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Games Diary - Days 8 & 9

Posted by Vicky Paterson on 8/1/2014 to Commonwealth Games 2014
Day 8 of the Games was a huge day for athletics with medals won for the home nations in numerous events, including the women's long jump, and paralympic champion David Weir taking home a Gold medal in the men's race.  Winning his head to head with Australia's Kurt Fearnley.

In the men's 200m, for the second time in Commonwealth Games history, since England achieved the same in 1990.  A CGA nation achieved a clean sweep of Bronze, Silver and Gold with Jamaica's Dwyer, Weir and Livermore.


In the cycling road race Linda Villumsen of New Zealand came away with Gold, as did Alex Dowsett of England in the Women and Men's individual time trials at Glasgow Green.  Both of the medalists had achieved silver at Delhi in 2010 and had to overcome big names and typical Glasgow rain to make it to the top of the podium. Both used the final 6K to push forward and drive to Gold medal position, an impressive cycle from both riders and a great show for spectators.

In the Hockey, India will now face New Zealand on Saturday after a strong win of 5-2 against South Africa in order to secure a semi final place.  Scotland's Women were in play against India tonight at 8pm and finished sixth in the Hockey competition after a 2-1 defeat. While Scotland's men performed admirably in their 5-0 defeat over champions and Gold medal favourites Australia.
 It was great to watch them in action throughout the competition, and we look forward to supporting them in the future. 

Meanwhile on Day 9 diver Tim Daley took Silver along with his partner James Denny in the 10 synchronized competition.  After the first couple of dives it looked as thought the team were going to come away without a medal but brought it back with a dramatic final dive taking silver.

Tonight also saw Usain Bolt in action in the Men's Relay, the crowd were on the edge of their seats waiting for the legend to run....and it was all over in about 5 seconds! A great performance and something that won't be seen again anytime soon!  Perhaps my favourite performance of the night was from Scottish athlete Lynsey Sharp who came back from a difficult injury and year to take Silver in the Women's 800m.  With only two days of competition left before the closing ceremony on Sunday and Scotland's medal tally currently standing at 17 Gold, 14 Silver and 17 Bronze.  Smashing their target of 34, we are looking forward to seeing what the next two days of finals has in store.