Commonwealth Games: Live blog day 8

Eilidh Child won silver in the 400m hurdles final. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
Eilidh Child won silver in the 400m hurdles final. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
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And as Eilidh Child enjoys her place on the podium we’ll end this blog for tonight. We hope you will join us again tomorrow.

21.21: It’s a Jamaican 1-2-3 in the final of the Men’s 200m. Warren Weir got off to a strong start but favourite Rasheed Dwyer came on strong down the second 100m to win it rather comfortably at the finish line. Jason Livermore held off competition from Mosito Lehata of Lesotho and South Africa’s Akani Simbine to take bronze. England’s Danny Talbot finished in seventh and a special mention to Daniel Bailey of Antigua who set his second personal best in consecutive races.

21.02: England’s Jazmin Sawyers took silver in the Women’s Long Jump Final. She was outwith the medals before her final jump pushed her from fourth into second. Ese Brume from Nigeria won the gold.

20.56: The final of the Men’s 200m is coming up and it’s the Jamaicans (shock!) who are favourites once again. Any one of Rasheed Dwyer, Jason Livermore or Warren Weir could easily take the gold, though there is Danny Talbot of England in the mix as well.

20.52: The race for the Women’s 100m was less about the winner - it was Okagbare, duh! - and more about who finished in the medal positions. There were four runners in contention and, in the end, it was England’s Jodie Williams and Bianca Williams who took second and third, respectively. Their teammate Anyika Onuora followed in fourth while Anneisha McLaughlin (Jamaica) came in fifth. All three English runners set personal bests! What a stage to do it on.

20.43: The Women’s 200m Final is coming up. The big question is whether anyone can stop Blessing Okagabare from adding 200m gold to the 100m triumph she achieved on Monday. She easily posted the fastest time in qualification and the bookmakers are refusing to offer odds that are even slightly tempting to the average punter. If she does not succeed - like she trips on a rogue Hampden steak pie or something - then the sprinter most likely to take the gold is England’s Jodie Williams. Her teammates Anyika Onuora and Bianca Williams will also be in the race. Jamaicans Anneisha McLaughlin and Schillonie Calvert are another couple of notable names in medal contention.

20.38: Eilidh Child wins the silver medal at the Women’s 400m Hurdles Final. The Scottish runner gave it her all to topple favourite Kaliese Spencer of Jamaica, but just couldn’t stay with the world number one down the home stretch. It was the expected result and she performed terrifically considering the pressure. Afterwards she indulged in a well deserved lap of honour around Hampden Park while The Proclaimers ‘500 Miles’ rings out over the tannoy system. Since Eilidh is a die-hard Hearts fan, running with a maroon and white wristband, we’re not too sure if she’ll be overly happy with the choice of music.

20.26: Here comes Eilidh... The final of the Women’s 400m Hurdles is up next.

20.25: South Africa’s Cornel Fredericks has won gold in the Men’s 400m Hurdles. It was a race which made the crowd wince on two separate occasions. First, Annsert Whyte crashed to the ground after hitting his hurdle with 100m remaining. Then, just at the finish line, Jehue Gordon literally threw himself over the finish line to ensure that he took second. England’s Niall Flannery ran a strong race to finish fourth. His countryman Richard Yates finished seventh.

20.10: England’s lawn bowlers will get their chance at revenge on Alex “Tattie” Marshall after defeating India in the semi-final of the Men’s Fours, setting up a Scotland v England clash at Kelvingrove tomorrow. Bring it on!

19.56: There’s a surprise of sorts in the Men’s 800m Final. World record holder David Rudisha was favourite to win the race, but the Kenyan’s injury problems over the past couple of years put the result in doubt. If he failed there was only going to be one man that would take over, and so it proved with Nijel Amos sprinting past Rudisha over the last 25m to take gold. Elsewhere, Scotland’s Guy Learmonth deserves huge respect for posting a personal best in front of his home crowd to finish in sixth.

19.45: English para-sport legend David Weir has added another medal to his mammoth trophy cabinet. The six-time Olympic gold medal winner has won the final of the T54 1500m at Hampden Park. Always near the front, he just turned it on over the last 300m to leave the competition looking at his wheels spinning into the distance.

19.42: There is now two gold medal hopes for Scotland in tomorrow’s events at Kelvingrove. The country’s best male bowlers have defeated Australia 15-13 in the first semi-final, holding off a late charge from the Aussies to guarantee themselves at least a silver medal. They will face either England or India in the final.

19.35: There’s been quite a shock in the Women’s Long Jump Final. England’s Shara Proctor, favourite to win the event, pulled up during the run on her first jump attempt and has retired through injury. The final is still ongoing.

