Last Day Of The Games

Athletes will have a final chance at Commonwealth glory today during the final day of the Games before the closing ceremony brings Glasgow 2014 to an end.



Medals are still up for grabs in badminton, hockey, netball, squash and road cycling, with the chance of more success for the home nations.

The athletics competitions were brought to a thrilling close last night with Usain Bolt entertaining the crowds at a rain-soaked Hampden Park.

The superstar sprinter took barely nine seconds to land his first Commonwealth Games gold medal by anchoring Jamaica to 4 x 100 metres glory.

The world's fastest man ended his controversial stay in Glasgow by powering down the home straight to bring his team home in 37.58 seconds, a Games record, with England taking silver.

Bolt posed for selfies with members of the crowd all around Hampden, with a Jamaican flag and a Scottish Saltire draped over his shoulders during his lap of honour.

The 27 year old donned a tartan hat and scarf as he joked around with his adoring fans.

He said: ''It's been wonderful, the people have been fun and nice to me. Even when I was cold the crowd was warm.

''For me it was just great to have fun with the fans, they made the Games what it was. They came out and supported from day one.

''Other than the weather it's been brilliant, it's been like any other championships. I got to watch a lot more sports and see a lot of athletes compete. I saw some surprising things, like a Jamaican winning the shot put.

''For me the only bad thing about this place is the weather, but I expected it.''

The controversy over his alleged slur on his experiences in Scotland, which he denies, had not dented his standing in the eyes of his public and he was greeted with cheers when he stepped on to the top of the podium to receive his medal.

The penultimate day of the Games also saw the host nation power past the 50-medal mark to see their tally sitting at 52 after picking up two golds in the boxing and a bronze in badminton.

Kirsty Gilmour also produced a powerful finish to reach the final of the women's badminton singles - guaranteeing at least one more medal for Scotland today.

There was further home nation success for Northern Ireland with a flurry of boxing medals and England also enjoying success in the ring while Wales picked up a silver in the pole vault.

Nicola Adams, Savannah Marshall, Scott Fitzgerald and Antony Fowler and Joe Joyce bagged five boxing golds for England and their were golden double acts for Scotland, in the shape of Charlie Flynn and Josh Taylor, and Northern Ireland, who celebrated titles for Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan.

Adams overcame the brave challenge of Belfast flyweight Michaela Walsh to claim the first women's boxing gold in Commonwealth Games history.

Motherwell lightweight Flynn was ''buzzing like a jar of wasps'' after claiming Scotland's first boxing gold against Northern Ireland's Joe Fitzpatrick, despite sustaining a cut over his right eye early in the fight.

England diver Tom Daley successfully defended his title in the men's 10-metre platform final at Edinburgh's Royal Commonwealth Pool winning his third Commonwealth gold.

Matthew Hudson-Smith produced a storming final leg to earn Commonwealth Games gold for England's men in the 4 x 400 metres relay on the athletics track while Welshwoman Sally Peake took silver in the pole vault.

Over at the hockey, England's women missed out on gold by an agonising 17 seconds in a dramatic final which resulted in Australia winning in a shoot-out.

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As the action finishes with the final medal ceremonies, athletes and spectators will gather at Hampden Park for the closing ceremony where Kylie Minogue will perform during the celebrations.

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