Commonwealth Games 2022, as it happened: Day 5 - Adam peaty wins 50 breaststroke gold

Live updates from Birmingham, UK, on Tuesday 2 August 2022, with hockey, swimming, gymnastics, judo, weightlifting, and more.

By Andrew Binner
Picture by 2022 Getty Images

Day five at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, UK, on 2 August saw Adam Peaty gain redemption with victory in the men's 50m breaststroke.

England won the first ever men's 3x3 basketball title with a thrilling over-time shot, while Canada took the women's gold medal with a one-point win over the hosts.

Malaysia reclaimed their mixed team badminton crown, while there were swimming victories for Australia's Ariarne Titmus, and South Africa's Lara van Nikerk.

India won their first ever lawn bowls Commonwealth gold, and Canadian Olympic bronze medallist Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard won in judo.

Olympics.com carried live updates the entire day from Birmingham, which you can re-live as they happened below.

All times British Summer Time (UTC/GMT +1 hour). Most recent updates first.

10:00 pm - MEDAL MOMENT: Australia win 4x100 mixed medley relay

Australian quartet Kaylee McKeown, Zac Stubblety-cook, Matthew Temple, and Emma McKeon touched home in 3.41.30 to land the final swimming gold medal of the night in the 4x100 mixed medley.

Silver went to Canada after a sensational anchor leg from Ruslan Gaziev gained two places, finshing just 0.05 ahead of bronze medallists England.

Spare a thought for Chad le Clos. He needed just one more medal to become the outright most successful Commonwealth Games athlete of all time (he is currently tied for top spot with 18 medals).

After finishing fourth in the 50m butterfly earlier this evening this relay was hit last hope, and South Africa finished fourth by just 0.34 seconds.

He looks distraught with a towel over his head, but after coming through mental health issues last year, the fact he comes away from Birmingham 2022 with a silver in the men's 200m butterfly is a huge achievement in itself. Legend.

That brings an end to Day 5 of the Commonwealth Games. Thanks for joining the fun, and get ready for more reports and news from the Games on Olympics.com tomorrow.

9:55 pm - MEDAL MOMENT: Canada win women's 3x3 basketball gold

England couldn't quite make it a sweep of 3x3 basketball medals this evening, this time being on the wrong end of another thrilling 1-point game.

Canada ran out 14-13 winners, with Sarah Te-Biasu registering a game-high seven points.

9:44 pm - MEDAL MOMENT: Ariarne Titmus wins women's 800m freestyle

Australia's distance swimming GOAT Ariarne Titmus has retained her women's 800m freestyle Commonwealth Games title.

The double individual Olympic champion from Tokyo touched home in a new Games record of 8.13.59.

It was another all Aussie podium, with Kiah Melverton and Lani Pallister in silver and bronze respectively.

9:34 pm - MEDAL MOMENT: Malaysia win Badminton gold

It's a third gold medal for Malaysia as they secure the mixed team badminton gold with a 3-1 victory over India.

Olympic bronze medallists Chia Teng Fong Aaron and Soh Wooi Yik put Malaysia in front by beating Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Chandrashekhar Shetty 2-0 in the women's doubles.

Legendary PV Singhu hit straight back for India in the women's singles with a straight sets win over Goh Jin Wei.

But Ng Tze Yong restored Malaysia's lead with a hard-fought 2-1 over Srikanth Nammalwar Kidambi in the men's singles.

With victory in sight, Muralitharan Thinaah and Tan Koong Le Pearly won the women's doubles 21-18, 21-17 against Treesa Jolly and Gayathri Gopichand Pullela, to seal the best-of-five fixture 3-1.

It's redemption for 2014 mixed champions Malaysia, who lost their title in 2018.

9:05 pm - MEDAL MOMENT: England men win 3x3 basketball gold

SCENES AT SMITHFIELD!

At 15-15 England and Australia couldn't be separated in normal time.

The Aussies had one hand on the trophy after scoring first in extra time to make it 16-15, but with the clutch play of the century, local lad Myles Edward Sinclair Hesson scored a two-point shot to secure England the first-ever 3x3 Commonwealth title.

That's surely a Hollywood script.

8:29 pm - MEDAL MOMENT: Adam Peaty wins men's 50m gold

That's a huge performance from breaststroke king Adam Peaty, and the crowd have gone wild!