19.30: Scotland’s James Heatly couldn’t quite match the performance of today’s qualifying when he took on the Men’s 3m Springboard Diving Final. After coming in fifth this morning, Heatly had one sub-par dive out of six in tonight’s event which was enough to push him down the table. Still, it’s all a learning curve for the 17-year old from Edinburgh.

19.14: There is one Scottish runner in the final of Women’s 800m. There was hope that both Lynsey Sharp and Emily Dudgeon would make it since the two girls were in separate heats with three runners automatically qualifying from each. In the end both finished fourth. Sharp’s race was just that little bit quicker and so it was her, and not Dudgeon, who qualified as one of the two fastest losers.

19.05: There’s another medal to tell you about and again it’s in the Gymnastics. Daniel Purvis has won bronze in the Men’s Rings Final. The Team Scotland member was the highest finishing home nations competitor, coming in third behind Canada’s Scott Morgan and Kevin Kytwyn. Morgan took the gold.

18:40: Of course, amid all the feel good stories of Scottish athletes smashing the competition, the biggest non-sporting story of these Commonwealth Games has been the controversy surrounding the alleged Usain Bolt comment. If you’ve been living in a cave on Mars with your fingers in your ears, let’s quickly fill you in on the details. The Times reported that the Jamaican sprinter was not impressed with the Games, calling them “a bit s**t”. Now, considering the adverts Bolt “acts” in for Virgin Media, we can’t really view his opinion as that of an entertainment expert. However, anyone involved in the Games, from athletes to spectators and everyone in between, would not have taken too kindly to the whole competition being demeaned by the biggest athlete taking part in it. Alan Pattullo wonders , if the comments are true, whether this is Bolt struggling to deal with the delirium that follows him around the world; the price of fame that affects every world famous star.

Even if Bolt did make the comments it does not matter. At least, that’s the opinion of Games Federation chief executive Mike Hoope, who doesn’t believe the Games have suffered for them.

17.53: Everywhere you go in Glasgow there are beaming smiles across people’s face, both tourists and locals alike. That positivity starts with the Clydesiders - the enthusiastic volunteers that are exactly what the Commonwealth Games are about. Martyn McLaughlin reckons they are the real stars of Glasgow 2014, and who would argue with him?

17.43: While we’re still beaming about the latest medal success, we may as well look forward to another final featuring a Team Scotland competitor: Bowler Darren Burnett going for gold in the Men’s Singles at Kelvingrove tomorrow.

17.27: It’s just like waiting for a bus. As soon as one medal is secured another one comes along. Alex Gladkov wins his Bronze Medal Match in the Men’s Freestyle 65kg wrestling bout. The adopted Scot defeated Sri Lanka’s Chamara Perera in a game of cat and mouse. In the end 38 technical points were scored between the two with Alex edging it 22-16.

17.20: GOLD MEDAL NUMBER 14! Whitlock’s execution just lets him down slightly and that is enough for Dan Keatings to take the gold medal in the Men’s Pommel Horse Final. It’s Keatings third medal of the Games after taking silver in each of the Team and Individual All-Around Finals.

17.11: There it is! The first medal of the day! Dan Keatings is guaranteed to finish in the top three in the Men’s Pommel Horse Final. And that’s not all, because Dan is currently leading with an outstanding score of 16.058. Don’t count those chickens yet, though, Max Whitlock is still to go.

17.00: It’s more medal heart-break for Scotland. Kathryn Marsh, wrestling in the Women’s 55kg Bronze Medal Match, has lost to Louisa Porogovska. There was very little in the contest, but the opponent from Bolton just managed to edge the match on points.

16.48: Scotland’s Emma White has finished last in the final of the Gymnastics Women’s Vault. An outsider before the competition began, White notched an average score lower than that of her qualifying, which immediately put her out of contention for a medal. England’s Claudia Fragpane claimed the gold.

16.38: A tough day for Scotland’s medal hopes started with the loss in the Open Para Triples Bronze Medal Match against England this morning. Read Aidan Smith’s report of the tense encounter.

16.31: Two of Scotland’s gold medal heroes in the pool, Daniel Wallace and Ross Murdoch, have set their sights on repeating the feat at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Watch David Ferguson’s interview with them here.

16.21: Darren Burnett’s ascent into the Men’s Singles Final of the Lawn Bowls has earned him some positive attention from his colleagues up and down the country. Angus, Dundee, Perth and Kinross and Tayside Police all tweeted about officer Burnett competing for the gold medal.

16.03: Scotland’s strong day on the badminton court continues with a Round of 16 victory over Singapore in the Mixed Doubles. That’s three wins from three for Scottish competitors thus far. Patrick MacHugh and Martin Campbell will be going into the Men’s Doubles later trying to make it a 100% record forThursday.

