation where he was following LaShawn Merritt and got out of his
race. I think this may bode well for him, he runs best when he runs his
own race. There is no real content on his outside. But I think it is
his to lose, I think he knows that and he is out for revenge for last
year. What can we expect from Martyn Rooney? He ran well in qualifying. I
certainly hope he can take advantage of this situation, he had a very
good preliminary run, you followed it up with a really good semifinal
yesterday where he was in control, and he was rewarded with a very good
lane draw, Lane 5 just inside Kirani James. So everything is set up for
him tonight and his attitude has been fantastic throughout these
championships, he seems to be healthy and in the best shape we
have seen him for a while. I would hope he can get a medal stop I think
it's unrealistic to expect him to beat Kirani James unless something
goes wrong with James or he gets it wrong, which we know he did last
year. His beard is pretty impressive as well! You don't see too many of
those in athletics! Do you think it could slow him down? Identikit will
slow him down but it is very interesting, I like the look -- I
don't think it will slow him down. It does along with the attitude, and
maybe it's good luck for him. Whatever works! I was trying to
think of some good runners with beards that were impressive and the
only one we could come up with was Ed Moses. He had one for a while,
Juantorena had one with an Afro, he ran the 400 and 800, you have to be
tough to run those two! May be Martyn Rooney is onto something
here. Looking forward to seeing David Rudisha tonight. You always
get the question is a former athlete, who would you pay to see? I
would pay to see him, he is a fantastic athlete. He runs the 800
like lots of 800 Metres don't run it, many times at a championship
like this you will see gamesmanship, you will see someone winning with a
1.44, I don't expect that when he is in the race, he takes it out hard
and runs the entire 800. He has had to come back from injuries. The
other athletes in that field have been inconsistent whereas he has
improved with every race this year. He won't be the Rudisha ran 1.40 in
London, but he is getting into the best shape at the right time. We
will join you later but we will start in the swimming pool. We have
seen our fair share of diving, but hopefully what we will show you now
will be more elegant. David Law was competing in the one metre
springboard final and going into the final set of dives, Jaguar was in
the lead. He has a chance of a medal for
Jamaica in the one metre springboard for men here in Edinburgh. I
wouldn't get too excited just yet, a lot of big names still to come but
he is in a great position. Final dive for Langer. What a dive to
finish! It has been quite frustrating for
him, I imagine, but this is a sensational dive to finish on. He
will get eights from the judges. I have only seen better from Jack
Laugher. For those who have just joined us, the moment it looks like
Jack Laugher is different territory and is on his way to a gold for
England. It is so tight for the minor medals, we might possibly see
a Jamaican medal, which would be a great credit to the city of Leeds.
Liam Stone has had a great performance, finishing off with the
reverse two and a half somersaults. Terrific dive from the 17-year-old
Kiwi! Everyone has woken up in this last round! Up through the roof,
beautiful wine into the water. Come on, judges. I know he's only 17, but
look at that! 8.5s across the board. They don't produce many divers, New
Zealand, been awhile since they have anybody on the world stage, but
that's tremendous, really good from Liam Stone. Only 17 years of age. So
much potential. The man currently in bronze medal position.
What a dive! That is astonishing! I cannot believe that dive is possible
on the one metre. When he needed it, that is right there. That man is
going to get sevens on this dive, it is 3.6, goodness me, what a degree
of difficulty. That is a medal for the Australian, for sure. Gets the
job done. A lot depends on the remaining
divers. Woodward is not in the mix, the evening has proved more
difficult for the city of Sheffield diver. 3.1 the degree of difficulty,
he will want to finish with a flourish.
He does a good joke I am so impressed with, he was out there
mixing it up this morning, a reflection of that on his inward to
run the half, over rotating as he heads towards the water, he should
be smiling, he is a star of the future. 6.5s across the board,
multiplied by the degree of difficulty, gives you his final
store. Now we are down to the sharp end of the final round. We know that
Grant Nel has a medal. We don't know whether Chris Mears has.
Outstanding! What a dive from Chris Mears! This is going to punch it
right up, I have no idea whether this is going to be good enough for
the podium. What a sensational final dive. It's going to be close to 400,
not good enough to take out Grant Nel. I think that's a medal. It
looks like bronze, probably, although we have Mitch to come and
then we have checked temp two. -- Jack Laugher.
Hello! Marvellous diver from Mitch. That is a magnificent final dive. So
elegant. Two and a half twists, one and a half somersaults. That could
be challenging his team-mate for the gold. He is very happy! It's all
going off here. It's getting ridiculous. There are going to be
two medals for Australia. Laugher needs just 31.75 marks to
take the gold for England. A diving masterclass from this young
Englishman. 19 years old, there is your Commonwealth champion, by a
country mile. What a dive to finish from Jack. He is electric.
We thought this morning was impressive, with thought this
morning maybe couldn't be surpassed, he has done it by something
ridiculous. That is truly world-class. He is a former world
and European junior champion. He is now realising all that potential.
Wisdom, congratulating him there, representing Jamaica, finishing in
fifth place. In the end, only 12 points away from a medal, Chris
Mears was seven points away. Jack Laugher, winning by a Street. Gold
for England. Silver and bronze for Australia.
Congratulations, Commonwealth champion, how does that feel?
Absolutely amazing. I'm lost for words. This morning was great. To
come out here and score almost 450 on one metre is amazing. I am
ecstatic. You didn't do it the easy way, you kept us hanging on. With
the nerves creeping Going last is hard so the first two were a bit
shaky. As soon as I got into my rhythm, it went well. I am really,
really happy. Bronze medal at the World Cup recently, or what is
clicking? I am training hard, I have moved from home, I have my
independence and I training full-time with my best friend Chris
Mears. Bronze at the World Cup is amazing and to get Gold here is
amazing. I am trying hard and it is paying off. Does this put the
Olympics right? Definitely. It was tough doing that but I think you
learn from your mistakes and make sure they never happen again. It was
a horrible experience but I made the best out of it and I bounced back
and got a double Gold at the Junior Championships. A three metre
springboard, can you double up? Yes, and another with Chris. I would love
to double up. I have not thought about it yet. So many thoughts in my
head, I am so happy. I will try my hardest. Congratulations, well
done, Commonwealth Gold. Thank you. Well done, indeed. A great
performance. And England's Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow won a silver
medal in the synchronised ten metre but form. Canada took Gold. --
platform. A great effort from the girls this
morning. Laugher Silver medals round their necks. Great stuff. -- silver
medals. And Tom Daley is in action on Friday. The ten metres
synchronised final, he partners James Denny. And he will. The
defence of his ten metre platform title on Saturday. -- start the
defence. We will have that live. Saturday night is prime time,
diving, Tom Daley, something is missing. I know!
Very good! It is a shame you are busy on Saturday nights. Welcome to
Hampden Park is for another fantastic athletics programme this
evening. The sun was peeking through before and it has been a silver
experience so far for England. They picked up silver medals yesterday
and let's hope tonight has a Golden Globe, this is what is in store. --
golden low. A golden boy from London, Greg Rutherford, the Olympic
champion, in the long jump. We will bring you up to speed in a moment.
He is the favourite, can the British record-holder hold it together best
remark Eilish McColgan will feature in the steeplechase. -- hold it
together? Come of it as a Commonwealth Gold medal winner. --
home mother. Theisen-Eaton is in pole position for the 800 metres.
And it is the women's javelin final featuring Goldie Sayers. And
continuing with the golden theme, Olympic champion Kirani James.
Martin Rooney is looking good for England. And David Rudisha, more
Stardust to a fabulous line-up this evening. He is a crowd-pleaser. Greg
Rutherford rogue the British record earlier this year and he has missed
a couple of competitions -- broke. Let's see how he is getting on, with
Steve. No matter what happens in future
Olympic Games, nothing will come close to super Saturday. Everything
went right and I got to experience the greatest moment of my life. As
soon as I hit and I took off, and knew it was pretty good. It was the
third best jump of my career. And it would take me on to becoming the
Olympic champion, which is special and amazing. When you have done
well, everybody expects you to do it every single time and no athlete in
the world, possibly Usain Bolt, but apart from that, not many can get it
right every time so when it does go wrong, you get more criticism and
you have to deal with that and understand it. After the injury last
year and how my body reacted at the World Championships, I was not sure
if I would get back to the level I had been previously. How significant
to you the Commonwealth Games? It is the biggest focus of 2014 and it is
the focus since I came back from the injury, it has been going out in
Glasgow and becoming the Commonwealth champion. Everything I
am doing is geared towards winning. Jessica Tappin on the runway!
The men's Long Jump final. First to go is England's Greg Rutherford, the
Olympic champion. He must at his bit to become a Commonwealth champion.
Joined by two English team-mates. The skies have cleared and the wind
has dropped. Showtime for Greg Rutherford. Round
one. The men's Long Jump final. He looks quick on the runway and
that is beyond eight metres. That is over eight metres. Heart in my
mouth. I could feel the tension at Hampden Park, a lot of expectation
for Greg Rutherford. The lead qualifier here yesterday and he has
improved on that John yesterday. That is a decent start. Dash-macro
three. He has set the mark. -- jump. Crucial he gets close. He has 14
centimetres to spare. That is very sensible. That is a decent
benchmark. He knows who will have two improved but he normally does
feel his way into a competition. -- he will have to improve. He knew a
jump beyond eight metres was put on the pressure. -- would put on the
pressure. This South African was very impressive in qualifications
yesterday. He jumped beyond eight metres.
Registe We can expect him to be one of the main challenges to Greg
Rutherford -- we can expect. That looks very similar to Greg
Rutherford. The 22-year-old South African. A decent start also for
South Africa and Samaai. Great height of the board. Good
discipline. No fouls yet. Three down, three clean. Great
acceleration. Look at the height, very impressive indeed.
