There was another medal in the pool today, yet again involving David Carry and Robbie Renwick as the men took the 4x200m freestyle relay silver. Megan Gilchrist was first in the water this morning where she qualified for tomorrow evening’s 800m freestyle final. Louise Pate put in a fantastic performance to reach the semi-finals of the 100m butterfly, while Craig McNally missed out on a place in the 200m backstroke final by less than a second.
Sean Fraser qualified for the men’s 50m freestyle S9 final where he finished sixth. Kerry Buchan and Hannah Miley finished eighth and seventh respectively in the 200m breaststroke final. Andy Mayor was a late addition to the 50m butterfly final, where he finished eighth. Kris Gilchrist and Michael Jamieson competed in the 100m breaststroke, finishing in seventh and fourth respectively.
In the first relay race of the evening session, the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay, Scotland finished in fifth. Lauren Smith is sitting third in the solo synchronised event following the performance of her technical routine today.
Cameron Brodie and Andy Mayor are up first tomorrow in the 100m butterfly heats. Kerry Buchan, Kathryn Johnstone and Corrie Scott will all compete in the 200m breaststroke, while Craig McNally races the 100m backstroke. Lucy Ellis and Sara Hamilton feature in the 50m freestyle before Lewis Smith competes in the 400m inpidual medley. Megan Gilchrist will contest the 800m freestyle final after she qualified through the heats today.
After the first day of the Synchronised Swimming competition, Scotland’s Lauren Smith lies in third place following a strong performance in the solo technical routine.
Smith scored 39.917 and will have to work hard in tomorrow’s free routine to hold off Malaysia’s Katrina Abdul Hadi (39.417) and Australia’s Tarren Otte (39.334) to clinch her nation’s first ever Commonwealth medal for Synchronised Swimming.
Smith said: “I am really pleased with my placing so far and am looking forward to competing tomorrow. I’m going to have to fight hard tomorrow as there’s some good competition out there.”
The synchronised swimming events reach a climax tomorrow, with Lauren Smith performing her solo free routine.
In the men’s team eliminations the Scotland lost to Sri Lanka, which regrettably brings their participation in the competition to an end.
In the compound competition the woman’s team lost to Malaysia and the men to Northern Ireland. The only Scottish archer still in the competition is Tracey McGowan who competes in the inpidual quarter final stages, and should she get through, semi finals and finals at 0900hrs local time on Saturday.
Lee McConnell was Scotland’s first athlete in action tonight at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium for round one of the 400m. She won her heat comfortably from lane eight in 53.24 and will run in the semi-final tomorrow at 6.25hrs.
McConnell returns to action for the 400m semi-final tomorrow while Roger Skedd begins his decathlon competition and Steph Twell runs in round one of the 1500m.
On Wednesday Team Scotland’s badminton players played their final two group stage matches on the third day of the mixed team event. In the morning session the Scots recorded a straightforward 5-0 whitewash against Kenya before returning to the Siri Fort Complex to face hosts and second seeds India in the evening session at 1900hrs.
In the mixed doubles, Watson Briggs and Imogen Bankier gave the Scots a glimmer of hope of causing an upset when they took to the court to face Valiya Diju and Jwala Gutta, a pair ranked 11 in the world. The Indians won a straightforward first game 21-11 before the Scots took the second 21-19 to pull level. But the Indian pair won a tense third game 21-18 to swing the momentum firmly their way. From there India won the men’s and women’s singles and the men’s doubles before conceding the final tie, the women’s doubles, for an overall 4-1 win.
Team Scotland’s Bravehearts will now play the Auld Enemy in the quarter finals on Thursday morning at 1100hrs.
Two of Scotland’s boxers were in action in the ring today at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium. In the afternoon session, Josh Taylor defeated Melbourne bronze medallist, Darren Edwards 5-1. Aston Brown faced Kenyan, Rayton Okwiri in the evening session with the welterweight coming out on top at 8-3.
Iain Butcher is the only Scottish boxer competing tomorrow. The light flyweight takes on Northern Ireland’s Paddy Barnes in the afternoon session at approximately 1400hrs local time.
A silver medal for Jenny Davis and Charline Joiner in the women’s team sprint, a new event on the Commonwealth Games programme, got Team Scotland’s cyclists on the medals table in the Delhi velodrome. But there was disappointment for the Team Scotland flag bearer, Ross Edgar, who crashed out of the keirin at the semi-final stage, but bounced back in the evening to qualify for Thursday’s sprint quarter-finals.
Both women’s and men’s points races saw world class fields, and in the men’s event, won in outstanding fashion by Australian world champion Cameron Meyer, Evan Oliphant rode aggressively to finish sixth.