15.56: Our luck is refusing to change today in medal opportunities. Dan Keatings, with two silver medals already to his name, performed a nice routine in the Men’s Floor Final and looked to have a medal in the bag as he sat in third place with only one gymnast to go. That performer was Canada’s Scott Morgan, who scored a 15.133 to push himself into second, knocking Keatings out of the top three. Max Whitlock won the gold, his third of the Games thus far.

15.45: It’s not been the most prosperous of days thus far, so let’s cheer ourselves up with a reminder of the record setting medal haul Team Scotland have gathered so far.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alex Marshall & Paul Foster - Lawn Bowls - Men’s Pairs Final

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

Ross Murdoch - Swimming - Men’s 200m Breaststroke

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

Libby Clegg - Track - Women’s T12 100m Final


Aileen McGlynn & Louise Haston - Cycling - Women’s Sprint B2 Tandem Finals

Aileen McGlynn & Louise Haston - Cycling - Women’s 1000m Time Trial B2 Tandem Finals

Frank Baines, Adam Cox, Liam Davie, Daniel Keatings and Daniel Purvis - Gymnastics - Team Final

Daniel Keatings - Gymnastics - All-Around Individual Final

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

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

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

Drew Christie - Shooting - Skeet Shooting Final

Jen McIntosh - Shooting - Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions Final

Michael Jamieson - Swimming - Men’s 200m Breaststroke

Stephen Milne, Daniel Wallace, Duncan Scott and Robbie Renwick - Swimming - 4x200m Freestyle relay

Daniel Wallace - Swimming - 200m Individual Medley


Katie Archibald - Cycling - Women’s Points Race

Mary Dry - Field - Men’s Hammer Throw Final

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

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

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

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

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

Erraid Davies - Swimming - SB9 100m Breaststroke

Connie Scott - Swimming - Women’s 50m Breaststroke

Hannah Miley - Swimming - Women’s 200m Individual Medley

Ross Murdoch - Swimming - Men’s 100m Breastsroke Final

Jen McIntosh - Shooting - Women’s 50m Rifle Prone Final

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

Viorel Ekto - Wrestling - Men’s 61kg Bronze Medal Final

15.28: David Millar knew his hope of Time Trial gold had gone the second he saw the camera-carrying motorbike, following his progress, speed off into the distance.

15.23: Millar finishes eighth in the Men’s Individual Time Trial, two minutes and 14 seconds behind gold medal winner Alex Dorsett who, ironically enough, finished runner-up to Millar in Dehli four years ago. The Englishman won it late after coming through to beat Rohan Dennis’s time by almost ten seconds. Geraint Thomas of Wales won the bronze medal.

15.13: A terribly disappointing race from David Millar. The 37-year old is still riding, but right now he’s on course to finish eighth and his chance of a medal is extremely slim. Millar spoke often of how badly he wanted to perform in front of his home crowd. Perhaps he heaped too much pressure on his own shoulders.

15.09: Scottish champion Kieran Merrilees has won his Round of 16 match with Northern Ireland’s Tony Murphy. Merrilees survived a tough first game and broke his opponent’s resolve during the second, winning quite comfortably in the end.

14.50: Burnett may have been slightly fortunate to be able to haul himself back from the brink earlier, but he’s certainly made that luck count. The Scot is through to the final of the Men’s Singles Final after defeating Australian Aron Sherriff 21-15. Burnett will compete for the gold medal with Canada’s Ryan Bester. The match begins at 17:15 tomorrow evening.

14.32: David Millar has started in the Men’s Individual Time-Trial. The Commonwealth champion is favourite to take gold at an event the Scotsman will want more than anyone else.

13.57: Scotland pair Harry Leitch and Alan Clyne are through to the quarter-finals of the Men’s Doubles tournament. The pair took just 12 minutes to defeat Zambia’s Kelvin Ndhlovu and Mwinga Lengwe in the Round of 16 match. They join the other Scotland duo of Lobban and Crawford in the last eight.

13.51: Scottish badminton hope Kirsty Gilmour is through to the quarter-finals of the Women’s Singles tournament. The local girl eased past Yeldy Louison from Mauritius, dominating both games (21-4 amd 21-6) to take the match.

13.15: There was a reprieve for Scots defeated by India’s Yogeshwar Dutt in the wrestling. Round of 16 loser Alex Gladov took on defeated quarter-finalist Gareth Jones in the repechage. In the end it was the Ukrainian born adopted Scot who won the battle; Gladov achieving greater superiority by defeating Jones 10-0. He’ll now contest the bronze medal match with Chamara Perera. Kathryn Marsh has also been handed a second chance due to the close nature of her defeat, getting to wrestle in the bronze medal Women’s 55kg match against Louisa Porogovska of England. Both of these bouts will take place in the evening session which begins at 16:30.

