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- Updates from all the action in Glasgow
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- Commonwealth Games medal table
- Highlights and schedule for day four
- Englands Steve Scott seals shooting gold
Badminton: Much like the days of the Raj, England make short work of India in the mixed teams semi, as Andrew Ellis and Chris Adcock win their men’s doubles encounter to take the tie 3-0. They’ll face Malaysia for gold.
Weightlifting: GOLD FOR INDIA! Satihish Kumar Sivalingam takes the title in the men’s 77kg class, with his compatriot Ravi Katulu taking silver, and Australia’s Francois Etoundi bagging bronze. England’s Jack Oliver just missed out in fourth.
Table tennis: Oops – bit of a snafu in the ping pong, as Liam Pitchford fluffs no fewer than seven match points, which would’ve seen the English go through, and Harmeet Desai pulls one back so it’s 2-1.
Rugby sevens: Australia win bronze after smacking Samoa with a wet slipper, beating their opponents 24-0. It’s now New Zealand – who have never lost in the Commonwealth Games – against South Africa for gold. It’s raining, which might make it a bit more interesting.
Sean Ingle was at the athletics earlier, and this is what he saw:
Adam Gemili made a beguiling statement of intent when he qualified fastest for Mondays semi-finals of the 100 metres but it left some wondering if it might be a grand illusion.
Gemili was all smiles after powering home in 10.15sec in his heat, 1/100th of a second quicker than the Jamaican Kemar Bailey-Cole and Trinidad & Tobagos Keston Bledman. It was impressive but the heats of the 100m are not only about showing form but also conserving energy, especially with the semi-finals and final to come on Monday. Gemili barely slowed even when his race was long won.
Swimming: GOLD FOR AUSTRALIA! But it wasn’t quite as convincing as we thought it would be, with Robbie Renwick for Scotland taking them right to the wire. Scotland, of course, take silver.
Squash: That’s that in the men’s singles semi, where James Willstrop has wrapped his game against Saurav Ghosal up in double-quick time, winning 3-0 (11-8, 11-8, 11-5). He’ll face Nick Matthew in the final tomorrow.
Swimming: Final event in the pool for tonight, and it’s the 4x200m men’s freestyle relay. Australia are favourites, but then again you didn’t need to be told that.
Table tennis: It’s going well for England in the men’s team semi – they’re 2-1 up, and ahead in the fourth match too. They are scrapping for a spot in the gold medal match against Singapore.
Rugby sevens: After that mucking around with a plate, a game with some degree of import now, as Australia face Samoa for the bronze medal.
Squash: James Willstrop isn’t mucking around – he has raced to a 2-0 (11-8, 11-8) lead over Saurav Ghosal in the semi-final. The gold medal match against Nick Matthew awaits.
Swimming: Halsall wins with a Commonwealth record, doing the sprint double for the first time ever. Arianna Vanderpool Wallace took silver, while Brittany Elmslie from Australia wins bronze.
Swimming: Now the women’s 50m butterfly final – Fran Halsall is the favourite here.
Swimming: And those Aussies get gold again, as Ben Treffers takes the top prize, while compatriot Mitch Larkin (up their with the Aussiest names of all time) while Tancock gets the bronze.
Swimming: Back in the pool now, and it’s the 50m backstroke final, where England’s Liam Tancock goes, along with Chris Walker-Hebborn.
Rugby sevens: Oooh, drama at Ibrox, where England have come from behind to beat Wales with a late, late try to take the plate (do they actually get a plate?) by 17-15.
Squash: The second men’s semi-final is underway, and England’s James Willstrop is duking it out with Indian Saurav Ghosal to play Nick Matthew in the final.
Netball: Northern Ireland have had their rears handed to them by New Zealand – 78-29 was the final score. Zoinks.
Rugby sevens: Half-time in the pointless consolati…sorry, plate final, and Wales are 15-7 up over England.
It isn’t. They’re now showing her receive the medal, and the look on her face is quite something. Although the commemorative quaich, which is a sort of bowl thing from which to drink whisky, awarded to her might have to go on the shelf for a bit.
Gary Lineker announces that Erraid Davies is ‘trending worldwide on Twitter’, as if that’s a bigger achievement than winning bronze in the Commonwealth Games.
Swimming: England’s Sophie Taylor edges out Lorna Tonks and Sally Hunter of Australia in the second semi of the women’s 100m breaststroke.
Badminton: The mixed team semi-final is underway, and England are currently well up on India, as Rajiv Ouseph beat Kaskyap Parupalli to put them 2-0 ahead. The men’s doubles leg has just begun.
Swimming: More semis, and it’s the women’s 100m breaststroke, which Alia Atkinson from Jamaica wins, while Scotland’s Katie Armitage should be through too after coming third.
Boxing: We haven’t checked in on the sluggers recently, so here are a couple of results – Reece McFadden won a Scotland v England tussle against Charlie Edwards with a unanimous decision in the men’s flyweight (52kg) earlier, while Northern Ireland’s Joe Fitzpatrick has just beaten Qhobosheane Mohlerepe of Lesotho on a split decision.
