2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games Coverage

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Tonight

5.30pm Lawn bowls: 2018 champions Rebecca Van Asch and Natasha van Eldik will be joined by Lynsey Clarke – who skipped Gold Coast as she had just given birth – in the women’s triples. Then, Gold Coast 2018 gold medallist, Jake Fehlberg, is looking to become the first para lawn bowls player to win back to back gold medals with new partner, Helen Boardman. Jake will be directed by Matthew Northcott, while Peter Doherty will guide Helen in the mixed B2/B3 pairs event.

7.00pm Athletics: The men’s decathlon continues with the final five events – 110m hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw and 1500m. Can Aussies Cedric Dubler, Daniel Golubovic and Alec Diamond upset defending champion Lindon Victor of Grenada? Celeste Mucci and Michelle Jenneke will compete in the heats of the women’s 100m hurdles and Australia’s Abbey Caldwell, Linden Hall and Jessica Hull will line up for the heats of the women’s 1500m. The women’s long jump qualifying will feature Brooke Buschkuehl and Samantha Dale.

8.00pm Diving: Tik Tok sensation, Sam Fricker will go for gold in the final of the men’s synchronised 3m springboard along with partner, Li Shixin.

11.30pm Gymnastics : Will Alexandra Kiroi-Bogatyreva, Ashari Gill and Lidiia Iakovleva make it through to the individual finals? The last time Australia won a medal in this event was Naazmi Johnston’s gold in 2010!

Tomorrow

3.00am Diving: Brittany O’Brien, Esther Qin and Georgia Sheehan headline Australia’s chances in the women’s 1m spring board final.

3.45am Athletics : We begin the day’s athletics with Madison de Rozario and Matt Denny receiving their gold medals! Ella Connolly and Jacinta Beecher feature in the semis of the women’s 200m and Amy Cashin and Brielle Erbacher will go for gold in the final of the women’s 3000m steeplechase.

5.00am Hockey: The Hockeyroos will be eyeing redemption when they meet India in the women’s hockey semi-final. Last August, India broke Aussie hearts when they claimed the 1-0 victory in the Tokyo 2020 quarter-finals. Can our girls go one better and move one step closer to a Birmingham 2022 gold medal?

Saturday night

6.00pm Netball: Who will the Australian Diamonds come up against in the semi-final, following a shock loss to Jamaica?

7.00pm Athletics: The final of the women’s high jump will produce an epic battle between Aussie rivals Tokyo 2020 Olympic silver medallist, Nicola Olyslagers (nee McDermott) and Glasgow 2014 gold medallist, Eleanor Patterson. The final of the men’s 1500m will be one of the highlights of the athletics program. Ollie Hoare shattered the Australian mile record in Oslo in June and is a great chance to receive a medal in the all-important race.

8:30pm Boxing: Aussie Kaye Scott will meet Mozambique boxer, Alcinda Helena Panguane, in the women’s light-middle semi-final. Then, Callum Peters continues Australia’s medal chances when he takes on Simnikiwe Bongco of South Africa in the men’s middleweight semi-final.

*All times AEST

SEE THE FULL SCHEDULE HERE

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Commonwealth Games reaches over 10 million

• 1.77 million reached on 7plus
• 7plus up 165% in BVOD on Gold Coast 2018
• Seven Network delivers 49.6% average weekly share

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games has gripped audiences and reached more than 9.9 million Australians on Seven linear broadcast TV and more than 1.77 million on 7plus so far.

On 7plus, Birmingham 2022 is up 165% in BVOD versus the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and up 86% live streaming.

In its first week, Birmingham 2022 has streamed 294 million minutes – 81% more Commonwealth Games minutes than the whole of Gold Coast 2018.

In the past seven days, 7plus has a commanding 62.5% commercial broadcast share in live streaming and a 50.8% commercial share in BVOD, and is up 113% week-on-week in BVOD and 184% in live streaming.

The Games night session has averaged 968,000 total viewers so far, including 26,000 on BVOD, and is #1 in its timeslot in total people, 25 to 54s and 16 to 39s.

Since Friday 29 July, Seven has been the #1 network nationally and across the capital cities in total people with a 49.6% commercial share nationally, #1 in 25 to 54s (45.5%) and #1 in 16 to 39s (47.9%). Seven is up 38% week-on-week in total people, 46% in 25 to 54s and 54% in 16 to 39s.

The Commonwealth Games is particularly popular with younger viewers on 7plus, with Virtual Australia (VOZ) data recording 19% of people 18 to 39 watched the sporting action exclusively on 7plus, delivering an incremental audience reach on broadcast of 23% over the first five days.

Seven Network is #1 nationally so far in the OzTAM 2022 survey year, #1 in the capital cities and #1 nationally in 16 to 39s.

