Glasgow 2014: Scots match best-ever Games gold total

Euan Burton waves to the Scottish fans after winning judo gold at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Image copyright SNS
Image caption Burton won gold three days after being Scotland's flag bearer at the opening ceremony

Hosts Scotland have matched their best-ever total of 11 gold medals at a Commonwealth Games after only three days of competition at Glasgow 2014.

Euan Burton's win in the under 100kg final reached the golds total in Delhi four years ago.

But subsequent wins by Sarah Adlington (+78kg) and Christopher Sherrington (+100kg) matched the golden generation in Melbourne in 2006.

Earlier, Neil Fachie and Craig MacLean had claimed their second cycling gold.

Team Scotland director of high performance Mike Whittingham said: "To have won 11 gold medals during the first three days of competition is testament to the hard work of the Team Scotland athletes, coaches and support staff.

"There were some phenomenal performances today, with Neil Fachie and Craig MacLean adding a second gold medal to their tally, the judo team picking up another five medals and Ross Murdoch proving his class with a bronze in the pool.

"With the overall tally currently at 25, it's looking extremely positive and, with great momentum behind Team Scotland, hopefully more medals will continue to come."

Australia top the medal with England second and the Scots third.

There was to be no family double for Scotland's flag bearer, Burton, with wife Gemma Gibbons, who competes for England, losing to Natalie Powell of Wales in the -78kg.

Frankie Jones had earlier won Wales' first gold of the Games in the rhythmic gymnastics' ribbon event, while cyclist Peter Kennaugh won the Isle of Man's first medal, taking silver in the men's points race.

The media event of the day in Glasgow welcomed the arrival of six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt.

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Image caption Crowds flocked to see Usain Bolt's arrival in Glasgow

There had been speculation that the Jamaican, who missed the 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games, would choose to only race in the final of the 4x100m relay.

But he revealed to reporters that he would also compete in the heats when they take place on Friday at Hampden Park.

Bolt explained he would be staying in the Athletes' Village, which became the centre of controversy when Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford expressed frustration over "ignorant athletes" making noise.

Englishman Rutherford, who took gold for Great Britain at London 2012, tweeted this morning: "Being in an athletes village is great until the ignorant athletes make more noise than a herd of elephants startled in a china shop.

"It bloody kills me. I have the noisiest people above me with some serious big feet banging around.

"I think some people are determined to annoy every other athlete around them. Strong words will be said soon."

Mike Hooper, chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation, said no complaints had been received.

Image caption The flotilla was the largest ever seen on the Clyde

At a daily media briefing, Hooper said: "It's a great environment within the village. We've had absolutely no complaints whatsoever. It's news to me the tweet that he's made."

Outwith Games competition, the biggest event of the day in Glasgow was the biggest-ever flotilla seen on the River Clyde.

About 250 small ships, yachts and clippers sailed from Greenock to the city's Pacific Quay, cheered all the way by crowds along the shoreline, in the event organised by the Royal Yachting Association Scotland.

An estimated 280,000 people were expected in the city on Saturday, including Ibrox Stadium, where the rugby sevens began the first of its two days of competition.

Police Scotland mounted what it said is its biggest-ever operation in Glasgow to help the city cope with the expected crowds.

Team Scotland's day three at the games

  • Shooter Drew Christie won silver in the men's skeet event.
  • Irene Edgar and Robert Conway took silver in the para bowls pairs after losing 14-10 to South Africa.
  • Cycling duo Neil Fachie and Craig Maclean took gold in the men's B2 tandem sprint.
  • Andrew Burns won a bronze after beating New Zealand's Mark Anthony in judo's 90kg category.
  • Matthew Purssey lost out against Zack Pointek but took silver in the judo -90kg category.
  • Cameron Brodie missed out on a medal after finishing fourth in the 200m butterfly final despite being the fastest qualifier from the heats. Brodie set a new Scottish record of 1.56.59 as Chad Le Clos of South Africa won gold.
  • Hannah Miley, who won gold in the 400m individual medley on Thursday, was narrowly pipped to a bronze medal in the women's 200m breaststroke, finishing in fourth place.
  • Sarah Adlington continued Scotland's great run in the judo by taking gold in the +78kg category, beating England's Jodie Myers.
  • Chris Sherrington beat South Africa's Ruan Snyman in the +100kg category to win another judo gold.
  • Ross Murdoch, who won gold in the men's 200m breaststroke on Thursday, won the bronze medal in the men's 100m breaststroke final with a time of 59.47s ahead of fellow-Scot Craig Benson, who finished in fourth, while England's Adam Peaty won the gold with a Games record time of 58.94s.
  • Scotland lost 17-14 to New Zealand in the rugby sevens, but a 56-0 thrashing of Barbados followed by a 21-5 win over Canada means the home side progress to the quarter-finals along with the All Blacks, England and Wales.

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