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Result: England pip Australia to table tennis bronze at Commonwealth Games

England's women beat host nation Australia 3-1 in the table tennis finals to earn a bronze medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

England have beaten host nation Australia to the bronze medal in the women's table tennis finals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

In the best-of-five contest between the two nations, England's women came out on top 3-1 to claim the final spot on the podium with a game still to spare.

The opening match went all the way to five sets as England's Tin-Tin Ho and Australia's Melissa Tapper exchanged wins, before the Englishwoman won the decider 11-8 to put her country 1-0 up.

Jian Fang Lay picked up Australia's only victory of the night when she overcame Kelly Sibley in a thrilling contest which included a 21-19 scoreline in the second set.

Sibley got her revenge in the doubles shortly afterwards, however, beating Lay and Miao Miao inside four sets alongside Maria Tsaptsinos.

That left England just needing one win to clinch the bronze medal, and Ho delivered it in another five-set contest as Miao fell to her second defeat of the night.

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Thursday's key events


ROWING
· Comeback queen and super-mum Helen Glover goes for her third Olympic gold alongside Polly Swann in the women's pair final (1.30am)
· There is also a medal on offer for GB pair Emily Craig and Imogen Grant in the lightweight women's double scull final (2.10am)

SWIMMING
· As second-fastest qualifier for the final, Team GB's James Wilby is among the medal contenders in the men's 200m breaststroke (2.44am)
· Alys Thomas takes part in the women's 200m butterfly final, although he faces a difficult task to challenge for the medals (3.28am)
· Caeleb Dressel of the USA has been touted by some as the successor to Michael Phelps, and he has the chance to notch up a fourth Olympic gold in the men's 100m freestyle final (3.37am)

RUGBY SEVENS
· After Team GB's men narrowly missed out on a medal, the women get their campaign underway against the Russian Olympic Committee (3am) and New Zealand (10.30am)

HOCKEY
· It is a Great Britain vs. Netherlands double-header, with the men up first in Pool B (4.15am)
· Most eyes will be on the women's showdown between the two nations, though, as Netherlands - the world's best team - look to gain revenge on GB for defeat in the 2016 Olympic final (11am)

CANOE SLALOM
· Mallory Franklin takes part in the women's canoe semi-final, and will hope to do enough to qualify for the final later in the day (6am-8.45am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· With Simone Biles now out of the women's all-around final, the competition has been blown wide open. Team GB twins Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova are among those taking part (11.50am-2.05pm)

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