England's Chris Tomlinson. Second attempt. Currently in eighth
position with seven metres and 95. That is better. That looks maybe
just over eight metres. It sounded good, and that is the white flag to
say it was behind the plasticine. Chris is looking across. 7.99. It
moves him up to fourth place, that is how tight it is this afternoon.
People have to jump beyond eight metres to get a medal. -- he will
have to jump. Somebody has to take this competition and it may be best
man. Visser, of South Africa. It is big, from the South African. It is
good on the board. You got the impression the athletes were saying,
who fancies this? 8.124 Rutherford in the first mount -- in the first
round is maybe not enough. -- 8.12 the Greg Rutherford. Quick on the
approach. Good on the board. Good acceleration. Possibly more to come.
And that is zero centimetres. That has got to be close to a foul. His
toes were over the plasticine. But did not make a mark. The jump is
legal. Round three, at this Long Jump
final. Greg Rutherford has been stood at the back of this runway --
round three of this Long Jump final. He is so keen. Look at that! He knew
he could take that lead back. Slightly jumping into a headwind.
Greg Rutherford was the road as soon as he saw that big jump from Visser.
8.20. That has wrestled the lead back away from the South African.
Greg Rutherford of England, at the start of the third round, is in the
lead. At the halfway stage. Quick on the approach, very committed. He
hits that board. He looks so confident. He absolutely was bang on
where he wanted to be. Excellent acceleration, he ran off the board.
8.20. Well done, Greg. So that takes him to the top of that standings.
Visser the second. In South Africa it in third also. -- in third. Chris
Tomlinson is capable. We think Henry Frain has withdrawn after a foul in
the first round. He won his Gold in London and he
became the British record-holder this year, and a .20 might be enough
or will the South Africans pushed him -- 8.20?
The South Africans look great and they are moving well on the runway
but there is something about Greg this season.
was criticised about not being able to jump at the Olympics. I think
that played on his mind. Now he has that in the back, he can relax and
he has looked good on the runway. How he transfers his speed into a
vertical left gives him the distance. He is good at that. --
left. His ability to respond under pressure, you have just seen. It was
not last year, he was a bit injured and you sensed he was not feeling
the love. Like he wanted to be appreciated more. And because that
was not the greatest distance in the Olympic Games and that was
mentioned, it is like he wants to back-up that Gold with another to
say that it was not a one-off, he is the real deal and he will be in
contention in two years. There are some athletes who as a result of the
Olympic championship and everything that goes with that, there is a lot
of expectation and some deal with it better than others. Greg had a lot
of expectation after that and people felt, it was not the best Olympic
championships for a Long Jump and may be it was a bit of a fluke. --
may be. So he had a bit of a chip on his shoulder. I am not sure he
handled it the right way and it spiralled out of control in
negativity, and now he is trying to come back. He does have a bit of a
motivation because of that. And sometimes that is what an athlete
needs. On super Saturday, the sometimes that is what an athlete
needs. On super Saturday, one that Gold and it was the most wonderful
night. -- the one that Gold. He was part of history and remembered
because of that and he will forever be part of that wonderful evening.
And last year, people questioned his motivation, was he going to go down
the route of appearing on celebrity television and he was enjoying that
part of his life, but he is back with a vengeance. Really and
yesterday when we saw him leaving after his qualification rounds and
he was lapping up the attention from the crowd and signing autographs and
enjoying being on form again. appreciating the crowd, who were a
lot of people too young for his autograph and he just took his time
to do that. -- queueing up. The fact he won on super Saturday was
double-edged because he will always be part of that moment in history
and it was a very special day for British athletes but at the same
time, he was also a bit overshadowed because Jess was the nation 's
sweetheart and she was used in all of the campaigns, and she delivered
and fully deserved that. She got a huge amount of recognition and
publicity because of that, and Mo Farah accomplished something that
had never been done before, so in some way, those two
had never been done before, so in some way, those kind of upstaged
Greg in a way that was unfair, because all you can do is beat who
is there on the day and deliver the best performance in matters which is
what he did. Sometimes, there is an expectation after winning the gold
medal, and it doesn't always happen. Not only in athletics. We had a very
successful games all round, people needed to digest that, and he did a
lot of celebrity stuff, and that's fine to stop but in a way that is
good for athletics, it puts it in the mainstream, which it has done to
an extent. I think it ended up backfiring on him because of exactly
what they said, you have to understand the situation you are in,
there are different levels of Olympic champions. It's like the 100
Metres, the heptathlon for Jess was like the 100 Metres. For Mo Farah,
the double was like the 100 Metres. When you are the 100 Metres
champion, lots of things come to you. The Long Jump is not that kind
of event and it's unfortunate for Greg that he expected those things
to come to him and he expected, I am an Olympic champion on par with Mo
Farah and Jess Ennis, I should be. But that's not how the public or
media are going to see it. He is going to be a father this year as
well, things going very well in his private life. And there we have a
show called, lining up the 3000 metres steeplechase. -- Eilish
McColgan. She needs to look no further than her mother for
inspiration as to how to win a Commonwealth medal, 1986. Huge
inspiration from her mother and also her father, he still holds the
Northern Irish record for that. Here she is, winning a Commonwealth title
back in 1986. They don't look alike but they're running style... It is
very similar. When I see a leash training, I just think, you are so
much like your mum. She has battled back this year, she has had a rough
year. She finding form. I know you went to see her last year, she came
ninth in the World Championships and things were looking up for her but
the heart palpitations and the training has not gone as she would
have liked but she is in front of training has not gone as she would
have liked but her own crowd. She has a strong line-up, the Kenyans,
absolutely imperious at the steeplechase. Let's join the
commentary team. A very proud Rachael Bamford as
well, running for England. O Flaherty, going for Northern
Ireland. These introductions, surely having an inspirational effect on
these home home countries runners. Kipkemoi, by no means guaranteed to
get a medal despite the great pedigree of the Kenyans. Another
young lady who was delighted to be here, Philippa Woolven. Victoria
Mitchell from Australia. And just listen to the rule for Lennie Waite.
-- the raw. It has been a troubled year for
Eilish, I am not sure what sort of performance we are going to get from
her. Eilish, I am not sure what sort of
performance At her best, she is our number one steeplechaser. She would
have dreamt of this moment for a couple of years.
The women's 3000 metres steeplechase final. Just over seven and a half
laps of the track, the water jump is on the inside. The first time round,
they miss it out. These three Kenyan athlete, they have the defending
champion, and this event, only the third time it has been contested in
the Commonwealth Games. Kirui is a former world junior champion. And
the rather not this figure of Kipkemoi. It hasn't taken very long
for the Kenyan female athletes to dominate this event like they do the
men's event. Just looking at the back straight there, the crowd are
getting really excited here, watching Eilish McColgan and Lennie
Waite representing Scotland. Thereafter we could Australian
athletes in this field, but the class of the field, probably the
best in the last few years is Cheywa of Kenya. They are just keeping the
pace how they wanted. Watch Eilish the water jump, she doesn't touch
the barrier, but I think that motor down when she hits the other end. --
slows down. A little bit of a handicap. At the back of the field,
they talk about the Commonwealth Games and it is the friendly games
but it's such a target the people, Rachael Bamford only just took up
the steeplechase this year. She has improved 30 seconds already this
year to go under ten minutes for the first time recently. What a chance
for her. Imagine the start of the season, thinking about running local
events, and then you find yourself at the Commonwealth Games. That's
what it's all about, to have these athletes, to give them the taste of
the international stage. A lot of them are inspired to move on to a
new level. The pace, moving along steadily. At this point looks solid,
not to excessively quick, there is Eilish McColgan, hurdling well. As
they come into the water, she moves on to the outside, running fairly
strongly, and I always watch her technique at the water. She doesn't
touch the barrier, and always loses ground at every point. Still the
early stages. McColgan at the back of the lead group. A busy night here
at Hampden. Track and field finals. We will find out what is going on
now in the High Jump. Second attempt at 2.25 for Chris
Baker. Didn't look so good as his first
attempt but very good on his second. Three other men have gone clear on
the first attempt. The Englishman, the only one from the home countries
left in this competition, finds himself in fourth place.
He has had three jumps so far, first-time clearances at all of
them. This should be a formality and it is. A huge favourite to take the
title here. Just look at this, perfect High Jump technique,
considered to be one of the best technicians in the world. The
standard, very, very high. Four laps to go, three Kenyans and
three Australians pulling away, you don't often say that in a
steeplechase. The very talented Lacaze, with the blonde hair, and on
the inside, the Tory Mitchell, hanging onto this Kenyan trio.
Eilish McColgan, just trying to get back onto them, if she can stay with
them, I think one of the Kenyans is not as good as the other two.
Kipkemoi is vulnerable. I think the Australians know that, they have
been thinking about that, 06 athletes pulling away from Eilish
McColgan, she is going through a bit of a bad patch. She has had a really
tough year, with the heart palpitations, you don't know how
that will affect you when you are running. Once again, McColgan not
going brilliantly over the water. Kirui, probably the second best in
this field. The Australian team of three, with Victoria Mitchell of the
back of the group, trying to hang onto the Kenyans. They are giving
them a run for their money. Purity Kirui, the former world junior
champion. On the outside, the defending champion, Cheywa, she
finished third in the Diamond League. It shows you can get amongst
the African runners in this event. Eilish McColgan, still working
hard, leading the British challenge but it's a challenge which is a
distant one now. No chance of living with the Australians, who are mixing
it up here. Victoria Mitchell just dropping off the back of that pack
now. Lacaze beat her team-mate Heiner recently and she might be
hoping as they get to the latter stages, you start to think about
medals now, you are in this group and yes, there is real Kenyan talent
there but now they start to believe a little bit. Heiner, not overawed
at all. Cheywa, with the strapping on her leg, she is starting to move
to the front with Kirui. There is McColgan and Woolven and Bamford,
all the running together. That will be another race. McColgan, hurdling
well over the barriers. The three Kenyans, settling in the first three
positions. Just a gradual wearing down of the
field. Now Lacaze looks like she might be the only wanted to stay
with the Kenyans, Heiner starts to get under pressure. The Australians,
doing a great job here of getting amongst the Kenyans and the weaker
of the three, Kipkemoi, is showing that she has got something here,
with less than 600 to go. A variety of techniques in the water jump, and
Heiner was the most effective. Kipkemoi, the weakest of the three
Kenyans in terms of her personal best time, instructing off the back
but Cheywa, now hitting the front. She will try to attack and lead
here. Heiner of Australia, running powerfully in second. That's a
really decent performance in that second place by the other Kenyan.