Swimming: And in the second semi, Chad le Clos wins, but in a slightly slower time than Barrett, who is the fastest qualifier for tomorrow’s final.
Squash: And that’s all over – Massaro takes the third game 11-8, and thus beats Alison Waters 3-1 (11-5, 12-14, 11-3, 11-8).
Not sure what to make of these ludicrously toned men lightly flirting with Sharron Davies as she interviews them post-swim.
Swimming: Thick and fast now – the men’s 100m butterfly semis, and Adam Barrett absolutely yazzed that one, winning with some fair ease. Tommaso D’Orsogna second and James Guy third.
Swimming: Siobhan-Marie O’Connor wins in a games record time, ahead of Australian Alicia Coutts and Hannah Miley just nicked bronze at the end.
Swimming: The women’s 200m individual medley final now, with Hannah Miley going for Scotland, and Siobhan-Marie O’Connor and Aimee Willmott for England.
Squash: Massaro is taking charge of this one now – she won the third game 11-3 to go 2-1 up, and is now 7-3 ahead in the fourth.
Swimming: In the women’s para SB9 breaststroke final, New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe takes gold, Australia’s Madeleine Scott silver and remarkably 13-year-old Scot Erraid Davies powers through to take bronze – and she nearly got second, too.
Table-tennis: Over at the ping-pong, it’s the men’s team semi-final, where England and India are duking it out for a place in the final against Singapore. It’s currently 1-0 to the English, and they’re also 1-0 up in the second match.
Squash: Shaping up to be a good ‘un, this – Waters has levelled this semi-final up, winning the second game 14-12.
If Rugby 7s is a sport I’m pitching for Headers & Volleys to be in the next Olympics.
You’d probably panic if you’d won a Commonwealth gold and thought you’d lost it. Judoka Sarah Adlington did just that, but luckily she got it back. Where was it? Well, of course…
Adlington went back to the athletes security entrance and caused a panic among staff who started searching for the prized medal.
They eventually found it stuck in the x-ray machine, she said. It couldve been there for days but lucky they found it and were reunited. It just fell into some little space and wasnt easily visible.
Swimming: Here’s the second breaststroke semi (so many double entendres), where England’s Adam Peaty wins, Australia’s Christian Sprenger is second and Scotland’s Ross Murdoch is third.
Swimming: The men’s 50m breaststroke semis now, and Cameron van der Burgh wins the first in a new Games record of 26.80. And I’m here to tell you, the South African is a UNIT. Scotland’s Mark Tully came second in that one.
Squash: There’s an all-English semi-final going on in the women’s competition, where Laura Massaro has taken the first game 11-5 against Alison Waters.
Swimming: Cate Campbell of Australia (of course) wins the other semi in the women’s 100m freestyle, with her sister Bronte second. Very quick times in that one, meaning the top five go through, and Amy Smith from the other semi doesn’t.
Here are some details about the lawn bowls match earlier in which Scotland came from behind to beat England. Features a quite magnificent picture of Scot Alex Marshall.
Swimming: And McKeon takes the win in that one, with Halsall perhaps holding something back for the 50m butterfly final later. She finishes second and should qualify, as may England’s Amy Smith who finished fourth. Remember it’s the eight quickest who go through, with no consideration given to where you finish. The second semi up shortly.
Swimming: It’s the women’s 100m freestyle semis now, and Fran Halsall is first up, going against Emma McKeon of Australia.
Laura Trott won her gold medal in the points race despite having a kidney infection, apparently. Read all about it.
Meanwhile, variety and stomach ache for Andy Bull…
9 hours at Ibrox for the rugby today. Had 2 haggis pies already. “You got anything that’s not haggis pie?” “Crisps” “What flavour?” “Haggis”
Rugby sevens: Another semi-final result to bring you now, and South Africa will play the virtually unbeatable New Zealanders in the final, after they sauntered past Samoa 35-7.
I make that the second proposal of the Games, after a chap at the rugby sevens yesterday.
Scotland’s Chris Pritchard just proposed to his girlfriend live on the big screen at the velodrome. She said yes . #bbcglasgow2014
Swimming: MORE GOLD FOR AUS-BLOODY-STRALIA! And it’s an Aussie 1-2-3 in the men’s 100m freestyle, as world champion James Magnussen beats Cameron McAvoy, with Tommaso D’Orsogna taking bronze. England’s Adam Brown came sixth.
Cycling: GOLD FOR AUSTRALIA! And Matthew Glaezter takes gold in the keirin by about a quarter of a wheel from New Zealand’s Sam Webster, with Mahd Azizulhasni Awang nabbing bronze.
Cycling: It’s the men’s keirin final now to finish the cycling in the velodrome. The derny is just about to depart…
Swimming: GOLD FOR AUSTRALIA! AND SILVER TOO! Belinda Hocking takes the top prize in the 200m backstroke, with Emily Seebohm taking silver and Hilary Caldwell taking bronze at the very last, pipping Lizzie Simmonds.
