Qualified cabinet maker Jayden Lawrence has edged a classic battle for bronze to end Australia’s 12-year wrestling medal drought at the Commonwealth Games.
The 27-year-old had to hold on to his young South African opponent Edward Lessing’s leg for grim life in the denouement to the Friday’s bronze-medal bout in the 86kg freestyle event at the Coventry Arena simply to cling on to his 12-11 triumph.
After winning, Lawrence, in his third Games, lay exhausted on the mat, head in hands as he celebrated becoming the first Aussie male wrestler to win a Games medal since Delhi 2010 when Ivan Popov won gold in the men’s 120kg Greco Roman event.
Australia bagged a swag more medals on day eight in Birmingham with performances in the diving pool and gymnastics floor.
Gymnast Alexandra Kiroi-Bogatyreva won bronze in the individual all-around to land Australia a second rhythmic gymnastics medal.
Aussie diver Brittany O’Brien surged her way into the silver medal of the women’s 1m springboard.
And Divers Sam Fricker and Shixin Li combined for a surprise bronze in the three-metre synchronised springboard final.
Day nine of the Games promises more action in track and field including the women’s shot put final (Julie Charlton), women’s 10000m walk final (Jemima Montag, Katie Hayward, Rebecca Henderson), men’s 3000m steeplechase final (Ben Buckingham, Edward Trippas), men’s 1500m final (Oliver Hoare), women’s hammer throw final (Alex Hulley), men’s pole vault final (Kurtis Marschall, Angus Armstrong), women’s 800m final (Catriona Bisset), men’s 5000m final (Matthew Ramsden, Ky Robinson, Jack Rayner).
There’s also boxing, diving, cricket (Australia v New Zealand semi), hockey (Australia v England men’s semi), netball (Australia v England semi) and wrestling.
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