Day eight at the Commonwealth Games: Laura Muir aims for more Scottish successes


Laura Muir battles for further success at the Scottish circuit on day eight at Alexander Stadium while Jack Laugher, along with his new synchro partner Anthony Harding, takes a sixth Commonwealth Games gold.

Here, the PA news agency selects some of Friday’s highlights and reflects on the best of Thursday’s action.

Day eight highlights

More muir

Laura Muir continues her busy schedule in Birmingham (Isaac Parkin/PA)

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Muir, fresh from last month’s 1500m world bronze, goes into the distance after running in the 800m heats earlier in the week. New 100m champion Elaine Thompson-Herah continues her sprint doubles effort while running in the 200m semifinals while local hero Matt Hudson-Smith returns for the 400m semifinals.

Jack attack

Jack Laugher aims for sixth Commonwealth Games gold (Mike Egerton/PA)

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Former Olympic champion and six-time Commonwealth Games gold medalist, Laugher will be looking to add to his medal tally when he competes alongside new teammate Harding in the men’s 3m synchronized event. Eden Cheng and Lois Toulson are among the competitors in the women’s 10m platform final.

England renew New Zealand rivalry

England overtook Wales to secure a spot in women’s ice hockey semi-finals (Isaac Parkin/PA)

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England brushed aside Wales in their final group game on Thursday to confirm a women’s hockey semi-final clash against New Zealand.

They suffered an agonizing penalty shoot-out loss to the New Zealanders at the same stage in 2018 before rallying against India and claiming a bronze medal.

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image of the day

England’s Saffron Severn competes in rhythmic gymnastics qualification (Zac Goodwin/PA)

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The wight stuff

Jake Wightman (left) relaxed through his 1500 meter dash (Martin Rickett/PA)

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Jake Wightman advanced to Saturday’s men’s 1500m final with a comfortable win in his run at Alexander Stadium.

Wightman, who won a shock gold medal at the World Championships in Oregon last month, ran three minutes and 48.34 seconds to spark hopes of another Scottish gold after Eilish McColgan’s 10,000m win on Wednesday night.

Hard for Thomas

Geraint Thomas had to settle for bronze in the time trial (David Davies/PA)

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Geraint Thomas had to settle for bronze in the men’s time trial after the favorite ran over a barrier before the event and fell early in the competition.

The Welshman remounted but was around 30 seconds off eventual winner Rohan Dennis at each time check and finished two seconds behind England’s Fred Wright, who took silver. Day eight at the Commonwealth Games: Laura Muir aims for more Scottish successes

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