GLASGOW – Shane Brathwaite won Barbados’ first medal at the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, today, when he captured bronze in the 110m hurdles at the Hampden Park Stadium.
Brathwaite was one of three Barbadians in the final, including former world champion at the distance Ryan Brathwaite and Greggmar Swift.
The race was won by Jamaican Andrew Riley in a time of 13.32 with Britain’s William Sharman taking the silver medal in a time of 13.36. Brathwaite’s time was 13.49. Riley confessed afterwards that he had not run his best race but was very happy to come out the winner.
Ryan Brathwaite, who struck every hurdle, clocked 13.63 to take fifth position while Swift was sixth in a time of 13.74.
Barbados’ lightweight boxer Cobia Breedy’s promising outing at the Games also ended today when he was beaten by Trinidad and Tobago’s Michael Alexander. Breedy, who reached the group of 16, was narrowly defeated by the Trinidadian pugilist 30-27 on the scoring cards of the three judges.
Meanwhile Stephanie McPherson also struck gold in the 400m in a time of 50.67 secs as Jamaica took a clean sweep of the medals, with Novlene Williams-Mills and Christine Day collecting silver and bronze respectively.
Kimberly Williams also added to Jamaica’s tally of gold as she won the long jump by leaping 14.21 metres, which was a season’s best.
There were two gold medals for Kenya on the track courtesy of Joyce Chepkirui’s triumph in the 10,000m, with compatriots Florence Kiplagat and Emily Chebet ensuring a clean sweep of medals for Kenya.
Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon then won the 1,500m final ahead of England’s Laura Weightman and Kate van Buskirk of Canada, while Jim Steacy won gold in the men’s hammer throw final.
Grenada’s Kurt Felix won that country’s second ever medal at the Commonwealth Games today when he claimed bronze in the Men’s Decathlon. Felix follows in the footsteps of Alleyne Francique who took the silver medal in the Men’s 400m at the .Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. Canada’s Damian Warner won the gold medal meaning Canada have now won the last two editions of this event at the
At the Delhi 2010 Games, Jamie Adjetey-Nelson won the gold for Canada. It was the second time Canada had won back-to-back editions of the Decathlon at the Commonwealth Games, after 1990-1994, both won by Mike Smith.
Warner had a sizable lead heading into the closing 1,500m race, and his fifth-place finish was good enough to secure the title in the 10-discipline event.
The 24-year-old from London, Ontario, finished with 8,282 points. England’s Ashley Bryant took the silver with 8,109 points, and Felix tallied 8,070 points.
Warner was the bronze medallist at last year’s world championships. He hadn’t competed yet this season due to a leg injury.
Trinidad and Tobago’s hockey players had reason to celebrate today as well. After 16 years, 18 consecutive defeats and an overall goal difference of 12 scored and 107 conceded, the twin-island republic had its first win in men’s field hockey, beating Malaysia 4-2.
Australia claimed another two gold medals in the pool as the swimming action drew to a close today.
Daniel Tranter clocked a Games record 1:57.83 to win the 200m individual medley and was joined on the podium by Scotland’s Daniel Wallace and South African Chad le Clos, who ended up with seven medals in total.
Australia’s women then won the 4x100m medley relay before England’s men won the relay over the same distance to round off the swimming action.
Benjamin Proud claimed England’s other gold medal in the pool today, that coming in the 50m freestyle and Ryan Cochrone claimed his second gold of the Games by winning the 1,500m freestyle final for Canada.
Lauren Boyle and Sophie Pascoe claimed gold for New Zealand in the 400m freestyle and the 200m individual medley SM10, while Wales’ Georgia Davies claimed gold in the 50m backstroke having also won silver in the 100m backstroke.
India claimed three wrestling gold as Amit Amit Kumar beat Ebikweminomo in the men’s FS 57kg decider, Sushil Kumar beat Pakistan’s Qamar Abbas in the men’s FS 74kg showdown and Vinesh won her dual with Yana Rattigan of England in the FS 48kg.
There was also a wrestling gold medal for Canada’s Korey Jarvis in the men’s FS 125kg at the expense of Rajeev Tomar.
Papua New Guinea also struck gold today thanks to Steven Kukuna Kari’s victory in the 94kg Group A weightlifting contest, with the other weightlifting gold of the day going to Canada’s Marie-Eve Beauchemin-Nadeau in the 75kg Group A competition.