History was made at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on the third day of Trinbago 2023 as Destiny Agbo of Nigeria won the first ever gold medal at a Commonwealth Youth Games.
Athletics and Para Athletics
Agbo was victorious in the Women's discus F42-44 / F61-64, beating England’s Bibi Jackson into second place with a winning throw of 25.00m, with Namibia’s Martha Winnie Nengola picking up bronze.
England’s Maddie Down has the distinction of winning the first para athletics gold on the track, winning the women’s 100m T38 final ahead of the Australian duo Indi Cooper and Akeesha Snowden.
Tomi Roberts-Jones of Wales won the men’s 100m T38 event, ahead of Ori Drabkin, both of Jackson Love from Australia.
The 100m finals closed the evening, with England’s Teddy Wilson and Nigeria’s Faith Okwose picking up gold. Delta Amidzovski of Australia had earlier broken the Commonwealth Games record in both the semi-final and final of the competition to take home the women’s long jump.
There was another golden moment for Trinidad and Tobago’s swimming star Nikoli Blackman, as he added the 100m freestyle to the 200m title he won last night.
In the women’s 200m , Jillian Crooks of Cayman Islands collected her country’s first gold medal of the Games.
Scotland’s Matthew Ward picked up his second gold, and third medal of the Games by winning the men’s 50m backstroke.
Overall, it was a great night for England’s swimmers with Reece Grady winning the men’s 400m individual medley, Sienna Robinson the women’s 50m backstroke and Oscar Bilbao winning the men’s event.
Cycling - Road Race
Australia’s Keira Will and Lauren Bates crossed the line arm in arm in the women’s race, with Bates graciously letting her teammate take the gold to reverse the result they achieved in the Cycling - Time Trial two days before.
Oisin Ferrity was the victor in the men’s race for Northern Ireland, taking victory over Wales’ Max Bufton in a two-up sprint. Newjoe Lau of Malaysia came home third.
England, Bermuda, Scotland and New Zealand all won their matches today to progress to the last eight of the women’s competition, where they will meet Mozambique, Canada, Australia and Kenya in the next round.
In the men’s competition, Rwanda set up a quarter-final clash with New Zealand following a hard-fought 2-1 win over hosts Trinidad and Tobago, while England saw off Sri Lanka to set up a tie against Australia.
Scotland’s men recovered from a loss to Fiji in the first match of the day to narrowly beat South Africa, and keep their chances of reaching the final alive on the middle-day of action in Tobago. Fiji remain favourites, beating Jamaica.
Australia look the side to beat once again in the women’s competition, remaining unbeaten after victories over Wales and Kenya, while in the game of the day, Canada edged Fiji by a conversion. The win keeps their chances of reaching the final ahead alive, with the second finalist likely to be decided on points difference.