Seven West Media Chief Digital Officer, Gereurd Roberts, said: “After a phenomenal start to 2022, 7plus is soaring to new heights, with the Commonwealth Games surpassing our expectations and smashing streaming records.

“Streaming on 7plus is up a remarkable 165% on the 2018 Commonwealth Games, which, of course, were hosted in the Gold Coast and in an Australian time zone.

“In the past seven days, more than 294 million minutes have been streamed across 7plus’ 30 dedicated exclusive and free, live and replay Commonwealth Games channels, with 7plus #1 in BVOD with a 62.5% commercial share in live streaming,” .

Gereurd Roberts, Chief Digital Officer, Seven West Media

“7plus’ coverage of our all-star Australian team is reaching new and existing viewers in new ways on different screens, with 7plus’ best-in-class viewing experience delivering incredible total video results for our commercial partners.”

Seven West Media Chief Revenue Officer, Kurt Burnette, said: “Our exclusive, live and free coverage of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games on Seven, 7plus, 7New.com.au and The West has delivered incredible and magical moments and hours of engaging entertainment for millions of Australians with Total TV showing the games dominated viewing every day and night. It is also driving further leadership for Sunrise and 7NEWS nationally. For brands, it has delivered unique opportunities for our partners to align their brand alongside inspirational and uplifting moments that have gripped more than 10 million viewers nationally across TV and BVOD.

“Our innovative and comprehensive coverage has delivered huge national total television shares every day it’s aired and has increased Seven’s winning lead in total people and 16 to 39s in 2022.

Kurt Burnette, Chief Revenue Officer, Seven West Media

“We can’t wait to bring viewers more unmissable action. Seven’s winning momentum is set to continue when Australia’s favourite cooking show, MKR, returns with Nigella Lawson and Manu Feildel for an exciting new season starting 7.00pm this Sunday on Channel 7 and 7plus,” he said.

Source: OzTAM (Metro Broadcast, BVOD National), RegionalTAM (Comb. Agg. Markets). Total Audience: Broadcast + BVOD. National: Metro + Regional. Commercial FTA Shares for Total Audience/Broadcast/BVOD full day, 0200-2600 (BVOD Shares based on device minutes). Sessions and Live Events on Broadcast and 7Plus Linear channels (Seven/7mate/7two): Seven + Comm Games content on Multi Channel combined due to similar telecast times on both channels (Broadcast Seven + multi, BVOD Seven + multi live streaming of session). Reach: Network National Reach estimate based on 1 minute of broadcast, Preliminary Overnight 04/08/22.

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Abbey Gelmi is unwell so Annabelle Williams is filling in

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Good to see Annabelle Williams filling in for Abbey. Annabelle is a much better presenter than Abbey and does have the charisma and passion for sport.

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Wonder if they’re related?

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Tonight

7.00pm Athletics: The final of the women’s high jump will produce an epic battle between Aussie rivals, Tokyo 2020 Olympic silver medallist, Nicola Olyslagers (nee McDermott) and Glasgow 2014 gold medallist, Eleanor Patterson. The final of the men’s 1500m will be one of the highlights of the athletics program. Ollie Hoare shattered the Australian mile record in Oslo in June and is a great chance to receive a medal in the all-important race.

8.30pm Boxing: Aussie Kaye Scott will meet Mozambique boxer, Alcinda Helena Panguane, in the women’s light-middle semi-final. Then, Callum Peters continues Australia’s medal chances when he takes on Simnikiwe Bongco of South Africa in the men’s middleweight semi-final.

11.20pm Netball: The Diamonds have never lost a semi-final at the Commonwealth Games. They will come up against the might of England, while Jamaica take on New Zealand from 6.00pm AEST.

Tomorrow

1.00am Beach Volleyball: Australia’s men’s and women’s teams have made it through to the semi-finals. In the men’s, Chris McHugh and Paul Burnett will take on Rwanda, before Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar face Vanuatu.

3.00am Cricket T20: World no.1 Australia are through to today’s semi-finals after navigating the pool stage. They will face Trans-Tasman rivals, New Zealand, while England meet India in the first semi-final.

3.30am Diving: Tik Tok star, Sam Fricker competes in the men’s 3m springboard finals. Then, at her fifth Games, Melissa Wu will team up with 14-year-old Charli Petrov – Australia’s youngest competitor in Birmingham – for the 10m synchronised platform final. Petrov wasn’t born when Wu competed at her first Games, aged 13, in 2006.

5.00am Hockey: It’s no surprise to see the Kookaburras in the men’s semi-finals. They will take on the host nation, England.

Sunday night

It’s “Super Sunday” for women’s sport in Birmingham, with the final of the netball, hockey and T20 cricket tournaments. Could Australia take out the historic treble? It’s also the busiest day of the Games, with 46 gold medals decided across 10 sports! Don’t miss a minute of the action on Sunday night and Monday morning on Seven and 7plus.

