Commonwealth Games: Live blog day 9

The Lawn Bowls Men's Fours won Scotland's first gold of the day. Picture: Neil Hanna
The Lawn Bowls Men's Fours won Scotland's first gold of the day. Picture: Neil Hanna
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Relive the action from another successful day for Scotland’s athletes.

22.27: Stephen Lavelle is beaten in his Heavyweight Semi-final. The Scot won the first round but conceded the last two to New Zealand’s David Light in what was a scrappy contest. Nary a clean punch was thrown but Light just got through enough to convince the judges of his victory. Lavelle can console himself with a bronze medal at the end of another great day for Team Scotland.

22.13: Sally Pearson has defied the critics to defend her Commonwealth Games 100m Hurdles title. The Australian edged out England’s Tiffany Porter in a tight race. Angela Whyte of Canada took bronze.

22.03: While we wait on the match starting, get stuck into Stephen Halliday’s report of Charlie Flynn’s ascent into the Lightweight Gold Medal Match.

22.00: It’s 10pm. Are we done? What, when there’s a Scottish boxer fighting for a place in the gold medal match? Not a chance. Stephen Lavelle against David Light is up next.

21.55: Did he say it? Did he not? Does anybody actually care? Well, the last of those three questions was answered by the Hampden crowd with a resounding “NO!” as they roared on Usain Bolt, the fastest man in history; first when he warmed up, again when his name was announced and finally when he crossed the line for a Jamaican win in the Men’s 4x100m Relay Semi-final. Speaking to the media after, Bolt made the point of stating that he wouldn’t make that sort of negative comment about the Games, that it’s not his style. Good enough for us.

21.37: Wales have been disqualified from the final of the Women’s 4x100m relay after failing to execute a proper pass of the baton during their semi-final. It was quite a shame for the Welsh girls who set a new national record with their run. The same fate nearly befell the English team who almost over-ran it on their last changeover, but they managed to get it done within the restrictions and qualified in second behind Jamaica. Usain Bolt and the Jamaican team are performing in the second heat of the Men’s 4x100m relay. That’s coming up shortly.

21.23: Lost in the excitement of all the Scottish success there were a couple of track and field gold medals to tell you about. First was Kenya’s Jonathan Ndiku setting a new Games record in the final of the Men’s 3000m Steeplechase. It beat the 20 year record of his countryman Johnstone Kipkoech by four seconds. It was a Kenya 1-2-3 in the race while Scottish runner, Stephen Lisgo, finished in eighth. Elsewhere, the Men’s 10,000m Final could scarcely have been more dramatic. In a 27 minute race there was 0.12 seconds separating the top three! Moses Kipsiro of Uganda was the victor, coming ahead of Josphat Kipkoech and Cameron Levins in second and third, respectively.

21.10: Go on Lynsey! From being in tears after her semi-final to drinking in the adulation of a packed Hampden after winning the silver medal in the Women’s 800m, Scotland’s Lynsey Sharp has been through a massive range of emotions these past few days. It’s a microcosm of her year having struggled with various injuries but, in the end, she refused to admit defeat. Sharp nearly didn’t qualify for tonight’s event after having to wait for confirmation that she’d finished as one of the two fastest losers from the semis. Even in tonight’s race her prospects seemed slim before turning on the speed down the last 200m. Coming up to the line she just managed to get ahead of Uganda’s Winnie Nanyondo, taking second place on a photo finish. Afterwards a tearful Sharp revealed that she’d been up all night with a bug, being sick and on a drip. All that to deal with and she goes out and runs the race she just did!? Wow... just, wow!

20.49: Oh so close to a bronze medal in the final of the Men’s Pole Vault. Jax Thoirs - the Glasgow born athlete who now resides in Seattle, USA - cleared the same distance as Canada’s Shawnacy Barber in third place. Unfortunately, Barber cleared the bar at the first attempt, while Thoirs needed two shots at it. When both failed all three attempts at 5.55, Thoirs was out of the medals. The gold was won by England’s Steven Lewis. He and teammate Luke Cutts both cleared 5.55 but failed 5.60. They then had a playoff at 5.55 with Lewis clearing and Cutts failing.

