Games - Highlights on day nine of Commonwealth Games

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GOLD COAST, Australia (Reuters) - Highlights on day nine of the Commonwealth Games on Friday (times GMT):


1325 HOSTS AUSTRALIA LEAD MEDAL TABLE

Australia lead the medal table with 65 golds. England are second with 31 followed by India with 17.


1249 INJURED DALEY TAKES COMFORT FROM PAST SUCCESS

England's Tom Daley said that the experience of competing in three Commonwealth Games and three Olympics had helped him deal with a hip injury that ruled him out of the 10m individual platform event at the Gold Coast.

The 23-year-old earlier won gold in the men's synchronised 10m platform with team mate Daniel Goodfellow.

"I am the granddad of the team now... Knowing what you've achieved and you've done in the past really does help when you're struggling with injury," Daley told BBC Sport.

"I'm just about holding up with my hip but I'll be able to manage it. I have to be smart with my training to carry on between now and Tokyo."


1220 NIGERIA'S AMUSAN WINS WOMEN'S 100M HURDLES

Nigeria's Oluwatobiloba Amusan claimed the gold medal in the women's 100m hurdles with a time of 12.68 seconds, finishing ahead of Jamaican duo Danielle Williams and Yanique Thompson.

Australia's Sally Pearson, who was the favourite for the event pulled out with a serious Achilles injury.


1152 GOLD FOR UGANDA'S CHEPTEGEI IN MEN'S 10,000M

Uganda's Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei claimed gold in the men's 10,000 metres with a Games record time of 27 minutes 19.62 seconds.

Cheptegei, who also won gold in the 5,000m event at the Gold Coast, eclipsed the mark set by Kenya's Wilberforce Talel.

Canada's Mohammed Ahmed won silver while Kenya's Rodgers Kwemoi took bronze.


1126 INDIA'S KHATRI CONTENT DESPITE MISSING WRESTLING GOLD

India's Mausam Khatri, who lost to South Africa's Martin Erasmus in the men's 97kg freestyle wrestling gold medal match, said he had reasons to be upbeat despite the defeat.

"There were things I wanted to achieve and I think I have done pretty well in accomplishing them. I am happily married to my beautiful wife Ankita and I also own a shiny SUV - now I have this silver medal as well," he said.

"Winning silver here is an achievement in itself, but the gold medal would have been the icing on the cake," he said.


1053 SEMENYA CRUISES TO WOMEN'S 800M GOLD

A dominant Caster Semenya won gold for South Africa in the women's 800m final with a Games record of one minute 56.68 seconds. Margaret Nyairera Wambui of Kenya took silver while Jamaica's Natoya Goule won the bronze.

Semenya led from start to finish for her second gold of the Games after her success in the 1,500m.


1037 JOHNSON-THOMPSON IN TEARS AFTER HEPTATHLON GOLD

England's Katarina Johnson-Thompson won the gold medal in the women's heptathlon before falling to the floor in tears with an injury. However, the 25-year-old picked herself up and carefully completed a lap of honour.

"I think she has an Achilles problem. I had the same little tear during my career because it's two days of a lot of fatigue," retired Olympic heptathlete champion Jessica Ennis-Hill told BBC Sport.

Canada's Nina Schultz won silver and Niamh Emerson from England took bronze.


1025 SCOTLAND'S REID WINS WOMEN'S 1M SPRINGBOARD GOLD

Scotland diver Grace Reid claimed the gold medal in the women's 1m springboard, ahead of Australian pair Georgia Sheehan and Esther Qin.


1018 SCANLON DELIGHTED WITH WOMEN'S TRAP GOLD ON BIRTHDAY

Australian shooter Laetisha Scanlan claimed the women's trap gold medal on her 28th birthday on Friday. "Tonight I'll have a few drinks and maybe a birthday cake," Scanlan said.


0934 KENYA COMPLETE CLEAN SWEEP IN MEN'S 3,000M STEEPLECHASE

Olympic and world champion Conseslus Kipruto finished ahead of Abraham Kibiwott and Amos Kirui as Kenya completed a clean sweep in the men's 3,000m steeplechase event.

The African nation has achieved the feat for the sixth straight time in the event at the Commonwealth Games.


0810 WALES' CHARIG MISSES OUT ON WRESTLING GOLD

Kane Charig, the first Welsh wrestler to make a Commonwealth Games final, missed out on the gold medal after being defeated by India's Bajrang.

"You don't win a silver, you lose a gold. It is a runners-up prize. I didn't come here for that," Charig told BBC Sport. "I don't get up early, and go training and work so hard to perform like that."