The Englishman wins the men's 50m breaststroke in 26.76, which is a relatively long way ahead of silver medallist Sam Williamson (Australia) in 26.97. Remember, Peaty broke his foot two months ago, and his primal scream at the end tells you everything you need to know - it meant a lot.

Bronze goes to Scotland's Ross Murdoch.

There was a lot of pressure going into Peaty in this race, given the media backlash he faced after his post 100 breaststroke interview.

This is a particularly special win for Peaty as it's his first 50m Commonwealth title, meaning he has completed his set and won every major individual medal he possibly could. What a fitting reward after what was his final Commonwealth race ever.

8:05 pm - MEDAL MOMENT: Joshua Liendo wins men's 100m butterfly

Josh Liendo beat a star-studded field to clinch the men's 100m fly title.

The Canadian blasted home in 51.24 to win his first, of what swimming pundits believe will be many, international titles.

England's James Guy and Australia's Matthew Temple shared silver in 51.40.

South Africa's Chad le Clos, who needed just one more medal to become the outright greatest Commonwealth athlete of all time, finished agonisingly fourth, while singer-turned-swimmer Cody Simpson took fifth.

7:55 pm - MEDAL MOMENT: Mollie O'Callaghan wins women's 100m freestyle

It's an Australian 1-2-3!

World champion Mollie O'Callaghan finished in 52.63 to take home gold, with Shayna Jack in silver with 52.88.

Third place went to reigning Olympic champion Emma McKeon, who may be feeling the affects of her lung-busting programme of events here in Birmingham.

Another amazing effort by the swimmers in green & gold.

(L-R) Shayna Jack (silver), Mollie O'Callaghan (gold), and Emma McKeon (bronze) celebrate on the women's 100 freestyle podium at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
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7:30 pm - MEDAL MOMENT: Elizabeth Dekkers wins women's 200m butterfly

This race was a battle between England and Australia with those two nations occupying the top five finishing sports.

But top of the pile was Aussie Dekkers, who recorded 2.07.26.

Laura Stephens of the host nation settles for silver in 2.07.90, while Dekkers' compatriot Brianna Throssell wins bronze with 2.08.32.

7:18 pm - MEDAL MOMENT: Brodie Williams wins men's 200m backstroke

England get their first medal of the night in the pool!

Brodie Williams JUST out-touched Australia's Bradley Woodward to win the men's 200m backstroke in 1.56.40.

It was a photo finish, and the Aussie stopped the clock just +0.01 back, with Pieter Coetzee of South Africa getting bronze in 1.56.77.

Here's what Williams said after:"It's amazing. It's the first time my family have watched me race since Covid-19, so it's a big moment for me and a big moment for my family.

On the washing clothes in celebration and how he will celebrate this time round:

"Well luckily everything is washed, I think the celebration will be going to bed but I do think I will see my family tonight."

On consoling team-mate Luke GREENBANK (ENG) at the end of the race:

"I just said, 'you are Olympic bronze medallist, mate, don't worry about it, we will come back stronger, and we will keep fighting together'."

On what's next for him leading into the Paris 2024 Olympics:

"It's just given me a lot of confidence, really. I know I can perform on this stage now, and I'll take that with me [to Paris 2024]."

7:10 pm - MEDAL MOMENT: Lara van Niekerk wins women's 100m breaststroke

It's gold number two for Van Niekerk!

The South African flies down the Sandwell Aquatics Centre pool to win in 1.05.47, ahead of compatriot and 200m Olympic gold medallist Tatjana Schoenmaker, who gets silver in 1.06.68.

Bronze goes to Australia's Chelsea Hodges with 1.07.05.

Van Niekerk said this after:"I was trying to keep going. I did die in the last 25m but the crowd kept me going and gave me extra adrenaline, it was a good race."

On having teammate Tatjana SCHOENMAKER in the next lane:

"It makes a big difference. Having South Africans there with me really calms the nerves.

"At the worlds I was freaking out but now having been here makes me a bit calmer so I hope we can always have more South Africans in the final."

6:32 pm - Malaysia go 1-0 up in mixed badminton

Chia Teng Fong Aaron and Soh Wooi Yik have got Malaysia off to a flying start in the mixed team badminton gold medal match.

The men's doubles pair beat India's Satwick Sairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Chandrashekhar Shetty 2-0.

It's a best-of-five fixture, and women's singles is next.

6:10 pm - MEDAL MOMENT: Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard wins women's 63kg judo

That one has gone against the form book.