13.01: Strong showing from James Heatly in his second diving competition. The Edinburgh based diver - who is the grandson of a triple gold medallist at the Commonwealth Games - finished ninth in the Men’s 1m Springboard last night. He’ll be hoping to improve on that at the three-metre event after registering the fifth highest score in qualifying, easily making it into tonight’s final.

12.55: Not great at table tennis but better in the squash court. The men’s doubles pair of Greg Lobban and Stuart Crawford have made it through to the quarter-finals after beating India 2-1. The first game was comfortable for the Scots, taking it 11-5, before India came back strong to even the score at 1-1. The last game was a tense and tough 17-minute encounter where Scotland eventually prevailed with a 11-9 score that won the match.

12.44: Enough of defeat; let’s tell you about a genuine gold medal hope in the cycling. The Men’s Individual Time Trial has started and scheduled to set off last in the event is Scotland’s David Millar. The cyclist has been competing for two decades and views the opportunity to represent Scotland on home soil as a special narrative in his career’s final chapter. Millar will begin his cycle at14:28.

12.35: The two Scottish teams competing in the Table Tennis Men’s Doubles are out of the competition. Sean Doherty and Niall Cameron trailed early and were never really in their match with England’s Danny Reed and Sam Walker, exiting at the third round stage. The same fate befell Gavin Rumgay and Craig Howieson, who were defeated 3-0 by Nigeria.

12.30: Yogeshwar Dutt - the scourge of Scottish wrestling. The Indian had already defeated Alex Gladkov in the Round of 16, now he’s finished Scottish hopes for the day by beating Gareth Jones. Things had started so promisingly with Luigi Bianco registering victory in the first match featuring a Scottish wrestler. That triumph came against Cameroon’s Elie Zamdam in the last 16 of the Men’s 86kg, scoring the victory by fall. The Canadian-born, US athlete, who is eligible for Scotland via UK residency and his home in Haddington, then moved onto the quarter-finals to face Puwan Kumar. Unfortunately the Indian got the better of Bianco, winning victory by fall. Jones also started well with his earlier win over Timea Kitiona before running into the haggis hating, bag-pipe smashing, Irn-Bru... flattener that is Yogeshwar Dutt. There were also defeats for Scots Kathryn Marsh, Chelsea Murphy and Lewis Waddell in their respective quarter-final bouts.

11.46: There’s been plenty of action on the wrestling mat but not much to write home about. The one remaining Scottish hope from today is Gareth Jones in the Men’s 65kg. He won his Round of 16 match against Timea Kitiona via ‘great superiority’ - a difference of 10 points without the opponent scoring. He’ll now go into a quarter-final match with Yogeshwar Dutt of India, which is coming up shortly. We’ll recap the result of the Scottish results - don’t hold your breath for good news - after Jones’s bout has finished.

11.36: There’s been a missed medal opportunity for the Scottish team in the bronze medal match of the Open Triples B6/B7/B8 para-sport event. The Scottish threesome of Billy Allan, Michael Simpson and Kevin Wallace were up 12-8 but were ultimately beaten 16-12 by their English opponents.

11.29: Drama at Kelvingrove! Darren Burnett looked out when, in his quarter-final match with New Zealand’s Martin McHugh, he found himself 20-16 down in a first to 21 contest. Digging deep, the Scottish bowler won the next five shots to take the match and push himself into the final four.

11.15: Unfortunately Katie Archibald comes up short in her medal chase. The Scottish cyclist finished in fifth position, 16 seconds behind third place and Katrin Garfoot of Australia in the Individual Time Trial. Archibald just faded a little towards the end as her energy levels ran low. Linda Villumsen, from New Zealand, won the gold, beating England’s Emma Pooley by six seconds. Other Scots riders Lucy Cooley and Anna Turvey came seventh and eighth, respectively.

11.13: Archibald has completed her race and is currently in bronze medal position. It’s now a case of waiting for the other cyclists to finish as this is a time trial event.

11.11: The final of the Women’s Individual Time Trial is currently whizzing around the streets of Glasgow. Scottish cyclist Katie Archibald is currently in a great position to grab medal number 40 for Team Scotland. We’ll keep you posted.

11.09: Welcome to day eight of the Scotsman’s Commonwealth Games 2014 coverage. Yesterday was a quiet one for Scottish athletes but we still managed to pick up two medals (a silver and bronze) in the Gymnastics and Wrestling. Today’s great hope is Eilidh Child. The runner goes in the final of the Women’s 400m hurdles, which is scheduled to start tonight at 20.25. Elsewhere, there are several Scottish hopefuls competing in the knockout stages of the Lawn Bowls, Table Tennis and Squash, while there are several Gymnastics medals up for grabs as well through various finals. We’ll keep you up to date with their fortunes throughout the day.

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