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Commonwealth Games: Day eight round-up

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Amos produced a stunning final 50m to take 800m gold. (©GettyImages)
Amos produced a stunning final 50m to take 800m gold. (©GettyImages).

Day eight of the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow saw medals awarded on the track, the road and in the pool.

In front of a roaring Hampden Park crowd, the men took centre stage as they competed in the 800 metre final.

Rudisha run down

World record-holder David Rudisha was the favourite heading into the race, with Botswana's Olympic silver medalist Nigel Amos expected to be his main challenger.

And it was the 20-year-old who shocked the raucous crowd, producing a stunning 50m to pass the champion from London two years ago, and claim his first senior global title.

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It had looked to be a classic Rudisha race, the Kenyan leading from the front and looking like he was going to power to victory as he had done in London in 2012.

But the 25-year-old is not in the same shape as he was then, having missed most of 2013 through injury, he is only beginning to get back to his best. But Amos was too strong on the day, and claimed a historic gold medal.

The Weir-wolf

There was also more success for England on day eight of the Games. David Weir, a six time Paralympic champion, took gold in the men's T54 1500m.

Weir, 35, powered clear on the final lap to win in a time of three minutes, 21.67 seconds, ahead of Australia's Kurt Fearnley and Canada's Alex Dupont.

Away from the athletics field, two of England's gymnasts made it three golds in three days of competition.

Fantastic gymnastics

Max Whitlock and Claudia Fragapane both won made it triple gold at Glasgow with individual final success.

The pair both took gold in the all-round and team competitions, with Whitlock adding the men's floor title, and  Fragapane, the vault.

Whitlock, 21, also added a silver medal from the pommel horse final. Scotland's Daniel Keatings took the title, with Louis Smith in third.

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