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New Zealand continues to win gold medals

Everything you need to know from another successful day at the Commonwealth Games for New Zealand athletes as they claimed more gold in the track and pool.

Wheels of Fortune

Corbin Strong (L), Aaron Gate (C) and Campbell Stewart (R) celebrate their outstanding performance after the match. Photography / Photosport

New Zealand’s track cyclists once again led the medal haul on day four, with Ellesse Andrews and Aaron Gate adding to their already golden tallies.

Andrews won gold in the women’s keirin with a masterclass of strength and strategy that added to the golds she had already secured in the team and individual sprints, as well as the silver medal she was credited with helping the team pursuit team.

Gate, meanwhile, led an impressive one-two finish in the men’s points race as he combined with teammates Campbell Stewart and Corbin Strong to form a perfect team effort that saw Stewart claim silver behind Gate’s gold .

Gate dominated throughout the race, scoring points in 13 of the 16 sprints during the race.

Finally, Michaela Drummond secured her second silver medal of the Games, this time in the women’s 10km scratch race where she latched on to race favorite Laura Kenny of England in the closing laps to come home strong.

Michaela Drummond on the podium with her silver medal. Photography / Photosport

Michaela Drummond on the podium with her silver medal. Photography / Photosport

This match also featured fellow Kiwi Bryony Botha, whose efforts came to an unfortunate end, crashes dramatically in the middle.

See our full report from the velodrome here.

From Colville to Commonwealth champion

Andrew Jeffcoat poses with his gold medal. Photo / AP

Andrew Jeffcoat poses with his gold medal. Photo / AP

New Zealand’s other medal success on day four came in the pool where Andrew Jeffcoat completed a stunning rise through the swimming ranks by winning gold in the 50m backstroke.

Jeffcoat, a relative unknown at this level who had competed in his first long-distance world championship in June, said winning was the best feeling he had ever experienced.

In the previous swim, Eve Thomas qualified third fastest in the women’s 800m freestyle final, Helena Gasson and Mya Rasmussen missed the 200 IM final and Gasson finished seventh in the women’s 50m butterfly final.

Check out Niall Anderson’s report on Jeffcoat’s golden experience here.

Silver Ferns exact revenge

The Silver Ferns were all smiles after their win in Malawi. Photo / Getty

The Silver Ferns were all smiles after their win in Malawi. Photo / Getty

The New Zealand netballers went into their third Pool B match of the Games with a disappointing memory at the back of their minds – the humiliating loss to Malawi in the 2018 edition of the Games.

Malawi once again stood up to them on the Birmingham pitch, although the Silver Ferns proved to be armed with a far more clinical mentality this time around.

After a tight opening half, the Ferns had a five-shot lead with coach Noeline Taurua making good use of her bench depth. However, the third quarter proved to be the turning point as defensive pressure led to a five-point swing from which Malawi never recovered, with the Ferns eventually winning 69-50.

The win leaves New Zealand level with England at the top of Group B and well on course for a semi-final appearance.

Watch Albie Redmore’s match report here.

Mixed results for other Actinidia

Shaunna Polley and Alice Zeimann celebrate victory in the sand. Photography / Photosport

Shaunna Polley and Alice Zeimann celebrate victory in the sand. Photography / Photosport

New Zealand flag bearer Joelle King she was made to work hard in her quarterfinal in women’s squash, she needed four tough games to beat England’s Lucy Turmel and advance to the semifinals.

Both the men’s and women’s beach volleyball teams maintained their perfect pool records with straight-set victories.

Boxer Alex Mukuka won his round of 16 bout in the men’s 57kg bout against George Molwantwa (Botswana) 3-2 on points.

The men’s Black Sticks fell to No.1 Australia 7-2 to drop to third in their group.

The women’s fours lost their semi-final to India 16-13 and will play for bronze, as will the women’s 3×3 basketball team after collapsing in an upset loss to Canada – a team they beat by 10 points in pool play.

Gymnast Ethan Dick was very close to the medals with a fourth in the pommel horse final while Sam Dick was eighth in the rings final.

Finally, Cameron McTaggart finished sixth in the men’s 81kg weightlifting, Emma McIntyre was fifth in the women’s 64kg final and Megan Signal sixth in the women’s 71kg final.

To see a full list of every result from every Kiwi athlete and team, check out our full schedule and results.

Medals today:
Gold – Ellesse Andrews – Track Cycling – Women’s Keirin Finals
Gold – Aaron Gate – Track Cycling – Men’s Points Race
Gold – Andrew Jeffcoat – Swimming – Men’s 50m Backstroke
Silver – Michaela Drummond – Track Cycling – Women’s 10km Scratch Race
Silver – Campbell Stewart – Track Cycling – Men’s Points Race

New Zealand continues to win gold medals

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