Another superb judo contest sees Canada's Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard win the women's 63kg judo title against England's Gemma Howell.

The Olympic bronze medallist won by ippon.

The bronze medals go to Jasmine Hacker-Jones of Wales, who defeated Cameroon's Audrey Etoua Biock of Cameroon; and Katharina Haecker of Australia, who was too good for Jamaica's Lauren Semple.

5:50 pm - MEDAL MOMENT: Dan Powell wins 73kg judo gold

And breathe!

Dan Powell and Faye Njie couldn't be separated for most of that 73kg men's final, but the Englishman struck late on with a waza-ari and the ippon to secure the golden score.

A devastated Nije can take consolation from winning Gambia's first ever Commonwealth silver medal.

Huge respect being shown between the pair after.

5:45 pm - India's lawn bowls team make history

5:22 pm - Perry the Mascot groupies

It's generally accepted these days that if you have merch, you've made it.

Check out Perry the Birmingham 2022 mascot's offerings here: trousers, dolls, T-shirts, and I've seen a lot of Perry hats too.

Clothing aside though, he's creating good vibes wherever he goes.

Perry the Mascot at weightlifting in Birmingham 2022's NEC.

4:50 pm - MEDAL MOMENT: Ilias Georgiou wins men's horizontal bar

England's run of winning victories in every men's artistic gymnastics event at Birmingham 2022 is now over as Cyprus' Ilias Georgiou wins gold in the horizontal bar.

Not only that, but there are two medals for Cyprus as Marios Georgiou takes bronze, while Australia's Tyson Bull takes silver.

4:41 pm - MEDAL MOMENT: Alice Kinsella wins women's floor 

It's another gold medal for England in artistic gymnastics, as Alice Kinsella wins the women's floor event.

In fact, it is double delight for the hosts as Kinsella's compatriot Ondine Achampong takes silver.

Australia's Emily Whitehead won bronze.

4:10 pm - MEDAL MOMENT: Don Opeloge wins men's 96kg weightlifting title

It's safe to say the crowd got their money's worth this afternoon at the NEC, where Don Opeloge has upgraded his 85k silver medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games to 96kg gold in 2022!

The Samoan made the crowd 'ooo' and 'ahh' in wonder as he broke the Commonwealth Games record in the snatch (171 kg), and the clear and Jerk (210 kg) for an overall Games record of 381kg.

His coach then ran after him with his shirt off to celebrate - which neatly sums up the atmosphere here.

Vikas Thakur of India took silver and Taniela Tuisuva Rainibogi of Fiji the bronze.

Fun fact: Opelogue continues a golden family tradition, with siblings Niusila and Ele both winning weighlifting gold medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Here's what Don had to say to Olympics.com reporter Chloe Merrell after:

“I feel so excited now to have won this gold.”

On his coach running out to join him in celebration:

“He was so happy. He was so excited for my competition. You know, it’s the first time we did this kind of lift in a competition.”

"My team! They supported me. I am really grateful for their cheering. They make me powerful. When I feel good on the stage, and they cheer for me, they make me stronger.”

On his older siblings (brother Niusila and sister Else who both won gold at the 2010 Games in New Delhi):

“I am so proud of my siblings. They’re retired now but I know they’re proud of me.”

On his younger brother Jack Hitila Opeloge (21 year old) who will go in the 109kg at 09:30 tomorrow:

“My younger brother is competing tomorrow morning and I am going to cheer for him to win. Hopefully he wins! I know my brother is going to want to be like me. We have more confidence for tomorrow now.”

Team Samoa's Don Opeloge performs a snatch during the men's weightlifting 96kg final at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
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4:05 pm - MEDAL MOMENT: India win men's team table tennis gold

It's raining gold for India on Day 5 in Birmingham, as their men's table tennis team seal beat Singapore 3-1 at the NEC.

Harmeet Desai and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran got their nation off to a flying start with a straight sets win over Quek Yong Izaac and Pang Yew En Koen in the doubles.

But Chew Zhe Yu Clarence drew the scores level with a 3-1 over Sharath Kamal Achanta in singles.

Gnanasekaran put India 2-1 ahead after beating Pang 301, before Desai clinched gold for India with a comprehensive straight sets win over Pang.

3:54 pm - England beat India in hockey

England's women have maintained their perfect record in this tournament with a 3-1 over fellow hockey powerhouse India.

Goals from Hannah Martin, Tess Howard and Giselle Ansley were enough to secure a third victory from three for the host nation, and likely a place in the semi-finals too.