7.00pm Athletics: The final of the women’s javelin will feature Doha 2019 world champion and Tokyo 2020 Olympic bronze medallist, Kelsey-Lee Barber. The South African-born Aussie won bronze in 2014 and silver in 2018. Can she complete a full set with gold in Birmingham? Then, we count down to an epic Monday morning of athletics, when Peter Bol hits the track for the men’s 800m final.

11.30pm Netball: Will we see the Australian Diamonds feature in the bronze medal match at 11.30pm, or will they secure their place in the all-important gold medal match at 5.30am on Monday morning?

12.00am Hockey: Our very own Hockeyroos meet home-town heroes, England in the women’s gold medal match!

*All times AEST

SEE THE FULL SCHEDULE HERE

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Surely some sponsor can send them a couch!

A couch wouldn’t work with the way they use the full width of the screen.

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Tonight

It’s “Super Sunday” for women’s sport in Birmingham, with the final of the netball, hockey and T20 cricket tournament. Could Australia take out the historic treble? It’s also the busiest day of the Games, with 46 gold medals decided across 10 sports! Don’t miss a minute of the action on Sunday night and Monday morning on Seven and 7plus.

7.00pm Athletics: The final of the women’s javelin will feature Doha 2019 world champion and Tokyo 2020 Olympic bronze medallist, Kelsey-Lee Barber. The South African-born Aussie won bronze in 2014 and silver in 2018. Can she complete a full set with gold in Birmingham? Then, we count down to an epic Monday morning of athletics, when Peter Bol hits the track for the men’s 800m final.

12.00am Hockey: Our very own Hockeyroos meet home town heroes, England in the women’s gold medal match!

Tomorrow

1.00am Beach volleyball: Chris McHugh will attempt to defend the title he won in 2018 with new partner and Canadian-born South Australian, Paul Burnett, in the gold medal match against Canada.

3.30am Athletics: Get ready for a massive night on the track! Just weeks after setting a new Commonwealth record (7.13m), two-time Olympic long jump finalist, Brooke Buschkuehl (nee Stratton) will look to upgrade the silver medal she won on the Gold Coast four years ago.

The final of the women’s 1500m will feature a talented group of Kenyan, English and Australian runners. Linden Hall and Jessica Hull both made the final in Tokyo. Look out for Aussie rising star Abbey Caldwell.

The feature event will be the final of the men’s 800m featuring Peter Bol, who has been in career-best form. After an incredible heat where he blitzed past his opponents, Bol will be looking to take home his first Commonwealth gold.

“The Dancing Hurdler”, Michelle Jenneke and fellow Aussie, Celeste Mucci will compete in the final of the women’s 100m final. Then, a field of three Australians will race in the men’s 10,000m race walk – Rydian Cowley, Kyle Swan and Declan Tingay.

2.00am Cricket: The Aussies have earned their place in the Cricket T20 gold medal match against India. Will Meg Lanning’s team go all the way and bring home an Aussie gold?

5.30am Netball: Our very own Australian Diamonds have arrived at the all-important gold medal match. After falling short to Jamaica earlier in the week, the Aussies will once again meet the Sunshine Girls in the battle for a gold medal.

6.00am Beach Volleyball: Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar will face Canada on the sand for the gold medal match.

Monday night

7.00pm Diving: Mixed synchronised events – in both 3m and 10m – make their debut on the final day of the Games. Australia will feature two pairs in each event: Anabelle Smith and Domonic Bedggood and Li Shixin and Maddison Keeney in the 3m, while Emily Boyd and Cassiel Rosseau and Melissa Wu and Domonic Bedggood will contest the 10m.

9.30pm Hockey: The Kookaburras arrive at their final stop on the Commonwealth Games calendar, taking on India in the men’s gold medal match.

5.00am Closing Ceremony: The Closing Ceremony of the XXII Commonwealth Games will bring 11 days of competition to a close. The David Dixon Award will also be presented to the outstanding athlete of the Games.

*All times AEST

SEE THE FULL SCHEDULE HERE

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I’ve given Seven a pass for most of their coverage, but tonight only having one channel (7) covering the sport from midnight to 7am is bloody ridiculous, considering the amount of gold medal events (especially with the teams) are going to be in. I know they say go to 7Plus, which has been good, but it has been seriously lagging during the cricket and hockey.

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They missed covering the 1500m final in athletics last night because they were talking and talking about nonsense. The coverage has been horrendous. Even worse than the diabolical Tokyo Olympics.

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I saw the 1500m??

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I did too - it was definitely shown live.

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They missed it? I watched it

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Did they show the 1500m on delay and pretended it was live? Legit question, as it has happened before. Not saying it was the case this time around though.

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I read that but the article could be wrong. It might have been slightly delayed.

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Still now Abbey