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Good medal haul from home nations

The Commonwealth Games saw another good day of medals for the home nations – and a bad day for Australia with one of their team convicted of assault.

England top the medal table with 123 medals, including 44 golds following a further six gold medals today for cyclist Alex Dowsett, gymnasts Max Whitlock and Becky Downie, athlete David Weir and gold for England’s lawn bowlers in the women’s triples.

Scotland‘s Dan Keatings put his London 2012 heartbreak behind him by winning gold on the pommel horse, taking Scotland’s gold medal total to 14 amid a total medal haul of 43, and Wales added to its medal tally with a bronze for cyclist Geraint Thomas.

The accolade won by Shetland schoolgirl Erraid Davies, 13, of the Commonwealth’s youngest medal winner survived the challenge from English diver Victoria Vincent who failed to pick up a medal today.

Erraid won Commonwealth hearts on Sunday by taking bronze in the women’s para-sport 100m breaststroke SB9 final.

London-born Victoria, who is also 13 but is nearly two months younger than Erraid, scored a creditable 10th-place finish in the 10m diving tonight, just behind England teammate Sarah Barrow.

Vincent is now looking forward to a bright future, saying: “It was close to my PB. I could have dived better but at the end of the day I’m at the Commonwealth Games at the age of 13.

“The degree of difficulty of the dives I was doing meant I couldn’t do much better but hopefully I will be learning harder dives.

“The Olympics is my dream, but we will just have to wait and see if I can make it that far.

“My parents are really proud of me and my phone is full of texts from my friends that I will have to reply to. The Commonwealths have been great and I’ve learned so much being here.”

But much of the Commonwealth attention remained outside the sports arenas, with Australian weightlifter Francois Etoundi ordered to pay £400 compensation to a Welsh athlete after he admitted headbutting him.

Etoundi assaulted Gareth Evans, also a weightlifter, in the athletes’ village on Wednesday morning, Glasgow Sheriff Court heard.

The assault followed an earlier verbal exchange between the pair relating to Mr Evans’ athlete girlfriend.

Sheriff Andrew Cubie said Etoundi, 29, had brought “the law of the playground” into the athletes’ village, while his behaviour “undermines the concept of the friendly games”.

Meanwhile, the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt is on a mission to win back Glaswegian hearts tomorrow when he finally takes to the Hampden Park track for the heats of the 4 x 100 metres.

Mr Bolt described the Games as “awesome” on Wednesday, having earlier taken to Twitter to deny a report in The Times which quoted him, speaking on Tuesday, saying they were “a bit s***” and he was “not really” having fun in Scotland.

Commonwealth Games officials today insisted that the sprint superstar’s reported criticism of the event has not damaged Glasgow 2014.

Games Federation chief executive Mike Hooper said that the games have gone “fantastically” and have not suffered from the comments “in any way”.

At a press briefing today, Mr Hooper said: “Mr Bolt made his position very, very clear yesterday. I don’t believe it’s in any way damaged the Games. This is a fantastic event, it has gone fantastically.”

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