Katarina Johnson-Thompson powered to victory in the women’s heptathlon, courtesy of a strong final day, to round off yet another successful day for Team England at the Gold Coast, which culminated in 12 total medals.
Johnson-Thompson, who began the second day of the heptathlon firmly in front, did enough in the long jump and the javelin portion, allowing her to ease off in the 800m, finishing with 2655 total points.
“It’s been a really emotional day for me,” the 25-year-old explained. “I haven’t had chance to do a lot of training between world indoors so I’m happy to be competitive and winning the title here”.
Her countrywoman Niamh Emerson snuck onto the podium after finishing 17 seconds ahead of Australian Celeste Mucci and winning the 800m to clinch bronze in a breath-taking finale.
For the third day running, Jack Laugher led England’s success as he picked up his third gold at the Gold Coast making it a perfect sweep for the diver, as he and partner Chris Mears were victorious in the 3m synchronised springboard final.
Laugher and Mears’ professional performance followed on from Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow’s gold medal-winning dives in the 10m synchronised springboard earlier this morning. Matthew Dixon and Noah Williams took the silver medal in that event to get Team England off to an emphatic start that was quickly replicated over the course of the day.
James Arnott capped another successful day for his country on the track as he clinched silver in the T47 100m final, narrowly missing out on gold.
The para-athlete said: “I could feel the guy on my left come through and I was a bit like ‘woah’ as I wasn’t expecting it. But I knew I had to do what I do in training and I came away with a silver medal”.
There was success on the bowling green to enjoy as Robert Paxton won his bronze-medal match, following on from the men’s Lawn Bowls fours victory earlier that afternoon.
Friday the 13thdidn’t seem to produce many misfortunes for England’s boxers, as Luke McCormack and Cheavon Clarke narrowly missed out on the chance to fight for gold, but instead took two bronzes. Pat McCormack, Frazer Clarke, Peter McGrail, Galal Yafai, Paige Murney and Lisa Whiteside all advanced to the final in their respective weight classes, ensuring at least a silver each for the boxers.
Sam Gowin finished third in the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol shooting event to continue England’s success in the shooting, while wrestler Charlie Bowling won by technical superiority to clinch bronze.
In the surprise of the day outside the medals, the women’s basketball team shocked Canada to advance to the final where they will capture at least a silver – a phenomenal achievement.
England's men narrowly lost out to Australia in the final event of the day, the hockey semi-finals, but will be back to battle it out for bronze tomorrow.