0800 WOMEN'S RUGBY SEVENS GETS UNDERWAY

Women's rugby sevens is making it's Games bow this year and hosts Australia have got their campaign off to a flying start with a 34-5 thumping of Wales, while England beat Fiji 17-5.

New Zealand thrashed Kenya 45-0.


0630 AUSTRALIAN SCANLAN WINS WOMEN'S TRAP FINAL

Australian shooter Laetisha Scanlan set a Games record by hitting 38 out of 50 targets to defend her title in the women's trap final. Northern Ireland's Kirsty Barr hit one target fewer to take silver while Wales' Sarah Wixey won bronze.


0520 TEAM INDIA TO APPEAL SUSPENSION OF TWO ATHLETES

Team India will appeal the Commonwealth Games Federation's decision to expel two of its athletes for breaching the Games' 'no-needles' policy.

"They have taken action against two athletes, which we do not agree with at all, and we will appeal against the decision," Indian officials told a media conference. "Basically there is a lot of confusion around the whole episode."


0430 ANISH ADDS TO INDIA's SHOOTING DOMINANCE

Shooter Anish, 15, won India's sixth shooting gold medal of the Games after setting a record score of 30 in the men's 25m rapid fire pistol.

Australian Sergei Evglevski grabbed silver and England's Sam Gowin won bronze.


0340 EVRIPIDOU SURPRISED BY MEDAL RUSH

Cyprus gymnast Diamanto Evripidou says she arrived at the Gold Coast hoping to win a medal. After winning six she is now focused on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

"I came here to win one medal only, and I have six," the 18-year-old said. "I will work a lot to reach my goals, and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is one of them."


0330 DALEY PLEASED WITH GOLD

England's Tom Daley is relishing the gold medal he won with team mate Daniel Goodfellow in the men's synchronised 10m platform after overcoming a hip injury that forced him to withdraw from the individual event.

"I know I've won medals in the past but it's been a smoother journey to get to those competitions whereas this has been a really rough and rocky ride...," he told the BBC.


0300 JOHNSON-THOMPSON INCHES CLOSER TO HEPTATHLON GOLD

England's Katarina Johnson-Thompson holds a comfortable 174-point lead over Canada's Nina Schultz with only one event to come in the women's heptathlon.

The 25-year-old will try to clinch gold in the 800m later on Friday.


0250 TEENAGER EVRIPIDOU ADDS TO GYMNASTICS MEDAL HAUL

Gymnast Diamanto Evripidou of Cyprus won silver in the ribbon, taking her medal tally at the Gold Coast Games to six.

The 18-year-old won gold in the individual and team all-around events as well as the hoop and ball, and took bronze in the clubs.


0240 DALEY, GOODFELLOW CLINCH 10M SYNCHRO GOLD

England pair Tom Daley and Daniel Goodfellow won gold in the men's synchronised 10m platform final with a score of 405.81, while compatriots Matthew Dixon and Noah Williams grabbing silver.

Home favourites Domonic Bedggood and Declan Stacey took the bronze.


0235 SAWANT LEADS INDIAN ONE-TWO IN RIFLE THREE POSITIONS

Indian shooters Tejaswini Sawant and Anjum Moudgil won gold and silver in the women's 50m rifle three positions final, with the former setting a new Games record in the process.

Scotland's Seonaid McIntosh won her second bronze medal at this year's Games after finishing third in the 50m rifle prone.


0230 FAVOURITES THROUGH TO SPRINT RELAY FINAL

England, Jamaica and South Africa all made it safely through the heats of the men's 4x100 metres relay but Canada were disqualified for a late handover at the Carrara Stadium. Zharnel Hughes, who was disqualified after winning the 200m on Thursday, helped England win the second heat.


0130 TWO INDIANS EXPELLED FROM GAMES FOR NEEDLE BREACH

Indian triple jumper Rakesh Babu and race walker Irfan Kolothum Thodi have been banned from the Gold Coast Games and ordered to return home after breaches of the 'no-needles' policy.


0030 NO PEARSON BUT PLENTY OF GOLD UP FOR GRABS ON DAY NINE

Another fine day on the Gold Coast for day nine of the Games with temperatures already 25 degrees Celsius (77 fahrenheit) and the sun breaking through the cloud cover.

Plenty of medals up for grabs but the Gold Coast's golden girl, high hurdler Sally Pearson, will not be running in the women's 100 metres hurdles having pulled out with injury.

New Zealand's multiple Olympic and world champion Valerie Adams could win a fourth straight shot put title at Carrara Stadium, however.

The first Commonwealth Games women's rugby sevens tournament gets underway at Robina Stadium and there are semi-finals in boxing and medals in wrestling and shooting.


(Compiled by Greg Stutchbury in Gold Coast, Aditi Prakash and Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford/Christian Radnedge)

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