While all eyes were on the track in Birmingham, Australia’s next Commonwealth Games star emerged more than 8000km away.
Queenslander Calab Law ran third in the world under-20 athletics championships 200m final, clocking a time of 20.48.
The 18-year-old, who was already considered one of the fastest teens Australia has ever produced, ran what was described as the “race of his life” in Cali, Colombia.
He finished behind only Blessing Akawasi Afrifah (Israel) and Lesile Tebogo (Botswana), who both recorded times of 19.96 secs.
That mark was a new championships record and would have beaten the Commonwealth Games record of 19.97 set by Frankie Fredericks in 1994.
Law’s time set a new personal best and strengthened his claims as one of Australia’s top sprint prospects after reaching the semi-finals in the 200m of the recent World Athletics Championships.
Law finished 21st in the world in the Eugene event.
He has previously run in the 100m but withdrew to focus on the 200m.
After setting a new PB in the semi-final, he told Athletics Australia: “I did what I wanted to do, and now I’m there. I was planning to run faster than that but the rain delay felt like three hours, I had a little nap until about 30-minutes to go. I’m just relaxed naturally, I don’t put too much pressure on myself because it takes too much energy.”
The final was slower than the semi-final due to a headwind.
FAMILY FEARED FOR THEIR LIVES DURING CYCLING CRASH
Alex Smith, The Sun
The family involved in the horror cycling crash at the Commonwealth Games feared for their lives.
The shocking accident came in the men’s scratch race when England’s Matt Walls collided with other riders at high speed and flew over the barriers and into the crowd.
Cycling fan Hugh Colvin was spectating alongside his two children — aged five and seven — and a few family friends, when Walls catapulted over the barrier.
Colvin’s wife Laura was not at the velodrome but she described the terror: “What has been hard for us to get our head around is how close this came to being a complete catastrophe.
“And how close our two younger children came to being seriously injured or killed. And that has been the main thing we’ve had to reflect on over the last few days.”
Colvin himself said to the BBC: “It all happened so incredibly quickly at the speed the cyclists were going.
“You can see the trajectory of the bike, it came through, grazed my daughter’s shoulder, and one of the photos you can see we are obviously underneath the wheel.
“Looking back at the photos it must have been within centimetres, millimetres, of our heads.”
Early reports from a Birmingham 2022 spokesperson said three riders went to hospital and two injured fans only required treatment by medics on site.
However, one of the family friends did go to hospital, Mrs Colvin said: “He suffered a laceration to the bone which the hospital have described as being like a machete injury.
“He’s still waiting for surgery. It is the start of a long road to recovery for him.”
She also revealed that Walls video-called her children to help them come to terms with what happened.
‘TWERKER’ STEALS SHOW ON COMM GAMES COVERAGE
A rugby fan caught the BBC cameras by surprise by twerking as she was filmed in the crowd during the Commonwealth Games.
The Rugby Sevens action was interrupted as one fan showed off her dancing — and her bum.
Cameras picked up three women enjoying their day out in Coventry at the Commonwealth Games.
But as the fan in the middle spotted herself on the big screen, she seized her moment with both hands.
After taking a swig of her drink, the supporter stood up and turned her bum to the camera before starting to twerk.
While her friends were left in hysterics by the X-rated performance, the BBC team was caught completely off guard.
The stunned BBC commentator said there is “plenty of dancing” going on in the crowd, before the cameras quickly cut away and back to the match action.
Originally published as Commonwealth Games 2022: Latest news, results and medal tally from Day 8