Commonwealth Games: Swimmer Danielle Hill through to 50m final

Danielle Hill will compete in two swimming semi-finals on day two of competition
Danielle Hill will compete in two swimming semi-finals on day two of competition

Northern Ireland swimmer Danielle Hill has qualified for Saturday's final of the 50m freestyle at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Hill, 18, was fifth in her semi-final in a time of 25.80 seconds to progress as the eighth fastest qualifier.

Conor Ferguson was eighth in the men's 100m backstroke final in 55.01 seconds after qualifying fourth fastest.

Boxing medal hope Steven Donnelly beat Kyran Jones of Wales to reach the last 16 in the middleweight 75kg division.

Donnelly was awarded the points decision on four of the five judges' scorecards and will now face Gibrilla Kamara of Sierra Leone in his next contest on Sunday.

Hill had finished fifth in her 50m freestyle heat in 26:02 to qualify 13th fastest for the semi-finals but improved that time in putting in an impressive performance at the semi-final stage.

The Larne competitor was eighth in her 100m backstroke semi-final in 1:02.62, failing to make the final of the event.

The teenager earlier swam 1:03:08 in the heats of that event, finishing fifth in her heat to progress to the semi-finals as the 16th fastest qualifier.

Ferguson's time of 55.01 was slower than the time of 54.48 he set in his semi-final on Thursday.

Also in the pool, Jordan Sloan missed out on a place in the 200m freestyle final by just eight hundredths of a second, finishing fourth in his heat in 1:48.16.

James Brown was 21st overall in a time of 1:53.23.

Jamie Graham was fourth in his heat of the 100m breaststroke in 1:03.22 but was disqualified for two dolphin kicks on his turn, costing him a place in the semi-finals.

Men's relay team make final

There was better news of the NI men's 4x100m relay team of Curtis Coulter, Calum Bain, David Thompson and Sloan as they qualified sixth for the final by coming fourth in their heat in 3:59.57.

The quartet came home seventh in the final in 3:20.03 after Sri Lanka were disqualified.

Para-swimmer Barry McClements set a new personal best in the heats of the men's S9 100m freestyle with 1:00.93, leaving him fourth in his heat and seventh overall for the final.

McClements went on to clinch seventh in the final, bettering his previous best by recording 1:00.34.

Cycling, table tennis and bowls

In track cycling, Robyn Stewart was ninth in qualifying for the women's sprint but was beaten by Emma Cumming from New Zealand in the last 16.

In the women's individual pursuit, Eileen Burns finished 17th.

In table tennis, Northern Ireland beat Trinidad and Tobago 3-1 in their second group game, Owen Cathcart and Paul McCreery taking singles wins and the two combining to win the doubles.

The NI team then defeated Mauritius 3-0 to book a quarter-final encounter against England on Saturday.

Ashley Robinson and McCreery won their singles matches, with Cathcart and McCreery again combining to take victory in their doubles match.

Catherine Beattie is still alive in the women's singles bowls after beating Malia Kioa from Tonga 21-13 but will have to beat Karen Murphy from Australia on Saturday to stand any chance of a medal.

The medal hopes of the men's triples are over however after losing 18-17 to Cook Islands - their second defeat in three matches.

The men's pairs of Gary Kelly and Ian McClure are still in contention despite going down 20-16 to South Africa, while the women's fours' hopes of a medal are over after being beaten 21-8 by Malta.

Kelly and McClure will face their Welsh counterparts on Saturday, with the winners progressing to the quarter-finals.

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