Commonwealth Games live blog - day 5

Scotland's men's artistic gymnastics team: Daniel Keatings, Frank Baines, Adam Cox, Liam Davie and Daniel Purvis with their silver medals. Picture: TSPL
Scotland's men's artistic gymnastics team: Daniel Keatings, Frank Baines, Adam Cox, Liam Davie and Daniel Purvis with their silver medals. Picture: TSPL
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22.03: There’s another medal! Just when you thought the day was done, Mark Dry has won bronze in the Men’s Hammer Throw!

A nice way to end another great day for Team Scotland. We’ll be back tomorrow. Enjoy your night!

22.01: Such a shame for Laura Muir. She was in a great position to gain a medal going into the last 200m but started to strain and stumbled just before hitting the final 200m, completely knocking her out of contention. England’s Laura Weightman found a second wind to take the silver medal, finishing 0.30 seconds behind Kenya’s Faith Chepngetich Kibiegon.

21.51: Whatever happens with Muir, Team Scotland have had another record setting day at these 2014 Commonwealth Games.

21.50: Here goes Laura Muir in the Women’s 1500m Final. The local girl and Scottish record holder is in real contention for a medal.

21.42: It was no surprise that Damian Warner held onto his Men’s Decathlon lead in first place after the final event - the 1500m. Warner would’ve had to suffer disaster and have Kurt Felix in second finish near the top for there to be any change. His placing in fifth was more than enough to take it. There was a change, however, between silver and bronze as England’s Ashley Bryant moved up above Felix to claim silver after a strong race in which he finished third.

21.37: A real let-down for Scotland’s Peter Kirkbride in the Men’s 94kg Weightlifting group. After scoring a sub-par 142kg in the snatch he really had to attack the Clean & Jerk but failed on three successive attempts at his opening lift of 182kg.

21.26: England, who’ve performed even beyond their high expectations in the pool this Commonwealth Games, have won the final race. In the Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay they just managed to hold off the charge from the Australians to take the gold. South Africa finished third to take bronze. Scotland, who were in contention for a podium place until the last 50m, faded badly to finish seventh.

21.20: Fittingly, Australia have won the last women’s swim of the Commonwealth Games by taking gold in the 4x100m Medley Relay. Fran Halsall almost pulled it back for England but they had to settle for the silver while Canada took bronze. Scotland finished fourth after Wales (along with Northern Ireland) was disqualified.

20.57: Scotland’s Stephen Milne finished fifth in the Men’s 1500m Freestyle Final. In a race of real endurance the 20-year old finished nine seconds out of a podium position. The swim was won by Canada’s Ryan Cochrane.

20.54: Frustration for England’s Will Sharman who looked in great position to win the 110m Hurdles but had to settle for second place behind Andrew Riley of Jamaica. Sharman stumbled a little after hitting hurdle eight, and that cost him the vital 0.04 seconds he finished behind the new champion. Shane Brathwaite, from Barbados, won the bronze.

20.47: England’s Andy Turner blew the chance to defend his 110m Hurdle title after hitting the first two hurdles and pulling up in today’s semi-final. Who will take his crown? It’s coming up next.

20.39: In a Jamaican 1-2-3, Stephanie McPherson has won gold in the Women’s 400m Final. Novlene Williams-Mills finished second and Christine Day recovered from a poor start to steal third from Amantle Montsho of Botswana. England’s Kelly Massey was last.

20.33: Isaac Makwala, one of the favourites for the 400m, exits at the semi-final stage. The Botswanan overextended himself in the middle 200m and lost his lead down the home straight, finishing third and not registering a fast enough time to make the final. Nigel Levine of England also went out. The final will be raced by Kirani James, Martyn Rooney (ENG), Lalonde Gordon, Wayde Van Niekerk, Latoy Williams, Renny Quow, Jarrin Soloman and Chris Brown (not that one).

20.24: England’s Michael Bingham exits at the semi-final stage of the Men’s 400m. His time in fourth wasn’t good enough to qualify him as one of the fastest losers. The race was won by Kirani James.

