Commonwealth Games live blog - day 4

Bronze medallist Erraid with Silver medallist Australia's Madeleine Scott and Gold medallist New Zealand's Sophie Pascoe. Picture: Getty
Bronze medallist Erraid with Silver medallist Australia's Madeleine Scott and Gold medallist New Zealand's Sophie Pascoe. Picture: Getty
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22.05: South Africa end New Zealand dominance of rugby sevens at the Commonwealth Games! They win 17-12 after holding off a late Kiwi rally.

That’s it from us for tonight - we’ll be back tomorrow.

22.00: What a turn-around for South Africa! From being 7-0 down in the first-half to leading 17-7 against the favourites for the gold. South Africa 17-7 New Zealand so far, with not much time left.

21.48: All eyes on the rugby sevens final between South Africa and New Zealand. South Africa have pulled level with New Zealand as half-time approaches. It’s 7-7.

21.34: Scotland win another medal in the pool - this time in the men’s 4x200 freestyle relay. The quartet of Daniel Wallace, Stephen Milne, Duncan Scott and Robbie Renwick finished behind Australia and in front of South Africa.

20.44: Scotland’s Chris Bennett will be looking for a place on the podium in the final of the Men’s Hammer. To do so he’ll have to do what many Scotsman have done through the years: defeat the English at Hampden.

20.42: South Africa will join New Zealand in the Rugby Sevens Final after thrashing Samoa 35-7 in the Semis. Can they hand New Zealand their first loss? The final begins at 20.35.

20.39: Hannah Miley added her second medal of the Games after finishing in third in the Women’s 200m Individual Medley. It was Hannah’s third race of the day and she did very well considering the extra work she’d given herself and the fact that it isn’t her strongest distance. England’s Siobhan O’Connor got the gold.

20.08: SHE’S DONE IT! 13-year old Para-Sport Swimmer Erraid Davies has become Team Scotland’s youngest ever medalist after taking bronze in the SB9 100m Breaststroke Final.

19.54: Ross Murdoch comes in third in the second 50m Breaststroke Semi-Final. Fellow gold medalist Adam Peaty won the heat while Murdoch’s countryman, Joe Welstead, came in fourth. They will all race intomorrow’s final.

19.47: Scotland’s Mark Tully gives a strong showing in his Breaststroke heat, coming in second place. However, he was overshadowed by Cameron van der Burgh, of South Africa, who came close to breaking his own world record.

19.34: Aileen McGlynn and Louise Haston picked up their second silver medal of the Commonwealth Games earlier today. Read through the report of their 1000-metre B2 Time-Trial Final here.

19.27: It’s Australia 1-2-3 in the Men’s 100m Freestyle Final. James Magnussen just edged out teammates Cameron McEvoy and Tommaso D’Orsogna for the gold.

19.24: New Zealand defeat Australia 19-7 to reach the Final of the Rugby Sevens. The sport was introduced to the games in 1998. For its entire existence, all five tournaments, New Zealand has never lost a match. They are four time reigning champions and you’ll have to fancy them for another gold with the form they are in.

19.17: Australia’s Belinda Hocking sets a new games record in winning the gold medal in the Women’s 200m Backstroke Final. English swimmers Elizabeth Simmonds and Lauren Quigley just missed out on a medal, coming fourth and fifth, respectively.

19.11: Flyweight boxer Reece McFadden, from Bellshill, is through to the Quarter-Finals after defeating his English opponent Charlie Edwards by a unanimous decision.

19.09: In the Men’s Singles event in the Lawn Bowls, Scotland’s Darren Burnett makes a terrific start by beating Cook Islander Munokokura Pira 21-0. It’s never nice being ‘Grannied’.

19.04: There was a lot of intrigue surrounding the Men’s 5000m after Mo Farah pulled out of the race. In the end, however, things were actually a bit predictable as race favourite, and reigning indoor champion, Caleb Mwangangi Ndiku won the gold medal. The Kenyan’s teammate Isiah Kiplangat Koech came in second, but there was a bit of surprise with the bronze as New Zealander Zane Robertson edged onto the podium.

18.42: In the Plate Semi-Final (for those knocked out in the Medals Quarter-Finals) Scotland narrowly lost 15-12 to England. Just like in their clash with New Zealand yesterday, Scotland went down early, battled back but ultimately ran out of time.

18.22: Another cycling medal for Scotland as Katie Archibald comes in third in the Women’s Points Race. It was a home nations 1-2-3 as England’s Laura Trott won gold while Elinor Barker, from Wales, took the silver.

18.20: Read Andrew Smith’s report on a disappointing end to the Women’s Fours tournament for the Scottish Lawn Bowls team.

18.10: Some good news from the field as all three Scottish Women’s Hammer throwers are through to the next round: Susan McKelvie (5th), Rachel Hunter (6th) and Myra Perkins (12th) will throw for a medal intomorrow’s final.

