Commonwealth Games: 'Team Ballarat' overnight - day 4

Collis Birmingham

Collis Birmingham

COLLIS Birmingham was unable to produce his best in the 5000m on the first day of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games track and field program early on Monday morning (AEST).

Birmingham fell off the pace late in the event to finish 12th in 13 minutes, 35.44 seconds.

He raced near the front mid-race, working his way into third position, but was unable to maintain his position.

Kenyan Caleb Mwangangi won in 13.12.076.

Birmingham is also entered for the 1500m.

LAWN BOWLS

BRETT Wilkie and Matt Flapper have open the fours tournament on a winning note.

Australia easily defeated Papua New Guinea 20-8.

The Australians dominated, going to an 8-1 lead after four ends.

PNG steadied things to back to 8-4 for Wilkie and Flapper helped the yellow and green ease to victory in the 15-end match.

They have their next fours fixture against Norfolk Island on Tuesday.

Flapper is engaged in the triples bronze medal match against Wales on Monday

at 5.45pm (AEST).

Northern Ireland and South Africa clash for gold.

Ballarat's Tim Slater begins his Games campaign in the para open triples against New Zealand on Monday at 5.45pm (AEST).

SHOOTING

RUSSELL Mark’s Commonwealth Games career came to an end in the double trap qualifier.

He finished 10th to miss the semi-finals.

The Australian shooting legend scored 123 points over five rounds – five outside the top six.

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