Jamaica’s Rashid Broadbell equaled Colin Jackson’s 32-year record at the Commonwealth Games when he took the 110m hurdles victory on Thursday as Australia won the cycling double.
Broadbell, 21, dominated the final from the start and won in 13.08 seconds, making up for last year’s disappointment when an injury kept him out of the Tokyo Olympics.
Fellow Jamaican Hansle Parchment, the Olympic gold medalist, withdrew earlier in the day over a quibble, just as he did before the World Cup final last month.
The bronze medal was won by the boyfriend of the heptathlon champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Andrew Pozzi.
“I knew I had to stay focused, and that’s exactly what I did,” Broadbell said. “Sometimes when you’re running, you don’t know what’s going to happen.
“You just have to perform correctly. I’m not sure I’ve overcome any obstacles.”
He said Parchment called him to let him know he was gone.
“I don’t know what the problem is, but he is an Olympic champion, so he knows better.”
Broadbell’s performance highlighted the modest Birmingham evening athletics session, which still sold 30,000 tickets.
LaQuan Nairn brought the Bahamas their first-ever gold in the men’s long jump, with Australian Matthew Denny winning the disc.
Nairn won with the best jump of 8.08 meters ahead of India’s Murali Srishankar on the countdown.
“I said in Eugene (at the World Championships) that I want to come here and get a gold medal,” Nairn, 26, said. “Saying it and doing it is great.”
Srishankar gave India its first medal in this competition since Suresh Babu won bronze in 1978.
“He feels good,” he said. “This medal has been waiting for me for a long time. I have been waiting for a world medal for a very long time, but I missed it all the time.”
Denny threw a best of 67.26 meters and Englishman Laurence Okoye took silver a decade after reaching the Olympic final in London before heading to play in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers.
Reigning Grenada decathlon champion Lyndon Victor holds on to his title by close margins as he heads into Friday’s final five tournaments.
He has a total of 4327 points, only 85 points more than Australia’s Cedric Doubler.
“In fact, I am ahead of my result from Eugene (the world championship, where he finished fifth) nine days ago. This is a good sign,” he said.
Reflecting the weakness of some fields in Birmingham, just 11 athletes competed in two women’s 400m hurdles, of which eight qualified for the final.
Jamaica looks like a hot favorite for gold – both defending champion Janiv Russell and 2019 World Championship bronze medalist Roshell Clayton looked smooth in their runs.
South African sprinter Akani Simbine missed the men’s 100m medal ceremony.
The 28-year-old champion of 2018 flew to Poland, where the next meeting of the Diamond League will take place on Saturday.
His absence could not erase the smile of Ferdinand Omañala, Kenya’s first Commonwealth Games champion in the 100m.
– Cycling double –
In the men’s individual time trial, Australian two-time world champion Rohan Dennis won gold, while former Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas took bronze despite a crash.
Dennis’ win made Australia a double after Grace Brown won the women’s event.
Thomas’s hopes of adding a time trial gold to the road title he won in 2014 were dashed when he fell early in the race.
“Sometimes it’s bad luck, but today I’ll take it upon myself and say it was my fault,” said the 2018 Tour de France winner.
On the first evening of diving at the Sandwell Aquatics Center, Englishman Jack Loger, who won the gold medal in the 3m synchronized run at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, won the men’s 1m springboard.
England’s Andrea Spendolini-Syriix won the women’s 10m platform, while Lois’ friend Lois Toulson took silver.
In boxing, 20-year-old identical twins from Wales, Ioan and Garan Croft, are guaranteed at least bronze medals, while siblings Aidan and Michaela Walsh are also guaranteed medals from Northern Ireland.
English Twenty20 cricketers beat New Zealand by seven wickets to reach the semi-finals against India, with favorites Australia playing New Zealand.
Canada won gold in the rhythmic gymnastics team event, followed by Australia in second and England in third.