England close gap atop Games medal tally

By Steve Jancetic
Updated August 6 2022 - 1:23am, first published 1:19am
Synchro diving duo Matthew Lee and Noah Williams boosted England's hopes of topping the medal table. (Darren England/AAP PHOTOS)

They couldn't could they?

England have closed the gap at the top of the Commonwealth Games medal table, and are on the verge of taking the lead after a rare day without Australian gold.

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Australia remain atop the medal tally with 50 gold medals, but England have moved within three golds after winning five golds on Friday, including two at the diving.

The Aussies added eight medals on Friday, with decathletes Daniel Golubovic and Cedric Dubler taking silver and bronze behind Grenada's Lindon Victor.

There was also a silver for diver Brittany O'Brien in the women's 1m springboard, an another five bronze medals.

Australia are on track for a big weekend with both the men's and women's hockey teams, the women's T20 cricket side and netball outfit among those staring down medals.

While matching the 80 gold medals from the home Games in 2018 could be a bridge too far, the Aussies have already outdone their efforts from Glasgow in 2014.

Australia won 49 golds in Glasgow, where England topped the medal tally with 58 gold medals, just the second time in the past 11 games that Australia have not finished atop the medal tally.

Australian Associated Press