3:45 pm - Former Prime Minister visit

The Sandwell Aquatics Centre is a who's who of important British figures today.

Following on from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's visit this morning, former British Prime Minister is in the house this afternoon.

3:30 pm - Don Opeloge sets weightlifting record

Woah! Big Don Opeloge from Samoa has just smashed the Commonwealth Games record with 166kg.

The scary thing is that it didn't even look difficult. He's going for 171kg next.... and destroys it again!

He's improved the record by 11kg in 20 mins.

England's Cyrille Tchatchet, the Olympic Refugee Team member born in Cameroon, is second on 158kg.

Samoan fans supporting weightlifter Don Opeloge at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

3:10 pm - MEDAL MOMENT: Kate McDonald wins apparatus gold

Artistic gymnast Georgia Godwin, who has already won two golds at Birmingham 2022, looked for all money like she was going to win this.

The Australian won qualification with a score of 13.433 points.

But her compatriot Kate McDonald stole it at the death in the final with an astonishing 13.466 routine.

Godwin wins her second silver of the Games.

2:53 pm - MEDAL MOMENT: India win women's fours lawn bowls gold

India's Lovely Choubey, Pinki, Rupa Rani Tirkey and Nayanmoni Saikia overcame Thabelo Muvhango, Bridget Calitz, Esme Kruger and Johanna Snyman of South Africa 17-10 to win fours lawn bowls godl.

In the bronze medal match, Selina Goddard, Nicole Toomey, Tayla Bruce and Val Smith of New Zealand dominated Fiji's Radhika Prasad, Losalini Tukai, Loreta Kotoisuva and Sheral Mar 17-6.

2:32 pm - Tom Dean having fun in swimming

English swimmer Tom Dean has won five silver medals so far at Birmingham 2022.

The men's 200m freestyle Olympic champion has been so close to winning his first Commonwealth Games title, and still has another evening to achieve that goal.

2:10 pm - MEDAL MOMENT: Singapore seal mixed team badminton bronze

Singapore's star-studded badminton line-up has beaten England 3-0 to win the mixed team badminton bronze medal.

First up in the mixed doubles, Yong Kai Terry Hee and Jessica Wei Han Tan defeated Ben Lane and Lauren Smith in straight games.

Then 2021 world champion Loh Kean Yew doubled his nation's lead with a 2-1 victory over Toby Penty.

The killer blow was then landed by Jia Min Yeo, who beat Freya Redfearn 2-0, meaning Singapore had a 3-0 in the best-of-five fixture.

1:52 pm - England beat South Africa in cricket by 26 runs

With 167 to chase, it was always going to be an uphill battle for the Proteas at Edgbaston.

They did start brightly, with openers Anneke Bosch and Tazmin Brits hitting 32 and 38 respectively, before Laura Wolvaardt smashed 41 of 33.

But it all went downhill from there, with an economical bowling performance from England limiting South Africa to 141 runs from their 120 balls.

That's two wins from two for the home nation.

1:30 pm - MEDAL MOMENT: Jake Jarman wins FOURTH gold in gymnastics

Here's the latest from Olympics.com reporter Jo Gunston at the Arena Birmingham:

English artistic gymnast Jake Jarman won team gold on Friday, men's all-around on Sunday, floor title yesterday, and now, the vault title. What a moment from the 20-year-old that had the arena on its feet.

The crowd sang happy birthday to his teammate Giarnni Regini-Moran, who turns 24 today and takes home some silver bling from vault to celebrate.

Jarman emulates compatriot Claudia Fragapane who won four gold medals at Glasgow 2014 in exactly the same discipline. The 24-year-old also won golds in the women’s team event at Birmingham 2022.

"I actually spoke to my nan on the phone the other day she was over the moon with how I’ve done," Jarman told Olympics.com after.

"I’ve never heard her so excited. I was struggling to make out some of the words she was saying to be honest. She told me to do what I normally do and just to have fun – my nan’s always been a huge part of my gymnastics – she’s always been a huge supporter and I can’t thank her enough.”

1:15 pm Royal visitors make a splash

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are in attendance at the swimming in the brand new Sandwell Aquatics Centre.

12:55 pm - Johnson-Thompson ahead in heptathlon

England's Katerina Johnson-Thompson is flying in this Women's Heptathlon Final.

The 2019 world champion won the high jump with 1.84m with on her first attempt but looked frustrated after failing at 1.87m and missing out on adding more points to her overall tally.

