Commonwealth Games: Day seven round-up

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Day seven of the 20th Commonwealth Games saw the athletics action continue with more medals up for grabs at Hampden Park.

England's biggest hope for gold coming into the day was long jumper Greg Rutherford, and the 27-year-old didn't disappoint, adding the Commonwealth title to the Olympic gold he won in London in 2012.

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Rutherford gold

Cheered on by the raucous Glasgow crowd, Rutherford leapt to 8.20 metres in the third round, enough to claim the gold, eight centimetres ahead of South Africa's Zarck Visser.

The medal was Rutherford's fourth in major competitions, adding to the gold in London, as well as silvers from Delhi four years ago and the 2006 European Championships.

Rutherford's rival, Chris Tomlinson, could only manage fifth with a jump of 7.99m.

Kirani James

On the track, pre-race favourite Kirani James took gold in the men's 400m in a new Games record.

The Grenadan athlete, who stormed to Olympic gold in London two years ago, broke Iwan Thomas' 16-year Commonwealth record to ease to victory in a time of 44.24 seconds.

South Africa's Wayde Van Niekerk was second with Lalonde Gordan of Trinidad and Tobago taking the bronze, one place ahead of Englishman Martyn Rooney. 

Max Whitlock

Away from the athletics, England's Max Whitlock won his second gold in two days, this time in the all-around gymnastics event.

Whitlock, 21, led from start to finish to add the title to the team gold he won on Monday, scoring an impressive 90.631. Scot Dan Keatings was second with Whitlock's teammate Nile Wilson taking the bronze.


The opening day of the diving competition in Glasgow also got underway, with England claiming two golds in an eventful first session.

Firstly, Jack Laugher, 19, eased to victory in the men's 1m springboard event.

Laugher, qualified for the final in top spot, and continued that dominance in the final, winning with a score of 449.90.

Then, a few hours later, Alicia Blagg and Rebecca Gallantree produced a stunning final dive to win the women's synchronised 3m springboard.

The pair made a slow start to the competition, but a final round forward three-and-a-half somersault was executed to perfection, scoring them 72.54 and leapfrogging them above Canada's Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware.

The day was so successful for England that they moved back into first place in the overall medal table, overtaking Australia with 37 golds to the Aussies' 35. Hosts Scotland remain in fourth place with 39 medals in total.

Day eight gets underway at 9:00am tomorrow, with more medals to be decided in athletics, boxing and diving.

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