Day 7 review and day 8 preview

October 10, 2010

No Scots were in action today at the SPM Aquatics complex, with Grace Reid not due to compete until Wednesday.

Eilidh Child went into the final of the 400m hurdles as second fastest from the heats and ran a fantastic race to clinch the silver medal in a time of 55.62.

Eilidh will join her team mates in the first round of the 4X400m relay tomorrow.

Lee McConnell had an interesting night on the track in the 200m.

She qualified as second fastest for the final, in a season’s best of 23.56. The final was due to run just over two hours later, however a protest was lodged on one of the semi-finals so officials have decided to postpone the final until tomorrow evening to give all parties the chance to counter-protest. McConnell’s bid for a medal must not wait one more day.

Angus McInroy was disappointed with his performance in the discus tonight. He had two no-throws and only managed 49.98m in this third attempt.

Claire Gibson attacked the 800m final with all she had but just lacked that ‘sharpness’ going into the final bend to keep her in the medal hunt. She finished in 5th place in a time of 2.05.03.

Looking ahead to tomorrow, Scotland’s two pole vaulter’s Richard Hurren and Alasdair Strange get their chance to compete along with Alistair Hay in the first round of the men’s 1,500m; the Scottish 4X400m women’s relay team run out in the heats and McConnell will now run her final.


In the individual events, 2006 Commonwealth bronze medallist Susan Egelstaff successfully negotiated a tricky second round tie against Malaysian Lydia Li Ya Cheah to progress to the last 16 of the women’s singles where she was joined by Kirsty Gilmour courtesy of her win over Mariama Eastmond (Barbados). Kieran Merrilees reached the last 16 in the men’s singles after beating Welshman Martyn Lewis.

Two of Scotland’s mixed doubles pairs – Paul van Rietvelde and Jillie Cooper and Kieran Merrilees and Kirsty Gilmour – exited in the second round but Watson Briggs and Imogen Bankier progressed, beating Canadians Alex Pang and Michelle Li. Wins for Briggs and van Rietvelde in the men’s doubles and for Bankier and Emma Mason in the women’s doubles ensured there is still a strong Scottish presence in the badminton competition.

On Monday the badminton competition resumes with the last 16 matches starting in the morning at 0900hrs local time and the quarter final matches in the evening session at 1800hrs.

It was quarter finals day today at the Talkatora stadium with four Scottish fighters taking to the ring. Josh Taylor and Callum Johnson are guaranteed medals after progressing through their bouts. Josh Taylor fought an excellent fight against Kautoa Roddy of Kiribati, coming out the 10-0 victor.

Aston Brown fought well against England’s Callum Smith but lost 4-0 in what was a narrow fight. Callum Johnson was next up against another Englishman, Obed Mbwakongo, with the Scot coming out on top 6-2. Stephen Simmons was last out in the evening session against Canadian Samir El Mais, and won confidently 7-4.

Scotland are now guaranteed three medals, and it’s the semi-finals tomorrow, when the bronze medals will be decided. Josh Taylor fights first against Lomalito Moala of Tongo at 1415hrs, before Callum Johnson faces Jermaine Asare of Wales, at1515hrs. Heavyweight Stephen Simmons will face Northern Ireland’s Steven Ward in the evening session at 1915hrs.


David Millar won Scotland’s first ever Commonwealth Games road cycling medal with bronze at the end of an epic road race in the centre of Delhi.

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HOCKEY (Women’s)
Scotland’s women play off against Wales at 20.00hrs to determine 7th/8thposition in the competition. Scotland played warm-up matches against Wales before departing for Delhi, winning both, so they’ll be hoping for a repeat performance.
The women’s triples suffered an agonising loss in a tie-break to South Africa to miss out on a medal chance and have to settle for 5th position overall.

The men’s pairs took on Jersey this morning in their play-off and came out on top so they will now play South Africa at 12.30hrs tomorrow in the semi-final. The bronze medal match will be decided at 16.00hrs and the gold/silver match at 19.30hrs.

Meanwhile the singles action continued with Claire Johnston defeating Guernsey in a tie-break this morning. She lost out in her midday match to Malta but got a victory over New Zealand in a tie-break.

