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Australia beat New Zealand 6-2 to advance to Commonwealth Games Hockey Final

New Zealand bowed out of Commonwealth Games gold medal contention in the men's hockey when they were beaten 6-2 by the world's No 1 team Australia in the semi-finals today.

Though Delhi turned on another hot, steamy day, the two teams played fast-moving, attractive hockey, but the Australians always appeared to have an edge. They launched a match-defining assault in a six-minute spell just before halftime, scoring three quick-fire goals that meant New Zealand was playing catch-up throughout the second spell.


CWG Tuesday Update: India win a Gold and 2 Silvers in Commonwealth Games Shooting

On Day 9 of the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, Indian shooters Heena Sidhu and Annu Raj Singh won the Gold medal in the 10m Air Pistol Pairs Women's event. With this win, India's tally of Gold went up to 31, surpassing the previous record of 30 Gold medals in the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. India went on to increase their medals tally a little later on the day, as World Champion Tejaswini Sawant won the Silver medal in the women's prone event and Samresh Jung and Chandrashekar Kumar Chaudary won a second silver in the Men's 25 metre Standard Pistol Pairs' event.

In the 10m air pistol pairs women's event, Australia, Canada and India were tied at 759 points and were all vying for the Gold medal. But Canada had to settle for a Bronze as they scored lesser number of perfect 10s (14) when compared to Australia and India (21 each). Further, India piped Australia to sit on top of the podium and clinch the Gold on the basis of count back.


Australia's Leif Selby downs India's Mohammad Raja in Commonwealth Games Lawn Bowls

A lion-hearted performance from Australia's Leif Selby has thrust the world number two into medal contention at the Delhi Commonwealth Games. Despite dropping three of his opening six matches, the 38-year-old climbed to third in his pool this morning (12/10), with only the top-three from each group progressing through to the post-sectional rounds, after producing a rear-guard performance against India's Mohammad Raja to post an 8-8, 7-5 win.

As a result, Selby's fate now rests in his own hands, with only two matches remaining against Guernsey's Matt Le Ber and world number one Safuan Said. Trailing 1-5 midway through the second set, Selby looked down and out as a parochial home crowd cheered Raja's every shot, but the Australian superstar came back to his best as he peppered the jack with some of his trademark best late in the encounter.


Canadian Table Tennis youngsters impress at Commonwealth Games

There is reason for optimism around Canada's table tennis team, even on a day when all Canadian competitors were eliminated from the Commonwealth Games tournament in Delhi, India.

Two junior-aged athletes have performed extremely well for Canada: 14-year-old Anqi Luo of Mississauga, Ontario in the women's competition, and 18-year-old Andre Ho of Richmond, BC, for the men.


Commonwealth Games 100m Gold medalist Osayemi Oludamola provisionally suspended

In accordance with the CGF Anti-Doping Standard (ADS) for the XIX Commonwealth Games, the CGF Federation Court conducted its Provisional Hearing this afternoon to consider an adverse analytical finding submitted by Nigerian athlete Osayemi Oludamola after the women's 100 metres final on October 7.

The athlete tested positive for the substance methylhexaneamine, a prohibited stimulant under category S6 of the WADA list of prohibited substances and methods

Ms. Oludamola was notified of the positive result for the A sample and has asked for the B sample to be tested.


Canadian Diver Despatie wins 2nd Commonwealth Gold; Ross adds Silver

gold_silver_diving.jpgAlexandre Despatie and Reuben Ross of Canada finished 1-2 on men's three-metre on Monday in diving at the Commonwealth Games

It is Despatie's second gold and his eight career victory at the Commonwealth Games. He has won both the one-metre and three-metre events at the last three Games. "A medal at these Games is always special for me," said Despatie.

On Monday, Despatie led after every round in the final and totalled 513.75 points with Ross second at 457.15 and Grant Nel of Australia third at 456.55. Eric Sehn of Edmonton took fourth spot at 437.05. "This was not a routine victory I woke up this morning and I really wanted to perform," said Despatie, 25, who earned at least 9.0's on five of his six dives in the final. "We've been training very hard for two months for this competition and I knew the preparation was there. There's always more pressure at Games and to do well here augurs well for the next two years."


India beat Canada 3-0 to finish 5th in Commonwealth Games Women's Hockey

India captured 5th place in the women's field hockey tournament with a 3-0 victory over Canada today. The match opened in the blazing midday heat and in a warm atmosphere. Although the venue was not as packed as the night before for the formidable men's game between India and Pakistan, those present were shouting loudly each time an Indian player had the ball.

The Canadian women did not appear to be intimidated and contained the initial pressure well, pushing forward dangerously on a green card to India, but to no avail. The first serious chance was for India when a forward received the ball unmarked at the top of the circle, but Canadian Azelia Liu stood tall in goal for a spectacular glove save. India earned the first penalty-corner of the game in the 13th minute, but could not generate a shot under the pressure of the Canadian runners.


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