GOLD COAST, Australia – Highlights on day nine of the Commonwealth Games yesterday:

Favourites through in sprints

England, Jamaica and South Africa all made it safely through the heats of the men’s 4×100 metres relay but Canada were disqualified for a late handover at the Carrara Stadium. Zharnel Hughes, who was disqualified after winning the 200m on Thursday, helped England win the second heat.

Evripidou wins fourth gold

Cyriot teenager Diamanto Evripidou has won her fourth gold and fifth medal of the Games in rhythmic gymnastics, adding the hoop title to the individual all-around, team and ball titles she already earned at the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre. She could win a fifth gold in the ribbon later on Friday.

Pearson out injured

Another fine day on the Gold Coast for day nine of the Games with temperatures already 25 degrees Celsius (77 fahrenheit) and the sun breaking through the cloud cover. Plenty of medals up for grabs but the Gold Coast’s golden girl, high hurdler Sally Pearson, will not be running in the women’s 100 metres hurdles having pulled out with injury.

New Zealand’s multiple Olympic and world champion Valerie Adams could win a fourth straight shot put title at Carrara Stadium, however.

The first Commonwealth Games women’s rugby sevens tournament gets underway at Robina Stadium and there are semi-finals in boxing and medals in wrestling and shooting.

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