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Glasgow 2014: People of the city 'have stolen the show'

The athletics events start at Hampden Image copyright AP
Image caption The athletics programme started on Sunday at Hampden

The leader of Glasgow City Council says the people of the city have "stolen the show" after the busiest day of the Commonwealth Games so far.

Gordon Matheson said he was delighted that an estimated 30,000 people had flooded the streets to cheer on athletes running in the marathon.

Total attendances at the city's free live sites top the 225,000 mark only four days into the Games.

"The pride and warmth of Glaswegians is winning hearts," said Mr Matheson.

"We've enthusiastically thrown ourselves right into things."

"Records have been broken and medals have been won, but it has been the people of Glasgow who have stolen the show."

The marathon was the first free sporting event, with the cycling time trial on Thursday and cycling road race on Sunday also allowing spectators to enjoy live action without a ticket.

'Super Sunday'

There were complaints from some spectators about the time they had to wait for shuttle buses and at turnstiles.

However, nearing the end of what Glasgow 2014 organisers had dubbed the biggest spectator weekend in Glasgow's history, Mr Matheson viewed what he called "Super Sunday" as a success.

"The city has come alive with hundreds of thousands of people enjoying the festival atmosphere and cheering on the world's best athletes," he added.

"Glasgow is a city that knows how to party and it has been fantastic to see so many people having the time of their lives over the past few days.

"The city centre is jumping as we celebrate the biggest party Scotland has ever seen."

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Image caption Erraid Davies was the story of the day, winning bronze at the age of 13
Image caption Dan Wallace, Stephen Milne, Duncan Scott and Robbie Renwick won silver in the 4x200m freestyle relay
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Image caption Aileen McGlynn and Louise Haston won their second silver medal of the Games

On the sporting front, Scotland still need one more gold medal to create a new record of 12 at a single Commonwealth Games.

They reached that total on Saturday, but the best they could achieve on Sunday was two silvers and three bronze medals.

It was a second runners-up finish of the Games for Aileen McGlynn and Louise Haston in the women's para-sport 1000m time trial B tandem, while swimmers Dan Wallace, Stephen Milne, Duncan Scott and Robbie Renwick were just edged out by Australia in the 4x200m freestyle relay.

However, it was 13-year-old Erraid Davies who stole the headlines with a bronze in the women's para-sport 100m breaststroke SB9 event to become the youngest-ever Commonwealth Games medallist.

Swimmer Hannah Miley, already a gold medallist at the Games, added a bronze to her collection in the 200m individual medlay, while cyclist Katie Archibald was also third in the 25km points race.

Commanding lead

Scotland now have 30 medals - three short of their best-ever overall medal haul of 33 in Edinburgh in 1986.

The hosts remain third in the medal table as Australia and England continue their battle for top place.

It was a day when the Aussies established a commanding lead and now have a total of 73, including 26 golds, with England having 57 medals overall, including 23 golds.

There was disappointment at Ibrox Stadium for England, Scotland and Wales as they all lost in the quarter-finals of the rugby sevens.

New Zealand lost their first-ever Commonwealth Games sevens match as they lost the final to South Africa.

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