Elsewhere, England's Olympic silver medallist Keely Hodgkinson, and Laura Muir of Scotland both make it safely through to the women's 800m final.

12:35 pm - Elaine Thompson-Herah wins 100m heat

All eyes were on Elain Thompson-Herah who made a late decision to attend the Commonwealth Games after a disappointing World Championships.

But she looked every part the double Olympic champion here in Birmingham, coasting to first place in her heat in 10.99.

The Jamaican had plenty more to give there, effectively jogging the final 5m.

Here's what she told Olympics.com reporter Chloe Merrell after:

“I am excited to be here in Birmingham. After the World Championships we decided to just come and do the Commonwealths and I am excited to be here.

"Physically I am feeling good. That run was pretty comfortable, I was relaxing at the end and I can take that [form] through the competition. I’m not here to focus on anything, just execute and have fun.

12:30 pm - Maiden half tons at the cricket

England have had a great morning at Edgbaston so far.

The host nation's women's T20 team won the toss against South Africa and decided to bat, scoring 167-5 from their 20 overs.

The star of the show was Alice Capsey, who made 50 - her first international maiden half ton.

This is going to be a very difficult chase for Proteas.

12:18 pm - A family affair for Teokotai Jim

Please meet Teokotai Jim, a lawn bowls athlete from the Cook Islands.

She is joined by daughters Emily and Tiare, and husband Phillip, in the team at Birmingham 2022.

And it was a good morning for the Jim clan, with Emily, Tiare and Teokotai beating Wales 14-11 in the women's triples round one section B.

Teokotai Jim is a lawn bowls athlete from the Cook Islands at Birmingham 2022.
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12:00 pm - MEDAL MOMENT: Maya Laylor wins women's 76kg weightlifting gold

Not only that, but it's a Commonwealth record for Maya Laylor!

The Canadian had already won the title, but had two attempts to spare and decided to try and get the record.

She put the bar at 228kg and completed it at the first attempt!

Silver goes to Nigeria's Taiwo Liadi with a Junior Commonwealth Record total lift of 216kg, while Nauru teenager Maximina Uepa gets bronze.

11:40 am - Burras unbelievable in swimming qualifying

England's Lewis Burras has blasted to the best time in men's 50m freestyle qualifying.

He finished in 22.09, while his compatriot and reigning world champion Ben Proud won his heat in 22.44.

Canada's Josh Liendo is also safely through, as is Trinidad & Tobago's Dylan Carter.

Luke Greenbank of England and South African Pieter Coetze and Australia's Mitch Larkin are all safely through in the men's 200 backstroke qualifying.

In the women's 50m backstroke heats, world champion Kylie Masse underlined her favourite tag with a leading time of 27.57.

Rounding off the morning's action was a superb swim from the Australian 4x100 mixed relay team of Larkin, Williamson, Perkins and Wilson, who clinched top spot in the heats with 3:45.34.

11:25 am - Simbine safely through in 100m

There is a phenomenal atmosphere here at a sold out Alexander Stadium, which will host all track and field athletics events.

Reigning Commonwealth Games men's 100m champion Akani Simbine cruised to victory in his heat with 10.10, and this is what the jet setter he said to our reporter Chloe Merrell after:

“I’m feeling good. Still suffering from jet lag but feeling good to be out here in front of a good crowd - a very, very great crowd. And I’m feeling good for the round.

"I want to make sure I can defend it [100m title]. I’m a two-time Commonwealth medallist. So that’s the goal for me and that’s what I work for.

“Just myself. Whoever steps on the line steps on the line but I need to make sure I run the best race I can.”

Akani Simbine wins his 100m heat at the Alexander Stadium at Birmingham 2022

11:10 am - Australia go top of pool in hockey

Australia have emerged 1-0 winners from their all-antipodean women's hockey clash against New Zealand.

It was a predictably cagey affair between two powerhouse sides, ultimately decided by a well executed penalty from Kaitlin Nobbs.

The Green and golds are now top of Pool B, but New Zealand are still in a good position to progress through to the semi-finals.

11:00 am - MEDAL MOMENT: Wales win men's pairs gold in lawn bowls

What a thriller!

English pair Sam Tolchard and Jamie Walker surged late for glory with a point in the 18th end, but they ultimately fell short as Wales hung on for a 19-18 win.

