Gold Coast, Australia (AP) — Cameroon officials say eight of their athletes at the Commonwealth Games have gone missing from the athletes village, with two failing to turn up for competitions.
The news took away from action at the games on Wednesday, where New Zealand had a difficult day. And at the games diving competition, a scoring malfunction forced judges to go back to old-fashioned numbered cards to reveal their marks.
New Zealand’s Silver Ferns lost for the second time in the group stage of the netball, which had been almost unthinkable before the games. England’s 54-45 upset win followed the New Zealand’s shocking loss to Malawi.
New Zealand has played in every Commonwealth Games gold-medal match — against Australia — since the sport was introduced to the program in 1998.
The news wasn’t any better at field hockey, where New Zealand’s men’s team lost to archrivals Australia 2-1, allowing the Australians to finish in first place in their pool.
BEACH VOLLEYBALL FINAL SET
Australia will play Canada in Thursday’s gold medal final in men’s beach volleyball. The host pair of Chris McHugh and Damien Schumann beat England’s Chris Gregory and Jake Sheaf 21-13, 21-16. They will play Canadians Samuel Pedlow and Sam Schachter, who beat New Zealand 21-18, 21-15 in the other semifinal.
BOLT DOWN UNDER
Usain Bolt arrived in the morning, two days after his former training partner Yohan Blake was upset in the final of the 100 meters.
The world’s fastest person retired from top-flight track competition last year, but is still a big draw card.
“He’s a big fan of netball … he’s coming to see sport,” Grevemberg said. “We are lucky and excited to have him.”
Bolt won’t be staying in the athletes village.
The first gold medal event at the Commonwealth Games dive pool was delayed by a technical glitch that forced pool-deck judges to revert to old-fashioned numbered cards to show their scores.
After England divers Alicia Blagg and Katherine Torrance did their opening dive in the three-meter synchronized competition there was a delay after the electronic scoring system malfunctioned.
As spectators began a slow clap waiting for the scores and for the next divers to appear, the referee on the pool deck asked the 11 judges to show their scores on the back-up numbered cards which are rarely used anymore because of the electronic scoring tabulators they hold in their hands. She then announced the scores one-by-one to the spectators.
The manual numbered cards were used for the remainder of the opening round of seven pairs of divers before competition was suspended while the electronic system was fixed.
After all the technical dramas, the Australian pair of Esther Qin and Georgia Sheehan took the gold medal with 284.10 points.
INDIAN SHOOTER WINS GOLD
Shreyasi Singh of India took advantage of a late collapse by Australian Emma Cox to win gold in the women’s double trap in a shoot-off.
Cox came into the final round with a seven-point lead and needed to hit only 19 of her last 30 targets to ensure gold. But she fell one short to finish level with Singh on 96 out of 120 targets, and then was the first shooter to miss in a sudden-death finish.
“My coaches really helped me, and my family is also here so they were a big support for me,” said Singh, who won silver at Glasgow in 2014 the same event. “I just had it in me that I want to win the gold medal. I don’t want to go back with another silver.”
LIFE AT 11
Eleven-year-old Welsh table tennis player Anna Hursey bowed out of the women’s singles event, but not before confirming her precocious talent.
Hursey took just 17 minutes to win her first singles match, but then lost in the second round in straight sets to Malaysia’s Li Sian Alice Chang.
She had already competed in the team’s event earlier this week, winning twice and showing some powerful forehands and composure.
Hursey, chaperoned by her mother Phoebe at these games, is reported to be the youngest athlete to represent Wales at a senior level.
Wales No. 1 player Charlotte Carey said Hursey was impressive.
“I just felt really proud (of her) …. we will be seeing a lot more of her,” Carey said.