20.19: England’s Laura Samuel produced a personal best to finish second and win silver in the Women’s Triple Jump Final. The winner was Jamaica’s Kimberly Williams who was in control from the start with a jump of 14.11 on her first attempt. That would prove to be enough to win it, but she put the cherry on the cake with a final jump of 14.21. Ayanna Alexander, from Trinidad and Tobago, came third.

20.12: England’s Martyn Rooney - the sprinter with the trememdous beard - runs a terrific race to win his semi-final in the Men’s 400m.

20.02: It’s another semi-finalist for Scotland in the Boxing. 21-year old Josh Taylor defeated Zack Davies by a unanimous decision in the Light Welterweight division. And if that doesn’t suffice, here’s Daniel Wallace in that kilt.

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19.57: The kilt was obviously a good luck charm! Daniel Wallace wins his second medal of the Games by taking silver in the Men’s 200m Individual Medley. Wallace was in last place after the Butterfly and Backstroke but made the ground back up in a huge way when it came to the Breaststroke, his favoured swimmming stroke, pulling himself through the water until he was in second place going into the final 50m. He came close to Australian Daniel Tranter but couldn’t quite catch him up, though he did enough to hold off the charge from Chad le Clos, who claimed bronze.

19.49: Daniel Wallace comes out wearing a kilt. Bit cheesy, but the crowd went nuts!

19.47: (Stephen McGinty at Hampden) It doesn’t last more than a lap before Potter begins to fall back but in that one lap - a lap in which a Scot is leading the world’s finest - the audience can’t help but swell with pride and conjure images of ‘what if?” The last 100 metres in which Potter battled to hold on to fourth place and then lost by a tenth of a second to England’s Kate Avery had every Scot out of their seats to cheer her on. In a lovely moment both Potter and Avery took a lap of honour running side by side draped respectively in the Saltire and St George.

19.45: It’s a Kenya 1-2-3 in the final of the Women’s 10,000m. Joyce Chepkirui beat out her teammate Florence Kiplagat in a thrilling sprint down the home stretch with just 0.12 seconds separating the pair in a 32 minute race. The same can be said for Scotland’s Beth Potter and Kate Avery of England. The pair battled for the right to call themselves the highest placing British athlete in fourth place. Potter looked like she had it until slowing down visibly over the last 20m, letting Avery nick in front to beat her by 0.01 seconds.

19.40: (Stephen McGinty at Hampden) Beth Porter of Team Scotland gets the biggest cheer of the evening, one which echoes out with every lap as she keeps doggedly up with the Kenyan leaders and then suddenly overtakes them to lead at the 21 minute mark.

19.38: Wales’ Georgia Davies breaks a Games record as she wins gold in the Women’s 50m Backstroke. Lauren Quigley (England) came second while Brooklynn Snodgrass (Canada) came in third. 16-year old Scottish swimmwer Kathleen Dawson finished in fifth.

19.35: Now that it’s all been confirmed, read Paul Forsyth’s account of Scotland’s Gymnastics team making history.

19.29: Chad le Clos’s father: the hero of the Commonwealth Games television broadcast so far. Some man!

19.26: There’s another medal guaranteed in the Boxing. Charlie Flynn, the lightweight fighter from Motherwell, has won his Quarter-Final bout against Ghana’s Jessie Lartey via a unanimous decision.

19.21: Quite a shock in the pool! England’s Ben Proud pinches the 50m Men’s Freestyle Final, defeating much fancied Aussies Cameron McEvoy and James Magnussen.

19.16: Hannah Miley swims a terrific race but finishes just outside the podium positions, finishing 0.16 behind Bronte Barratt of Australia in the Women’s 400m Freestyle. The gold was won by Lauren Boyle and Jazz Carlin, from Wales, got the silver medal.

18.56: In the Women’s Gymnastics Team Final the Scottish girls have come fifth overall. England did the double by managing to take gold in both gender events. Australia won the silver and there was a surprise in third as Wales exceeded expectations to claim a bronze medal.