20.33: “Who’s your daddy?” That’s what Charlie Flynn screamed into the air seconds after his Lightweight Semi-final bout with Joseph Cordina. He knew that he’d done enough in the second and third round to secure a passage into the final, and so it proved when the ring announcer announced a split-decision in Flynn’s favour, much to delight of a packed SECC crowd. The Scot lost the first after struggling to deal with Cordina’s longer reach, but he grew in comfort as the fight went on; striking the bigger head shots on the counter and weakening the Welshman’s body with some strong infighting when the two came together. Flynn will face either Joe Fitzpatrick or Michael Alexander in tomorrow’s final.

20.08: The Scottish pair of Greg Lobban and Stuart Crawford are out of the Squash Men’s Doubles after a defeat to Australia. But don’t dwell on the bad news just yet, here comes Charlie Flynn into the boxing ring to fight for his place in the Men’s Lightweight Final.

20.03: Enjoyed the Commonwealth Games in your own backyard? Then how about hosting a football European Championships? According to Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson, it may not be as daft an idea as you think.

20.00: The despondency has already been lifted with regards to Scottish relay running. While the women may have a few regrets over their 4x400m relay heat, the same cannot be said for the men who posted a national best to qualify for the final. Competing against England and Jamaica in a tough heat our boys could only finish third. However, once the times were tallied up it transpired that they were fourth fastest in qualifying overall, more than good enough to battle for a medal tomorrow.

19.43: The final of the Women’s discus has been won by Australia’s Dani Samuels. The 26-year old’s furthest throw was over three metres in front of her nearest challenger, India’s Seema Punia. Jade Kelly of England won bronze while the only Scottish finalist, Kirsty Law, came in 11th.

Sticking with non-Scots related gold medal news, the Table Tennis Women’s title has been claimed by Singapore’s Tianwei Feng. She defeated teammate Mengyu Yu in the final.

19.35: 18-year old Eleanor Patterson of Australia has won the women’s High Jump. Her mark of 1.94 could not be beaten by Isobel Pooley, though the English athlete did herself justice by posting a personal best to claim silver. Levern Spencer (LCA) took bronze.

19.21: Gold medal number 17 has officially arrived. We’ve not just beaten the previous record, we’ve absolutely kicked its head in! Early we brought you the news of his healthy lead and, in very un-Scottish fashion, Darren Burnett kept his cool to hold onto that advantage, beating Ryan Bester 21-9 in the Men’s Singles Lawn Bowls Final. That match, coupled with Aron Sherriff defeating Shannon McIlroy in the bronze medal contest, is the last action from Kelvingrove. A number of casual fans scoffed at the inclusion of Lawn Bowls events in the Commonwealth Games, but you cannot deny that they have provided plenty of drama along the way.

19.12: Edinburgh’s Grace Reid came close to a medal in her home town but had to settle for a respectable fifth place finish in the Women’s 1m Springboard Final. Reid was in position for a bronze medal until a poor final dive saw her leapfrogged in the standings by Australian’s Esther Qin and 15-year old Georgia Sheehan, with the former winning bronze. The gold medal belonged to Jennifer Abel.

19.00: Scotland’s female runners have not made the 4x400m Final. India’s fifth place time of 3:33.67 beat them by 0.24 seconds into the eighth and final qualifying place.

That’s now three depressing updates in a row. How can we change that? Oh yeah! With the news that Darren Burnett is now 18-9 ahead after 17 ends and is closing in on the gold medal.

18.51: Sometimes having 50,000 people behind you is a blessing; sometimes it’s a curse. For Zoe Clark in the Women’s 4x400m it was the latter. Running on the last leg, the 19-year old heard the roars of the crowd and immediately set off like a 100m runner. Of course she soon ran out of steam and finished in fourth place. The team will have to wait to see if they qualify as one of the fastest losers.

