Section: Athletics

Glasgow 2014: Greg Rutherford leaps to Commonwealth gold

Greg Rutherford added Commonwealth long jump gold to his Olympic title to claim England’s first athletics gold of these Glasgow Games.

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Rutherford, who won silver in Delhi four years ago, had an epidural injection in the build-up to make it to qualifying after pulling out of the Diamond League event here with injury.

But after his first round 8.12 metres was matched by South Africa’s Zarck Visser, his championship pedigree told as he produced a third round 8.20m to snatch a lead that none of his rivals could threaten.

Rutherford, who has endured a difficult time since London 2012 – struggling with hamstring injuries, losing his kit sponsor and failing to qualify for the World Championship final a year ago – used the support of a home crowd as well as he had two years ago on a cool night far from ideal for jumping.

“It’s never an easy road, and after what happened last year with injury I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to carry on jumping. But now I’ve managed to win another title and that’s what it’s all about for me,” he told BBC Sport afterwards.

“I think a lot of people had written me off thinking I was a one-hit wonder. But I wanted to prove I could do it again.

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Glasgow 2014: England win double gymnastics team gold

England’s women emulated the achievement of their male team-mates by winning gold in the gymnastics team final at the Commonwealth Games.

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Rebecca Downie, Claudia Fragapane, Ruby Harrold, Hannah Whelan and Kelly Simm held off Australia to win, with Wales putting in a superb display for bronze.

Earlier, Louis Smith, Sam Oldham, Kristian Thomas, Max Whitlock and Nile Wilson won the men’s title.

Scotland finished second to secure their first major team medal.

Dan Keatings, Dan Purvis, Frank Baines, Adam Cox and Liam Davie scored 257.603, with England’s 266.804 enough for victory.

However, Oldham missed England’s final two rotations after falling in the vault.

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Glasgow 2014 : Kemar Bailey-Cole takes 100m title for Jamaica as Adam Gemili claims silver

Third straight Commonwealth triumph for Caribbean island while English sprinter stays just outside 10-second barrier after beating Nickel Ashmeade in to third place

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So, the Jamaican supremacy in Commonwealth 100 metres finals continues, as Kemar Bailey-Cole brought a third straight triumph for the Caribbean island with a brilliant run for gold in 10 seconds dead, but this was a night that also marked the coming of age for England’s Adam Gemili.

The 20-year-old had stated that his ambition was simply to reach the final but he did better, far better, in claiming a silver medal that suggests his longer-team target of winning a medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016 is very much intact.

At just 22, Bailey-Cole has understood his capacity to be a superstar ever since he formed part of Jamaica’s triumphant sprint relay team at London 2012, and duly confirmed it with this fabulous display. Coach Glen Mills has billed him as the country’s next pre-eminent star, even drawing the first tentative comparisons with Usain Bolt.

But Gemili deserved immense praise for the way he split the Jamaican triumvirate of Bailey-Cole, Nickel Ashmeade and Jason Livermore to finish second after a lightning-fast start. His time of 10.10 sec might mean he is still to break the elusive 10-second barrier, but on his present trajectory that, too, must surely come soon.

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Glasgow 2014: Laura Trott wins points race gold for England

Laura Trott celebrates gold in the 25km points race at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow.

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From sickbed to saviour. Laura Trott was able to hold down only porridge a few days ago but the weekend finished with England’s golden girl tasting victory once again. Having being diagnosed with a kidney infection on Thursday, Trott’s dramatic triumph in the 25km points race ensured a return to the top of the podium and provided England with only their second triumph of the Games at this track.

It was a win, she said, that compared with her two Olympic titles in 2012. This one, however, was arguably more impressive, coming as it did after doctors had recorded a worryingly high temperature only days previously. Trott’s recovery was immense, digging deep into energy reserves, that had been eviscerated by illness, to edge past Wales’s Elinor Barker and win at the line after half an hour of gruelling sprints

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Glasgow 2014: Fran Halsall and Siobhan-Marie O’Connor win gold

Fran Halsall won her second title in Glasgow and 10th Commonwealth Games medal overall as England claimed another two golds in the pool.

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Halsall, 24, emulated her 50m freestyle success in the 50m butterfly after Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, 18, had won the 200m individual medley.

England’s Liam Tancock, 29, added a bronze in the 50m backstroke.

Scotland’s men’s 4x200m freestyle team won silver, while Hannah Miley, 24, and Erraid Davies, 13, both took bronze.

Southport’s Halsall, though, was the biggest winner.

Her time of 25.2 seconds was a new British and Commonwealth record and made her the first woman to complete a Commonwealth Games sprint double.

She now has three gold, six silver and one bronze medal across the last three Games since Melbourne in 2006.

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Glasgow 2014 : Alistair Brownlee wins gold, brother Jonny silver

Alistair Brownlee added Commonwealth triathlon gold to his Olympic, world and European titles to complete the full set and make it a perfect opening day for England.

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Brownlee ran away from a splintered field as younger brother Jonny took silver and South Africa’s Richard Murray bronze.

The elder Brownlee had targeted this race all season, putting it before a tilt at a third world title, and two years after storming to Olympic gold in London produced a similarly dominant display to add the one medal missing from his collection.

With the brothers a minute clear going into the 10km run, Alistair quickly opened up a four second lead, stretched that to 13 seconds after the second of the three laps and cruised home draped in the flags of both England and his home county Yorkshire, high-fiving his way down the final stretch.

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Commonwealth Games : Day 1

Thursday 24 July 2014

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Day in a sentence: The first medals to be won at Glasgow 2014 will come in the triathlon events, held in Strathclyde Country Park.

In action: Bradley Wiggins, Michael Jamieson, Hannah Miley, Alistair and Jonny Brownlee

Gold medals won today: 20. Cycling – track (men’s team pursuit and team sprint, women’s 500m time trial and Para-sport sprint B tandem), gymnastics (rhythmic team event), judo (men’s -60kg and -66kg, women’s -48kg, -52kg and -57kg), swimming (men’s 400m free, 200m breast and Para-sport 100m S9 free, women’s 200m free, 400m medley and 4x100m free relay), triathlon (men’s and women’s races), weightlifting (women’s 48kg, men’s 56kg).

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Glasgow 2014 : Mo Farah’s fitness in doubt for Games

Double Olympic and world champion Mo Farah has cast doubt on whether he will be fit enough to compete at the Commonwealth Games.

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Farah, 31, is due to run for England in the 5,000m and 10,000m at Glasgow 2014.

But he pulled out of last weekend’s Diamond League event at Hampden Park because of illness.

Asked on BBC Radio 5 live on Monday if he was going to be fit for the Games, Farah replied: “It’s a good question. I don’t know.”

He added: “Hopefully I should be good. I have missed a bit of training, but we’ll make a decision further down the line.”

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Athletics : Radcliffe to Return With 10k Race

Marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe will make her comeback at the Worcester City 10k in September.

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The 40-year-old has not run competitively since undergoing surgery on a foot following the Vienna half marathon in Austria in 2012.

Radcliffe is planning to finish her career at next year’s London Marathon and will use the Worcester event to ease herself back into racing.

“It will give me a chance to see how my fitness is developing,” she said.

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