Swimming: Loads of action in the pool tonight, and the first one is the women’s 200m backstroke final, which is set to start in a few minutes. Canada’s Hilary Caldwell was the quickest in qualifying, while Australia’s Belinda Hocking should also be up there. Lizzie Simmonds and Lauren Quigley go for England.
Rugby sevens: Result of a game that actually means something now, and New Zealand are through to the gold medal match after beating Australia 19-7. The other semi between South Africa and Samoa has just started.
Weightlifting: Results from the women’s 63kg, and it’s a Nigerian one-two, with Olauwatoyin Adesanmi taking gold and Obioma Okoli silver. India’s Punam Yadav won bronze.
Netball: A quick update from earlier, and England have beaten South Africa 41-35. Apparently it wasn’t the English team’s best performance, but a win’s a win’s a win, innit?
An email, from Mike Bursell, who brings news of a shambles in Glasgow.
“It’s a mess. Park and ride delays to and from venues leading to huge queues. Like many others, we missed over 30 minutes of our athletics session today. Staff friendly, but ill- and misinformed: “We don’t know whether the buses are” and “is all right, they’ve delayed the start for you” (they hadn’t, of course).
Cycling: GOLD FOR NEW ZEALAND! And that’s in the men’s 20k scratch race, with Kiwi Shane Archbold taking it, Australian Glenn P O’Shea winning silver and Canada’s Remi Pelletier taking bronze.
Rugby sevens: I’ll level with you – it’s quite hard to get excited about the ‘plate semi-final’, which is what they’re calling the consolation prize of all consolation prizes in the rugby, but if you do happen to care, England have beaten Scotland 15-12, and Wales sauntered to a 28-5 win over Kenya.
Those last few updates were brought to you by Alan Smith. Not that Alan Smith. Or that one. But my colleague Alan Smith. I mention that because I, Nick Miller, can ride a bike, so if any bike manufacturers want to send me one in exchange for a plug, then it won’t be a wasted gift.
Cycling: The BBC appear more interested in having a trackside natter than showing us action of the men’s 20km scratch final. Oh, no here we go, they’ve joined the action with just the 43 laps to go. I’m going to be brave and say my money’s on Northern Ireland’s Martyn Irvine who is the current world champion.
Bit of a lull at the moment, so it’s a good time to tee up what’s to come for the rest of the evening
The rugby sevens come to a close at Ibrox, with the semi-finals getting started in around 10 minutes. The final is at 9.37pm (how precise!) with the shield, bowl and plate finals in between. Everyone’s a winner, eh? There are seven finals in the swimming pool, where Fran Halsall is among the highlights in the 50m butterfly shortly after 9pm. The men’s keirin final is the highlight at the velodrome, where things are winding down and there’s also plenty of boxing action, with the light heavy and heavyweights in action. How very exciting.
Cycling: We all know how good Laura Trott is but to win gold while suffering from a kidney infection is quite the feat. Especially when she has been living off a diet of porridge for the past two days “It’s absolutely unbelievable, I’ve had such a bad week of it with the kidney infection. It really set me back and knocked my morale a bit,” she said. “I’ve hardly eaten for two days, I’ve been living off porridge and I don’t like porridge. I felt so bad at time during that race but I’m really happy to have pulled it off.”
Cycling: Evening everybody! We have just been treated to highlights of the tandem race, which, if you haven’t seen it before, is quite the event. Although, that might just be me because I can’t actually, er, cycle.
Athletics: And bringing up the rear…
Biggest cheer at Hampden all day as 17-year-old Rosefelo Siosi from Solomon Islands crosses the line in 5,000m. He’d been lapped three times
Cycling: Laura Trott takes the points race for the English, winning what appears to be a confusing mess by a very narrow margin. Elinor Barker takes silver for Wales, while Katie Archibald is in third.
Athletics: GOLD FOR NDIKU! Brilliant run by the Kenyan, who breaks clear of his countryman Koech a lap or so from home and takes the top spot. Jake Robertson’s brother Zane is third.
Athletics: Robertson falls! Poor guy. Haircut almost certainly to blame. Apparently he had it dyed gold as well, which is just about as big a fate-tempt as you could have.
Cycling: The points race has 16 laps to run, and I still haven’t a clue what’s happening, but Laura Trott seems to be winning.
Athletics: The last event at Hampden will be the Mo Farah-less 5,000m, and probably the favourite is either Caleb Ndiku or Isiah Kiplangat Koech, the latter of whom finished fifth in the Olympics. However, the star of the show is Jake Robertson of New Zealand – or more specifically his hair, which is about as fierce a ‘business at the front, party at the back’ number as you could hope to see. Picture when we can get it.
Boxing: Another English win in the ring, as Warren Baister wins a split decision over Northern Ireland’s Steven Ward in the men’s heavyweight round of 16. Nathan Thornley of Wales also won earlier in the light-heavyweight class, beating Benjamin Taualii of Tonga with a first round TKO.
Athletics: Blimey – Novelene Williams-Mills wins her 400m heat by about 10 metres, with England’s Margaret Adeoye just easing ahead of the chasing pack to finish second.