18.36: Tears for Scotland’s Jayne Nisbet as she’s out of the Women’s High Jump Final after only four jumps. The Edinburgh born athlete cleared 1.87 on her first jump but failed all three attempts at 1.82 to be the second competitor eliminated from the field of 12. That height was actually 0.05 lower than her seasonal best. It would appear that Jayne froze on the big stage.

18.29: Gold #17 could be on its way. Darren Burnett holds a 13-6 lead after 11 ends. We’ll keep you posted on his progress.

18.27: Chris O’Hare is through to the final of the Men’s 1500m. The Scot ran a patience race, keeping to the back for the first 1000m before beginning his charge towards the end. He crossed the line in fourth having relaxed in the last remaining strides before the finishing line. Had qualification demanded it he would have finished second. His teammate Jake Wightman finished in eighth.

18.09: Scotland’s premier track talent Eilidh Child won a silver medal in the Women’s 400m Hurdles last night. Relive the event with Stuart Bathgate’s report and be sure to check out David Ferguson’s interview with the athlete as well.

17.55: No! For the second event in succession Baines has a medal snatched away from him at the last. On this occasion it was Canadian Kevin Lytwyn posting a score of 14.866, moving him into the bronze medal and bumping Baines out. Nile Wilson, the English gymnast who had the gold pinched from him by Daniel Purvis in the Parallel Bars Final, kept a hold of his crown this time.

17.48: Frank Baines is in position to get a medal with 14.566 in the Men’s Horizontal Bar Final, but there’s two gymnasts still to go. Will the heartbreak end?

17.39: 16-year old Claudia Fragapane has just won her fourth gold medal of the Games. The English gymnast added the Women’s Floor Final to the golds secured in the Vault, Women’s Team and Women’s All-Around Individual. She’s still got the Uneven Bars Final to go and if she could claim victory in that event she’ll tie Canadian rhythmic gymnast Patricia Bezzoubenko (herself only 17) for the most gold medals accrued by an athlete at Glasgow 2014.

16.22: GOLD MEDAL NUMBER 16! And in such stunning fashion as well. Daniel Purvis was the last gymnast to go on the parallel bars. 14.866 was what he needed for bronze. Instead, he pulled out a terrific 15.533 routine to snatch the gold medal from right under the nose of England’s Nile Wilson. The only downside was that he knocked teammate Frank Baines out of contention with Max Whitlock getting bronze.

15.29: Frank Baines, the Scottish gymnast hoping for a medal in the Men’s Vault Final, has finished in fifth place. Baines qualified with a score that would have been good enough for a bronze medal, but he couldn’t repeat the performance in the final. His teammate Adam Cox came in seventh. The gold was won by Scott Morgan of Canada.

15.20: THEY’VE DONE IT AGAIN! Paul Foster and Alex “Tattie” Marshall have claimed their second gold medal of the games by helping the Scottish Men’s Fours to defeat England in the gold medal match at Kelvingrove. Joined by fellow bowlers David Peacock and Neil Speirs, the foursome pushed in front at the sixth end and never looked like relinquishing their lead thereafter, finally winning 16-8. It’s gold medal number 15 for Team Scotland and that number could rise further with Darren Burnett in the singles final later today. Australia have won the bronze by beating India 15-14.

15.11: We now know the identity of Josh Taylor’s opponent in the Light Welterweight Gold Medal Match tomorrow. Namibia’s Junias Jonas dominated throughout in his semi-final with Sean Duffy en route to victory via unanimous decision. That fact alone demonstrates just how tough it will be for the Scotsman to win the gold. Duffy is a highly respected fighter and he was never really in the contest with Jonas.

15.05: Turns out our badminton prowess is not just limited to singles events. The Mixed Doubles pairing of Imogen Bankier and Robert Blair will have a chance at guaranteeing themselves at least a silver medal when they go in the semi-finals tomorrow. The duo made it there by defeating Canada’s Derrick Ng ans Phyllis Chan in two games.

14.49: Disappointment for McFadden but elation for Josh Taylor. The boxer from Prestonpans will compete in tomorrow’s Light Welterweight final after defeating Samuel Maxwell in a close contest. Taylor’s strategy was clear from the start: allow Maxwell to control the ring space and look to pick him off on the counter. For two rounds the plan worked perfectly and even though he survived a pummeling at the beginning of the third round, he finished stronger and deservedly drank in the elation from a partisan audience.

