Medals hopes on second day of Games

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Competing nations will be hoping to boost their hauls of medals today as the second day of the Commonwealth Games gets under way.

By the end of the first day of competition host country Scotland had amassed 10 medals – four gold, three silver and three bronze.

England was in the lead amongst the home nations with 17 medals overall, six gold, seven silver and four bronze, while Wales had one silver medal and Northern Ireland one bronze.

The first medal of the games was won by England’s Jodie Stimpson who took triathlon gold at Strathclyde Country Park, where England’s Alistair Brownlee also won gold with his brother Jonathan Brownlee taking silver.

Scotland’s first medal of the games went to Aileen McGlynn and pilot Louise Haston who won silver in para-cycling.

Judo star Kimberley Renicks won the first gold for the host nation in the women’s under-48kgs final with victory over India’s Sushila Likmabam.

Today there will be swimming at Tollcross International Swimming Centre, badminton at the Emirates Arena, boxing, netball and judo a t the SECC precinct and track cycling at the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome.

Rhythmic gymnastics will take place at the SSE Hydro and weightlifting at the Clyde Auditorium, while hockey will take place at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre, lawn bowls at Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre and squash and tennis at Scotstoun Sports Campus.

Further afield shooting will get under way at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre in Carnoustie in Angus.

The Queen officially opened the 20th Games on Wednesday evening during a ceremony at Celtic Park, where a cast of 2,000 were involved in the two-and-a-half hour show which acted as a celebration of all things Scottish, from Tunnock’s teacakes to the Forth Rail Bridge.

An audience of around 40,000 and an estimated one billion global viewers watched as competitors from 71 nations and territories paraded on the eve of the competition, with the biggest cheers reserved for Team Scotland.

During the ceremony Sir Chris Hoy joined Scottish actors James McAvoy and Ewan Mc Gregor, the latter on screen, in an unprecedented appeal for donations to Unicef’s Children of the Commonwealth Fund.

The charity last night said that £3.5 million has so far been raised to help young people across the nations.

McAvoy said: ” Thank you to everyone who donated – I know your money will be making a huge difference to children all over the commonwealth.”

Sir Chris said: ”It’s been absolutely incredible to witness the power of such an amazing partnership between Unicef and Glasgow 2014.

”I’m immensely proud to be a Unicef UK Ambassador and to have visited Malawi and seen first-hand the life-saving differences we can make for children. I know how far the millions can go to help continue that amazing work.

“The atmosphere in the stadium was electric and to have been part of this huge first for sport and children feels very special, a truly historic moment that will never be forgotten.”

However the Games were dealt a blow when Olympic hero Mo Farah pulled out just hours after the spectacular opening ceremony.

The double Olympic and world champion announced yesterday morning that he would not compete for Team England at the Games due to illness.

The London 2012 hero, who was expected to go for gold in the 5,000 and 10,000 metre races, had been hailed as one of the star turns of the competition.

The 31-year-old athlete said: ”I have taken the tough decision to withdraw from the Commonwealth Games.

”The sickness I had two weeks ago was a big setback for me.”

His withdrawal came three days after athlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson, new mother Jessica Ennis-Hill’s heir apparent, was forced out of the competition by a foot injury.

It means long jumper Greg Rutherford, who has himself withdrawn from his last two competitions for fitness reasons after struggling with a knee problem, is the only member of the golden trio from Super Saturday at London 2012 left in the England team.

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