18.51: It’s official! That silver medal in the Team Gymnastics is ours - medal number 35. Keep ‘em coming!

18.46: (Stephen McGinty at Hampden) When the games get under way you quickly learn the participatory etiquette. For instance during the Javelin we all clap, slowly at first then building up the pace as each competitor runs and prepares to throw. As soon as the giant steel arrow is airborne we all immediately stop clapping and go: “ooooooooooHHHHHHHHHHH”

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18.31: Earlier this afternoon Scotland’s Mixed Pair Badminton team exited at the hands of their Canadian opponents. Read Elspeth Burnside’s report to discover the hindrance that affected the duo’s chances.

18.16: Jen McIntosh takes the silver medal in the Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions Final. Going into the last shot she trailed Jasmine Ser by only 0.6 points, but managed just a 7.9, admitting afterwards that she “bottled it spectacularly”. Ser, of Singapore, held her nerve to shoot a 9.8 and take the gold medal. McIntosh’s medal is officially the reward which tips Scotland’s overall medal table past that 33 mark, creating a new record which will rise to at least 35 later this evening.

18.06: Jen McIntosh has become the most decorated female competitor in Scotland’s Commonwealth Games history. The shooter added a bronze medal in the 50m Rifle Prone yesterday to the three she had from the 2010 Games. She is currently competing for a gold medal but is guaranteed at least a bronze.

17.55: Scotland’s Fiona Robertson has not taken her second chance at a medal, losing the bronze medal match in the Women’s FS 48kg to Rebecca Muambo. The 45-year gave it her best but was overmatched by her Cameroonian opponent.

17.50: (Stephen McGinty at Hampden) In the hour or so before the evening athletics kick off at Hampden staff and volunteers are focused on important last minute adjustments such as securing as many selfies on the winner’s podium as possible and chasing Clyde, our city’s new anthropomorphic thistle around the track. In a rather surreal sight, at one point there appeared to be a race between two oversized Virgin-branded remote control vans that started careering around the track. Not quite sure who won.

A little later Clyde the Thistle raced both Virgin vans and won, a point which is unlikely to be featured in Richard Branson’s latest advertising campaign for superfast broadband.

17.38: Marie-Eve Beauchemin-Nadeau, of Canada, has won a gold medal in the Women’s 75kg Weightlifting, smashing the Commonwealth record for the Clean & Jerk (140kg) and also beating the Games record for overall total across the two lifts.

17.14: Scots shooters Neil Stirton and Jonathan Hammond miss out on a medal place in the Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions. They came in fourth and fifth place, respectively, as the gold went to Dan Rivers of England.

16.37: It’s two wins from two for Scotland in the Lawn Bowls today. The Open Triples B6/B7/B8 won their group match by beating Wales 16-9 and that result was quickly followed by the Women’s triples bettering Northern Ireland. Read Anne Dunwoodie’s report for more details about the victory by Margaret Latham’s team.

16.26: The Men’s Cross Country Final was dominated by Oceanic cyclists. New Zealand claimed gold and silver through teenagers Anton Cooper and Samuel Gaze. In the end it was Cooper who just managed to pipped his teammate to the finish line, sailing across just three seconds before his countryman. Australia’s Daniel McConnell followed quickly behind for the bronze. There was a strong showing for Team Scotland’s Grant Ferguson. The 20-year old came in fifth.

16.05: We can only apologise for jumping the gun with regards to the Men’s Gymnastics silver medal. Hopefully Paul Forsyth’s report will clear up any remaining confusion.

15.58: Learn more about the fairytale rise of Reece McFadden, the young Lanarkshire Flyweight who has guaranteed himself at least a bronze medal, by reading Neil McGlade’s report.

15.48: It’s been a strong start for the Scotland hopefuls in the Table Tennis singles competitions. Gillian Edwards and Craig Howieson have just finished playing their second group games of the day. Howieson won both his contests and Edwards went 1-1. Corinna Whitaker, Lynda Flaws will be starting their first matches shortly, while 21-year old Sean Doherty is also in action.