Medals, still not settled here. Kirui hits the front now, a
resurgent Kipkemoi trying to go with her team-mates, the defending
champion moves back onto the shoulder of Kirui, the Australian
athletes still have a chance. With 200 to go, the defending champion
moves ahead with Kirui. to go. The Gold medal is to be
decided between the defending champion and Kirui. Cheywa moves out
wide. Kirui tries to kick hard on the inside. Kirui kicks away. Gold
for Kirui. Kipkemoi just holds of the Australian. And Lady Makro with
a resurgent Rachel Bamford of England behind her -- a Liz
McColgan. Another big personal best, congratulations. -- Lady Makro. A
brave front given the season she has had. Never able to come to be used
championships in the shape she would have liked to contest. The winning
time is around 9.30. That is a race I am sure she would think she will
one day be able to run that time, but not today. One, two and three
for Kenyan -- Kenya. And a brave effort by Australia. A difficult
time for McColgan but she acquitted herself well. That is a time she can
approach. She will think, if I had had a chance, I could be amongst it.
So the champion was beaten by her team-mate. Those are the three
Kenyans. As we expected. Not the result we expected. That is the
result. The Australian first. A favourite second. The reigning
champion. World Champion last year at the injury has hampered her. But
Cheywa is out to win this. Look how smoothly Kirui runs past her. Good
acceleration. A good hurdle on the back straight by career. Cheywa is
working hard to defend that title. The three Kenyans are racing and
pulling away. But a brave effort from the two Australians. Another
affect -- attempt by the Australian. Watch the water jump and the
techniques. Look how they literally split the field. This is Kirui.
Cheywa on the outside. A bit of a slip from Kipkemoi. The Australian
under pressure now. What a battle! The two Kenya is, the defending
champion on the outside hits the front and tries to what -- to run
away. -- the two Kenyans. Kirui on the inside it's the World Champion,
another Gold medal for Kenya. -- beats. The defending champion came
here and she gave it her best shot which he was not good enough today.
-- but she was not. I wonder how that experience was,
this was a massive part of your year and you performed admirably. At the
start of the year, I did not think I would be racing. I have had one will
-- one illness after another. I am racing, fit and healthy, I could not
be happier to be here. My mum and dad are in the stadium and they will
be proud of me and the fact I have made it. It was not as good as what
I would have liked tonight that it is still the quickest I have run all
year. It is definitely an improvement, maybe just I have run
out of time for this championship. Rachel, how was it for you? Amazing,
I cannot put it into words. What a crowd! Uke -- you have, in strides,
congratulations to you both. --, and in strides. -- you have come on in
strides. That is Laura Weightman of England.
And only one person we need to speak to, Steve Cram. Have you recovered?
Sorry! I was trying to watch Laura. Her mum and dad were here, they have
run away. It was great last night and Laura did incredibly well. We
are so proud of her, as is Northumberland. And everybody who
has worked with her. Andy Henderson, he has helped with her conditioning.
And her physiotherapist. There is always a team of people behind any
athlete and her mother and father and family who are so proud of her.
She did a great race last night and is rewarded with the silver medal.
She had a great lap of honour last night. I will take her back to the
hotel and by her a burger tonight! The Gold medal once again going to
that great African running nation. Steve, I have heard you talking in
the last 24 hours about the plan you put in place with Laura and the
strategy. How she was to cope with that. It is one thing telling an
athlete that but delivering it must be very satisfying as a coach
because she raised with great intelligence last night. She did and
I was teasing Jonathan and saying we like to say that 1,500 metre runner
is the most intelligent. It is not one plan, you need an awareness of
what might happen. If you go hard from the beginning, what do you do?
The Kenyans might go slow, what do? We talked a lot about 500m to go, if
nothing has happened, you go. Have a go. If you feel like it, though to
the front. -- go to the front. Medals won and lost high temps of a
second. She saw an opportunity. -- by temps. It was a case of being
strong. She followed Kibiegon around and was rewarded with the silver
medal. So much progress in the two years since we saw her in the London
Olympics. How much further can you go in the next two years to
translate these medals and the global stage? The first time you
have a chance at the major championships, you learn a lot of.
She has got stronger. -- you learn a lot. She got injured at the trials
last year. She is a really strong girl mentally. That gives you a lot
to work with because she can train hard, a lot of people can train
hard, it is translating that into this arena. Standing on the start
line and thinking you can do it. This is a tough event. The standard
is high in the world and if she wants to continue to be competitive
in finals, she will have to keep training harder and getting better.
We can do that bit but it is up to her in the arena and she showed
everybody watching that she can do that when it matters.
Congratulations again. I think she got a lot of fans last night. She
has such a brave approach to the race and that sheer determination.
Let's remind ourselves how she did it.
12 women, two world-class Kenyans, they are the favourites. Can anybody
else get among them? The two Kenyans in front. Kibiegon. There is a
struggle behind them. Hannah England. Kibiegon kicking from the
front. Can they chased them down? Canada is coming through. Kibiegon
takes the Gold. Laura Weightman the silver. The Canadian,
congratulations. She gets the bronze. What a performance and what
a delightful Laura Weightman! Yet another silver for England at
Hampden Park, will they turn those into Gold medals tonight? Greg
Rutherford could do that, he has just had his fourth jump. Over to
Steve Backley. And you, and Greg has taken control
of this. He led from the start -- thank you. Visser as to question and
he responded. This is the fourth round. -- he asked a question. This
was a better job. 8.30. But it was a red flag. Look at how close this is.
That is the cross, it will not be measured. That is a shame because
that may have put the competition out of reach of the rest of the
Commonwealth athletes. Excellent execution. He is the best on the
runway. -2 centimetres, that is so close. He is the best technician and
as a result, he is in the lead. Two more to go, we will keep you
up-to-date with that and the men's High Jump. But back to Gary.
A change of direction now. Gymnastics. Always great. Coming up
live later, the conclusion of the women's all-round final. But the
men's individual title has been decided in spectacular style.
The men's individual all-round final.
To the gymnasts, he has been tipped as the champion already. Starting
his all-round competition in exactly the way he would have wanted. They
call the pommelhorse the great leveller, to him, it is just a piece
of apparatus. World class from Daniel Keatings, look at the smile!
He can swing, this young man. He is looking unaffected by everything
going on around him. The leader so far, Max Whitlock. And how important
is this fault for Scotland's Daniel Keatings? The medal could well
within reach. -- the medal could well be within reach. He really is
focused. He is looking so classy. It could not have been any better! Yes!
He is absolutely nailing all six pieces of apparatus. And he has just
landed on a Gold medal. Some goals to England's Max
Whitlock, silver for Dan Keating is and bronze denial Wilson -- and
bronze goes to Nile Wilson. -- so the Gold goes to. Beth Tweddle joins
us, along with matt baker. That was a spectacular competition, and Max
Whitlock is a star! He is world-class. You put in a score of
over 90, that is a very exclusive club on the world stage -- he put
in. I am still reeling from this. It was just sensational. It was such an
amazing atmosphere. Max had all the pressure but he withheld it and he
just commanded from the beginning. Daniel Keatings, it was so important
to come and to prove himself. He has had so many important injuries and
this was important for him and he just delivered. -- serious injuries.
Especially as he was left out for the Olympics. This map X Whitlock
getting to -- is Max Whitlock a challenger in the World
Championships? Very much so, he has worked so hard. A lot of this award
have rested on their laurels. But Max is only 20 -- on what of the
squad. He has worked his way up. He is still a bit of the top pace but
at 21, he has got a future ahead of him.
They know in the back of their minds, they have tried a lot of new
stuff in preparation for the World Championships and then are looking
ahead to reopen in 2016. The women are in action soon, can they emulate
the man? I think they can. How top qualifier will be going out there.
I'm not sure she will feel the pressure. Then you have Hannah
Whelan who has done so many all-around competitions. And the
Ruby Harold. You have seen your legacy, they must all be inspired by
you. The generation before me started to make finals, I then got a
medal and showed the younger generation that with a lot of hard
work and determination and focus, you can achieve it, now they are
taking it on. It's very important in the sport, when you have people
being successful, youngsters want to go out there and be like them. No
doubt about it. You have so many world finalists, Olympic medallists
in that British team, to have them around you, the older lads are
getting involved in the coaching, so when I tell you that the juniors,
the quality of those lads, it's out of this world. Wilson is a good
example of that, he has been up in the senior ranks for a couple of
weeks. He posted a near 87 in qualifying. It is just so exciting.
I cannot wait for the next few years. We are looking forward to
going back to you later, thank you both for now. We will have the last
two apparatus at around 9:15 p.m.. It begins on BBC Three at about 815.
Here are some headlines from day seven.
Nicola Adams guaranteed herself a medal by easing into the women's
flyweight semifinal. Flyweight Michaela Walsh will also
be in the semifinals of. Her opponent's day job was a prosecutor.
It was a closer affair for her team-mate. But the Northern Ireland
show fighter found her way through. She has also secured a medal.