Paul Foster continued his winning streak overcoming Malaysia in a tie-break. Both singles players continue in the group stages tomorrow while the men’s triples and women’s pairs final positions have been confirmed as 7th.
Rugby 7s kicks into action tomorrow at Delhi University with each of the 16 teams playing their three pool matches to determine the second day play-offs and medal matches.

Scotland open their campaign against Guayana at 10.06hrs. Canada is the next challenge at 13.12hrs before finishing against reigning Commonwealth Gold medallists New Zealand (17.32hrs).


Ossie McLean and John MacDonald competed in the second day of the trap singles competition, finishing tenth and 23rd respectively. Ossie was tied on 120 points with four other shooters, but he didn’t manage to make it through the shoot-off to the final. Ian Shaw and Angus McLeod competed in the second stage of the full-bore open, and are currently sitting in 26th and 12th positions respectively.

Drew Christie and Ian Marsden get their Commonwealth campaign off to a start tomorrow with the skeet pairs. Ian Shaw and Angus McLeod continue shooting with the pairs and singles 600yds. Jen McIntosh and Kay Copland will be looking to add to their bronze medal, with another in the 50m prone pairs event.

There was disappointment in the women’s doubles on Sunday when Lisa Aitken and Frania Gillen-Buchert were beaten in the group stages by fourth seeds Jaclyn Hawkes and Joelle King (New Zealand) but in the men’s doubles both Scottish pairs won their matches. Alan Clyne and Harry Leitch beat Yasir Butt and Danish Atlas-Khan (Pakistan) 11/8 11/3 whilst Lyall Paterson and Chris Small beat Hartaj Bains and Hardeep Reel 11/8 11/1. The wins ensured both pairs finish top of their respective groups and they will now progress to the quarter final stage. In the mixed doubles both Scottish pairs won with an 11/7 11/2 victory for Leitch and Aitken and an 11/10 11/5 win for Clyne and Gillen-Buchert.

The remaining group stage matches will be played on Monday. Aitken and Gillen-Buchert play their final group match in the women’s doubles at 1300hrs local time whilst Leitch and Aitken and Clyne and Gillen-Buchert will play their remaining mixed doubles matches at 1500hrs.

Craig Howieson got a bye into his second match today after his first opponent failed to show. He swung into action against Taucoory of Mauritius beating him 4-0. Howieson, will play Indian Soumyadeep Roy in the next round at 10.45hrs tomorrow.

Stewart Crawford lost his singles match today which ends his run in the competition. Gavin Rumgay has been granted a bye and will go straight into the last 32.

Rumgay will join forces with Howieson to face Jamaica in the doubles at 14.30hrs.

Colin Fleming and Jocelyn Rae won Team Scotland’s third gold medal of the XIX Commonwealth Games today, completing a truly remarkable fightback to beat the Australian top seeds Paul Hanley and Anastasia Rodionova to win the mixed doubles at the R.K. Khanna tennis complex.

A vocal crowd in the Centre Court arena cheered the unseeded Scottish pair to victory as they ousted their opponents 7-6 (9-7) 6-7 (2-7) 6-2 to become the first ever mixed doubles tennis champions in Commonwealth Games competition.

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The big man that is Tommy Yule walked out in front of a vocal Scottish crowd today in the 105kg category at the Jawaharlal Nehru Sports Complex.

Yule was competing in his fourth Games, his third time representing Scotland, but faced some very strong opposition who out-lifted him on the night and he finished in 6th position.

Tommy claimed the bronze medal in Melbourne and Manchester in the 94kg snatch but with a combined total of 327kg tonight he was unable to repeat the achievement this time around.

Tommy continues the family tradition of Scottish representation at the Games. His mother represented Scotland in shot putt in 1970 Games, his father competed in 1974 Christchurch Games in his brother represented Scotland in 1998 and 2002, both in weightlifting.

In the final day of wrestling, Sean Keogh (84kg) and Craig McKenna (55kg) competed in the men’s freestyle eliminations. McKenna lost his first fight in the elimination which ended his competition. Keogh won his first match and fought for a bronze medal through the repechage system but was unsuccessful and finished 5th.

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