Here’s a nice piece about the seven (oh yes indeed – seven) home nations competing at these games, by Ester Addley:
For the supporters of the various teams of the British Isles, wrapped in flags that provide an ideal opportunity to play the game of “name that country”, the games offer a rare opportunity to celebrate their homeland at an elite sporting event.
“I’m from Jersey first and British second,” said Cathy Morling from St Helier, her shoulders draped with the island’s flag white with a red saltire and a shield of three leopards.
Athletics: Amantle Montsho of Botswana, who is the defending champion and will be among the favourites, eases to a win in her heat, with England’s Shana Cox also qualifying in third.
Netball: England are in action at present, playing South Africa in the Pool B match – it’s 11-11 currently, and they’re in the second quarter.
Cycling: Over in the velodrome, the women’s points race is taking place, and if you think I’m going to try and follow/explain that, you’ve got another thing coming youth. I’ll be back when the 100 laps (100 laps!) are over with some results for you.
Athletics: The women’s 400m heat is underway, and Stephanie McPherson from Jamaica wins her race by quite literally walking over the line. More of that please. Earlier Kelly Massey qualified for the next round by finishing third in her heat.
Cycling: Well, well, well – there’s an upset. Anna Meares is not just beaten by Steph Morton, but convincingly so. Morton takes gold in the women’s sprint at a canter (if one can canter on a bike), beating Meares like it’s the most normal thing in the world. Apologies for calling Meares ‘super-human’ earlier. Clearly a jinx.
Cycling: BRONZE FOR ENGLAND! Jess Varnish bags herself another medal by easing to a win over Fateheh Mustapa to take the best of three race series 2-0. That’s added to the bronze she won in the 500m time trial.
Athletics: Back at Hampden, the women’s hammer has started, and favourite Sultana Frizell of Canada is in the lead with a throw of 69.92m. England’s Sophie Hitchon is third with 65.31m.
Cycling: Common sense klaxon: Trinidad and Tobago’s Njisane Phillip, who had a pedal mishap in his keirin heat (see 16.02) is allowed to race in the fourth repechage. It doesn’t do him much good, mind, as defending champ Josiah Ng of Malaysia wins to take his place in the next round.
Cycling: An upset in the third keirin repechage heat, as Jason Kenny leads for the the majority of the race, but is just – just – pipped on the line by Matt Crampton, who wins by a matter of inches.
Cycling: It’s repechage o’clock in the velodrome, where Australian Shane Perkins has made it through from the first, while Kian Emadi leads from the off in the second, but is pipped at the last by Hugo Barrette from Canada. Matthew Crampton and Jason Kenny of England and Callum Skinner from Scotland go in the next race.
Cycling: The women’s B2 tandem 1,000m time trial has been going on, and Aileen McGlynn, the Scot who won gold at the Beijing Paralympics and piloted by Louise Haston, have just been pipped to the gold by English pair Sophie Thornhill and Helen Scott.
Boxing: Another quick word from the ring, where Welshman Zack Davies is through to the last eight of the men’s light-welterweight (64kg) by beating Nigerian Waheed Shogbamu.
Athletics: Early shots fired/thrown in the men’s shot put, as New Zealand’s Tomas Walsh sets a games record with a throw of 21.24m. Zen Duquemin from Jersey and England’s Scott Rider are also both through to the final, which will be tomorrow.
Have some details on that shooting final from earlier, where Steven Scott beat fellow Englishman Matthew French in the double trap final.
Athletics: Kerron Stewart qualifies from her heat with relative ease, although England’s Bianca Williams was with her most of the way and goes through as well. The latter describes the Proclaimers’ ’500 Miles’, which we will all be thoroughly sick of if we weren’t already, as ‘cool’.
Athletics: England’s Asha Philip bags second place in her 100m heat, qualifying along with Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria. She expresses her amusement at the Scotch men in kilts after the race. Presumably most are hoping there are no rogue gusts of wind in the stadium.
Squash: Nick Matthew has made short work of things in the semi-final, taking the final game to beat Peter Barker 3-0 (11-3 13-11 11-6). He’ll face the winner of the other semi, between India’s Saurav Ghosal and England’s James Willstrop.
Cycling: As expected, Fatehah Mustapa has been relegated in the women’s sprint, so Jess Varnish is 1-0 up in the bronze medal tussle.
Athletics: Over in the women’s 100m heats, the splendidly-named Sophie Papps of England, a late call-up to the team (as late as Thursday, remarkably) just loses out on second place in her heat, with Trinidad and Tobago’s Michelle-Lee Ahye just dipping ahead of her. She still might qualify as a best third-placer. Canadian Khamica Bingham won that heat.
Cycling: Here’s Morton v Meares: Part One in the women’s spring gold medal ride-off. And what’s this? Meares losing? It looked like she had judged things perfectly, stalking her opponent from the bell of the last lap, but she left her attack too late and Morton just holds on to take race one.