Staying with boxing, Paddy Barnes was fighting a Papua New Guinean
opponent. Pretty impressive opening round, he
has produced all the way through this particular tournament.
First Irish boxer to win medals at successive Olympics, aiming to be
the first Northern Ireland boxer to win successive golds. If he gets
through, he would be the fifth Northern for the semifinals. Four
years ago, Northern Ireland ended up with five medals, three gold medal
is and two silvers. Would you bet against gold here? If you watch him,
there is more holes in his opponent's guard. With Barnes, he's
difficult to get through. There are a few openings for Barnes
to land, and land he does on the inside there. He has got good
timing. He's just a little bit leaky with the god, this man in red.
Having a bit more success there in the second round, but Barnes getting
back. Seems to have all the time in the world, Paddy Barnes. He just
eases out of the way. Barnes for books like this all day long,
especially if the southpaw doesn't want to move. You will find the gaps
in his guard. He is working very well with that left up to the body.
A great right-hander to the head, he has really hurt him. That has got to
be account. We were just talking about how good his left to the body
was. What short, little, destructive right hand he produced. And another
one. This could well be stopped. Paddy Barnes stopped his first
opponent in the opening round. He is threatening to do it earlier here. I
am sure one more will call the end of it. There is still time. Bit of
frustration there from Barnes, wants to get on with it. His change of
tactic to stand and trade with Barnes is an awful one. Keama keeps
getting caught. Hattie got one more to settle it completely? He has got
him again with the right hand. He may just survive, Keama. Barnes has
put in a blistering third minute of this round. Terrific little display
there from Barnes. Just waiting for his opportunities and taking them.
Caught his opportunities and taking them. Court the combinations were
good. They will be more than pleased in his corner. This man will find
his way through, he waits, he is patient. What a belting shop that
was. It started the ball rolling. Then he will work to the body. This
is right at the end of the round, five, six, seven shots going
through. A good display from Barnes. Doesn't get any better than those
scores. Such was Barnes's superiority, there was no option.
Third and final round. The defending gold wedding list from Delhi four
years ago in this light flyweight division, Paddy Barnes has boxed
from September in the higher division, the 52 kilograms
division, was rated number three in the flyweight division in the
world, he is now back to the weight he enjoys the most. Barnes, in blue,
has been the better boxer all the way against the man who had his
moments in the second round, Charles Keama from Papua New Guinea. What a
right-hander! Barnes raises his hand aloft. I don't know that he is badly
hurt. The referee has the look in his eyes. Back they come again. I
think if Barnes does it again, he will have to stop it. That is
exactly what happened to his first opponent. It's the quality and the
accuracy of the shots. Lots of blows coming in from Keama but none of
them hitting the target. Whereas Barnes waits for his opportunity,
and then he strikes. Gets him again with the right hand. Keama took that
one well, he has taken them all well. The very tired boxer from
Papua New Guinea. Into the second half of this third and last round,
it has been Barnes all the way. 10-9 all the judges in the first, 10-8
all the judges in the second. Keama chose the wrong tactics, I think.
The referee is going to stop it soon. He is getting more and more
tired. Andy has stopped. -- and he has stopped it.
beat. Very economical in his style, destructive and clever punching all
the way through. Charles Keama, who came through against a boxer from
Botswana, has been simply outclassed by Paddy Barnes who is in sparkling
form. It's the precision of his work. Very quick, accurate, he has
got power. His opponent got more and more tired and the gaps started to
appear. Punch perfect. I think we can describe that as
emphatic! So he's guaranteed bronze and could well win Northern
Ireland's first win of the games. Boxing is one of the sports that
gives double medals for third place, there are all sorts of numbers and
statistics but my favourite is the games Village housekeeping staff
expect to change 3600 bed sheets every day. A lot of male athletes
will be astonished to hear that the sheet can be changed every day!
Nobody is catching the world champion! Kirani James is going to
take Olympic gold! Total dominance. That is coming up at 8:30 p.m.. Very
soon, though, the final act, the seventh event of the heptathlon.
Let's remind you how it has gone. Already you see, moving away from
the rest, Zelinka. The time for Zelinka, 12.4.
The initial athletes know that the bronze medal is up for grabs. -- the
English athletes. Theisen-Eaton, huge favourite to
take the title here. Good clearance. The two Canadians, way out in front.
The three English athletes try and get amongst it, last event of day
one in the heptathlon. That is a very impressive run from
Theisen-Eaton. events down, the seventh is upon us,
it is the 800 Metres. This is the woman who is going to
win gold barring a miracle in the 800 Metres from someone else.
Theisen-Eaton has dominated from start to finish. She leads by a
handsome margin and she's a very good 800 Metres runner. Jessica
Taylor, in bronze medal position, although Slack could get there if
she beats by five seconds or more. Sometimes, personal bests for
heptathlon in the contributors can live a bit. But we know
Theisen-Eaton is going to win and Zelinka is going to get the sober.
We knew the Canadians would run away with this. The surprise package has
been Jessica Taylor, of England. This is the seventh event, the 800m.
with this. The surprise package has been Jessica Taylor, of Jessica
Taylor, if you had told her at the start of this year that she would be
lining up ready to run the 800m for it runs medal, she would not have
believed you because she has improved. Jessica Taylor to the left
of the screen. And this is a wonderful informants. --
performance. She has been horrific. The Canadians have set the pace,
very talented 800-metre runners. All Jessica Taylor has to do is not let
the Jamaican in front of her get too far in front. Five seconds is a
decent space so she is in the bronze medal position at the moment. Slack
opening the gap a little. That is the gap and that is not bigger --
big enough at the moment to close the gap. Tappin Stan well of
Australia needs only eight seconds -- Stan well. This is going to be
tight. Jessica Tappin get the roles of the crowd. Theisen-Eaton says,
this victory is mine. Ash the roar of the crowd. She takes the overall
victory. Jessica Taylor will get there, she will get the bronze
medal. Slack crosses now. Jessica Taylor collapses in a heat but the
Gold belongs to this woman from start to finish as her compatriot
Damian Warner did in the decathlon, Canada have ruled in the
Commonwealth Games in these events. England have a bronze medal. But the
Gold goes to Theisen-Eaton. We have talked about the legacy of different
athletes and in the wake of Denise Lewis, Gold medallist in this event,
we have seen Jessica Ennis, and Katrina Johnson-Thompson.
Disappointed, it you cannot help thinking you would have loved her to
run away with victory. And Morgan Lake in the world juniors. But
congratulations to Jessica Taylor for taking the bronze. I am sure it
would have been a good contest with Katarina Johnson-Thompson. Jessica
Zelinka takes the silver medal in Jessica Taylor the bronze medal. --
and Jessica Taylor. And it helps to be called Jessica if
you want to be successful in the heptathlon! But she is Theisen-Eaton
and she has Gold at last. Denise Lewis, a silver-medallist indoors
and outdoors in the world, which she has got a Gold medal today. It would
have been a fantastic contest with Katarina Johnson-Thompson which you
can only perform your best across those seven disciplines -- at. You
have to keep away from anybody with designs on your Gold. Going into a
competition as favourite does not help when you would have loved that
battle. We spoke to her husband, the world-record holder for the
decathlon, and he said she was gutted when Johnson-Thompson was not
able to compete. It has been hard, she has led from start to finish.
She has had ups and downs but she has been in control. It takes a
great mindset to stay focused. The High Jump in particular was
challenging because she had to wait over an hour before she started.
Which she is delighted. The first global Gold medal which she craved,
it is fantastic. I am delighted for the English girls, they have done
brilliantly. Getting the opportunity to be here and to experience this
crowd. That personal best by Jessica Taylor to get that runs medal is
fantastic. Jessica Taylor of sale, and when you are in such a rich vein
of form in the heptathlon as Britain has got at the moment, Louise Hazel
one of the Gold a couple of years ago and there are so many girls
ahead of her now. It is fantastic to see what has come behind. And now we
have another medallist, Michael. Yes, and that is what happens when
you have somebody like Denise who sets the stage and young girls wants
to be like her. Like we have with the Jamaicans in the sprint. We have
Morgan Lake, the World Junior champion as well. And we hope to see
Johnson-Thompson competing in the Long Jump in Z?rich in the world --
in the European Championships. It is a gruelling two days. We can head
over to the Long Jump to see how that is going for Greg Rutherford.
Just one man is standing between Greg Rutherford taking a Long Jump
Gold. A Commonwealth Gold to add to his Olympic Gold should this man not
jump beyond his best so far. That is below, he knows that is below. It is
below Greg Rutherford's jump. It will be measured. If it is below
8.20, Greg Rutherford is the Commonwealth champion. That is
anxious. Yes! That is a celebration for Visser, he's pleased with a
silver medal. But somewhere, Greg Rutherford, the penny will have
dropped. There he is! He is an outdoor she is allowed another jump.
-- he is allowed another jump. What that must mean after taking the
Olympic title and having a bit of a job -- dodgy 2013, with injury. To
take the Commonwealth title two years later, well done, Greg. Well
done to Greg Rutherford, a big smile from Denise Lewis. That pressure for
him to back up Olympic Gold and to prove the British record he set this
year, that he is definitely the number one and he will take that
forward to the next cycle. Olympic Gold is what we crave and he has got
that which you can see what this medal means to him. I thought he was
going to have a moment, and out test of emotion. I think it is testament
to his character. -- an outburst of emotion. He has changed his training
base and his coach. Getting his life back on track, taking ownership of
his athletics career. He did not even jump two weeks ago because of
an injury and it gave us an indication that he was not prepared
to risk anything because this was his aim, Paula, this medal and this
moment. I met him on a flight back from the diamond league in Glasgow
and he said the injury he had, it was not too bad because he had it
ten days before he jumped the British record this year. He said
things were still on track for the Commonwealth Games and that was his
aim and everything he was focusing towards. He has almost had to manage
his body. He has a lot of niggles. It is learning how to do it and went
to do it and taking calculated risks. Sometimes it upsets people we
have to be the master of our own destiny. We will hear from Greg
Rutherford, Commonwealth champion, very soon. The men's 400m final is
next on the track. And if you want to know how to run a perfect 400m,
you are in luck, we have the world-record holder!
