Bronze glory for Molly as Ollie chases grand slam

Selston’s Molly Renshaw is celebrating winning 200m breaststroke Commonwealth Games bronze on Saturday while fellow swimmer Ollie Hynd, of Kirkby, today goes for gold glory in the SM8 individual medley.
Molly Renshaw.Picture by Martin Rickett/PA Wire.Molly Renshaw.Picture by Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Molly Renshaw.Picture by Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Renshaw (18) made the semi-finals of both the 50m and 100m, but went one step further in her favoured 200m event, reaching the final in which she came home behind Australians Taylor McKeown and Sally Hunter, holding off the challenge of Scotland’s Hannah Miley.

Renshaw finished in 2:25.00 at the Tollcross Pool in Glasgow with McKeown taking gold in 2:22.36.

“It was a great race,” she said. “I was hoping to get a personal best but I couldn’t ask for anything more than a bronze medal.”

If Hynd can win gold tonight it would complete a full set for him of Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth titles.

Ravenshead’s Chris Adcock and Southwell’s Peter Mills are also chasing badminton gold tonight.

England will face Malaysia in the final of the team final after beating India 3-0 in the semi-finals at the Emirates Arena on Sunday evening.

Adcock has been the English hero so far with two victories, first with wife Gabriel in the mixed doubles, and then alongside Andrew Ellis in the men’s doubles.

The Adcock pairing were in control, leading 21-16, 15-8, but then lost 12 of the next 13 points to present Akshay Dewalkar and Jwala Gutta a way back into the match. However, they regained their composure to close out the final game 21-11.

Rajiv Ouseph battled hard to beat Kashyap Parupalli in the men’s singles with a 21-16, 21-19 success and then the men’s doubles settled matters in front of another supportive crowd.

Dewalkar and Pranaav Chopra took the opening game 21-12 but Adcock and Ellis produced some inspired badminton in the second game, including winning a 82-stroke rally, before keeping their composure in the decider to win 21-16.

“We’re still to drop a rubber on the way to the final,” pointed out Chris Adcock. “That’s an amazing achievement.

“In terms of performance I was pretty poor. They made us work pretty hard for that. There was a lot of hard work, mainly from Andy because I was just standing at the net most of the time.”

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