In the woman’s inpidual all around final, Tori Simpson put in a strong performance and ranked 11th, with her best apparatus being the vault. Jordon Lipton ranked 13th, Amy Regan 21st and all three of the gymnasts will compete in the inpidual apparatus event tomorrow at 1700hrs local time.
Following a late call up due to a withdrawl, Ryan McKee took part in the men’s inpidual all around event, which saw him achieve his personal best of 77.500 to finish 17th.
The men threw everything they had at world number one side Australia, but went down fighting 9-0. The women take to the field again in a winnable match against Trinidad and Tobago at 11.00hrs.
The day got off to a winning start with the ladies pairs defeating Samoa and the men’s triples taking the honours against Canada in straight sets. Malaysia were too strong for Margaret Letham and Caroline Brown in their second match, losing 2-0. The men’s pairs won against Brunei in a tie-break and had the result same against Kenya while the ladies triples lost to India then bounced back with an evening win against Botswana. The action continues tomorrow.
Graham Rudd competed in the 10m Air Rifle qualification round but missed out on a place in the afternoon shoot-off. Pistol shooters Alan Ritchie and Caroline Brownlie also missed out on final spots after finishing 19th in the 50m and 14th in the 25m precision qualification rounds respectively.
Pairs bronze medallists Jennifer McIntosh and Kay Copland will face one another in the 50m 3P singles event from 0900hrs local time.
Alan Clyne and Harry Leitch both beat Canadian opposition to reach the semi finals of the men’s singles classic plate. Clyne, who recently broke into the top 50 singles players in the world, beat Canadian Andrew McDougall 11-8 11-5 11-5 whilst Leitch scored an excellent 8-11 11-4 11-3 11-1 win over Robin Clarke, a player ranked 79 in the world. In the women’s singles of the classic plate, Frania Gillen-Buchert also reached the semis with an 11-7 11-4 11-4 over Sri Lanka’s Sharya Guruge.
In the consolation plate events, Lisa Aitken beat Jersey’s Kate Cadigan 11-2 11-4 11-7 in the women’s singles to reach the semi finals and Chris Small will also have a semi final match on Thursday having defeated Harry Birch (Guernsey) 11-3 11-5 11-3 and Navin Samarasinghe (Sri Lanka) 11-6 11-5 11-3. Lyall Paterson, who was beaten 11-7 6-11 11-8 11-7 by Zambian Kelvin Ndhlovu, will now turn his attention to the doubles events which start on Saturday.
In the classic plate events Clyne will face Bradley Hindle (Malta) at 1500hrs local time on Thursday whilst Leitch will play Malaysian Ivan Yuen at 1800hrs on the impressive show court. Gillen-Buchert plays England’s Sarah Kippax at 1500hrs on Thursday. In the consolation plate, Aitken will face Malaysian Sharon Wee at 1800hrs and Small takes on Zambian Ray Simbule at 1900hrs.
In the morning the Scottish men’s team had a challenging match against Kenya, who put in a strong performance despite Scotland being the favourite, but remained focused and won 3/0. This progressed them on to an evening match against Malaysia, which they lost 3/1, and their next match is against Sri Lanka at 1200hrs local time tomorrow for positions 9-12.
Wednesday at the R.K. Khanna Complex was a less successful day for Team Scotland’s tennis players. In the men’s doubles, Colin Fleming and Jamie Murray were beaten by India’s second seeds Somdev Devvarman and Rohan Bopanna 6-3 6-1 and earlier in the day both players also went out of the men’s singles to seeded opposition. In an Anglo-Scottish tie Murray lost 7-5 6-0 to fourth seed James Ward whilst, following two energy sapping three set matches in the previous two days, doubles specialist Fleming withdrew from the singles after losing the first set against New Zealand’s sixth seed Rubin Statham.
In the women’s doubles Mhairi Brown and Joss Rae were also up against Indian players, fourth seeds Sania Mirza and Rushmi Chakravarthi. On a packed Centre Court they did their best to cause an upset – having lost the first set 6-1 they fought their way back into the match and went 5-2 up in the second. But they couldn’t close out the set and ended up tasting defeat in the second set tie break, going out 6-1 7-6 (7-3).
Scotland’s interest in the tennis is now focussed on mixed doubles pair Fleming and Rae, who play second seeds Leander Paes and Mirza on Thursday in the last match on Centre Court at 1900hrs.
Graeme Kane will be the first of Scotland’s three weightlifters to compete when he goes up in the 77kg category tomorrow. The current U23 British Champion’s preparations have been going well so he’ll be pressing for a medal tomorrow if all goes to plan.
Sean Keogh took part in the Greco roman wrestling event this morning as a warm-up for his freestyle competition later in the week. Sean Keogh put up a tough fight but lost to Australian wrestler, Gene Kapaufs, which unfortunately knocked him out of the competition.