This is the 400m at the race can be won or lost on here. -- bot. Seven
other athletes in this small space before the race. I actually enjoyed
this, it is the one thing I miss about competing because this was the
intense time when I knew in most cases I could win the race but I did
not know if I was going to win and I knew I was competing against other
people who were going to lose it right here. You might think with the
400m because it is a long is rent that the start is not as important
but it is just as important here as it would be in 200 m -- a long
sprint. You have to react to the garden and executed to perfection.
50 metres later, you are still accelerating and you have to get up
to pace as quickly as possible. That is dauntingly knowing you have
400m. When I broke the world-record in the 400m, this was key to that
record. At this point, it you can start to look at the other athletes
and you can see your position she can start. You have not slowed down
but you relax now. -- you can start. 150 metres, you have to start to
make decisions based on what your competition is doing. It pays to
know your competitors and that helps you make a better decision. When
Kirani James lost the World Championship, this was critical. He
saw what his opponent was doing and he made an adjustment. Adjustments
are sometimes necessary but you have to make the right one. You are
starting to give a bit more effort as you are getting into this 200 m
own. You cannot just turn on the turbo boost. -- 200 m zone. You have
to give more effort. With every step, you need to know how much
further you have to go until the finish line as well as what you have
got left to get to it. 50 metres from the finish, down the home
stretch, if you have got it right to this point, and you are not going to
be accelerating here, you are trying to hold form and technique and hope
somebody in front of you if anybody is in front, that they are
decelerating quicker than you. I know the 400m looks very simple but
it is extremely complex, a lot going on in every athlete's mind for the
entire 400m, and we will see that player tonight.
So that is how you do it. You teased us, you put on your trainers and I
thought we would see you do a quick lap. But that information is going
round in the head of Kirani James. He has got to execute this race well
because when it came to the big stage last year in Moscow, he let
himself down. Absolutely, that is what is going on in his head. He is
running that race in his mind now and he is thinking what he needs to
do, the areas he has made mistakes before, and how he is going to
handle that. He is not thinking about competition, hopefully. I
think given the fact he is in lane six, the comparison to last year
when he threw it away and made the critical mistake was that he was
inside his main competitor. He was in lane five and Merrick was in
sixth. Tonight, Kirani James is in six -- in six. Rooney will be his
main competitor and Gordon, from Trinidad Tobago. This is a good
position for him. His coach would have been delighted when he saw the
draw. He knows Kirani James will run his own race. He has run 43.7 this
year, a personal best. Nobody is close to that this year and he has
been healthy so he just has to execute his race the way he has done
it all season. How can Martin Ren?e -- Martyn Rooney use Kirani James?
He should use Kirani James, he is in a great position down that
backstretch and it is critical for Martyn Rooney. He can relax a lot
better having a main competitor on his outside. Relaxation is key. What
we saw him do the other night in the semifinal is to relax at one point
in the race and tonight he can relax down the backstretch. It gives him
the opportunity to slingshot himself around the bend and position himself
where he wants to be and bring it home. There will be huge support for
him and for Kirani James, here is Steve Cram.
title is introduced to the crowd. Who can even get close? Will it be
Martyn Rooney. The Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006 was when
this man came to prominence for the first time. He ran his personal best
at the Olympic Games in 2008 and since then it has been a struggle to
fulfil his potential. Van Niekerk actually ran in the 200 Metres heats
this morning, he's also going in that event. A bit of a surprise
seeing as he has a decent chance in this final. Bronze-medallist from
the Olympic Games in London, Lalonde Gordon. Three men from that country.
Renny Quow in Lane 2. This man picked up a bronze medal in 2009
when he burst onto the scene. Chris Brown made it to the final but
sadly, the veteran is not able to start. Right on the outside,
Williams of the Bahamas. So for Kirani James, 2011, the world
champion, 2012 the Olympic champion, now in 2014 attempting to become the
Commonwealth champion. Can Martyn Rooney finally fulfil some of that
huge potential he has? Can follow this man to a medal? Kirani James is
expected to win this party now has two deliver. Van Niekerk of South
Africa started very quickly. He may well pay for that. Rooney has to be
patient. Lalonde Gordon will finish quickly, but Rooney is well out of
this at the moment. Van Niekerk of South Africa, putting Kirani James
under some pressure, will he be able to last it with the big man? Kirani
James and van Niekerk, stride by stride down the home straight.
Lalonde Gordon finishing very quickly. Van Niekerk starting to
fade and Rooney will finish quick but it won't be good enough. Kirani
James takes the gold medal, new games record. The gold in the title,
once more go to Kirani James, it was a brave effort by then the Kirk to
try and stay with him. -- van Niekerk. But this man has so much
ability. At the age of 14 he ran a world best, at the age of 15 he ran
a world best, he continued to improve. He won the world title in
2011. The Olympics, he was superb. After a difficult 2013, he has
bounced back. Top of the world again. Kirani James. That was hard,
I wonder what he was thinking when this young man was right inside him,
he gave LaShawn Merritt scare earlier
this young man was right inside him, he gave LaShawn Merritt scare in the
season and he gave Kirani James a bit of a scare to. Martyn Rooney did
his best, I am not sure he got into the race in the early stages, when
van Niekerk came storming past him, it was difficult. He tried to stay
patient but Gordon finished quickly and took the bronze medal.
Try once more in the grenade in flight. -- draped once more in the
grenade in flag. I just wonder what Michael thought of that, whether you
were thinking, is van Niekerk going to give him something to think
about? It looked like he would last out but surely he went too hard.
Yes, I'm not sure, I was watching the 200 Metres this morning and saw
van Niekerk running in the preliminaries, so that is quite a
feat, to run into those in the morning and then run the 400 final,
but I thought this race was faster than it was. I thought Rooney was a
good position, I thought here he needs to pick it up and I wondering
if James and van Niekerk would hold their position, but it wasn't as
fast as it looks. Kirani James took control from the beginning, very
impressive by van Niekerk, staying with him, I wonder if he is
thinking, maybe it wasn't such a good idea to run the 200
preliminaries this morning, it had to have taken a little bit out of
him tonight which may have been enough to stay with Kirani James and
run a personal best and take the gold medal. James got a very quick
start. Then you can relax on the back stretch, he gets into his
relaxation bit here the long stride, it becomes a real advantage for an
athlete in the 400 Metres because he is covering more ground than
everyone else. Now he starts to put in more effort, he still doesn't
know where the guys are, it is nowhere Rooney is, with 120 litres
to go -- metres to go, he knows where van Niekerk is, but now you
see the symmetry, left to right. His torso is not moving around a lot,
that's what you want and that's what he has got to do to get his
that's what you want and that's what he has got to do to get times down.
He ran a personal best this year, he has got to do to get times down.
He ran a personal best this 43.7. He he has got to do to get times down.
still has a bright future, world Champion, Olympic champion,
Commonwealth champion, I'm sure the world record will be next for him.
It was a tough one for Martyn Rooney, he was never in the race.
You have to go into it with your own plan, Gordon from Trinidad almost
got the silver medal, had to settle for bronze. But back to Rooney, you
have to make the decision whether you compete against the other
athletes all you stay with your own race plan to stop what he saw the
athletes on the back stretch starting to get away from him, you
need to make that adjustment and he did not make the adjustment. He
thought as I did that they were going too fast, and they would come
back to him at some point, that's obviously turned out to be a mistake
and it was a costly one for him because this was a great opportunity
for him to win a Commonwealth Games medal and get himself back on top
and continue the fantastic season he has been having to this point will
I am sure Martyn Rooney will be disappointed despite running well.
The first time that grenade have won a gold medal.
man inside me, Olympic champion in Britain and now Commonwealth
champion in Britain. I am just happy for the country, happy will for
everyone who is affiliated with us, this win is for everybody back home.
He pushed you hard. I glimpsed him, I knew I had to stay composed, make
sure, so I try to stay relaxed. I ended up with a great time. You must
want to race in Britain all the time! Yes, the crowd is fantastic, I
love it here, the crowd really cancel out the
love it here, the crowd really cancel weather. It is good to be out
here and read front of a crowd like this. You come in as a favourite did
you go through the rounds with consummate ease, you deal with us
with consummate ease, you are a true gent. Thank you. God placed a lot of
great people in my corner to help me with that. Everyday I get coaching
in life and I'm happy that coach helps me out, I have grown up
friends back home at help me with that. I just have to give thanks.
Congratulations. I think he will be everybody's
favourite Caribbean sprinter! Loving the crowd here. And loving competing
on British soil, very good memories for him, from London and now
Glasgow, what a charming man he is. There is already a Kirani James
Boulevard back in Grenada. Buildings, airports... ! He's a
great young man, I met a few years ago, he is very respectful, focused,
works really hard. I'm sure that was a difficult defeat for him last
year, he said that, I'm sure this was a bit of indication. A great
race, great champion, we have another one to hear from now.
Congratulations. I saw you collapse to your knees in delight and relief,
all the pressure on you to win it, you have done it! Absolutely. It's
never an easy road and after last year, I was never sure if I would be
able to carry on jumping. I have come here and come away with another
title, it's what it's all about for me. I'm over the moon. A lot of
people thought I was a one-hit wonder but I'm here trying to prove
I can still do it and I will do it many more times. This place was out
of this world tonight, got completely behind us, it really
helped. A bit gutted about my fourth round, thought I had a monster there
and it was a bit of a foul, but I'm super happy. I'm going to go to the
Europeans and try and do it again. It's incredible. I just want to get
out there and winning titles stop what is it say about you that you
can rice to the vacation time after time? I think which Ball
Championships in Britain! I love the big stadiums, the crowds, I enjoy
being out there. I found myself smiling I was having fun out there.
