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Bolt Storms The Hampden Track On Day 9 Of The XX Commonwealth Games

As we entered the final weekend of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, the action continued with 20 Gold medals on offer and the highly anticipated debut of Usain Bolt in the Men’s 4 x 100m Relay Heats.

Athletics superstars powered round the track, daring divers made a splash, and the Lawn Bowls and Gymnastics competitions came to a thrilling end.

ATHLETICS

Eleanor Patterson (AUS) won the women's high jump at Hampden Park on Friday. Patterson won with a jump of 1.94m, with Isobel Pooley (ENG) taking the silver with a personal best of 1.92 and Levern Spencer (LCA) the Bronze.

Dani Samuels (AUS) won the Women's Discus Throw at Hampden Park on Friday. Samuels won with a throw of 64.88m. Seema Punia (IND) settled for the silver with 61.61 and Jade Lally (ENG) the bronze with 60.48.

Usain Bolt (JAM) made a winning start on his Commonwealth Games debut. The 100m world record holder anchored Jamaica's 4 x 100m relay team in the heats and brought it home in 38.98. However, Jamaica's Caribbean rivals Trinidad and Tobago ran the fastest time with 38.33.

Jonathan Ndiku (KEN) broke the Commonwealth Games record to win the Men's 3000m Steeplechase as Kenya completed a 1-2-3 on the podium at Hampden Park on Friday. Ndiku won in 8:10.44. Jairus Birech (KEN) managed silver in 8:12.68 and Ezekiel Kemboi Cheboi (KEN) the bronze.

Moses Kipsiro (UGA) ran comfortably to secure the Gold medal in the Men's 10,000m in 27:56.11 at Hampden Park on Friday. Josphat Kipkoech Bett (KEN) captured the silver in 27:56.14 and Cameron Levins (CAN) the bronze in 27:56.23.

Eunice Jepkoech Sum (KEN) ran the track to secure Gold in the Women's 800m Final at Hampden Park on Friday in 2:00.37. Lynsey Sharp (SCO) took silver in 2:01.34 and Winnie Nanyondo (UGA) the bronze in 2:01.38.

Home hero Lynsey Sharp (SCO) crawled from her hospital bed to take the silver medal in the women's 800m at Hampden Park.

The 24-year-old was struck down by a mystery bug early on Friday morning and had to be rushed into hospital. Incredibly, the Scot insisted on competing in the final of her event and produced an electrifying late burst to edge out Winnie Nanyondo (UGA) for second place by just four hundredths of a second, behind winner Eunice Jepkoech Sum (KEN).

BOXING (Semi-Finals)

Olympic Women’s Champion Nicola Adams (ENG) seen off the challenge of Mandy Bujold (CAN) to set up an engaging contest against Michaela Walsh (NIR) for the first ever Women’s Flyweight Gold medal bout at the Commonwealth Games.

Scottish Hopeful Reece McFadden (SCO) bowed out after the challenge of Andrew Moloney (AUS) went to a split decision in the Oceanic boxers favour. The fiery teenage Scot had thought he had done enough to book his place into the final.   

Josh Taylor (SCO) defeated Great Britain teammate and friend Samuel Maxwell (ENG) in their Light Welterweight Semi-Final. It was a tightly matched contest but Taylor's clever boxing and big right-hand shots earned him a unanimous points victory.

Junias Jonas (NAM) produced his display of the tournament to overcome Sean Duffy (NIR). He showed terrific speed, movement and accuracy, and ensured an African presence in the Gold medal finals.

DIVING

The Diving action returned to the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh today, with England's Jack Laugher and Chris Mears breaking Canada’s dominance in the Men's Synchronised 3m Springboard and taking the Gold medal.  

Australia's Grant Nel and Matthew Mitcham won the Silver, and England's Nick Robinson-Baker and Freddie Woodward took the Bronze.

GYMNASTICS

Elsabeth Black (CAN) secured her country's fourth Gold in the Balance Beam event at a Commonwealth Games. Black – who performed a solid and difficult routine including a full twisting back flip – scored 14.900 to take the Gold and finished well ahead of the Silver medallist, Mary-Anne Monckton (AUS), who scored 13.666.

Georgina Hockenhull (WAL) took the Bronze medal with 13.466 – her country's first medal in the Women's Beam event.

In the Men’s Parallel Bars Final, Scotland’s Daniel Purvis took the Gold (Scotland’s first ever medal in this event) with 15.533 points.

"I'm over the moon” said Daniel. “I didn't expect to get Gold. Just to get a medal in front of this crowd would have been fantastic."

Nile Wilson (ENG) won the Silver with 15.433 points, and Max Whitlock (ENG) took the Bronze with 15.066 points.

Scott Morgan (CAN) won the Vault Final, claiming the 200th Gold medal of the Games. Kristian Thomas (ENG) won the Silver and Wah Toon Hoe (SIN) took the Bronze.

Claudia Fragapane clinched the Gold medal in the Floor Final with a well-choreographed routine which carried a difficulty factor of 6.0. She scored 14.541, well ahead of her competitors.

Lauren Mitchell (AUS) – the 2010 World Champion in the floor exercise – finished second on 13.833. Elsabeth Black (CAN) returned to the podium to collect Bronze.

LAWN BOWLS

Scotland beat England in the Men's Fours Final to win Gold at Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre.

Alex Marshall (SCO) now has four Gold Commonwealth Games medals – winning the pairs at Manchester 2002 and Melbourne 2006, and the same event in Glasgow on Thursday.

South Africa's Colleen Piketh and Tracy-Lee Botha won Gold in the Women's Pairs, defeating England's Natalie Melmore and Jamie-Lea Winch 20-17 after an extra end in the Gold medal match.

“We were a little bit nervous and anxious but we knew what we needed to do” says Tracy-Lee. “They started catching up and we had to recompose ourselves."

"It was extremely tense. Once that final bowl happened, the relief you feel, that's when the emotions came out."

Northern Ireland's Barbara Cameron and Mandy Cunningham won Bronze by defeating Jersey 15-14.

TABLE TENNIS

Singapore claimed the gold medal in the men's doubles for the first time and swept the podium in the women's singles, but England mixed pairs have put a dent in Singapore's ambitions to stake a claim for all the golds available, as they set up an all-England mixed doubles final.

However, the city state's players still have a chance to win six out of seven possible golds, with Singapore qualifying for the men's singles and the women's doubles semi-finals.

Singapore laid claim to all three podium places when FENG Tianwei (SIN) beat YU Mengyu (SIN) 4-1 in the final, after LIN Ye (SIN) had taken Bronze earlier.

It's Singapore's fourth medal sweep since table tennis was admitted to the Commonwealth Games programme in Manchester 2002. The previous three times were in the women's singles in Melbourne 2006 and Delhi 2010, and the mixed doubles in 2006.

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