Johnson-Thompson and Campbell go for gold

Emily Campbell is bidding to add Commonwealth Games gold to her Olympic silver medal in women’s weightlifting, while Katarina Johnson-Thompson’s heptathlon challenge reaches its conclusion on the track.

Here, the PA news agency kicks off Wednesday’s action and looks back at some of the highlights from Day Five.

Emily’s golden bid

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Emily Campbell bids to add to her collection of major medals (Martin Rickett/PA)

Campbell rose to fame when she won a silver medal in the women’s weightlifting 87kg+ category at the Tokyo Olympics.

The Nottingham 28-year-old, who won bronze on the Gold Coast four years ago and is also the reigning European champion, is favorite to grab a gold medal on home stage and continue England’s successful run in the competition.

Will Evie come up Short?

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Evie Richards bids to be cross-country queen (Mike Egerton/PA)

Evie Richards would like to put a year of injury and illness behind her by upgrading the mountain bike silver she won in 2018 to a gold medal, but said she has to be realistic after months of back problems and a recent bout of Covid.

That could potentially open the door for Scotland’s Isla Short, while New Zealand’s defending champion Sam Gaze is favorite in the men’s race.

KJT conclusion

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Katarina Johnson-Thompson ends her heptathlon bid (Martin Rickett/PA)

Defending heptathlon champion Johnson-Thompson is aiming to retain her title as she enters day two with a 109-point lead, but she is likely to be pressured by the likes of England team-mate Holly Mills.

Also on the track, Daryll Neita set a marker in the women’s 100m by clocking 11.02 seconds in her heat, and her anticipated 100m final showdown with Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica is one of the most exciting face-offs of the toys.

Moments in social media

Today’s picture

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Samoa’s Don Opeloge celebrates winning the men’s weightlifting competition (Peter Byrne/PA)

The best of Tuesday’s action

Peaty completes the set

Adam Peaty roars with joy after winning the gold medal in the 50m breaststroke

Adam Peaty roars with joy after winning the 50m breaststroke gold medal (David Davies/PA)

Adam Peaty had said he was “heartbroken” after his eight-year unbeaten run in the 100m breast ended with a fourth place finish in Sunday’s final, but he was then criticized for suggesting he was “not bothered” by the event and was instead bet on the Olympics in two years.

He answered his critics with victory – and a stunning celebratory roar – in the 50m competition to complete his string of major international championship victories. “I can retire now!”, he joked to the BBC afterwards.

Jake’s cleaning

Jake Jarman completed an extraordinary clean sheet in the men’s gymnastics competition by claiming his fourth and final gold medal of the Games in the men’s vault final.

Teammate Joe Fraser had to settle for three golds after winning the parallel bars but falling from the horizontal bar. Alice Kinsella’s floor title ensured that England would end up with 10 of the 14 artistic gymnastics gold medals on offer.

Cyrille’s dream over

Cyrille Tchatchet falls to the mat after his last attempt

Cyrille Tchatchet was defeated by injury (Peter Byrne/PA)

Cyrille Tchatchet’s dream of ending his remarkable history with a Commonwealth medal for England was dashed when he collapsed midway through the men’s 96kg weightlifting competition.

Tchatchet managed to clear 158kg to leave him in silver medal position at the halfway stage, but he collapsed after his first clean and jerk and two further faults prevented him from recording a final total.

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