Cycling: The first of three bronze medal races in the women’s sprint now, with Jess Varnish going against Malaysia’s Fatehah Mustapa. Varnish goes high on the track and attacks on the final lap, but Mustapa edges her out – quite literally, in fact, almost veering into the English rider and out of the inside red line. That’s a big no-no, and the chances are she’ll be disqualified from this race.
Cycling: Fourth keirin heat, and New Zealand’s Chris Pritchard and Scot Eddie Dawkins finish in the top two – a photo finish, but Pritchard takes it by about six inches.
Athletics: The women’s 100m heats have begun, but of course the BBC are showing us a squash match that finished about an hour ago. Veronica Campbell-Brown is first up, and breezes through her first race.
Yes James. Yes you must.
Note to self: must stop writing Paddy Kenny instead of Jason Kenny
Cycling: Third heat of the keirin, which is won by New Zealand’s Sam Webster, with John Paul of Scotland coming second. England’s Matthew Crampton is third, and into the repechage.
Squash: Nick Matthew takes a close second game 13-11 against Peter Barker, who now quite definitely has his work cut out to qualify. He changes his shirt and gets quite a stern pep-talk from his coach, but the chances are it won’t do him much good.
Cycling: Minor shambles in the velodrome, as Trinidad and Tobago’s Njisane Phillip can’t get his feet in the pedals for the second heat of the men’s keirin. He therefore can’t go in the race, which is won by Matthew Glaetzer of Australia. Mohd Azizulhasni Awang from Malaysia finishes second, and does a little wheelie as he crosses the line. Lovely stuff.
Athletics: SILVER FOR ENGLAND! The first track and field medals are dished out in the women’s long jump T37/38 (basically for athletes with a physical disability down one side), and Bethy Woodward takes silver with a jump of 4m – a personal best for her.
Boxing: Quick update from the ring, and Sam Maxwell is through to the last eight of the men’s light-welterweight (64kg) after beating Denis Okoth of Kenya.
Cycling: Hmmm, that’s not ideal for England. Jason Kenny finishes fifth and will have to race in the repechage, with Peter Lewis from Australia and South Africa’s Bernard Esterhuizen finishing in the top two.
Cycling: The men’s keirin heats are starting, with Jason Kenny (current world champion) going for England. The ‘derny’ (the motorised bike that leads them round, ridden by an old boy in an unflattering lycra body suit) is currently making a noise like a light aircraft.
Athletics: The men’s 100m qualifiers are done, and both Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and Richard Thompson can relax their buttocks, because they are both through to the next round despite not finishing in the top two of their heats.
Squash: Having negotiated the deliberately-confusing scoring display, I can tell you that Nick Matthew has taken the first game in the men’s semi, besting Peter Barker 11-3.
Cycling: Action in the velodrome has begun, with the men’s scratch 20k qualifying race first (around 27 laps to go in that one), then it’s women’s sprint finals, with Jess Varnish racing for bronze and the gold medal race between Steph Morton and the super-human Anna Meares.
Athletics: Unusual in the 100m, as England’s Richard Kilty and South Africa’s Simon Magakwe are judged to have finished equal second, and therefore both go through automatically. So…does that mean they will knock a fastest loser spot off? Daniel Bailey of Antigua and Barbuda won, by the way.
Squash: Good game underway in the men’s competition, as Englishmen Nick Matthew and Peter Barker play each other in the semi-finals. Entirely unhelpfully, the BBC identify both men as ‘ENG’ in the score in the top left of the screen, so at present all I can tell you is it’s ENG 5-3 ENG’.
Athletics: Adam Gemili batters the field in his 100m heat, winning in an impressive 10.15, making him the fastest qualifier so far. The man himself is ‘buzzin’ apparently, although Michael Johnson isn’t particularly fussed about that performance. Question: would you rather win a 100m heat in a good time, or gain Michael Johnson’s approval? I know which one I’d choose.
Squash: Nicol David, who should probably start playing with her left hand to give everyone else a chance, is in the final of the women’s squash. Obviously. She beat New Zealand’s Joelle King 11-6 11-8 11-5.
Shooting: GOLD FOR ENGLAND! Of course, we knew that was going to happen in the men’s double trap, but the identity of the shooter was unknown. Presumably Steven Scott didn’t fire from a grassy knoll, but he did shoot well enough to beat compatriot Matthew French to the top prize.
Athletics: England’s Harry Aikines-Aryeetey goes the way of Thompson, finishing third behind Kemar Hyman and Antonie Adams and hoping for a best loser spot – he says the false starts in the previous race spooked him a little and led to him fudging his start. Legally blind Northern Irelander and double Paralympics gold medal-winner Jason Smyth finished fifth.
Athletics: Minor drama on the track, as fastest man in the Commonwealth Richard Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago finishes third, and therefore out of the automatic qualification spots, behind Nigeria’s Mark Jelks and Warren Fraser of the Bahamas. He’ll probably qualify as a fastest third place, though.
Meanwhile, our first ‘Thanks for coming’ of the games on the track, as Tahir Walsh of Antigua and Barbuda and Leon Reid of Northern Ireland false start, their disqualification signaled by a very officious-looking chap in a sharp blazer, who seems to take great pleasure in quite literally showing them the red card. He probably carries round a clipboard when he doesn’t need too.
