The Diamonds win Australia’s 1000th gold medal at the Commonwealth Games

Aug 08, 2022
Diamonds beat Jamaica 55-51 to claim gold. Source: Getty

Australian athletes have once again made history at Birmingham as the Diamonds secured victory in their latest match, snagging Australia’s 1000th Commonwealth Games gold medal in the process.

The milestone win comes after the team managed to triumph 55-51 over Jamaica’s “Sunshine Girls” in an electrifying final at the National Exhibition Centre Arena on Sunday, August 7.

Coach Stacey Mrinkovich’s team managed to secure the momentous victory with the team’s goaler Gretel Bueta scoring a perfect 37 goals from 37 attempts with Cara Koenen up front as Courtney Bruce held her ground in the Diamonds’ defence.

Australia had a six-goal lead at the start of the game and was up 14-12 at the end of the quarter before Jamaica’s superstar shooter Jhaniele Fowler dominated the game.

However, the girls were determined to win and took the intense match into a halftime break at 29-29.

The Diamonds then swapped tactics after the break, with Bruce at goal defence which saw the team enjoy a successive seven straight points.

Australia had a 10-point lead before the Jaimicans pulled it back to six going into the final quarter, the nail-biting match ended with Fowler making 46 goals from 47 attempts and securing Australia’s win, earning its 66th gold at the 2022 Games and making Australia the first nation to reach the 1000 gold medal milestone.

Their success follows another history-making performance after Australia’s women’s T20 cricketers won their match against India by nine runs and claimed the inaugural Commonwealth Games cricket gold medal.

Sunday’s legendary win also follows that of Madison de Rozario who became the first Australian para-athlete to win the most gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and Emma McKeon who managed to wrangle up her 13th gold medal, making her the most decorated Commonwealth Games athlete.

Australia’s current medal count for the 2022 Commonwealth Games comes at a total of 173 with the nation currently holding 66 gold, 54 silver and 53 bronze.

Back in the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, the green and gold trumped with 90 gold medals winning twice the amount as England who took home 45.

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