15.38: The Women’s final of the Cross Country Cycling Race, which was brought back to the Commonwealth Games after being omitted in 2010, has been won by Canada’s Catharine Pendrel. The 33-year old finished over a minute ahead of her teammate Emily Batty, while Rebecca Henderson of Australia took the bronze.

15.34: Modest Ross Henderson described himself as “a big, slow dumpling” in the aftermath of his loss to Joe Joyce. While the accuracy of the comment can be debated, there is no doubting the proud performance shown by Henderson who continued fighting until the last 10 seconds despite being knocked down five times by his English opponet. In other Boxing news, Reece McFadden has been drawn against Australia’s Andrew Maloney in the semi-final.

15.02: It does appear that we have jumped the gun somewhat with regards to Scotland’s silver in the Artistic Gymnastics - in fairness, the Scottish government did the same in a statement celebrating the record breaking win. The fact is that Scotland have not officially won the silver medal. The medal, for all intents and purposes, has been won, however the confirmation must wait until all teams have competed, with the competition ending around 7pmtonight.

14.52: Hopefully you just caught Reece McFadden’s win repeated on BBC just now. The 19-year old was excellent in his Quarter-Final win. Unfortunately, the momentum behind Scottish boxing couldn’t help Ross Henderson to rise past England’s Joseph Joyce, and the 26-year old exited the Superheavyweight division at the Quarter-Final stage.

14.44: There’s been a positive development in Scotland’s wrestling hopes. Fiona Robertson, who was beaten earlier, has earned a reprieve and could win a bronze medal. Read here for the details.

14.41: It’s been another promising morning session from Tollcross with two Scottish individual swimmers and two teams getting through to tonight’s finals. Read Moira Gordon’s wrap for the full details.

14.31: The all-time medal record in Team Scotland Commonwealth Games history has been broken. The Men’s Artistic Gymnastics team has won silver, making it 34 medals now for Glasgow 2014, and there are still five-and-a-half days of competition left to go! The gymnastics team - made up of Frank Baines, Adam Cox, Liam Davie, Daniel Keatings and Daniel Purvis - finished behind the English squad, mainly made up of fellow Team GB teammates, in second place. The favourites, led by Louis Smith, dominated for the most part, scoring the highest total in every apparatus with the exception of the parallel bars, which was bettered by Scotland’s score. It was the first time Scotland have scored a silver medal in the team event at the Commonwealth Games.

14.25: As we revealed earlier, crowd favourite Eilidh Child made it through to the final of the Women’s 400m Hurdles. Here is her reaction.

14.21: The Scottish Badminton Champion Kieran Merrilees made it through his first round encouter after defeating Richard Cribb of Norfolk Island. Read the details in Elspeth Burnside’s report.

14.08: There’s been a gold medal in the Shooting with Australia’s David Chapman winning the 25m Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol Final. No Scots were competing in the event.

14.03: Great start to today’s events in the ring as Reece McFadden has made his way into the final four of the Men’s Flyweight Division. The cocky scrapper from Bellshill defeated Botswana’s Oteng Oteng by unanimous decision.

13.49: Two Scottish shooters, Neil Stirton and Jonathan Hammond are into the final of the 50m Rifle 3 Positions. The pair were sixth and seventh in qualification.

13.06: Terrible start for host nation wrestlers. Brian Harper, Ross McFarlane, Donna Robertson and Fiona Robertson have all lost their contests. It would appear we’re not as dominant in this event as we are in the Judo. Either that or we should just send Euan Burton to sort them all out.

13.00: World champion, Olympic champion and world record holder David Rudisha easily won his heat to qualify for the 800m Men’s Semi-Finals. The Kenyan has Steve Cram’s long standing Commonwealth Games record, set at Edinburgh 1986, within his sights.

12.43: Some swimming news we missed out earlier was Scotland qualifying for the final of the Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay Race. The girls qualified with the third fastest time, behind Canada, England and (surprise!) Australia.