Rugby sevens: Forgot to mention earlier – those defeats for England, Scotland and Wales mean they can’t qualify for the semis, although they will compete for the consolation prize of the ‘plate’. New Zealand, Samoa, South Africa and Australia all topped their respective pools with 100% records.
Athletics: Weird one in the 100m. Commentator’s friend Ratu Banuve Lalabalavu Tabakaucoro of Tonga seems to trigger a false start in the second heat, but it is deemed a mere ‘slightly false start’, and he’s only given a warning rather than being disqualified. Lucky boy. Jason Livermore of Jamaica wins, although he does have absolutely abhorrent hair – a wonky mohawk with a green streak in it. Awful business.
Shooting: Gold and silver guaranteed for England in the men’s double trap, as Steven Scott and Matthew French will face each other in the final shortly. India’s Asab Mohd has just won the bronze.
Athletics: The first heat in the men’s 100m is done, and Jamaica’s Kemar Bailey-Cole, who’ll be one of the favourites for gold, wins at something of a stroll.
Few details on the marathons from earlier here, where Michael Shelley and Flomena Daniel scored the golds.
Athletics: That’s starting around now, with the women’s long lump T37/38 final first up, then in a few minutes the men’s 100m heats will start.
Marathon: Australia’s Michael Shelley took gold in the men’s race, with Kenya’s Stephen Chemlany second and Abraham Kiplimo from Uganda bagging bronze. The ‘And finally…’ story of the race was Englishman Steve Way, who was a 16 1/2 stone smoker seven years ago, but has sorted himself out to the extent that he finished tenth. Hats off that man. In the women’s race, Flomena Daniel and Caroline Kilel of Kenya took gold and silver, with Australian Jess Trengove in third.
Swimming: Adam Peaty, who won gold in the 100m breaststroke last night, set a games record in the heats of the 50m, same stroke. Scotland’s Ross Murdoch won one of the other heats, with the semis later on tonight.
Afternoon, and welcome to another day of red hot Empire Games action. A round-up of today’s action so far to come.
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Boxing: In the second stage of the men’s light-welterweight (64kg), Sam Maxwell has handed out a very literal pounding to Tonga’s Ikani Falekaono, the referee calling a merciful halt to proceedings around halfway through the second round.
Hockey: Australia saunter to a rather spicy win over Wales, winning by the rather convincing margin of 7-1.
Squash: Peter Barker completes a rather routine victory over Cameron Pilley, winning 3-0. Defending champ Nick Matthew is up next.
Want to read a bit more about that Australia v England thriller in the netball earlier? Well you’re in luck, because Andy Bull was there and so was his laptop:
Early Saturday morning, and the netball arena is already full. First on court is the latest instalment in one of the rivalries that will shape these Games, with England playing Australia in the group stages. An Ashes encounter, one of many which will unfold over the next eight days. At the start of the day England are top of the table, in front of Australia by a single gold medal.
Truth is this has been a one-sided contest for the best part of a generation. England have not finished ahead since 1986, when the Games were last held in Scotland, and 32 teams did not turn up because they were staging a boycott. This year things may be a little different, if only because, as Ian Thorpe says, the British teams are still enjoying the fruits of the extra investment made in the run-up to London 2012.
Oh, come on…
Hockey: Wales have just done a goal! Well done Wales! Unfortunately, Australia have five, with 20 minutes to go. I’m no expert, but I’d say the chances are they won’t pull this one back.
Oh lord. Who asked Usain Bolt about Gaza? What possible connection could he have and what possible contribution could he make to a debate that is so complicated that even people who understand it, don’t really understand it?
Bolt is asked for his thoughts on Gaza “For me, I hear about it but I don’t follow up on these things so I can’t comment on them. “
Lawn bowls: A rare jaunt over to the green now, where Scotland’s Robert Conway and Irene Edgar took silver in the mixed B2/B3 pairs events for bowlers with visual impairments, losing to South Africa’s Gwen Nel and Herman Scholtz.
Shooting: More medals for Brits on the old guns. England’s Rory Warlow – whose picture on the Games site looks like a mugshot – takes bronze in the men’s skeet, while Scot Drew Christie makes off with the silver. Georgios Achilleos of Cyprus won gold.
Squash: More from the People Falling Over Files, and Pilley, all 6ft 4 of him, has just stacked it in amusing fashion in his match against Peter Barker. Currently 6-4 to the Englishman in the first set.
Looking ahead, from our Lazy National Stereotypes dept:
Usain Bolt confirms he will run heats of 4x100m relay. “I am expecting a lot of rain and seeing a lot of kilts.”
Squash: Sartorial note: Cameron Pilley is wearing odd-coloured socks. Not on, that. Not, on.
Squash: Gold medalist from 2010 and seven-time world champion Nicol David, of Malaysia, is through to the women’s semi-final, beating England’s Jenny Duncalf 3-1. Next up is the men’s quarters, where England’s Peter Barker faces Australia’s Cameron Pilley. After that world No.2 and favourite for the title Nick Matthew will play Chris Simpson from Gurnsey.
