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Day 8 brings more track and field success for Caribbean and African nations

Athletics

Rasheed Dwyer (JAM) won the men’s 200m final on Thursday to become the third athlete from Jamaica to claim Gold in this event at the Commonwealth Games.

Omar Brown (JAM) in 2006 and Don Quarrie (JAM) in 1970 and 1974 are the other two athletes to have won the men’s 200m for Jamaica in the competition.

Jamaica swept the podium, as Warren Weir (JAM) and Jason Livermore (JAM) claimed Silver and Bronze respectively.

For the second time in Commonwealth Games history a CGA swept the podium in men’s 200m after England in 1990, when Marcus Adam (ENG), John Regis (ENG) and Ade Mafe (ENG) won Gold, Silver and Bronze in exact order.

Olympic Bronze medallist Weir, became the seventh athlete and the second from Jamaica after Quarrie to win a medal in this event at both the Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games.

Nijel Amos (BOT) produced a late burst of speed to catch Olympic champion and world record holder David Rudisha (KEN) in the home straight to win the men's 800m at Hampden Park on Thursday.

Amos had recorded the fastest time in the heats and semi-finals and crossed the line with his arms spread wide in a time of 1min, 45:18sec. Rudisha took Silver with 1:45:48 and Andre Olivier (RSA) claimed Bronze with 1:46:03.

Blessing Okagbare (NGR) added 200m Gold to the 100m title she took on Monday with a confident run, leading the race from  start to finish.

She came home in 22.25sec, with Jodie Williams (ENG) and Bianca Williams (ENG) finishing second and third for their first senior medals.

The English athletes both produced personal best times, Jodie Williams finishing in 22.50 and Bianca Williams in 22.58.

Okagbare's medal was Nigeria's second of the night after Ese Brume (NGR) leapt 6.56m to win the long jump. It gave her victory over Jazmin Sawyers (ENG) who jumped a season's best 6.54m and Christabel Nettey (CAN) with 6.49m.

Paralympic champion David Weir (ENG) won his head-to-to against Commonwealth champion Kurt Fearnley (AUS) in the men's race. He bided his time as Fearnley and Josh Cassidy (CAN) contested the lead and then snatched it himself on the back straight and continued to pull away to the line. Weir finished in 3:21:67, Fearnley won silver with 3:23:08 and Alex Dupont (CAN) won bronze with 3:23:62.

Aquatics

Meaghan Benfeito (CAN) won the women's 10m platform final to claim her second Gold medal at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. She had already won Gold the women's synchronised 10m platform on Wednesday.

Benfeito is the second woman to win both the women's 10m platform and the women's synchronised 10m platform in the same edition of the Games, after Loudy Wiggins (AUS) at Melbourne 2006.

Benfeito's win was the eighth for Canada in the women's 10m platform, making the CGA outright record holder in this event. It overtook Australia which is on seven wins.

Badminton

Australian pair Ross Smith and Robbin Middleton (AUS) won through to the badminton men's doubles quarter-finals on Thursday evening after a 2-0 win against Martin Campbell (SCO) and Patrick Machugh (SCO).

Scottish interest in the doubles events at Glasgow 2014 was maintained however as its other men's pairing and mixed doubles duo qualified during a day's play which largely went to form.

Campbell/Machugh fell behind early in their first game and stayed there, with the Australians clinching the first game 21-14. The Scots trailed throughout again in the second game and, after closing the gap to five points, lost 21-15 as two Machugh returns went wide.

In men's doubles, Robert Blair/Paul Van Rietvelde (SCO) faced an uphill struggle against Adrian LIU/Derrick Ng (CAN). The Canadians broke away in the early stages but the Scots caught up at 5-5 and BLAIR's trademark smashes pushed Scotland ahead, going into the interval at 11-9.

Ng's nimble net work kept the Scots' offensive in check and the Canadians levelled at 17-17 before Blair/Van Rietvelde pulled ahead again for game point at 20-17, conceding a point and winning out at 21-18. Scotland raced to 11-4 at the interval in the second, keeping the Canadians at bay, and another Blair smash completed the victory at 21-13.

Earlier in the day, Imogen Bankier (SCO) and BLAIR had progressed to the last eight of the mixed doubles.

Cycling Road Race

Silver turned to Gold for Linda Villumsen (NZL) and Alex Dowsett (ENG) in the women's and men's individual time trials at Glasgow Green on Thursday.

The Delhi 2010 Silver medallists overcame big names and wet weather to top the podium, with both using the final 6.4km expertly to make final pushes that clinched them the title.

Hockey

India will now face New Zealand on Saturday morning after beating beat South Africa 5-2 to secure a semi-final spot and South Africa will play in the fifth and sixth classification match against Canada.


Lawn Bowls

South Africa won Gold in para open triples B6/B7/B8 to become the first Commonwealth Games Association to win four Gold medals in lawn bowls at a Games. The record was the highlight of Thursday's play at Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre.

Deon van de Vyver (RSA), Roger Hagerty (RSA) and Derrick Lobban (RSA) defeated New Zealand 13-11 in the final to break its previous record of three, set at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games.

This was South Africa's fifth medal in lawn bowls in Glasgow, while England won its first after a sudden-death end in a remarkable Bronze medal match against Scotland. England won 16-12 after forcing the additional end with two-shot wins in each of the last two ends.

The second Gold medal of the day was awarded to England, who thrashed Australia 22-4 in women's triples to win its first lawn bowls Gold of Glasgow 2014. The Bronze medal was won by South Africa when it defeated Wales 23-14.


Netball

The proud home fans sang Flower Of Scotland as their team bowed out of its first Commonwealth Games Netball competition on a high on Thursday night.

Scotland ended its Glasgow 2014 campaign with a 46-28 triumph over Trinidad and Tobago in the 9-10 classification match at the SECC to finish in ninth place overall.

Barbados avoided the disappointment of finishing last with a 53-27 victory over winless Saint Lucia, which will leave Glasgow empty-handed after losing the 11-12 classification match.

The Thistles were making their first appearance at netball in the Commonwealth Games, having automatically qualified as host nation.

Table Tennis

Singapore are still on target to claim every table tennis Gold medal up for grabs at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games but to keep on track they will have to win Friday's women's singles and the men's doubles Gold medal matches.

All three Singaporean singles ladies made it to the semi-finals, while both men's doubles also made it to that stage.

The odds are not in Singapore's favour in the mixed doubles however with three English pairs making an appearance in the semi-finals. The English will have to defeat top pair Gao Ning and Feng Tianwei (SIN).

Weightlifting

India finished top of the weightlifting medal standings on Thursday after eight days of competition at the Clyde Auditorium.

Nigeria were second and Canada moved third thanks to a record-breaking effort by George Kobaladze that brought his nation its second Gold and fourth overall.

India collected 11 (three Golds, three Silvers, five Bronzes) and Nigeria eight (three Golds, four Silvers, one Bronze) but subject to the result of Nigerian Chika Amalaha's B-sample on a failed dope test.

Australia remains the most successful country in Commonweath Games weightlifting history, extending its medal total from 148 to 151 through Francois Etoundi, Simplice Ribouem and Damon Kelly, but there was to be no Australian Gold in Glasgow.

Wrestling

Canada took its tally of wrestling Gold medals to seven when Danielle Lappage (CAN) and Tamerlan Tagziev (CAN) respectively won the women's -63kg and men's -86kg classes on the final day of competition at the Commonwealth Games at the SECC on Thursday.

India will go home with five after victories by Babita Kumari (IND) and Yogeshwar Dutt (IND) in the respective women's -55kg and men's -65kg categories.



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