Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Commonwealth Games: Rebecca Adlington still queen of the pool on golden day

Double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington cruised to swimming gold as the Home Nations won 27 medals on Day Four of the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Adlington's comfortable victory in the women's 800m was one of six England gold medals, the others going to gymnast Imogen Cairns, the men's and women's compound archery trios, shooter Stevan Walton and para-athlete Katrina Hart.

Sprinter Mark Lewis-Francis claimed one of England's 12 silver medals in the men's 100metres final, won by Jamaica’s Lerone Clarke.

And there were four silvers for Wales won by track cyclist Becky James, hammer thrower Carys Parry, weightlifter Michaela Breeze and para-athlete Jenny McLoughlin.

Two of England's silvers came in the synchronised swimming where Jenna Randall claimed one in the solo competition before teaming up with Olivia Allison for another in the duet.

There were four England silvers in the pool — for Ellen Gandy, Simon Burnett, Joe Roebuck and Stephanie Millward — and three in the gymnastics, won by Luke Folwell, Reiss Beckford and Max Whitlock, while para-athlete Daniel James claimed the other in the men's shot putt.

Zoe Derham claimed one of two England bronzes in the shot put, Anna Blyth winning the other in track cycling's women's 10km scratch race.

Jemma Lowe claimed a bronze in the pool for Wales in the women's 100m butterfly and shooter Tim Kneale won the Isle of Man's second bronze of the Games in the men's double trap individual.

In the boxing ring, Welshman Andrew Selby beat England's Tommy Stubbs on countback and Bournemouth bantamweight Iain Weaver set up a Saturday grudge match against Indian poster boy Akhil Kumar with a second-round stoppage of Swaziland's Vusie Simelane.

In the badminton England lost 3-0 to India in the mixed team semis sending India into the final and England into the bronze medal tie today. Earlier England beat Scotland to book their semis spot.

England's hockey men fought out a 1-1 draw with Canada and Scotland's women beat Trinidad 6-1.

England are guaranted a squash gold medal with top seed Nick Matthew facing James Willstrop in the men's singles final.

Matthew beat team-mate Peter Barker 11-9 11-2 11-9 while Willstrop beat Mohammed Iskandar of Malaysia.

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