Glasgow 2014: Athletes, crowds and visitors breaking records

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Image caption Almost 700,000 people flocked to the sporting and cultural events in Glasgow over the weekend

Athletes, spectators and Glasgow itself have broken records as the Commonwealth Games reach the half way point.

On Tuesday silver in the gymnastics for the Scottish men's team made it Scotland's most successful ever Games.

Silver for shooter Jen McIntosh in the 50m rifle 3 positions meant that she is the first Scottish woman to win five Commonwealth medals.

Swimmer Daniel Wallace won silver in the men's 200m individual medley after arriving at the pool wearing a kilt.

And a bronze for hammer thrower Mark Dry at Hampden Park at the end of the day left the host nation with a medal tally of 37.

More than 100 new Commonwealth Games Records and five new World Records have been set over the past six days.

Away from the sport, more than 300,000 people have visited the city's live cultural sites.

Prince William and Catherine, Earl and Countess of Strathearn as they are titled in Scotland, along with Prince Harry were at the Games again on Tuesday.

They were joined by the world's fastest man Usain Bolt as they visited the Athletes' Village.

It came as organisers released a host of figures demonstrating the sporting achievements so far, as well as the impact on the city from spectators and visitors.

More than 1.2 million tickets have been sold and by Tuesday evening more than 150 medals will have been presented.

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Image caption The Scottish men's gymnastics team's silver took Scotland's medal total beyond the previous best ever
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Image caption Jen McIntosh is now Scotland's most successful female in Commonwealth Games history with five medals

The weekend's rugby sevens at Ibrox attracted the "biggest-ever world crowds" for a sevens tournament, with 171,000 watching the action over the two days.

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Image caption Daniel Wallace delighted the crowds by arriving at the pool in a kilt before the 200m individual medley

With a flotilla up the Clyde on Saturday, the marathon on Sunday and numerous other cultural events taking place, last weekend was the "biggest ever" for the city.

Glasgow 2014 said during what they billed as their "Big Weekend" there were:

  • 47,000 people at the Merchant City Festival
  • 65,000 at the Glasgow Green Live Zone
  • 30,000 lining the Marathon route
  • 12,000 spectators for the flotilla of 250 boats with 2,000 people sailing
  • 5,000 people at the Kelvingrove bandstand.

Glasgow 2014 chief executive David Grevemberg said: "We are utterly thrilled by the positive reaction Glasgow and Scotland's Games is receiving from Commonwealth Athletes competing in our venues as well as spectators and fans playing their part here or watching across the world.

"The passionate support of the packed crowds in the venues is inspiring as is the warmth of the welcome they have received in Glasgow and Scotland."

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Image caption People lined the streets to watch the marathon on Sunday
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Image caption Sell-out crowds watched the rugby sevens at Ibrox

Over the past four days almost 1.5 million passengers have passed through the city's Central Station.

Earlier Glasgow 2014 said spectators who missed some of the action at events due to transport problems in and around city at the weekend could apply for refunds.

There were problems at some of the park and ride facilities which resulted in people missing the start of the athletics at Hampden.

The Games have been making headline across the world and organisers said Glasgow 2014 has been mentioned more than 1.3 million times on social networks since the opening ceremony.

The haunting rendition of Freedom, Come All Ye performed at the opening ceremony by South African singer Pumeza is now topping the UK i-tunes classical charts.

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Image caption People, including the South African gymnastics team, have been queuing for photographs at the Big G in George Square
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Image caption About 12,000 people watched the flotilla of about 250 boats sail up the Clyde from Greenock to Glasgow
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Image caption Visitors also packed into Glasgow Green and Merchant City for a host of cultural events

Council leader Gordon Matheson said: "It's been absolutely fantastic to see so many people having the time of their lives over the past few days.

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

Cabinet Secretary for Sport, Shona Robison, added: "Scotland's sporting achievements have been first class and it's tremendous to see the warm welcome athletes from across the Commonwealth have received from crowds - there is no doubt that Glasgow has done us proud."

Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of VisitScotland, said: "Scotland is not only experiencing a gold rush in terms of sport, a surge of additional visitors to Glasgow as a result of the Games presents a golden opportunity for tourism too.

"Every time visitors - whether here for a day or longer - use a restaurant, order a drink at the bar or buy a souvenir cuddly Clyde, they are contributing to the economy."

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