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Everything you need to know from a successful day 10 of the Commonwealth Games for New Zealand as Aaron Gate and our Kiwi squash stars made history.
Gate claimed a stunning victory
Cyclist Aaron Gate sprinted into the record books after winning his fourth Commonwealth Games gold medal, this time in the men’s road race.
It is the first time a New Zealander has won four gold medals at one Games and it has come in style, with a startling but believable journey.
The only New Zealander in a leading group of 15 to break away with over 100km to go in the men’s road race, Gate expended a huge amount of energy chasing the moves of other riders, only to find gas still left in the tank to sprinting past some of the world’s best at the finish line.
“I put my hands up and I really didn’t know if it had actually happened,” Gate told Sky Sport after beating Daryl Impey in a sprint.
“It was bloody hard work the last three laps and when it came down to the sprint and I had prime position to run on that line, I just couldn’t believe it.”
In the women’s road race, Georgia Williams was New Zealand’s best finisher in 13th place.
See Niall Anderson’s full report on the Gate reaction to gold here.
Coll, King added to Kiwi fame
For a pair who admitted they haven’t trained together since 2018, Paul Cole and Joel King certainly played as a synergistic team as they produced a dominant performance in the mixed doubles squash final.
King and Cole defeated English pair Alison Waters and Adrian Waller in commanding style, making it a mismatch of a clash between the tournament’s top two seeds.
It was redemption for King after she bowed out without a medal in the women’s singles, while Cole added a second gold to her success in Birmingham.
King will have another shot at gold at 11pm tonight after reaching the women’s doubles final with Amanda Landers-Murphy earlier in the day.
Check out Chris Shannon’s full coverage of the match here.
White Ferns take bronze
The White Ferns’ new era began with a glimmer of promise as they won the bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games.
The Kiwi side impressively sealed the bronze with a surprisingly dominant eight-wicket thrashing of England, calming the home crowd at Edgbaston.
After a poor showing in the ODI World Cup, the White Ferns found the Twenty20 format under new coach Ben Sawyer more to their liking and bounced back from a disheartening pool defeat by England to exact revenge in their last game.
See more from the match here.
Silver ferns bounce
After slipping to fourth in 2018, another non-medal edition looked possible, if not likely, in 2022 after the Ferns were beaten by Jamaica in their semi-final.
It set up a bronze medal match against England, who easily accounted for the Kiwis by 10 goals in pool play, but – like the White Ferns – the Silver Ferns turned things around to win a medal, triumphing 55-48.
Coach Noeline Taurua was proud of her team for the way they responded to back-to-back losses and the warmth of the home crowd.
“For us to come home with a medal is huge. Not only for our confidence, but also for the selection of the players and also for the lead in the Netball World Cup.”
Watch Kate Wells’ interview with Taurua after the win here.
The Black Sticks lose another penalty
After falling short on penalties against England in the semi-final, it was once again their undoing in the bronze medal match as they were beaten 2-1 by India in the tiebreak after some late heroics forced the game to this stage.
Olivia Mary’s free kick with less than 20 seconds left leveled the score at 1-1 in a game that always felt like Team New Zealand was chasing.
However, that was where the celebrations ended for the New Zealanders as they returned home from Birmingham without a medal.
Meanwhile, the Black Sticks men beat Wales 2-1 to finish fifth overall.
See Christopher Rave’s full report from the field here.
Gold: Road Cycling – Men’s Road Race – Aaron Gate
Gold: Squash – Mixed Doubles – Joel King and Paul Cole
Bronze: Cricket – New Zealand beat England by eight wickets
Bronze: Netball – New Zealand beat England 55-48
To see a full list of every result from every Kiwi athlete and team, see our full schedule and results.