Here are some details on that proposal at the rugby sevens, featuring the standard tortured sporting references:
IT worker James Collette, 32, dropped to one knee on the Govan turf to pop the question to 27-year-old girlfriend Lucy Sargison.
Thankfully for James, his army captain girlfriend did not kick his proposal into touch as Lucy, from Bath, said yes.
Her answer prompted a huge cheer which even managed to drown out the roar which met Sri Lanka’s lone score in their 62-7 humping by Australia earlier on Saturday.
James said: “We’ve been together for the past two years but I’ve only been planning this for the last two or three months.
“The Games organisers have been great and helped a lot. I’m just delighted she said yes.”
Boxing: One I missed from earlier – Joseph Cordina of Wales beat England’s Pat McCormack in the men’s lightweight round of 32. Still a bit weird that they don’t wear headgear these days.
Hockey: Australia are already 2-0 up over Wales in the men’s pool game. As the Aussies are ranked one in the world and Wales down in 31st, this could get ugly.
Rugby sevens: Gah. The All Blacks held on to win. They also appear to have a player named Kaka.
Rugby sevens: Oooh, lively at Ibrox. Scotland have come back from 17-0 down to trail just 17-14 with a minute to go. New Zealand are down to five men…
Hockey: Getting underway in the men’s tournament is Australia v Wales. Earlier games saw New Zealand give Trinidad & Tobago an 8-0 hosing, while Malaysia beat Canada 2-0,
Rugby sevens: In my excitement earlier I shot early, it seems – England actually beat Sri Lanka 57-0, not 52-0, spoiling their symmetrical score. They can’t do anything right in this sport.
Here’s something that would make rugby more entertaining: people falling over in slapstick fashion. Not being knocked over, you understand – we’re looking for a genuine pratfall. From the Press Association:
Gavin Hastings was one of the rugby union world’s great goal-kickers, but the Scot was left red-faced and sore after attempting to rekindle old glories.
In a kicking challenge with BBC Radio Five’s Nicky Campbell and George Riley, amid a forest of tents on the Carther Park Rugby Club pitch, Hastings, now 52, took a nasty fall.
He suffered a badly grazed arm after taking his tumble on the crucial kick, and Riley, who often covers rugby league, took the honours.
Campbell wrote on Twitter: “Glory for georgeyboy in the kicking competition as disaster strikes for Hastings in the crucial kick. A over T.”
Brian Moore, the former England hooker, was unimpressed by Hastings’ fall, replying: “4.9 – a lack of symmetry and toes not fully extended.”
Victorious Riley added: “A huge victory for league over union & England over Scotland. A sporting highlight to beat Gavin Hastings in bbc5live goal kicking comp!”
Rugby sevens: John Inverdale describes rugby sevens as a ‘non-stop party’. Hmmm. He then compares it to Twenty20 cricket, which must sting a little for those wrong-headed types who prefer rugby to cricket, given that it predates T20 by over a century. England have just pounded Sri Lanka 52-0, by the way, with a pleasingly symmetrical 26 points in each half. Scotland v New Zealand next up.
Triathlon: Alistair describes the triathlon as ‘fun’. Some people’s idea of a good time is…different.
Triathlon: Richard Murray takes it home for South Africa for silver, while Ryan Bailey gets bronze for Australia.
And there it is. Brownlee quite literally walks over the finish line to claim his second gold of the Games, and indeed Jodie Stimpson’s as well. Vicky Holland and Jonathan Brownlee share the glory.
Triathlon: Brownlee should really bogle for the last few metres of this. Or do the worm. He’d still win.
Triathlon: Brownlee reaches the end of the bike and the rest are dots in the distance, so basically as long as he stays upright he’ll take a second gold of the games. The gap between he and the chasing pack is over a minute, and crucially he seems not to have been penalised for being marginally outside the box at the last relay changeover. Murray of South Africa is starting to pull away from the others in second place.
Triathlon: Sissons seems to have given up trying to catch Brownlee on the bike, and has now dropped into the chasing pack along with Australia, Canada and South Africa, the latter of which represented by Richard Murray, the best runner of the lot, apparently.
Triathlon: Brownlee has added another few seconds to the gap at the end of the swim, now leading New Zealand’s Ryan Sissons by about 12 seconds now.
Triathlon: Stimpson has opened up an impressive gap on the run (around nine seconds), but England could have some mither after Alistair Brownlee was very, very close to being outside the changeover box as they tagged. We wait to see if the judges take a dim view of that one.
Cycling: Did we tell you Jess Varnish was in the sprint semi-finals? Well, she is, along with Anna Meares. Obviously.
Triathlon: Samuel and Stimpson end the cycling leg more or less neck and neck, but the Englishwoman powers ahead as the run starts. A pack of Australia, Canada and Seth Efrica are together scrapping for third spot.
Triathlon: Nicky Samuels of New Zealand has very impressively closed the gap on Jodie Stimpson, and the pair are currently duking it out for the lead on the bike leg.
