Day eight at the Commonwealth Games: Laura Muir targets more Scottish success

Jack Laugher will also be in action in the men’s 3m synchro competition.

Day eight at the Commonwealth Games: Laura Muir targets more Scottish success

Laura Muir bids for more Scottish track success on day eight at Alexander Stadium while Jack Laugher goes for a sixth Commonwealth Games diving gold alongside his new synchro partner Anthony Harding.

Here, the PA news agency picks out some of Friday’s highlights and reflects on the best of the action from Thursday.

Day eight highlights

More Muir

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games – Day Five
Laura Muir continues her busy schedule in Birmingham (Isaac Parkin/PA)

Jack attack

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games – Day Seven
Jack Laugher is targeting a sixth Commonwealth Games gold (Mike Egerton/PA)

England renew New Zealand rivalry

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games – Day Seven
England eased past Wales to book a semi-final place in the women’s hockey (Isaac Parkin/PA)

They suffered an agonising penalties defeat to the New Zealanders at the same stage in 2018, before rallying to thrash India and take a bronze medal.

Social media moment

Pic of the day

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games – Day Seven
England’s Saffron Severn competes in rhythmic gymnastics qualifiers (Zac Goodwin/PA)
Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games – Day Seven
Jake Wightman (left) eased through his 1500m heat (Martin Rickett/PA)

Wightman, who claimed a shock gold medal at the World Championships in Oregon last month, clocked three minutes 48.34 seconds to raise hopes of another Scottish gold after Eilish McColgan’s 10,000m win on Wednesday night.

Tough for Thomas

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games – Day Seven
Geraint Thomas had to settle for bronze in the time trial (David Davies/PA)

The Welshman remounted but was around 30 seconds down on eventual winner Rohan Dennis at every time check and finished two seconds behind England’s Fred Wright, who took silver.

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