Commonwealth Games: 'Team Ballarat' overnight - day 7

Kathryn Mitchell gives it everything in Glasgow. Photo: Getty Images

Kathryn Mitchell gives it everything in Glasgow. Photo: Getty Images

KATHRYN Mitchell agonisingly just missed a medal in the javelin throw at the  Glasgow Commonwealth Games on Thursday morning (AEST).

Mitchell finished fourth, while teammates claimed gold and bronze ion a competition which went down to the wire for the medals.

Favourite Kim Mickle threw a Games record of 65.96m.

South African Sunette Viljoen spoiled Australia's hopes of a clean sweep with a 63.19m throw enough for the silver medal.

Kelsey-Lee Roberts secured the bronze medal with 62.95m to edge out Ballarat's Mitchell on 62.59m.

Throwing 11th in the 12-strong field, Mitchell was second to Mickle after round one with 62.33, with Roberts way back on 43.50m.

Roberts made her move with her second throw of 62.40m to go to second after Mickle had produced what would be the gold medal effort.

It then went down to the sixth and last attempt to decide the silver and bronze medals with the Australians sitting one-two-three in the standings.

Viljoen (63.19m), Roberts (62.95m) and Mitchell (62.59m) each had their best throws of the competition, with Mitchell being the unlucky one to miss out on a podium finish.

Mitchell's attempts: 62.33m, no throw, 61.12m, no throw, 60.62m, 62.59m.

LAWN BOWLS

MATT Flapper and Brett Wilkie have progressed to the men's fours quarter finals.

Combining with Nathan Rice and Wayne Ruediger, they will play to stay in the medal chase on Thursday at 9.45pm.

The Australian fours rounded out their sectional play with a 16-9 win over Trans Tasman rival New Zealand.

NZ held sway early, leading by as a many as three shots before the match was tied up at 7-all after 10 rounds.

Australia then made its move with four shots on the 12th end to lead 13-7.

This followed a 20-10 win over Norfolk Island and  16-10 win over Malaysia in a doubleheader on Tuesday.

Victoria Mitchell tucked in behind the leaders in the 3000m steeplechase in Glasgow. Photo: Getty Images

Victoria Mitchell tucked in behind the leaders in the 3000m steeplechase in Glasgow. Photo: Getty Images

ATHLETICS

VICTORIA Mitchell finished ninth in the women's 3000m steeplechase in her first Commonwealth Games appearance in eight years.

Mitchell was part of the leading until 800m to go, but was unable to maintain the pace set by Kenyans, who finished first, second and third.

She clocked 9:49.05 - seven seconds outside her season best.

Fellow Australians Madeline Heiner (9:34.01) and Genevieve Lacaze (9:37.04)  finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Purity Kirui from Kenya won gold in 9:30.96.

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