Day six at the Commonwealth Games: Johnson-Thompson and Campbell go for gold


Emily Campbell attempts to add gold at the Commonwealth Games to her Olympic silver medal in women’s weightlifting while Katarina Johnson-Thompson’s heptathlon challenge comes to a close on the track.

Here, the PA news agency recaps Wednesday’s action and looks back at some of the highlights of day five.

Emily’s gold bid

Emily Campbell offers to add to her collection of important medals (Martin Rickett/PA)

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Campbell rose to fame when she won a silver medal in women’s weightlifting over 87 kg at the Tokyo Olympics.

The 28-year-old from Nottingham, who won bronze at the Gold Coast four years ago and is also the reigning European champion, is considered the favorite for a gold medal on her home stage and continues England’s winning streak in the competition.

Will Evie fall short?

Evie Richards is running to be the cross-country queen (Mike Egerton/PA)

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Evie Richards would love to put a year of injury and illness behind her by upgrading the mountain bike silver she won in 2018 to a gold medal, but said after months of back problems and a recent bout of Covid, she’s being realistic got to.

That could potentially open the door for Scotland’s Isla Short, while New Zealand’s defending champion Sam Gaze is the men’s favourite.

KJT conclusion

Katarina Johnson-Thompson completes her heptathlon bid (Martin Rickett/PA)

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Defending heptathlon champion Johnson-Thompson wants to retain her title if she goes into day two with a 109-point lead, but she is likely to be pushed by England team-mate Holly Mills, among others.

Also on the track, Daryll Neita set a mark in the women’s 100m with 11.02 seconds on her run, and her anticipated final 100m showdown with Olympic gold medalist Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica is one of the most intriguing duels of the Games.

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Samoa’s Don Opeloge celebrates winning the men’s weightlifting (Peter Byrne/PA)

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Peaty completes the set

Adam Peaty roars with joy after winning gold medal in 50m breaststroke (David Davies/PA)

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Adam Peaty had said he was “heartbroken” after his eight-year unbeaten run in the 100m breaststroke ended with a fourth-place finish in Sunday’s final, but then drew criticism for claiming he was “not concerned” about it Event and was instead focused on the Olympics in two years time.

He responded to his critics with a win – and a conspicuous cheer – in the 50m to complete a string of major international championship victories. “I can retire now!” he joked to the BBC afterwards.

Jake’s clean business

Jake Jarman completed an exceptional clean victory in the men’s gymnastics competition by winning his fourth and final gold medal of the Games in the men’s vault final.

Teammate Joe Fraser had to settle for three gold medals after winning on parallel bars but falling off the horizontal bar. Alice Kinsella’s floor title secured England at the end of 10 of the 14 offered gold medals in artistic gymnastics.

Cyrille’s dream is over

Cyrille Tchatchet was injured (Peter Byrne/PA)

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Cyrille Tchatchet’s dream of capping his remarkable story with a Commonwealth medal for England was dashed when he spasmed halfway through the men’s 96kg weightlifting competition.

Tchatchet managed to grab 158kg to leave him in the silver medal position at halftime, but he collapsed after his first clean and jerk and two more errors prevented him from recording a final total. Day six at the Commonwealth Games: Johnson-Thompson and Campbell go for gold

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