Fri, Apr 13, 9:44am by Head Editor
With three days of competition remaining, Australia’s Commonwealth Games team have taken an unassailable lead at the top of the gold medal tally, racking up 63 gold, 46 silver and 47 bronze and there’s plenty more to come before the closing ceremony on Sunday night.
Sportsbet had set the hosts as $1.53 favourites to win the most gold medals before play began, ahead of arch-rivals England who were $2.50, but it is the over and over line of 70.5 gold medals which is in now causing the online bookmaker to sweat, given that mark is only eight gold medals away now.
The big crowds have been thrilled at all the Gold Coast venues, but the loudest roar on day eight was saved for 20-year-old Adelaide pole vaulter Kurtis Marschall, who defeated a star-studded field to claim his first gold medal.
While that moment saw the sellout crowd of 35,000 at Carrara Stadium enter a state of ecstasy, it was the opposite when the men’s 200 metre final finished with England’s Zharnel Hughes stripped of his gold medal for impeding runner-up Jereem Richards.
The Trinidad and Tobago runner was promoted to the gold medal position despite the English camp lodging an appeal against the disqualification.
Richards’ win was the second gold for the Caribbean nation, coming three days after Michelle-Lee Ahye won the women’s 100 metre sprint on Monday.
The disqualification means that England remain in second place on the medal tally with 28 gold, 32 silver and 27 bronze.
The best hopes for Aussie medals on the track on Friday are Alysha Burnett and Celeste Mucci in the women’s heptathlon, while Michelle Jenneke and Brianna Beahan will both run in the final of the 100m hurdles.
Locals will also have an eye on the boxing ring on day nine, with no less than six fighters still in the hunt for a gold medal while there is plenty to look to forward to from an Aussie perspective in the team sports.
The Kookaburra’s, Australia’s men’s hockey team, secured a Semi-Final berth with a gritty 2-1 win over New Zealand. They take on England on Friday night while our women’s basketball team, the Opals, are unbackable favourites to take home gold, at $1.01.
The men’s basketballers are $1.04 to win gold ahead of their semi-final against Scotland on Saturday. You’ll also get short odds for our world champion Netballers, who are $1.06 to win gold, but they’ll have to get past fierce rivals New Zealand in a semi-final on Saturday.
The Rugby Sevens action begins on Friday and having won the gold medal at the Rio Olympics two years ago, it’s no surprise to see the Australian women’s team installed as a $1.72 top pick to claim the top prize again.
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