I felt I could have got a big jump again, but this isn't like the
Olympics of two years ago, I still have something to focus on. So I
can't kill myself and not be right for that. I love these
championships, and I would also love to say, people try and write off the
Commonwealth Games and say it's not important, try saying that to anyone
who has won here tonight, any athlete who has completed, these are
hugely important for all kinds of athletes at all levels, and long may
it continue. If we have crowds stadiums and competitions like this,
it will continue for a long time. Let me ask you about people writing
you off, how much did it get under your skin, do you feel you have
something to prove? It's one of those tough ones. People are always
going to have things to say about you. The Olympics came as a shock to
some people, but I was the only one who wasn't shocked, I had been
working so hard, and everything came together. I have been working beyond
hard this year, I have had a nice, consistent year and that has shown
again today. When you are consistent, you can go out there and
win the medals. That's what it's all about. When you get written off and
you kill yourself in training, that's the thing, nobody else sees
that. But when you come out and win medals, it proves the point. The
best answer possible, another gold medal, congratulations.
Great words and sentiment about the importance of the Commonwealth Games
to him and all the athletes and where it can lead to in their
careers, to some it's a stepping stone, for Greg it is cementing what
it is in the Olympics. A jump of 8.20, do you think he will have to
jump further to get the European Championships? I don't think it
matters. He said it all, he has his Olympic title, the British record,
we know he wants to jump further but an athlete 's career is defined...
There will always be tough competition, it only takes a couple
of no jumps and you are under pressure, but people want to collect
medals, they want to win time and time again. The pipers, piping them
out for this medal ceremony for the Long Jump. Another medal to add to
the collection, Michael, at the end if your career when you look back
you don't say, I jumped really far that night, you say, these are the
medals I wonder. It is about the championship. It is for people who
are part of the Commonwealth. I have not heard the ball talking about
what the Commonwealth is. I have as to buy every media person, is the
Commonwealth relevant? -- people. I have not heard anybody saying, the
Commonwealth Games, not that good. It is not a valid situation. The
Commonwealth Games has its place but it is a great opportunity for up and
coming athletes, which we have seen, make their mark and go on and do
great things. I hope that is the situation for Adam Gemili. And this
is an opportunity for somebody like Greg Rutherford to do something
great and on home soil. It is something he will never forget for
the rest of his life. People in the stadium and watching at home and
around the world will appreciate athletes are competing and nobody is
giving away medals here. That is not happening. Everybody understands
this is relevant. The Commonwealth Games changed my life in 1994. I was
trying to make my way in athletics and until I got that medal, this was
an affirmation I could be good at this and make a difference. I
changed my training group, I looked at what I could improve and it did
bolster my confidence about who I was and what I wanted to achieve.
There are two things that can give you confidence. Winning a medal at a
championship does not matter, come of Games, Indoor Championships,
whatever, and also to produce the times -- Commonwealth Games. But you
can win a championship. Watching you Paula, I would say probably echoing
a lot of stuff to me said, it was a major breakthrough. It was my first
championship title on the track and that meant something. And Greg now
has the Olympic and Commonwealth title. He has a chance of the
European title, how many people have done those three? And he has a
chance of a world title, not many people have got those four. It could
be a grand slam this time next year, he could be going to China for the
World Championships. I just think it makes a difference. Look at his
face. He is beaming. As I said, this means as much to him as the Olympic
Games. Fantastic. Let's take a moment for him and the stadium here
at Hampden Park to enjoy the atmosphere.
He looks so relieved. He put a lot of pressure on himself to deliver
tonight. He did, he needed this. He really needed this. Not the
distance, but for his confidence going forward. To know he has made
the right decisions to get to the stage. I think he will go to Z?rich
and go very far. In a couple of weeks time, the European
Championships in Z?rich. He was injured a couple of weeks ago and he
did not compete here in the Diamond League. Injuries last year, but Greg
Rutherford is back smiling, on the top of the podium. You probably
think that he always wins and you do not see the stories behind if you do
not watch regularly. What he has been through a lot and he is back on
top. -- what he has been. Let's get back out onto the field for the High
Jump competition, with Steve Backley.
Great scenes for Greg Rutherford but it is Englishman baker who got into
the top four in the High Jump, and this was his final attempt. -- Chris
Baker. The High Jump always ends on a fail. But it was a success at
2.25. Chris Baker match Michael Mason, of Canada. -- matches.
This is the favourite who has dominated throughout the
competition. Queen clearances, and this that -- to 31. He became the
10th man in history to go higher than 2.40, Drouin, earlier this
year. Watch this, that is fantastic. If you are a budding High Jump, just
do it like that. Perfect technique -- High Jump. There was only one man
who could have stopped that. It was the Cypriots. He had a foul and he
opted to pass. -- the Cypriots. Three fouls and you are out. So this
opening jump was the only chance for Ioannou to go clear. The pressure.
It ended up silver for the Cypriot, with a big season's best, a previous
world medallist. So that led to the success and Gold for Drouin. So
Drouin, the Commonwealth champion. And here is confirmation. Chris
Baker down in agonising fourth place. It was the countback that got
him. So two medals for Canada and success for Drouin.
Drouin is one of the best in the world at the moment, leading a group
of men who are consistently on top. That man is one of the great
athletes of all time. That moment in London when he took Gold and a world
record. Seb Coe said it was his favourite moment of the Games, and
so many people appreciated the class he brought that night. And he
continues to. Last year, he was injured and he is back this year. He
is going to run 1.42, he said, he has done that already. How much
lower can he get? This is the semifinal tonight. Paula? He can
definitely go faster this season, I do not think he is going to attack
this like he did the Olympics in terms of a world record. In terms of
the World Championships, he will be happy to go away with the
Commonwealth title and focus on running faster and regaining his
fitness levels by the end of the season. It is a chilly night
tonight. His aim, Denise, will be to get to the final. We saw the
documentary which had footage from over ten years of David Rudisha and
his progress and his training to get to that moment in London. It was
just a fascinating insight. I loved it, it was riveting. An insight into
his world. The preparation, the disappointments, his relationship
with his brother. It was fantastic. A lot of people who did not see him
in London... Disappointment Usain Bolt will not be running on his
own, but he is as big a draw. He is, there are big stars in athletics.
Usain Bolt, Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce, Mo Farah. But this man is certainly
one of those superstars and he is fantastic. That race, that was one
of the most amazing I have seen, in London. I have always been a fan of
the 800m. As a London. I have always been a fan of
the 800m. 400-metre runner, you are amazed watching these guys! He is a
great person. We talked about Kirani James earlier, a great young man.
This is the same situation with David Rudisha. He is a very charming
individual and he has that intelligence that you were talking
about, Denise, the other night. Like Adam Gemili. He has that in terms of
the way he approaches the race and the way he dissects it. One of the
things I enjoyed about competing is the mental aspect of it, and he does
as well. We can go to Steve Cram for this 800m race.
I am sorry I have not had chance to tell you about the other seven men
in this race, David Rudisha does have to beat them to get through.
Three of them will go through. Another very good Kenyans in here.
David Rudisha will have to be on his guard -- union. -- Kenya. He is not
100%. He is not at this stage he was at a couple of years ago. He still
should be good enough to qualify without any problem. What can the
others do? David Rudisha, the only way for him is that front. He has a
compatriot is next to him, Ferguson. 52.2, steady running. That is a big
bump. The Australian on the outside. He asked for that, to be honest, he
was obviously in too tight. That can seriously affect the race. That is
why it David Rudisha has developed the technique of running at the
front. -- that is why David. Looking strong with his team-mate. Really
moving. What a great race for the Scotsman here. Three will go through
to the final. Running the race of his life at the moment, can he
hadn't gone? They are all struggling. The Australian is
finishing quickly. Can he do it? The Kenyans, one and two, who will be
third? So close! Ricardo Cunningham of Jamaica finishing so fast. If
this man makes it to the final... Come on, he says. He is looking at
the score board, the flags waving. Come on, he says. He is looking at
the David Rudisha is in the race but the Commonwealth Games are about
people like this making it to the final. And he has done it. Well done
to him, the race of his life. Learmonth. That is why these guys
are here, they have inspired the young man. He was determined, he was
very lucky early in the race at the bottom. This is David Rudisha. A
site we are familiar with. He still looks the part, not at his best.
site we are familiar with. He still looks the part, His team-mate will
be a danger in the final. 54 for the second lap. Look at Learmonth in the
finishing straight. Look at the yellow vest of Australia coming
quickly. The Jamaican coming is coming quickly. -- Cunningham.
Inches at the finish. Cunningham in second place. David Rudisha decides
at this pace, I can watch the television. He is not looking
around, and that makes sense. Learmonth running the race of his
life, what it is time and -- what a time and place to do it, and he can
now look forward and relax. He has earned his place in the Commonwealth
Games. Well done, died Learmonth, we look forward to seeing you tomorrow
-- three. Look out what that means to him. -- well done, Learmonth. He
will be back to contest the 800-metre final. Let's find out what
he thinks about that. It has been an incredible last
couple of minutes, through to a mage or final in Hampden Park, can you
describe it -- major final? best. He was just like, run for the
place, the time will come, and that is what I did today. The time is not
that quick but I don't care, I'm in the Commonwealth final. At home.
They could not ask for anything more. What about the famous Royal at
Hampden Park? Just listen to it, that is what pulled me through. I
have enjoyed myself. I am in the final and I cannot thank everyone
enough. The Scots, the fans, everyone that is here. I can't
explain it. The energy that I get from everyone is amazing. Well done.
