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Bolt arrives as Scotland triumph

The world’s fastest man arrived in Glasgow today and was not disappointed in his quest to see “a lot of rain and maybe a lot of kilts”.

Fans will be treated to a double dose of Usain Bolt at the Commonwealth Games, as the Jamaican will compete in the 4x100m relay on the final day of the athletics at Hampden Park and also run in the heats.

Speaking at a media conference held shortly after his arrival, Bolt faced a series of questions ranging from whether he had ever worn a kilt to a request for a selfie with a news crew to his views on the referendum on Scottish independence.

Speaking about what he expected from the host city, he said: “A lot of rain maybe and seeing a lot of kilts around the place.”

The glorious summer sun of the opening ceremony gave way to Glasgow’s trademark dreich weather today but it failed to dampen the performance of the home nations.

Team Scotland took its gold medal haul to 11 after another successful day, winning 10 medals in total on day three and taking their overall tally so far to 25.

Euan Burton secured a golden end to his judo career but there was disappointment for his wife Gemma Gibbons, who had to settle for silver. Heavyweights Sarah Adlington and Chris Sherrington also won gold.

Edinburgh Ratho fighter Matthew Purssey took silver as he was beaten by South African Zack Piontek in the final of the under-90kgs, while Glasgow’s Andrew Burns won bronze through the repechage.

Scotland’s rugby players stormed their way past Canada and into the rugby sevens quarter-finals.

But Team Scotland’s hopes of a medal in the badminton team event were dashed as top seeds Malaysia came from behind to win a tense quarter-final 3-1.

Scottish tandem riders Neil Fachie and Craig MacLean raised the roof of the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome with a second gold.

Cyclist Pete Kennaugh claimed the Isle of Man’s first medal with a tireless outing in the 40 kilometre points race.

Veteran shooter Michael Gault made history as David Luckman and Parag Patel struck gold for England.

Gault, 60, equalled the record for Commonwealth medals in any sport by bagging an 18th podium place.

Luckman and Patel, both 38, triumphed in torrential rain in the Queen’s Prize Pairs for England’s first shooting gold of the Games.

Welsh gymnast Francesca Jones ended her career with the top prize in the women’s individual ribbon.

There was gold too for England whose dream team made it a clean sweep of gold medals in the triathlon with a dominant victory in the mixed relay.

Vicky Holland, Jonny Brownlee, Jodie Stimpson and Alistair Brownlee were all medallists in the individual events on Thursday, with the latter two winning gold.

In the boxing, Joe Cordina’s victory over Great Britain team-mate Pat McCormack was Wales’ first win of a difficult start to their Commonwealth Games boxing campaign, but it felt like a gold medal to the lightweight.

Welsh world number one flyweight Andrew Selby’s shock opening-day defeat to Scot Reece McFadden followed the pre-tournament blow of seeing Olympic silver medallist Fred Evans refused accreditation following an assault charge.

With the wider Wales squad reeling at the loss of athletes Rhys Williams and Gareth Warburton over alleged doping offences, Cordina was desperate to bring some much-needed joy to their ranks and he edged past 19-year-old Englishman McCormack, a former world and European junior champion.

The 22-year-old won a split decision after landing the cleaner blows in the final round,

Fearless swimmer Adam Peaty took on his idol, Olympic champion Cameron van der Burgh, and beat him to land the Commonwealth 100 metres breaststroke title on a night of double Glasgow gold for England.

The 19-year-old produced a storming last 25m, reeling the South African world-record holder Van der Burgh in the closing stages, with home favourite Ross Murdoch taking the bronze.

Meanwhile, over 10,000 people lined the banks of the Clyde to see the largest flotilla of boats ever to pass through Glasgow.

Over 1,900 sailors manned the 250-strong fleet which made its way from Greenock, led by the CalMac ferry Lochinvar.

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