CG18 Week 2 Highlights

Just like that, it's all over for another four years. If the Commonwealth Games passed you by completely, we've rounded up the highlights from the second week below.

You can catch up on the best moments from week one here.



1. England's Final-Second Gold Medal Win

The final day of the games was packed with drama, much of which was thanks to the England Roses who beat favourites Australia to gold. With both teams at 51-51, England's Helen Housby scored in the very last second to take the team to victory. It wasn't the only close call they had during the tournament, fighting back to beat Jamaica 56-55 in the semi-final. 

The Roses had not only never won a major title, but they had also not beaten opponents Australia since 2013. Their success has been celebrated across the country, peaking at David Beckham's congratulations on Instagram.




2. Mary Kom's 45-48kg Gold Medal Fight

Nicknamed 'Magnificent Mary', Kom is no stranger to making history.

Born in the far north-east state of Manipur, Kom was raised in a poor rural farming community, hiding her boxing from disapproving family for years. Now, at 35 years old, she's the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships, the only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics, and as of last week is the first Indian woman boxer to win Gold at the Commonwealth Games. Oh, and did we mention she's a member of parliament?! 

The win contributed to her selection as flag bearer for her country in the closing ceremony. She might make it look like a breeze, but Kom assures us that 'being a girl, being a mother, being a member of parliament and fighting at many big competitions – it is not easy'. Somewhat reassuring.




3. Gold in the 4x100m For Team England

It takes four incredible athletes to win the 4x100m relay, but the woman who took the team over the finish line almost didn't race. Following an injury to Corrine Humphreys, who ran in the semi-final, British record holder in the long jump Lorraine Ugen was drafted in with less than 24hrs notice despite having not run relay for almost four years.

After just ten minutes of practice with the baton, Asha Philip, Dina Asher-Smith and Bianca Williams opened up a solid lead for Ugen who managed to hold strong in the final leg, finishing in 42.46 for a national record. 

Watch it here – seeing Williams cheer on Ugen as she hands over the baton will give you chills of joy.



Rugby Sevens

4. Rugby Sevens First Gold for NZ 

It was a well-deserved victory for New Zealand, who beat ultimate rivals Australia 17-12 in extra-time to win gold and make history in the first ever women's rugby sevens tournament at a Commonwealth Games.

    With a minute left, Ellia Green levelled the scores for Australia who had fought back hard against the opposition's lead, taking the game into extra time. It looked as though there would be further time added but then Kelly Brazier took possession near New Zealand's goal line and basically did a Forrest Gump, running almost the entire length of the field to score the final try. 




    5. Caster Semenya's 800m National Record Gold

    Semenya entered Commonwealth Games history last week, where she won gold in both the 1500m and 800m races, only the third woman to do so in the same year, as well as breaking the national record for the 800m held by Zola Budd for 34 years, which Semenya has said 'is a moment that I will cherish for the rest of my life.' 

    The South African's career has been plagued with difficulty, being forced to become the face of hyperandrogegism in athletics. Semenya addressed the controversy in early 2010: 'I have been subjected to unwarranted and invasive scrutiny of the most intimate and private details of my being'. Unfortunately the ugliness is probs not over – The Court of Arbitration for Sport has given the world athletics governing body until July to explain how it intends to implement its hyperandrogenism regulations.