Brilliant performance. STUDIO: What a performance by Guy Learmonth. It
shows Judy effect of the home crowd and what it can do. That is what
getting into the Commonwealth Games final means to someone like Guy
Learmonth, it is a huge step up and I think everyone in the stadium was
blowing him down the straight. Just to push across the line. That was
really close and he did well to hold on. He did well not to be involved
in all of the bumping. He did. Sometimes it is just about staying
out of trouble. The 800 metres comes with a lot of argy-bargy and pushing
and shoving. That was an incredible race. You have to take your
opportunities. World class at the front of the race, David Rudisha
crossing the line first. Congratulations on reaching another
final, you were expected to do that but you have to live up to the
expectation? Yes. You know, today it was a bit tough. I had to take it
with a lot of caution. I lead from the front as I traditionally do and
I controlled the race. What kind of shape I you in approaching the
final? I feel as though I'm getting better every time. My body is really
responding well. Now you have negotiated a couple of rounds, what
kind of mindset are you in for the big showdown in the final? Well, I
am expecting another good race. In the final we have really tough guys.
It is going to be a little bit turf, it will be a tactical
championship race. You must feel as though your own front of a home
crowd? The crowd has been fantastic here. They love you and they
appreciate you being here. The for the final. Ira Lee-Lo the crowd,
they are fantastic. -- I really love it. He did not look troubled, he
looked very relaxed. He looks so relaxed, I was concerned as they
went through the bell, he looked as though he was frowning which was not
characteristic of the way that he runs. But he was totally in control.
He had time to check the screen. He eased off enough to still dominate
and the other guys still know that you are the best but he was
conserving energy for the final. Stiff opposition coming from the
next semifinal, Amos was behind him in London but has since emerged into
a world beater. Yes, he was one of the ones who came passed him in
Monaco recently. This is the race in Monaco. He led into the straight but
he does not quite have the fitness from the training that he missed
with his knee injury. He was almost racing himself into shape this
year. Amos came past. He ran amazingly well to take the French
record in race. Rudisha will have come on strongly from that race. It
would also have fired him out because nobody likes to be beaten.
He wants to re-establish himself over Amos. Amos from Botswana.
Botswana of course, now we see great athletes from Botswana putting
themselves at the top of the world table in their events. The female
athlete missing out, but Amos will want to stake a claim. Absolutely.
He carried the flag for Botswana in the opening ceremony and this is
important to him, he is racing one of his idols. He also wants to win
the title. What I love about the Commonwealth Games is that you hear
the stories about the facilities in Botswana, it is tough for these
guys, but they come on the circuit to make their mark and he is here
with a chance to make the final. Let's handover to the commentary.
COMMENTATOR: Rudisha may well be leading, but Amos is the favourite,
he is close to his best. Let's wrap up the first heat. Guy Learmonth is
through automatically. Two go through as the fastest losers. This
is how they line up in the second semifinal. Amos leading the way. He
is head and shoulders above the rest but a few of them have similar
season bests. Michael Rimmer in line seven, he is the UK champion,
winning it for a seventh time this season. Nigel Amos, so much has been
said about him. He was 18 when he won his silver medal when he
equalled the great Marcotte Sebastian Coe. Evans Kipkorir of
Kenya. The 20-year-old. The Kenyan prisons Champlin, that does not
sound ground but it is fiercely contested. -- champion. The training
partner of Nigel Amos, Andre Olivier, the South African. He is a
real threat here. Alberto Mamba is just 19, he may be
struggling for pace here. Aaron Evans will be hoping for a slightly
slower pace than the more fancied names outside are capable of. Out in
lane eight as well we have Joe Thomas going for Wales, he came
through after the disqualification in the first round. Andrew Osagie
disqualified. He has got the turn of speed, the second semifinal of the
men's 800 metres. Three go through automatically plus the two fastest
losers for tomorrow's final. What a great race we had in the first
semifinal, the large figure of Andre Olivier will lead out his training
partner Amos. Amos just looking across as they break. Olivia is
setting the pace. -- Olivier. It is good to see Michael Rimmer moving
into second place. We know that Amos has a fantastic finish and he will
be happy to follow winner. -- Michael Bremmer. Let's face it, we
will look at the performance of Amos. Look to see how he finishes
the race the race tomorrow in the final, shaming he gets there,
against David Rudisha could be the race of the games. -- Ashley Ming
that he gets there. -- assuming. Under pressure from ten one', from
Uganda. -- Musagala. Trying to keep pace at the moment. The Kenyan Evans
Kipkorir is coming through as well. Sitting behind Michael Rimmer.
Olivier and his training partner Amos. Just drifting off the back. He
cannot get there. It will be these three going through automatically
add Michael Rimmer is losing the battle for fourth place as well. --
and tears. -- and he is. I am not sure Michael Rimmer was quick
enough. We will wait and see. A bit of a disappointment for Michael
Rimmer. He ran a solid race but when he came under pressure, they were
too strong for him. He could not really hold on. Looking at the
finishing times. This man here, he set the pace, with Olivier. Amos, on
his knees, I am sure he will challenge David Rudisha tomorrow.
Paula just said yes, he has made it. I was just going over my notes. He
is in fifth place. The two fastest losers and I got the fastest losers
at we will call that for you officially
in a moment. Paula is normally good with these things. He would join Guy
Learmonth, the home nation representatives tomorrow. Paula
Radcliffe is a mathematical genius and marathon runner. That concludes
the athletics for tonight but it continues on BBC Three. We have seen
great stuff with Greg Rutherford winning gold and Kirani James
winning the 400 and beating the Commonwealth Games record of Ewan
Thomas which had stood for 16 years. This was his response!
I am not sure he is looking into it or throwing up on it! He's probably
a bit disappointed. -- tucking in. Now, let's go to the Hydro to see
who will be crowned the women all around champion.
COMMENTATOR: Going for the big double twist. Not a problem. Really
mature performance, there. Cracking routine from her. Very nice work.
The crowd here are just loving the performances. Absolutely first
class. Well, prepare to be entertained.
That is the scene at the Hydro and there to build up to one of the
moments of this or any games is former world and Commonwealth
champion Beth Tweddle alongside Matt Baker.
What a story that has been unfolding, Ruby Harrold qualified in
third and she is now leading the field with two more pieces of
apparatus remaining. England won until at the moment. Ruby Harrold,
cloudy Fraga Pana, and then the Canadian Elizabeth Black in third.
-- Claudia Fragapane at. What a performance from Elisabeth
Beddoe of Wales. Hannah Whelan in sixth position. She has not given
away many deductions. It goes to show how tight the competition is.
Yes, the difference between first and sixth place is not a lot. Her
strongest pieces, Hannah, are still to come, so she can make up the
difference. Claudia Fragapane, she is her normal consistent so fingers
crossed they can keep it going. Claudia is up first on the beam and
she has got a difficult routine. She has a standing full twist right near
the end of her routine. She performed superbly yesterday. She
helped our team to the gold medal but who knows. Megan Chant from
Canada. She is in with a real chance of a medal. She qualified in seventh
for the flare final. It is all really still to play for here. Just
a quick note ahead, how good is Black on the beam? She can be very
good oral... It really does make or break the overall final -- or... And
finishing on the floor, the medal contenders. Florida is the nicest
1-2 finish on, you can engage with the crowd and use the atmosphere and
the adrenaline. It is always the nicest piece. The Show will Ruby
Harrold feeling, knowing these are not her strongest aces? She will be
looking forwards. She has got to perform on beam. So Megan receives
the applause from the crowd. White did ever so well for Scotland, but
all eyes will be at the other end of the Hydro arena. You can see the
beam just in the background there. It is Claudia Fragapane E, who is in
silver medal position in the all-round competition.
negotiated. -- two leaps. The backflip. The straight somersault.
Oh, what a shame. She just hesitated. This has not been her
strongest piece that she was so positive yesterday. She has to put
that behind her man. -- she has to put that behind her
now. Two backflips, dismantle great. She
did so well to put the fall behind her. She must be absolutely
destroyed inside. She will keep control of herself. She knows it's
all new for her. She really was not far off. She tried to react a little
bit too much. But as you say, a real shock, and then to continue and pull
out difficulty like the full twisting somersault to land... And
she will you went for it. Some impact on her leg there as well.
Maegan Chant. The scores are growing for her.
Presenting, projecting. And now preparing.
Two and a half twists, she skipped to the side. She controlled that
well. Well done. As she was on beam, just as graceful on floor.
Beautiful, elegant, graceful work. Performed to the music. You can see
these gymnasts have made friends. The chance of a medal for Claudia
Fragapane con. -- has gone. The rest have to do better.
From South Africa, Beckett, 18 years old.
The acrobatic series is the best we have seen. The backflip and tuck
back. Very smooth, good written to this
routine. There have been little wobble is as well. - good written.
She just did not give enough energy to that side somersault. Her legs
just didn't go right overhead. I wonder, for some of these
gymnasts, if the three competitions three days in a row is taking its
toll a little bit. Big double back. They are very efficient on these
dismounts. Building the difficulty all the way to the end. There are
proving to be quite a few casualties really in this all-around and
petition. Some 50 to do actions. So who knows, Fragapane can still be in
a chance of a medal. The highest score so far in this all-round
women's competition. The Australian will go out with all
of the entertainment value she has got here. She loves to please the
crowd. The floor performance in the team
competition was strangely lacking. but the tumbling is much, much
better than she did in the team competition.
She is tumbling so much better. Rising to the occasion. But I don't
know, Chris? The choreography definitely has a theme to it. It is
telling a story, but I don't find it terribly attractive or appealing.
She was in eighth position. Let's see if she can move up the rankings.
Who knows? The music was from the Amazon jungle I think. I think it
had an aboriginal theme. Hannah Whelan has been European
bronze medallist on this piece of apparatus. She needs all the marks
she can get. Hannah has what so many of the other
gymnasts do not, rate fluency on the beam.