Congratulations to Jarrad Breen and Daniel Salmon, who win their nation's second gold of Birmingham 2022!

10:45 am - Cody Simpson doesn't like labels

Just two years after returning to swimming training following a 10-year hiatus, Australia's Simpson will contest the men's 100m butterfly Commonwealth Games final this evening.

Olympics.com caught up with the singer-turned-swimmer before Birmingham 2022 to find out where his motivation comes from, why he doesn't like labels being put on him, and what advice Ian Thorpe and Michael Phelps have been giving him. Check it out below now!

10:35 am - Day 5 medal events

08:30 – 15:00 Lawn bowls and Para lawn bowls, Victoria Park

  • Men’s pairs
  • Women’s fours

09:30 – 12:00 Weightlifting, NEC

  • Women’s 76kg

11:00 – 15:00 Badminton, NEC

  • Mixed team event bronze medal match

11:00 – 16:30 Table tennis and Para table tennis, NEC

  • Men’s team event

13:00 – 17:00 Artistic gymnastics, Arena Birmingham

  • Men’s vault
  • Women’s balance beam
  • Men’s parallel bars
  • Women’s floor exercise
  • Men’s horizontal bar

14:00 – 16:30 Weightlifting, NEC

  • Men’s 96kg

15:00 – 18:00 Basketball 3x3 and wheelchair basketball 3x3, Smithfield

  • Men’s bronze medal match
  • Women’s bronze medal match
  • Men’s wheelchair bronze medal match
  • Women’s wheelchair bronze medal match

16:15 – 19:00 Lawn bowls and Para lawn bowls, Victoria Park

  • Para men’s pairs B6-B8

17:00 – 19:45 Judo, Coventry Arena

  • Women’s -63kg
  • Men’s -73kg
  • Men’s -81kg
  • Women’s -70kg

17:30 – 21:30 Badminton, NEC

  • Mixed team event gold medal match

18:30 – 22:00 Athletics and Para athletics, Alexander Stadium

  • Women’s pole vault
  • Men’s 100m T45-47
  • Men’s 10,000m
  • Women’s discus
  • Women’s 100m T37/38
  • Women’s 100m T33/34

18:30 – 21:00 Weightlifting, NEC

  • Women’s 87kg

19:00 – 21:15 Swimming and Para swimming, Sandwell Aquatics Centre

  • Women’s 100m freestyle
  • Men’s 100m butterfly
  • Women’s 100m breaststroke
  • Men’s 200m backstroke
  • Women’s 200m butterfly
  • Men’s 100m butterfly S10
  • Women’s 200m individual medley SM10
  • Men’s 50m breaststroke
  • Women’s 800m freestyle
  • Mixed 4x100m medley relay

19:30 – 22:00 Basketball 3x3 and wheelchair basketball, Smithfield

  • Men’s gold medal match
  • Women’s gold medal match
  • Men’s wheelchair gold medal match
  • Women’s wheelchair gold medal match

10:30 am - Today's programme

Good morning and welcome to day five of the 2022 Commonwealth Games live blog.

The weather is sunny once again, which is great news with athletics starting at the Alexander Stadium.

The 100m heats will be the highlight of the morning session with defending champion Akani Simbine of South Africa in the mix in the men's heats while the double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah fronts the women's.Team GB's Tokyo 2020 bronze medallist Holly Bradshaw will also suit up for Team England in the women's pole vault final taking place in the evening.

There will be more artistic gymnastics individual golds on the line at Arena Birmingham. 2019 parallel bars world champion Joe Fraser will be looking for the Commonwealth title in the apparatus today. Despite his recently broken foot and ruptured appendix the 23-year-old struck gold in the pommel horse yesterday, demonstrating he can still kick with the best the rest has to offer.

Over at Sandwell Aquatics Centre South Africa could be in for a double podium finish when Tatjana Schoenmaker and Lara van Niekerk go head-to-head in the women’s 100m breaststroke final.

Their compatriot Chad le Clos will also go in a stacked men's 100m butterfly final. Australian singing and swimming prodigy Cody Simpson will also feature as will Matt Temple and two-time Olympic relay champion James Guy. Emma McKeon will try to add to her Commonwealth Games gold medals record which, as of last night sits at 12, when she competes in the women's 100m freestyle and in the 4x100 mixed relay event.

The women’s hockey tournament is also set for two mouth-watering contests as 2018 gold and silver medallists New Zealand and Australia go up against each other in the group stages, while India take on England.

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