18.00: Three English runners have made it through to the semi-finals of the Women’s 400m. Shana Cox, Kelly Massey and Margaret Adeoye all finished third in their respective heats. Jamaica, as we’ve already noticed, are pretty good short distance runners. Three of the country’s 400m entrants won their heats - Novlene Williams-Mills, Stephanie McPherson and Christine Day. There was also a victory for defending champion Amantle Montsho, who strolled to first place in her race.

17.12: Malaysia, the reigning Men’s Badminton gold medal holders and vanquisher of Scotland, are through to the final. Read Elspeth Burnside’s report on the dominant force making it to another final.

17.05: Women’s 100m heats recap: There’s a real struggle from podium favourite Michelle-Lee Ahye. The Trinidad and Tobago sprinter is recovering from a thigh injury and laboured over the first 60m in her heat before turning it on and salvaging second place. Also in her heat was England’s Sophie Papps who ran a strong race to qualify in third for the next round. She’ll be joined by two other English sprinters in Bianca Williams and Asha Philip, both of whom finished second, as did Northern Ireland’s Amy Foster. Missing out but gaining valuable experience was young Welsh runner Hannah Brier, who came in fifth in her heat. Of the remaining gold medal contenders, Veronica Campbell Brown (JAM), Blessing Okagbare (NGR) and Kerron Stewart (JAM) all won.

16.51: There’s the first Scottish medal of the day to report on, but unfortunately it is not a gold. Aileen McGlynn and Louise Haston, who won silver in the Women’s Sprint B2 Tandem Finals, were forced into the runner-up spot once again by England’s Sophie Thornhill and Helen Scott in the B2 1000m Time Trial.

16.42: News from the Velodrome as John Paul and Chris Pritchard have qualified for the next round of the Kieren. Paul just did enough to get through, while Pritchard turned it on down the stretch to fly past Edward Dawkins of New Zealand.

15.54: Three Scottish cyclists - Evan Oliphant, Mark Stewart and James McCallum (bronze medalist from 2006) - have all qualified for the final of the Scratch Race.

15.50: Recap of the heats from the Men’s 100m: England’s Adam Gemili finishes with the fastest time overall with 10.15secs. The Londonder is the best hope of a medal for the home nations. Also representing England was Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, who finished outside the top two but qualified for the next round as one of the six best losers, and Richard Kilty; the latter having the usual distinction of finishing in a tie for second place. The remaining Jamaicans (after Usain Bolt decided to run only in the relay and Yohan Blake dropped out) had strong showings with Kemar Bailey-Cole, Jason Livermore and Nickel Ashmeade all winning their heats. Fastest man in the Commonwealth this year, Richard Thompson of Trinidad & Tobago, had a poor run but still manages to qualify despite finishing third. And special mention to Jason Smyth, the Northern Ireland runner, who is legally blind but put in a strong showing, coming in fifth place.

15.31: Good start for Scotland today in the boxing as Charlie Flynn wins his Lightweight bout against Australia’s Nick Cooney by a unanimous decision. He is now through to the Quarter-Finals.

15.25: Scotland miss out on a medal in the Lawn Bowls as Margaret Letham’s Women’s Fours team lose out to New Zealand 21-15. Disappointing end for a group that were fancied to take gold prior to the Games.

14.51: They aren’t called the ‘Friendly Games’ for nothing. Ratu Banuve Lalabalavu Tabakaucoro, from Fiji, was guilty of a false start during the second Men’s 100m heat that should have seen him disqualified before he’d raced at all. Instead, officials decided to let him off with a warning, allowing him to run and finish fourth. The pity might have stemmed from the time it must have taken the athlete to fill out his application form.

14.42: A strong start for the Scottish Lawn Bowls team in the Men’s Fours as they enjoy a comfortable 22-9 victory over Niue in their first group game.

14.20: There’s a gold medal win in the Women’s Team Table Tennis tournament and it’s gone to Singapore. They defeated their south east Asian rivals Malaysia three-matches-to-nil. For those unfamiliar with the geography, that’s a bit like Scotland and England facing each other in a sporting final so it was certainly a big occasion for all those involved.

13.37: Disappointment all around for the home nations in the Rugby Sevens as Scotland, England and Wales are all eliminated from medal contention at the Quarter-Final stage. Wales and England lost close contests to Australia and Samoa, respectively. Scotland, however, were just outclassed by South Africa, being beaten 35-12.

13.33: Things just keep getting better in the pool. In the semi-final of the Men’s 4x200m Freestyle relay, a Scottish team of Brodie, Scott, Mills and Hamilton won the race with a time of 7mins 18.93secs.

13.30: Relive the action from the Men’s and Women’s Marathons, where Michael Shelley and Flomena Daniel won gold, by reading Stephen Halliday’s report.

