Games Diary - Day 7

Posted by Vicky Paterson on 7/30/2014 to Commonwealth Games 2014
Over at Hampden Park the Athletics events kept spectators and athletes alike entertained and on the edge of their seats.  The action began with many home nation athletes making it through to the finals and semi finals later on this evening, and also saw 2012 Bronze medalist Warren Weir from Jamaica easing through the 400m but Enlgand's Danny Talbot helf the fastest time with 20.71 seconds.

Tonight kicked off with the Men's High Jump and Long Jump which saw Olympic Athlete and favorite for the Gold, England's Greg Rutherford take the top prize along with Grenada's Kirani  James.  Rutherford said that "I think a lot of people had me written off as a one hit wonder but I wanted to prove that I could do it again."


The Athletics also saw Englands Jessica Taylor win a bronze in the heptathlon, with the absence of Jessica Ennis Hill and her apparent heir to the British Heptathlon crown  Katarina Johnson-Thompson, the 26 year old took her own and completed with a score of 5826.  


Among other successes was Scotland's Guy Learmouth and England's Michael Rimmer made it into the 800m final to be held on Thursday, with the aim to beat Kenyan Rudisha and his time on 1:46:61.  Kenya also celebrated success in the women's 3000m steeplechase which saw Kirui, Cheywa battle it out for Gold with Milcah Cheywa taking it in 9:30:96.  It was great to see Scotland's Eilish McColgan there though despite a lot of health problems this season.  Giving the intense nature of the steeplechase with the distance, hurdles and water thrown into one it is a tough challenge for any athlete, let alone one who has been out most of the season.

Lynsey Sharp and Emily Dudgeon of Scotland both advanced to the women's 800m semi-finals.  As did England's Jenny Meadows,Jessica Judd and Marilyn Okoro, and Katie Kirk of Northern Ireland.  More success for England with Danny Talbot being joint second-fastest qualifier in the men's 200m while team-mates Chris Clarke and James Ellington finished second in their heats, with Northern Ireland's Leon Reid going through as a fastest loser, as predicted by Paula Radcliffe.  
Meanwhile England's Isobel Pooley and Jayne Nisbet of Scotland qualified from the women's high jump heats.

Tomorrow see's action in the Netball, Athletics, Squash and Hockey to name a few tune in or get out there and enjoy it! Just make sure to take an umbrella  as the traditional Scottish weather is about to set in.