Netball: New Zealand 71 Scotland 14. Ouch.
Triathlon: Brownlee has pulverised the field as he hands over to Jodie Stimpson, very nearly lapping Liam Lloyd of Wales on the run. England are a full 16 seconds of New Zealand as Stimpson flings herself into the water. Northern Ireland are third, Canada fourth.
Triathlon: Brownlee makes his move. Jonny B breaks from the leading pack at the end of the cycling leg, moving a few metres ahead of the pack, and despite making a minor fudge of the changeover, is still ahead of Canada, Northern Ireland and New Zealand as the run starts. Scotland’s Grant Sheldon very nearly does himself a mischief with a bike dismount snafu, but just about stays on his feet.
Judo: Quick update from the mats, where in the men’s -90kg semi-final Matthew Purssey of Scotland has beaten Australia’s Mark Anthony to reach the gold medal match. Dame Edna, Shane Warne, Bouncer from Neighbours, Steve Irwin, Roy and HG: your boy took etc and so on and so forth.
At the rugby sevens? Seriously mate?
Shooting: Bronze for England! And not just any bronze, as 60-year-old Mick Gault wins his 18th (eighteenth) Games medal, which equals the medal record.
He came third in the men’s 10m air pistol, with Australian Daniel Repacholi taking gold and and India’s Prakash Nanjappa silver.
Triathlon: Canada are in the lead at the first changeover, with Sweetland coming in ahead and handing over to Matt Sharpe, while Connor Murphy of Northern Ireland is second and Jonny Brownlee currently third, but there’s no more than a few metres between them in the water.
Table tennis: Bit of a ding-dong over in the ping pong, where England and Malaysia just fought a fine tussle in the women’s team quarter-final, taking it to the very final game, but in the end Ng Sock Khim just edged out England’s Tin-Tin Ho.
Brief non-Games interlude…
Triathlon: As the first group of women are about halfway through the bike leg, Canada’s Kirsteen Sweetland is marginally ahead of England’s Vicky Holland, who just very nearly stacked it after almost clipping a fence. Could’ve been nasty, but those two are a decent way ahead of Northern Ireland’s Aileen Reid.
Greg Rutherford doesn’t mind people having fun, as long as they do it in orderly and quiet fashion.
Being in an athletes village is great until the ignorant athletes make more noise than a herd of elephants startled in a china shop.
The English athlete added, after team-mate Bianca Williams sympathised: “It bloody kills me. I have the noisiest people above me with some serious big feet banging around.
“I think some people are determined to annoy every other athlete around them. Strong words will be said soon.”
Mike Hooper, chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation, said no complaints had been received.
At a daily media briefing, Hooper said: “It’s a great environment within the village. We’ve had absolutely no complaints whatsoever. It’s news to me the tweet that he’s made.”
The athletes’ village is located in Glasgow’s East End, and is housing around 6,500 competitors and officials during the Games.
Rugby sevens: More joy for the Welsh, who have just smacked Malaysia’s bottom to the tune of 42-0 at Ibrox.
Rhythmic gymnastics: GOLD! Gold for Wales, as Frankie Jones picks up the shiniest medal in the ribbon event, despite a protest from Canada who scweamed and scweamed until they were sick/protested against an apparently iffy score given to Patricia Bezzoubenko, who had already picked up gold with the clubs and the ball earlier. Seems greedy.
Triathlon: It’s the mixed team relay final in the triathlon shortly, and the BBC chap has sold it to us by saying Blur, Oasis and Pulp have played at the venue in which it’s taking place.
In case you were wondering, the format of the relay is four athletes (two women, two men) doing a shortened triathlon of a 250m swim, a 6kg bike ride and 1mile run, in a weird mix of the imperial and metric. England have the Brownlee brothers and women’s gold medallist Jodie Stimpson and bronze winner Vicky Holland, so you’d think unless someone develops rickets halfway round, they will win gold.
A quick round-up of some stuff that’s been going on this morning:
Swimming: Fran Halsall set a new Games record of 25.64 in the 50m butterfly heat, qualifying with ease for the semis later on tonight. Hannah Miley, who won gold in the 400m individual medley on Thursday, set a personal best of 2:28.22 seconds in the 200m breaststroke final, qualifying for the final later, Chris Walker-Hebburn qualified for the semis of the men’s 50m backstroke, while Australia’s Daniel Fox set a world record of 1:57.16 in the heats of the men’s 200m freestyle.
Hello, and welcome to another day of red hot sport, sport, sport! The Commonwealth Games – and indeed most international multi-sport events – is of course a rather curious thing in that we are asked to emotionally invest in athletes for a very short period of time, often when we didn’t know a single thing about them before, and will not give a couple of hoots about after. Until the next time. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, of course. Indeed, it’s nice to care about something briefly, without the unending pain of that football or cricket team that never wins. Anyway, stand by, updates to come.
Nick will be here shortly. As it’s the first big weekend, why don’t you listen to The First Big Weekend by Glaswegian post-folk indie band Arab Strap while you peruse what’s going on at the Games today.
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