Scotland overcame the much fancied Fiji team to win the men’s Rugby Sevens title, while there were medals aplenty in the Athletics and Para Athletics and Swimming on day four of the Trinbago 2023 Commonwealth Youth Games.
The three-day competition came to a dramatic close, as Scotland triumphed over Fiji 25-20 in the thrilling match at Shaw Park Cultural Complex. The Fijians had beaten Scotland just a day before, but saw the title slip away from them with a try in the dying minutes . South Africa overcame Canada to secure the bronze.
Australia Women meanwhile successfully defended their title with a dominant 50-0 win over Canada, while Fiji beat Kenya to come away with the bronze.
Athletics and Para Athletics
Records tumbled at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. South Africa’s Hencu Johaan Lamberts broke the Games record to win the men’s shot put title. Andrew Stone of the Cayman Islands then won the men’s long jump with a Games record leap of 7.70m.
South Africa’s Daniel Tumiso Molobela won the Men's Discus F42-44 / F61-64 with a throw of 26.34m to become the first winner of the Para event at a Commonwealth Youth Games.
Kenya’s Jospat Sang Kipkirui and Nancy Cherop took the men’s and women’s 1,500m titles, before the evening ended with victories in the 400m for Guyana’s Tianna Springer in the women’s event and Samuel Ochenna Ogazi in the men’s.
Zarek Wilson became the latest Trinidad and Tobago gold medalist in the pool, winning the men’s 100m butterfly, while Australia’s Mikayla Bird won the women’s event.
Elsewhere there were golds for England pair Oscar Bilbao and Sienna Robinson and Scotland’s Holly McGill and Matthew Ward. Wales’ Tyler Melbourne-Smith and Australia’s Inez Miller picked up their second golds of the Games, while England rounded off the evening with victory in the mixed 4x100m freestyle.
Cycling - Track
The track meeting got underway at the National Cycling Velodrome in Couva, with Australia’s Lauren Bates and Keira Will continuing to dominate the cycling events. Bates picked up the points race gold ahead of her teammate, with Millie Thompson of Scotland claiming bronze.
In the men’s competition, Cyprus will face Canada and England will take on New Zealand in Day 5’s semi-finals, after they knocked out South Africa, Saint Lucia, Australia and Rwanda respectively.
In the women’s competition, Australia set up a semi final match with neighbours New Zealand after they beat Scotland, and NZ defeated Mozambique. Kenya take on South Africa In the other quarter-final, Kenya beat England to set-up a semi-final tie with Canada, who overcame Bermuda.
The competition got underway at Shaw Park Recreational Centre in the first FAST5 Netball competition at any Commonwealth Games.
Australia picked-up two wins to top their Group A, while South Africa beat England in a high scoring thriller before overcoming Botswana to lead Group B heading into the second day.