Nigerian boxers crash out of Commonwealth Games

England got their Commonwealth Games campaign off to a convincing start with a 5-0 win over Uganda in the badminton mixed team event.

Home favorite Blair Evans clinched the bronze medal with a time of 4 minutes and 38.23 seconds.

Desperate to make up on lost ground, he decided on a courageous but ultimately futile attempt to match the existing Games record of 145 kg, which saw him crash out of contention for medal.

"I am in the shape of my life and am gutted to miss out on the opportunity to show what I can do", Proud said.

The platform, designed and built by brand and communication agency Salad, allows fans of the team to keep up-to-date with the latest news and results from Gold Coast 2018. But a few days after that I did another session at the village and went into some hurdle drills and run throughs and just couldn't do it.

Uganda faces hosts Australia in their second group C outing on Friday before tussling out South Africa too later on the day.

Hurdler Sally Pearson has withdrawn from the Commonwealth Games with an Achilles tendon injury.

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Discrepancies in Spotz's alibi raised warning bells but he disappeared before police could track him down for further questioning. Authorities said during the press conference that two days earlier, Shabani was last seen getting into a vehicle with Spotz.

But the inevitable came as she called a press conference to confirm that the London 2012 Olympic champion would not be able to defend the title she won at Delhi 2010 and four years ago, in Glasgow - a decision she said was made two days ago.

Scotland's Ross Murdoch eased into the men's 200m breaststroke final after cruising through his heat to qualify fastest.

Malaysia's Muhammad Azroy Hazalwa Izhar Ahmad won gold after lifting a total of 261 kg (117 kg in snatch and 144 in clean and jerk) to further create a Commonwealth Games record.

India's Gururaja Poojary finished second while Sri Lanka's Chaturanga Lakmal won the bronze medal.

Proud, who is also the reigning Commonwealth champion in the 50 butterfly and 50 freestyle, won his preliminary heat by almost a body length but that was annulled after a referee disqualified the Englishman for movement on the starting blocks.

Uganda's Elisha Tibatemwa Ekirikubinza set a new national record in the men's 50m butterfly of 27.17 seconds but failed to qualify to the next phase.

A debutant at the quadrennial multi-sport spectacle, Gururaja achieved a total lift of 249kg, which is also his personal best at the Carrara Sports Arena in Gold Coast.

  • Regina Holmes