Memorable Moments from the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

The Commonwealth Games draw to a close on Monday after a fortnight of thrilling sport in Birmingham.

Here, the PA News Agency takes a look at some of the most defining moments from the 2022 Games.

golden oldies

George Miller became the oldest Commonwealth gold medalist in Games history after winning the mixed pairs para-boules final.

The 75-year-old is lead director for visually impaired partner Melanie Inness and they won gold for Scotland after beating Wales in the B2/B3 final.

He overtook Scottish teammate Rosemary Lenton, who briefly held the title for 24 hours, after the 72-year-old won the B6-B8 women’s duet final with Pauline Wilson.

Ecstasy for Emikova

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games – Day EightEkimova won England’s first all-around gold (Peter Byrne/PA)

Marfa Emikova won England’s first rhythmic gymnastics gold to win the all-around title. The 17-year-old won a team bronze alongside Saffron Severn and Alice Leaper on opening day but managed to seal gold in the all-around after topping the leaderboard in the hoops event and clubs.

Peaty Pride

It was a mixed Games for Peaty, who was competing 10 weeks after suffering a freak training accident in which he broke his foot.

He finished fourth in the 100-metre breaststroke to end an eight-year unbeaten streak in the event.

However, the three-time Olympic champion bounced back to win gold in the 50 meters 48 hours later, the only event missing from his impressive collection of major medals.

800 meters of madness

Mary Moraa won the gold medal in a remarkable run on a dramatic evening on the women’s 800 meter track.

The Kenyan set the pace on the first lap before falling back just after the bell.

She fell back in the field but was still fourth heading into the straight, but a superb late flurry saw her take a remarkable victory in one minute 57.07 seconds.

England’s Keely Hodgkinson won silver while Scotland’s Laura Muir settled for bronze.

Hockey hopefuls win gold

England women’s hockey won gold for the first time ever after beating Australia 2-1 at the University of Birmingham Hockey Centre.

Holly Hunt and Tess Howard both scored in the second quarter for England before Ambrosia Malone netted a consolation for the Hockeyroos in the final 20 seconds.

The hosts put in a dominating performance against Australia, who have won four Commonwealth Games hockey tournaments, while England can now add a gold medal to their previous three silvers.

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