With athletes from 71 nations across the world flocking to the Gold Coast to compete in 38 sporting events, the Commonwealth Games promised to be a memorable occasion – and has so far lived up to its billing.
After week One of the Games, we’ve seen British athletes winning medals across the board, records being broken and sporting heroes etching themselves into the history books.
Kiwi netball shock
Perhaps the most noteworthy moment so far was the New Zealand women’s netball team’s shock defeat to Malawi.
It is already considered the greatest upset in the history of the Commonwealth Games, with one New Zealand journalist describing the result as “an unacceptable, unfathomable and deeply disconcerting descent into the abyss.” Ouch!
New kid on the… table
Whatever the Malawian netball team can do, India’s female table tennis team can do as well…
India beat four-time gold medallists Singapore in an unthinkable 3-1 victory, against a nation which hasn’t lost in the Commonwealth Games since the sport was inducted in the program back in 2002.
To top it off, this was the Indian women’s table tennis team’s first ever gold medal at the Commonwealth Games!
In another unlikely success story, weightlifter Jenly Tegu Wini from the Solomon Islands became her country’s first ever Commonwealth Games medallist, winning bronze in the women’s 58kg with a total lift of 189kg.
Tegu Wini has been the Solomon Islands’ flagbearer at the last two Olympics and 2014 Commonwealth Games – proving that, although her country may not be heavyweights in sporting terms, she now undoubtedly is.
England and Scotland’s athletes have also excelled in the weightlifting event, with England’s Emily Godley winning gold and Sarah Davies silver on the Sunday.
A special mention should also go to 18-year-old Scottish weightlifter Vicky Glover. In beating her opponent Valerian Spicer of Dominica (who is twice her age), Glover became not only the first Scottish woman boxer but the first winning Scottish woman boxer in Commonwealth Games history.
Early Ozzy lead
In terms of the medal table, the host nation Australia unsurprisingly lead the way. However, England are currently behind them in 2nd and have achieved a pretty impressive medal haul so far!
Our athletes won 19 Gold medals in the first week, with the pick of these being Nick Miller and Olivia Breen’s successes in the hammer throw and long jump events respectively.
Fairytale end to the week
Amidst all the unprecedented sporting feats, there was even time for a romantic gesture!
Jamell Anderson asked fellow England basketball player Georgia Jones to marry him just moments after the men’s team beat Cameroon 81-54 – and as you might have already guessed, she said yes. Swish!
Check back on our blog next week, when we review Week Two of the 2018 Commonwealth Games!