13.24: More good news from Tollcross as three Scots - Kathryn Johnstone, Corrie Scott and Katie Armitage - qualify for the Women’s 100m Breaststroke Semi-Finals. Armitage was the fastest of the three, recording the fourth quickest overall. Scott’s time was ninth, while Johnstone’s was 14th.

13.15: Team Scotland’s youngest ever competitor, Para-Sport Swimmer Erraid Davies, finished second in the heat for the SB9 100m Breaststroke. The 13-year old has a great chance of finishing in a podium place, thereby becoming the country’s youngest ever Commonwealth Games medalist.

12.52: Hannah Miley is having a very busy day. Less than two hours after she won her Women’s 200m Individual Medley, qualifying for the final later today, she decided to take on the gruelling 800m Freestyle. Even more incredibly, she qualified for that as well; finishing with the 7th fastest time. Joining her in tomorrow’s final is teammate Camilla Hattersley, though Aisha Thornton missed out.

12.40: Scotland’s netballers are all but out of the competition after losing their second straight game to Jamaica. Read the full details here.

12.36: In the Men’s Marathon, Australian Michael Shelley has won gold after posting a personal best of 2 hours, 11 seconds. Scotland’s two runners clocked respectable times as Derek Hawkins finished ninth and Ross Houston came in 16th of a 27 man field. In the women’s event, Flomena Cheyech won gold ahead of teammate Caroline Kilel. Scotland’s Susan Partridge came in sixth, while Hayley Haining and Joasia Zakrzewski came in 13th and 14th, respectively. Car travel will soon be possible again in the centre of Glasgow.

12.30: There was disappointment in the Women’s Fours in the Bowls as Scotland lost their semi-final 15-12 to South Africa.

12.26: High drama in the Men’s Pairs semi-finals at Kelvingrove with Scotland snatching victory away from England in a tense 16-15 win to go through to the final, which will take place tomorrow against Malaysia. Read the full report here.

12.16: Ross Murdoch goes in search of his third medal at these Games. The Stirling based swimmer already has gold in the Men’s 200m Breaststroke and bronze in the 100m. Now he’s attacked the 50m with gusto, winning his heat and recording the third fastest time for the semi-finals. Fellow Scots Mark Tully and Joe Welstead will also compete for a place in the final.

12.10: Here’s the latest Team Scotland medal table. It’s some size!


Chris Sherrington - Judo - Men’s +100kg Final

Euan Burton - Judo - Men’s -100kg Final

Sarah Adlington - Judo - Women’s +78kg Final

Hannah Miley - Swimming - Women’s 400m Individual Medley

Kimberley Renicks - Judo - Women’s -48kg Final

Louise Renicks - Judo - Women’s -52kg Final

Ross Murdoch - Swimming - Men’s 200m Breaststroke

Sarah Clark - Judo - Women’s -63kg Final

Neil Fachie & Craig MacLean - Cycling - Men’s 1000m Time Trial B2 Tandem

Neil Fachie & Craig MacLean - Cycling - Men’s Sprint B2 Tandem Final

Daniel Wallace - Swimming - Men’s 400m Individual Medley


Aileen McGlynn - Cycling - Women’s Sprint B2 Tandem Finals

Michael Jamieson - Swimming - Men’s 200m Breaststroke

Stephanie Inglis - Judo - Women’s -57kg Final

Drew Christie - Shooting - Skeet Shooting Final

Robert Conway & Irene Edgar - Bowls - Para Mixed Pair Final

Matthew Purssey - Judo - Men’s -90kg Final


Connie Ramsay - Judo - Women’s -57kg Bronze Medal Contest

John Buchanan - Judo - Men’s -60kg Bronze Medal Contest

James Millar - Judo - Men’s -66kg Bronze Medal Contest

Sally Conway - Judo - Women’s -70kg Bronze Medal Contest

Connie Scott - Swimming - Women’s 50m Breaststroke

Andrew Burns - Judo - Men’s -90kg Bronze Medal Contest

Angus McLeod & Ian Shaw - Shooting - Queen’s Prize Pairs Final

11.46: As part of our daily live show, David Ferguson talks to Scottish marathon runner Ross Houston about running the toughest race in athletes and looks back over the gold medal success enjoyed by Team Scotland thus far.

11.34: Welcome to the Scotsman’s coverage of day four in these 2014 Commonwealth Games. We can only apologise for the late start with regards to today’s live blog. As you may have heard, the Men’s and Women’s Marathons were being run through the centre of Glasgow, which closed off any road access to our offices. Anyway, we’re here now and there’s another great day of action ahead as Team Scotland look to break an all-time record for gold medals won at the Commonwealth Games. Today also sees the first of the athletics with the final of the Men’s 5000m coming later in the day. This was the event Mo Farah was favourite to win, and his withdrawal leaves it as a wide open race.


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