14.36: It’s Scotland’s second final hope of the night in the boxing ring. This time it’s Josh Taylor going against England’s Samuel Maxwell in the Light Welterweight. The Scots man has just enjoyed a huge roar from the crowd as the fight is about to get underway.

14.32: It’s looking good in the Lawn Bowls as the Scottish Men’s Fours have pulled ahead of England 14-5. It’s not over yet, though. We’ve witnessed teams coming back from greater deficits at Kelvingrove these past few days.

14.28: There’s a serious chance of Scotland winning a medal in the Badminton. Kirsty Gilmour has just defeated New Zealand’s Michelle Chan to book herself a place in tomorrow’s semi-finals. The Glasgow girl is in scintillating form as well, easily dispatching Chan in two games with scores of 21-9 and 21-10.

14.08: Unfortunately it’s just a bronze medal for Reece McFadden. The 19-year old was beaten by Andrew Moloney in a split decision. He can perhaps feel a little unlucky haven seen an even first round go the way of his Australian opponent. McFadden fought back to win the second and looked in command of the third with 90 seconds to go. It was then, however, that he allowed Moloney to land a couple of big punches in quick succession and, with the expection of a late flurry in the final few seconds, never did enough to convince the judges of the win. To his credit he took it well, lapping up the celebration of the crowd at the end of what has been a fairytale run.

13.50: After a quiet morning things are getting heated up. Scotland are 7-5 up on England in the Men’s Fours Gold Medal match at Kelvingrove and Reece McFadden is out at the SECC. The crowd was electric as McFadden entered to the tune of ‘500 Miles’ and the young boxer seemed to be revelling in the attention. He’s going against Andrew Moloney of Australia for a place in the Flyweight Final.

11.35: Scotland’s Gavin Rumgay, who made himself famous for this unorthodox celebration, has exited the Table Tennis Men’s Singles tournament at the third round stage. The 29-year old, originally from Perth, lost 4-1 to Australia’s William Henzell.

11.26: The gold and bronze medal matches of the Women’s Pairs have been decided in the Lawn Bowls at Kelvingrove. Jersey were looking for their first medal in any Commonwealth Games event since 1990, but the islanders came up short against Northern Ireland who pinched the bronze with a 15-14 win. Things went back and forth in the gold medal contest between England and South Africa with the latter eventually prevailing 20-17.

10.15: Welcome to the Scotsman’s coverage of day nine at these Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. It’s been an excellent competition for Team Scotland thus far and yesterday the home nation bagged another four medals to add to the record haul they’ve already secured. The most notable capture was Eilidh Child running in the Women’s 400m Hurdles. The ‘poster girl’ of these Games, as she’s often referred, encouraged a Hampden roar to rival that of any Scottish football match when she crossed the line in second to claim a silver medal on home soil. In the Gymnastics, Dan Keatings produced a brilliant routine in the Men’s Pommel Horse Final to claim gold, the 14th for Team Scotland, and Daniel Purvis managed bronze in the Men’s Rings Final. The final medal from yesterday was won by Alex Gladkov, the Ukrainian born adopted Scot who took bronze in the wrestling.

So that’s 43 medals in total and we’re guaranteed at least another six. The first action comes from Kelvingrove where the Scottish Lawn Bowls Men’s Four looks to get one over on the Auld Enemy and clinch the gold medal. Later on the green there is Darren Burnett in the final of the Men’s Singles. He’ll be facing Ryan Bester of Canada. In the boxing there are four Scots competing at the semi-final stage. Those are Reece McFadden, Josh Taylor, Stephen Lavelle and Charlie Flynn. Regardless of their results tonight they are guaranteed at least a bronze, but of course they will all be fighting for the top prize. And just to top off the entertainment there is Usain Bolt making his first appearance in the Men’s 4x100m Relay heats. So sit back, relax, and let us tell you all about it.

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