-- great clemency. She has gone for broke. No wonder she took a pause.
The skill that gave her a big wobble yesterday that she was much more
precise on that performance. It is a performance on the beam,
rather than just a series of moves. Two and a half, a super, super
performance from Hannah Whelan. She could well be in with a shout here.
She wants a medal as much as anyone. This is her peace and she didn't
really do very well yesterday. So she really wanted to show everyone
what she could do today. Two layouts from the free cartwheel.
She's very consistent with her scoring today, the Australian.
Canada on floor. She produced a good beam.
A tiny buckle on the pike but so far nothing serious. Well done indeed.
So she's picked up on the last two apparatus, beam and floor have stood
her in very good stead indeed. One more to go for the 16-year-old. The
all -around competition is over very quickly. Hannah Whelan is on her
way. She's building. She has had two very good scores.
She rushed slightly into that change.
She was in forthcoming into this rotation.
little bit rattled after falling off on something that was easy for her.
She needs to get into her rhythm now. That was a super double spin.
And she gets the connection, the free walkover into the jump.
Good dismount, good one and a half, she did so well to get the early
fall behind her. The Welsh contingent, there. What a day they
had in the all-round, getting the historic bronze medal, maybe that
has taken it out of her a little. They all stayed on the beam in that
qualification competition. There was talk that she did not get quickly
enough into the second leap and she tried to speed it up. Onyshko moves
up into fourth but for how long? Charlotte Sullivan is up next. One
of the youngest gymnasts here. Just 16. But she has qualified for the
flare final. -- floor. Nicely controlled. Can she keep it
up through the tumbling? Triple twist. Easy. And a double pike. A
couple of tumbles to set her away. She will be well pleased with this
performance on floor, but she did not land it. She touches down, one
hallmark away, what a pity. She was going so well. -- whole mark. She
gave the judges licensed to deduct. She was thinking the same as you,
when she was going up to the tumble, and sometimes you can lose
concentration and before you know it, your hands are down. Elizabeth
Beddoe. She is staying in fourth at the moment. Well, the leader of this
competition, Ruby Harrold. With her beam routine, now, how much pressure
is she under here? She knows that this is the piece that matters. If
she can do her best here, she has got a chance. Probably the piece
that Ruby has two work hardest at. -- has two work. Nice height and
flight on the leaps. Punching... Oh. Goodness me. That surprises me.
She looked so strong and positive, she dipped her shoulder on take-off.
My word! APPLAUSE Very secure with the combination.
The acrobatic series. She has become a bit jittery now. She has to keep
her focus. Change leg ring, the judges would
have to be generous to feel that her touch tax base foot touches her
head. Strong in the free cartwheel. -- per
Lift, find the floor, she did. Well done. Right at the beginning of the
routine. How costly will befall proved to be? There is not long to
wait to find out. -- will that fail proved to be?
Just the left shoulder dipping write-down. You can see Beth's
expression. The dismount had a few deductions yesterday, that was much
better. So, Elizabeth Black has watched the two gymnasts ahead of
her making mistakes. 11.84 Charlotte Sullivan.
The last gymnast on floor, Georgina Hockenhull. She starts with a
difficult leap. This is a difficult time Bill. She needs all of her
concentration and confidence. Double Arabian. Easily performed. --
difficult tumble. But this takes all of her skill. One and a half,
walk-out, needs to be smooth into the doubletalk. What a shame. --
double tuck. Good leaps, the change leg ring. She
has do hit the splits here. Good half term. She needs to forget her
last problem and make sure that she concentrates for this tumble. --
turn. She moves out. Not being precise enough on this piece. Very
powerful young gymnast. She struggles to always harness her
power. Double pike to finish, that is more like it. APPLAUSE
She has left us with the impression of the wonderful dismount, the
tumble, double pike. You must be very proud? Yes. Ruby Harrold, she
will stay ahead of Fragapane. We'll she stay ahead of this lady? -- will
she. Elizabeth Black was in bronze medal position. Coming into the
rotation. But now she has her sights set on gold. This is a difficult
routine. The highest difficulty score in the competition. She
negotiates the double spin. That was their problem in the team
competition. Very strong and positive on the pike front
somersault. Backflip layout. She is very light far powerful gymnast,
good, light landings. -- for a powerful gymnast. Now, this is very
difficult. Backflip, fault West. -- full twist. It is very risky as
well. Change leg leap. Change leg half. A little bit untidy, both of
those leaps. That was strong, the tuck front somersault. She stamps
those out so well. Just the dismount to come. Two and a half twists,
nicely performed, that dismount. Goodness me, it has run through the
group. The problems on the beam have set up a grandstand finale on the
last rotation, that's for sure. It was a bit of an epidemic. It is not
good to see anyone fall, but when you see three major contenders, here
we are, this is so difficult. She looked online when she set up.
Probably a bit short. On-air time. That was well controlled. Nothing
wrong with the two and a half twists. What a cracking final piece
of operators we will have here. Georgina Hockenhull scored 11.966.
-- of apparatus. STUDIO: We wondered before the competition started
whether it will be close, and it turns out you need some kind of
accountancy degree to work out who needs what in the final round. Beth,
you have been doing the sums. Between Ruby Harrold and Fragapane
there is 0.133 and between Ruby Harrold and Hannah eight is only
1.2. Such small fractions. And obviously Fragapane has a massive
score after posting 14.7 yesterday. Cloudier, she did think, that's it,
it is over for me, but obviously she packed her beam routine with extreme
difficulty. Even though she fell, because the routine was so
difficult, you know, she could afford to give a bit away? We are
still awaiting the Canadian score. It will be so close between all four
of them. She literally went for the wobble, her foot slipped, and she
did everything do save it. That was the hardest move. To keep her nerve
for the full twisting tuck, that shows nerves of steel. They will be
needed on the last piece of apparatus Budgie has a good floor,
Fragapane. Incredible. -- but she has. She was almost a full mark in
front of her English team-mate yesterday. Yes
front of her English team-mate beam and felt, it has gone, but now
that she has seen she is still in with a chance, she will go out for
the floor with dynamic power, and the judges are looking for the
massive powerful tumbles to stay within the lines. The mixture of
jumps and leaps and also the artistry. Fragapane has got it all.
She has a bit of body popping in her routine. She will go last and the
crowd will be hoping she takes the title. You used to play on that as
well, get your castanets out and have everyone clapping away, with
your Spanish feel. It is the 1-piece way you can do crowd interaction. On
floor, you take the energy and you do have this control of the energy.
Can Ruby Harrold cope with this? I think she can. She has done it at
major championships be. She has been in world and European finals.
Between all four of them there is literally 0.3. And she could climb
back up there as well, Hannah. Yes. And to have three of our English
girls out of the four in medal contention, that would never have
happened a few years ago, so it's great for British gymnastics, and
obviously Beddoe and Wales have a great standing here as well. Don't
go anywhere. The final piece of apparatus in the women's all-around
competition. Beckett from South Africa.
meant to be a second leap there. You have to have a leap passage and
without it she would lose 0.5. A double-take at the finish. --
double tuck. Not the sparkly floor routine we would have expected from
her. You have to be a bit more professional than that when you are
disappointed. These gymnasts have experienced all kinds of emotions in
a short period of time. That is what most of them are not used to, and it
is if the court to get yourself together afterwards. She just caught
her foot and she was going to go. We understand that Elizabeth Black has
put in an enquiry on the last piece of operators dealt with apparatus,
and her school. Yesterday she scored a lot more for a routine that was
similar with one fall. This will be her last piece of
apparatus. A five the difficulty. Lovely presents all the way through
this competition. That is how she wraps it up. A nice full twist and a
broad smile. What a way to finish and all- around competition. She has
had a great time and won a few friends. Look at this.
Dead centre. Nice, clean lines. Good, sharp twist. Stretch through
the knees. Lovely vault. Good way to finish.
Kirsten Beckett finishes with an 11.633.
Well, Hannah Whelan got a bronze at the European Championships on this
piece of apparatus. She is qualified with the third highest score for the
floor final and my word, does she need the performance of her life
here. That is exactly what England
ordered! A beautiful routine, packed with difficulty. And absolute
perfection. Real entertainment. And the too performance marrying a dance
with the tumbling. Super stuff. It could be a late charge. Such an
atmosphere, and she just built it there. The whole audience was with
her. Terrific stuff. 13.933. The scores kept building.
And she has certainly made a lot of friends here, the Malaysians.
The Australian was joking to me a few days ago she has not vaulted for
ages. She has got attitude. She is loving
every minute. She is the oldest on the team and is loving every second.
minute of this competition. Elizabeth Black has put in that
enquiry for her school and it has been rejected, so I think she's
going to have to change her attitude here, going into this last piece,
because there is no point in dwelling on it. Absolutely not, and
she's got a big floor. Hannah Whelan, 13.5, goes into first place
for the moment. Lizzie Beddoe seventh coming into
this final rotation. She did win floor at the British Championships
this year. finish for her. Well, she may move
up from seventh. But that's it. She can do no more. All pieces done.
That is the all-around competition over. She led the Welsh team so
effectively to their bronze medal. Full twist. Nice in the air. Good,
confident, clean. A good last two apparatus.
Plenty of attack. Good conversion. Slightly off centre, but so much
power. A great job. Four pieces done. Good line. Lifted the chest. A
really nice conversion. Snaps well. Good extension through the
shoulders. Look how she lifts the shoulders up. To try to make the
most of the dismount. STUDIO: A critical stage in the
gymnastics, very tense. It could go either way. Or anyway, really,
between the leading contenders. We've just about run out of time
here on BBC One, but do not worry, we will be turning over immediately
to BBC Two, where we will continue straightaway with the gymnastics. So
you won't miss a thing. It's very exciting and tense. Please stay with
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