Delicious Orie, boxing
Is Orie destined for glory? It certainly seems that way. Few British athletes can compete with a man who was born and raised in Russia, left in part because his family was a victim of racial discrimination, came to the Midlands without speaking the language and only tried boxing at 18.
But it also has talent for the match, who showed the technical ability and mental acumen to recover from an opening-round loss in his super-heavyweight final to win gold. Orie, 25, boldly says he wants to emulate and surpass Anthony Joshua. A lot will depend on how he does at the Olympics in Paris.
Adam Peaty, Swimming
For someone to win a Commonwealth gold medal and still go home bitterly disappointed says a lot about the level at which Peaty operates and the expectations he places on himself.
The three-time Olympic champion said he had hit the “lowest of lows” after failing to make the podium in the 100m breaststroke – his first defeat at that distance in eight years – although he returned to won gold in the 50 m breaststroke.
Competing despite not having enough time to recover from a broken foot, he sent an ominous warning to his rivals after winning, declaring: “Now I’m hungry again. I have something to prove and that’s when I’m dangerous.”
England cricket and netball teams
It was disastrous that both the England cricket and netball teams left Birmingham without medals.
Devastated Katherine Brunt said she felt like the cricket team had let the country down after losing the bronze medal match, suggesting she may now retire. The side ranked second in the world were least expected to reach the final, so not even making the podium was a huge shock.
Ditto in netball, where England’s title defense ended surprisingly meekly in a huge semi-final defeat to Australia, before also falling to New Zealand in the bronze medal match. Both teams were worse when it mattered most.