David Phelps turned back the clock to recapture his golden form as he celebrated his 41st birthday in style at the Gold Coast by winning his second Commonwealth Games gold. Twelve years on from his first success in the Melbourne Games, Phelps set a Games record in winning again in the Men’s 50m Prone Rifle as he kept Scotland’s Neil Stirton and England's Kenneth Parr at bay.
The Welsh Rugby Union’s plan for an alcohol-free trial at Wales matches will take place in a section of the Principality Stadium where there are no bars. The Union have announced the experiment of no booze in a designated area will be tried - in a section behind the posts in the oldest part of the stadium - at this year’s autumn internationals against Scotland, Australia, Tonga and South Africa. The move comes after growing dissatisfaction from fans over disturbance and the worsening atmosphere inside the stadium, leading to a Dai Sport campaign for change.
Lauren Price hammered out a 5-0 warning to her rivals in the 75kg women’s boxing class that she is only at the Gold Coast to win one colour medal this time out – the gold. The first Welsh female boxer to win a Commonwealth Games medal in Glasgow four years ago, when she won bronze, she completely outclassed Rady Gramane of Mozambique in their quarter-final clash. That win - she only lost one of the three rounds on one of the five judges’ cards – has set-up a semi-final clash with Canada’s Tammara Thibeault on 13 April, who won a split decision against Cameroonian Clotilde Essiane.
Ben Llewellin just missed out on what would have been a fourth gold medal in one day for Wales at the Commonwealth Games. The 23-year-old shooter had to settle for silver after he was just edged out by Cypriot Georgios Achilleos in the men's skeet.
Alys Thomas knows exactly what she’s going to do after picking up her shock gold medal in the women’s 200 metre butterfly at Gold Coast – shave the head of her coach Stuart McNarry. That was the deal that was struck before she went into her final if she went faster than 2 min, 6 sec. Not only did she do that, but she smashed the Commonwealth Games record and stripped two seconds off her previous best. The 27-year-old Swansea swimmer, who became only the fourth Welsh women to strike gold in the pool after Pat Beavan (1978), Georgia Davies (2014) and Jazz Carlin (2014), dominated the race from start to finish to lead home the Aussie duo of Laura Taylor (2.07.39) and 100 metre champion Emma McKeon (2.08.05) as she won in 2.05.45.
It’s been a mavellous Monday for Wales at the Commonwealth Games with three gold medals, two silvers and one bronze. The six medal haul has moved Wales up to seventh in the medal table on Australia’s Gold Coast with six gold, six silver and four bronze to give a 16-medal total.
Hollie Arnold saved her best till last to smash the world record in the F46 javelin to pick up Wales’ second para athletics gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. Hot on the heels of Olivia Breen’s golden leap in the long jump at the Carrara Stadium, the 23-year-old World and Paralympic champion held her nerve to see of New Zealand’s Holly Robinson in an epic battle. The 23-year-old Robinson threw down the gauntlet to the favourite from Wales in her opening round as she went 64 centimetres further than ever before with a world record throw of 43.32 metres. That added 30 centimetres to Arnold’s previous best world mark.
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