Commonwealth Games: Wales equal medal record with Breen bronze

2018 Commonwealth Games
Venue: Gold Coast, Australia Dates: 4-15 April
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Wales have equalled their record medal haul for an overseas Commonwealth Games following athletics and wrestling success on day eight.

Wrestler Curtis Dodge won bronze in the men's 74kg freestyle before Olivia Breen took third in the women's T38 100m.

Wales have won seven golds, eight silver and 10 bronze medals.

This matches the 25-medal haul in Auckland in 1990.

There are four more medals guaranteed in boxing which will ensure Wales go home with their highest tally achieved for an overseas Games.

The record number of Welsh golds - 10 - was also in New Zealand in 1990, while the highest haul of 36 medals was achieved in Glasgow in 2014.

Breen finished third in her race in 13.35secs behind winner Sophie Hahn of England with Australia's Rhiannon Clarke taking silver.

It was a second medal for Breen after gold in the long jump final.

Dodge wins bronze

Dodge, who competed in judo at the 2014 Glasgow Games, won bronze in the men's freestyle 74kg category, beating Nigeria's Ebimienfaqhe Assizecourt.

The 25-year-old from Aberdare only moved across to wrestling from judo in January 2017 and his preparation for the Gold Coast included a training stint in the United States of America.

Dodge battled his way to Commonwealth bronze even having a tooth knocked out in his quarter-final.

"It was everything I thought it was going to be and more," said Dodge.

"I have not been wrestling long, but I have been competing since I was a kid.

"It is moments like is what you dream of and make all the hard work, the early mornings, bumps and bruises and missing teeth all worth it.

"Seeing my family in the crowd gives me all the motivation and having my son here and wanting to do him proud and be able to put this around his neck is amazing."

Rhythmic gymnast Laura Halford finished fifth in the all-round individual event and has three more individual finals on Friday. Halford's Welsh team-mate Gemma Frizelle was 12th.

The men's bowls fours of Ross Owen, Stephen Harris, Marc Wyatt and Jonathan Tomlinson were defeated in the semi-final by Australia after beating India in the quarter-final.

The bronze medal match will be in the early hours of Friday morning against England.

Wales' first Commonwealth diver in 20 years impressed after qualifying for the men's 3m springboard final.

Aidan Heslop, at 15 the youngest competitor in the field, qualified 11th before finishing 12th in the final. Heslop will compete again in the 10m springboard final on Saturday.

Joshua Stacey is through to the semi-final of the TT6-10 class Para Table Tennis after beating Mohamad Azwar Baker from Malaysia 3-0.

Charlotte Carey and Chloe Thomas are out of the women's doubles, losing 3-1 to the Indian pair of Sutirtha Mukherjee and Pooja Sahasrabudhe in the last 16.

In squash, Tesni Evans and mixed doubles partner Peter Creed lost to India pair Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Saurav Ghosal 2-0 in the quarter-finals after earlier beating Faiza Zafar and Farhan Zaman from Pakistan.

Evans will compete in the women's doubles quarter-finals with Deon Saffery against Australian pair Rachael Grinham and Donna Urquhart on Friday morning.

In the men's doubles, Creed and Makin lost 2-0 to Australian pair of David Palmer and Zac Alexander.

Dylan Kerfoot Robson finished 11th in the men's mountain bike cross country race.

On the track, Caryl Granville failed to qualify for the final of the women's 100 metre hurdles, finishing sixth in her heat, while James Ledger missed out on the men's T12 100 metres final.

In hockey, Wales women finished the tournament in ninth place with a shootout victory over Ghana after the match finished 1-1 at full-time.

Wales' first netball win of the Games came in their final match with an 81-32 win against Fiji to take 11th place overall in the 12-team competition.

Shooters Gareth Morris and Chris Watson, who won silver in the Queens Prize Pairs earlier in the Games, are not likely to be adding to their medal tally in the individual event.

Morris is 17th with Watson 19th after the second day of competition.