Johnson-Thompson and Campbell go for the gold

Emily Campbell tries to add Commonwealth Games gold to her Olympic silver medal in women’s weightlifting as Katarina Johnson-Thompson’s heptathlon challenge comes to an end on the track.

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

Emily’s Golden Throw

Emily Campbell Tries to Grow Her Big Medal Collection (Martin Rickett/PA)

Campbell became famous when she won a silver medal in the women’s weightlifting over 87kg category at the Tokyo Olympics.

The 28-year-old from Nottingham, who won bronze on the Gold Coast four years ago and is also the reigning European champions, is a favorite to win a gold medal at home and continue England’s success in the competition.

Will Evie be short?

2018 Commonwealth Games – Eighth day

Evie Richards is trying to become the queen of cross-country (Mike Egerton/PA)

Evie Richards would love to put a year of injuries and illness behind her, upgrading the mountain bike silver she won in 2018 to a gold medal, but said it should be realistic after months of back problems and a recent Covid crisis.

That could open the door for Scotland’s Isla Short, while reigning New Zealand champion Sam Gaze is the favorite in the men’s race.

KJT Conclusion

Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 – Day Five

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

Defending heptathlon champion Johnson-Thompson is aiming to retain her title as she enters day two with a 109-point lead, but will likely be pushed by England teammate Holly Mills, among others.

Also on track, Daryll Neita set a milestone in the women’s 100 meters by clocking 11.02 seconds in her heat and her long-awaited final 100 meter showdown with Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica is one of the most intriguing clashes of the Games.

Moment on social media

Photo of the day

Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 – Day Five

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

Best of Tuesday’s Action

Peaty completes the set

Adam Peaty roars with joy after winning the gold medal in the 50m breaststroke

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

Adam Peaty said he was “heartbroken” after his eight-year unbeaten 100-meter breaststroke ended with a fourth-place finish in Sunday’s final, but he drew criticism for suggesting he was “not bothered” by this event and was instead, he focused on the Olympics in two years.

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

Jake’s Cleaning

Jake Jarman completed an extraordinary cleanup in the men’s gymnastics competition by winning his fourth and final Games gold medal in the men’s vaulting final.

Teammate Joe Fraser had to settle for three golds after beating the parallel bars but falling off the horizontal bar. Alice Kinsella’s solo title ensured England ended up with 10 of the 14 artistic gymnastics gold medals on offer.

Cyrille’s dream is over

Cyrille Tchatchet falls to the mat after his last attempt

Cyrille Tchatchet lost through injury (Peter Byrne/PA)

Cyrille Tchatchet’s dream of capping his remarkable story with a Commonwealth medal for England was dashed when he found himself in the middle of the men’s 96kg weightlifting competition.

Tchatchet managed to snatch 158kg to leave him in the silver medal position midway through the stage, but he crashed after his first pitch and two more misses prevented him from recording a final total.

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