Stimpson wins gold for England

  • Last Updated: July 24 2014, 16:49 BST

Triathlete Jodie Stimpson won the first gold medal of the Commonwealth Games to banish the pain of missing out on the London Olympics.

Jodie Stimpson celebrates her gold for England
Jodie Stimpson celebrates her gold for England

Although England suffered a blow on Thursday morning with the withdrawal of double Olympic athletics champion Mo Farah from the 5,000 metres and 10,000m, things soon looked up as 25-year-old Stimpson sprinted to victory at Strathclyde Country Park while team-mate Vicky Holland took a surprise bronze behind Canada's Kirsten Sweetland.

Stimpson went into the race as the top-ranked competitor and justified that position with a commanding performance, pulling away from Sweetland over the closing 500 metres.

It was all a far cry from 2012, when Stimpson was distraught at being left out of the Great Britain team for London and was one of a number of critics of British Triathlon's domestique policy.

The Brownlee brothers were hot favourites for gold and silver in the men's race, looking to join Stimpson in winning opening-day medals.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh watched on at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre as defending 400m individual medley champion Hannah Miley set a Games record in her qualifying heat.

Miley touched in four minutes 38.27 seconds to secure her place in tonight's final, with domestic rival Aimee Willmott second quickest.

Michael Jamieson was beaten into second place by Ross Murdoch in his 200m breaststroke heat. Murdoch set a Games record of 2mins 8.78secs, with Calum Tait coming in third to make it a Scottish one-two-three ahead of the final tonight.

Sir Bradley Wiggins will race for gold on his track cycling return this evening when England face off against favourites Australia in the team pursuit final.

Wiggins joined Ed Clancy, Andy Tennant and Steven Burke to qualify second fastest at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, returning a time of 3:59.249 that looked well within their comfort zone.

Triple Olympic champion Jason Kenny and fellow Englishman Matt Crampton squeezed into Friday's sprint quarter-finals having placed a disappointing 11th and 12th in qualifying.

Australian Matthew Glaetzer was the quickest of five men who lowered the previous Commonwealth record of 10.058secs, set by Shane Perkins in Delhi four years ago.

Team England's flag bearer Nick Matthew began his defence of the men's squash singles title with a routine victory in the opening session at Scotstoun.

The three-time world champion from Sheffield took just 21 minutes to triumph 11-3 11-3 11-1 against unranked Xavier Koenig of Mauritius, who squeezes his sport between shifts as an insolvency practitioner on the island.

Scotland and England were on course for a clean sweep of gold judo medals after strong displays by the British contingent across the five weight categories in front of a vocal home crowd at the SECC venue.

Englishman Colin Oates reached the final of the under-66kgs, while compatriot Ashley McKenzie will later fight for under-60kgs gold.

Scotland's Kimberley Renicks and her sister Louise are guaranteed at least silver in the women's under-48kgs and under-52kgs respectively.

England's Kelly Edwards is also through to the under-52kgs final, while compatriot Nekoda Davis will fight Scotland's Stephanie Inglis for gold at under-57kgs.

England's women's hockey team got their campaign up and running with a hard-fought 2-0 win over Pool B opponents Wales.

Goals in each half from Alex Danson and Nicola White made the difference at the National Hockey Centre, although it was not all good news for England as they lost midfielder Georgie Twigg to injury inside the first minute.

England coach Danny Kerry said: "She took a ball to the groin. It's very painful for her and we will know when she has been assessed."

England's men and women came through their opening clashes in the table tennis team events without dropping a game.

Joanna Drinkhall and Kelly Sibley won singles matches, both by a margin of 11-9 11-4 11-7, against Ghana's Celia Baah-Danso and Cynthia Kwabi respectively.

Sibley them teamed up with 15-year-old Tin Tin Ho and picked up a second win, triumphing 11-9 11-7 11-7 against Baah-Danso and Marian Amankwah Adom to finish the tie.

The men then faced Jamaica and there were singles wins for Drinkhall's husband Paul, 11-7 11-8 11-4 against Simon Tomlinson, and Liam Pitchford, 11-8 11-7 11-7 over Kane Watson.

Drinkhall and Andrew Baggaley then completed the clean sweep, beating Tomlinson and Chris Marsh 11-5 11-4 11-3.

Defending women's lawn bowls singles champion Natalie Melmore began her quest for another gold medal in impressive fashion with a 21-7 victory over Carmela Spiteri of Malta.

Northern Ireland's netball team were beaten 71-50 by Malawi in their Pool A opener.