12.36: Eilidh Child has won her Women’s 400m Hurdles heat, easily beating out the competition and visibly slowing down to save her energy down the last 50 metres.

12.27: Some real determination shown in the heats of the Men’s 1500m T54 as Felix Acheampong falls off his wheelchair mid-race. With the finish line in sight, the Ghanian managed to haul himself back on and finish the race with a time good enough for qualification to the final. England’s David Weir and Will Smith also made the final. The latter is mentored by the former with an 18 year age gap between the two. If only Weir’s name was Phil there would be a great joke in there somewhere.

12.03: Two Scots are in the final of the Women’s 1500m T54. The wheelchair sprinters representing the country will be Meggan Farrell-Dawson and Samantha Kinghorn, though neither are expected to win since there was quite a drop-off in finishing times between third and fourth in the heats. England’s Jade Jones, however, is among the favourites.

11.57: Scotland, England and Wales are all in the final of the Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay. The Australian’s, unsuprisingly, qualified fastest, followed by Canada. England were third while Wales and Scotland were sixth and seventh fastest, respectively.

11.43: More good news from the pool as Daniel Wallace qualifies with the second quickest time for the final of the Men’s 200m Individual Medley. It was in the 400m where Dan won his gold medal. He’s aiming to be the second Scottish athlete, behind duo Neil Fachie & Craig MacLean, to win multiple competitions at these games.

11.38: Andrew Riley, Ryan Brathwaite, William Sharman (ENG), Shane Brathwaite, Greggmar Swift, Lawrence Clarke (ENG), Nicholas Hough and Alexander Al-Ameen have all qualified for tonight’s final of the Men’s 100m Hurdles.

11.21: Hannah Miley is through to another final! If you include the Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay then this is her SEVENTH medal contest. On this occasion it was the heats of the 400m Freestyle which she progressed from, finishing with the fifth fastest time. There was disappointment for Team Scotland’s Caitlin McClatchey, however, as she finished outside the qualifying position.

11.14: Not the best news to start the day as Nigernian weightlifter Chica Amalaha is named as the athlete suspended after testing positive for a banned substance.

10.58: There was a discussion on BBC today whether the Olympics should adopt the example set by the Commonwealth Games of having the Paralympic sports competed at the same time as the able-bodied competitions. The Scottish crowd’s enthusiasm certainly wasn’t dampened in anyway last night that it was a para-sport athlete they were cheering on when Clegg crossed the line in first. What do you think about it? Give your opinion in the comments.

10.47: They aren’t called the friendly games for nothing. Libby Clegg’s guide Mikael Huggins was told he would not receive a gold medal because he wasn’t the same nationality as the para-sport sprinter he was assisting. The Englishman was still standing beside Clegg on the podium last night when, to his surprise and delight, an additional gold medal was presented and placed around the neck of the guide - genuinely touching moment.

10.38: Welcome to day six of the Scotsman’s coverage of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. It’s going to take something to top the action of yesterday but the action has been going from strength to strength thus far so there’s no reason it should stop. In case you didn’t know, Team Scotland claimed gold medals 12 and 13, setting a new record in the process.

The first victors were Paul Foster and Alex “Tattie” Marshall in the Lawn Bowls as the Men’s Pair obliterated their Malaysian opponents 20-3. From a neutral point of view, the final was a bit of an anti climax after the drama of the semis, but there were few Scottish observers complaining about that. The same can be said for gold No.13 as Libby Clegg streaked ahead of the field to win the Women’s T12 100m in style.

And while there wasn’t any Scottish competitors in the night’s marquee events, the home crowd still roared on England’s Adam Gemili as he took silver in the Men’s 100m behind Jamaica’s Kemar Bailey-Cole. The young sprinter trains with Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake and he certainly seemed to have picked up a few tips when he recovered from a slow start out of the box to stride past Gemili and over the line first. Things weren’t as close in the Women’s 100m as Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare never really looked trouble in claiming her gold medal.


Table: medals won by Team Scotland at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

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