Jodie Stimpson claims first gold of the Commonwealth Games

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England's Jodie Stimpson has won the first gold of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, storming to victory over Canada's Kirsten Sweetland in the final of the Women's Triathlon. 

England also claimed a second medal with Vicky Holland coming home in third to take the Bronze.

Kick for glory

The trio were virtually guaranteed of a medal at a blazing hot at Strathclyde Country Park as they headed for the finish line in the final kilometres of the 10km run - it was just a matter of deciding which step of the podium they would be standing on. 

Near the end Holland was dropped, leaving Sweetland and Stimpson to scrap it out for Gold - and it was the English athlete who came out on top after kicking for the line with a few hundred metres to go. 


"I have to thank so many people who got me through this year, and it is awesome to share the podium with Vicky, it is really special," the Oldbury athlete said.

"Get in England! Come on! Now the boys have got to do it. This is not just my medal, coach Darren Smith, who put up with me for so long - thank you so much. The support from the crowd was awesome, no matter what country you were from they were behind you.

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"All my family are already crying, it's awesome they got to see me in a championship race after missing the Olympics in 2012."

Pre-race favourite Emma Jackson of Australia was also in the mix with one lap of the 10km run to go, but was dropped alongside Kiwi Andrea Hewitt to leave the eventual medalists fighting for victory.


Stimpson, who finished as world runner-up in 2013, took advantage of the absence of Wales' Non Stamford - the winner of that competition -  who was forced to miss the Commonwealth Games through injury to claim Gold for herself. The victory will go some way towards making up for Stimpson's own absence from the 2012 Olympics in London.

England are currently top of the medals table at the Commonwealth Games, with a further 19 champions to be crowned by the end of the day. Scotland's main medal hope for the day is Michael Jamieson in the 200m breaststroke, and although he qualified for tonight's final he was beaten in the heats by compatriot Ross Murdoch who set a personal best time.


England's main medal hopes for the day will come in the men's cycling Team Pursuit, which features 2012 Tour de France winner and 2012 gold medalist Sir Bradley Wiggins. Jess Varnish will be going for Gold in the Individual Sprint, although to do that she'll have to beat Australian Anna Mears, who vanquished home favourite Victoria Pendleton in the same event in London two years ago.

Scottish swimmer Hannah Miley will be looking to make waves when she defends her 400m individual crown later on.

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