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England gymnasts soar to gold

ESPN staff
July 29, 2014
Louis Smith, Max Whitlock, Nile Wilson and Kristian Thomas of England celebrate winning gold © Getty Images

England beat Scotland into second place to claim gold in the men's gymnastics final on day six of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Kristian Thomas, Louis Smith, Max Whitlock and Nile Wilson were delighted with their score of 266.804, but thoughts went out to team-mate Sam Oldham who needed treatment after falling on the vault.

Scotland secured silver with 257.063 points and Canada took bronze with 252.078.

William Sharman took silver for England in the 110m hurdles final with Lawrence Clarke coming home in eighth. Jamaica's Andrew Riley won the gold medal.

Defending champion Andy Turner had earlier crashed out of the event after a heavy collision with the first hurdle in his heat.

Turner lost all momentum as he caught the first barrier, before pulling up having stumbled through the second hurdle.

"I got too close to the first hurdle and to come back from a mistake like that is very difficult," Turner said. "It is a schoolboy error and I am disappointed not to put on a better show.

"I felt good at the start. My training had gone well and I felt I was ready to run the fastest I have all season but that was shocking."

England's Greg Rutherford made it through to the long jump final with a leap of 8.05m, while Laura Samuel claimed silver in the women's event by jumping 14.09m - a 34cm improvement on her previous personal best.

Elsewhere, Olympic champion David Rudisha, of Kenya, cruised into the 800m semi-finals, winning his heat in 1min 46.89secs ahead of England's Michael Rimmer.

Rimmer's 800m team-mate Andrew Osagie was disqualified after a clash with Wales' Joe Thomas, which saw the pair exchange angry words after they crossed the finish line. In the women's 1500m, Laura Weightman took home silver for England.

In the pool, England's Ben Proud made it a Commonwealth Games sprint double by adding 50m freestyle gold to his 50m butterfly crown.

Georgia Davies also won gold for Wales in the 50m backstroke while England's Lauren Quigley took silver.

In the women's 400m free, Jazz Carlin was runner-up for Wales while Dan Jarvis won bronze in the 1500m free.

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