By Nick Butler, Duncan Mackay and Paul Osborne in Glasgow
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22:30 See you at 09:00 tomorrow for all the best sport, news and gossip from day four.

22:29 But with plenty more to come tomorrow, including rugby sevens finals and both marathon races in athletics, we are going to leave you with a final photo of Mr and Mrs Judo, Scotland's gold medal winner Euan Burton and England's runner-up Gemma Gibbons.

Gemma Gibbons and Euan Burton following their medal winning exploits today ©Twitter

For more photos, check out our latest picture gallery of day three!

22:28 A lot was happening away from the sporting action today as well: that mad press conference with Usain Bolt that at times resembled more of a media love in than a press grilling. 

We also had "Clyde-gate" as Glasgow 2014, with a little help from insidethegames, rectifying the problems with scanning QR codes in its mascot trail. 

And we are also quite proud we managed to link in both Billy Ocean and Benny Hill to proceedings on the blog today. Where else would you see that?

22:25 We are going to finish now for the evening, after another day in which Australia overhauled England at the top of the medals table, just. 

Some more great sporting action today, with Australians particularly shining in the pool and Veldodrome. More success for Scotland in judo and England in triathlon, but good to see some other nation's succeeding with two Welsh victories today amid gongs for Cyprus, Malaysia and South Africa. And a first medal for the Isle of Man.

Siblings yesterday, married couples today

Twitter logothe most fantastic & amazing husband who went one better & brought home the gold for our family! #soproud
-Gemma Gibbons following her judo silver, and husband Euan Burton's gold.

Gary AndersonAnother day another gold as they will probably be saying in Australian swimming circles as green and gold emerge here from the Tollcross International Swimming Centre with another batch of Commonwealth titles. While no world records were broken, four Games records were set including the two for Australia in the form of its women's 4x200m freestyle team and Emily Seebohm who retained her 100m backstroke crown. Meanwhile England's two gold medals also came via record times as Francesca Halsall won her second Commonwealth Games gold in the 50m freestyle to sit only second to the great Karen Pickering in terms of English swimming success at the Games while Adam Peaty powered to an impressive win in the 100m breaststroke.

For reigning Olympic and world champion Chad le Clos it was business as usual as he retained his 200m butterfly crown.Another day another gold as they will probably be saying in Australian swimming circles as green and gold emerge here from the Tollcross International Swimming Centre with another batch of Commonwealth titles. While no world records were broken, four Games records were set including the two for Australia in the form of its women's 4x200m freestyle team and Emily Seebohm who retained her 100m backstroke crown. Meanwhile England's two gold medals also came via record times as Francesca Halsall won her second Commonwealth Games gold in the 50m freestyle to sit only second to the great Karen Pickering in terms of English swimming success at the Games while Adam Peaty powered to an impressive win in the 100m breaststroke. For reigning Olympic and world champion Chad le Clos it was business as usual as he retained his 200m butterfly crown.

-Reporter Gary Anderson with a final update of the evening from the swimming pool.

Win for Willstrop in squash

James Willstrop en route to a simple squash quarter-final win

22:23 Over in the squash, James Willstrop of England is through to the semi-finals after easing past Ivan Yuen of Malaysia, 11-1 11-7, 11-3. Better fortunes for Malaysia in table tennis though as their women qualified to face hot favourites Singapore in the gold medal match tomorrow. Singapore won the 2010 world team title over China, and that is quite something in table tennis, so they will take some beating.

Australia will face India for bronze while, in the men's event we are a round behind. It's England v India and Singapore v Nigeria in the two semi-finals tomorrow.

22:20 South Africa are 15-0 up against Kenya in the final rugby sevens match of the day. They are heading for a quarter-final against Scotland. England will face Samoa, Wales will have the daunting prospect of taking on New Zealand in two of the other last eight contests, while Australia's reward for edging England is set to be a match against the Kenyans.

England versus Samoa is probably the pick of those four matches. 

22:14 Medals action for the day is now complete, but we will take you "around the grounds" for a final day before wrapping up for the day. 

Action has been hotting up in the badminton team event. Malaysia have continued their good evening by qualifying to face Singapore in the first semi-final tomorrow. That will be following by England against India.

Great to see the badminton, as well as the cycling, so well attended at the Emirates Arena today, as this picture of crowds flocking in proves...

Crowds flock to the watch the badminton and cycling action on day three  ©Getty Images

Australia beat England in rugby sevens

22:08 Sean McMahon, Jesse Parahi and Cameron Clark scored the three Australian tries as they eeked out a win in a high quality encounter. England had led 7-5 at half-time but conceded 10 unanswered points after the break.

22:06 Australia are leading 15-7 in the second half, so it's looking like déjà vu 
in the second "Ashes" clash of the day. 

22:02 It's been a long and thrilling day for the Ibrox crowd, with the last match seeing a superb 19-12 win for Samoa over Wales. Samoa have a strong sevens team and, along with maybe South Africa and the two teams currently playing, are the only ones who could realistically challenge New Zealand tomorrow.

21:56 The most anticipated match of the day is getting underway in the rugby sevens. England versus Australia.

The Aussies beat the English in a netball thriller to open proceedings on day three, so can the English close the night with revenge? England have enjoyed 57-0 and 40-0 victories over Sri Lanka and Uganda respectively so far, so are looking good.

First gold medal for Malaysia

Duncan Mackay new"Particularly poignant to hear the Malaysian national anthem Negaraku - which in English means "My Country" - playing here in the Clyde Auditorium in honour of Mansor's victory after a terrible period in the nation's history."
Duncan Mackay witnesses a symbolic moment following the Air Malaysia plane crash last week.

Mohd Hafifi Mansor en route to gold in the men's 69kg weightlifting ©Getty Images

Gary Anderson"Scottish legend David Wilkie has made an appearance at the Tollcross Centre to present the medals in the men's 100m breaststroke.
Wilkie is a former world champion in the discipline while he is a former Olympic, Comonwealth and European champion in the 200m. So he knows a thing or two about the art of breaststroking.
He gets a fantastic reception from the crowd here and I suspect deep down he was secretly hoping to be planting the gold medal around Ross Murdoch's neck rather than Adam Peaty. Instead Murdoch makes do with bronze."
- Reporter Gary Anderson poolside at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre.

21:45 That results means another shift at the top of the medal table as Australia move back ahead of England.

Glasgow 2014 gold medal21:39 Gold for Australia in the women's 4x200m freestyle!

Emma McKeon, Alicia Coutts, Brittany Elmslie and Bronte Barratt win the last gold medal of the night and another for the Aussies, this time in the women's 4X200m freestyle.

The result is also another Games record as they finished in 7:49:90 ahead of Canada and England.

Glasgow 2014 gold medal21:35 Weightlifter Mohd Hafifi Mansor has claimed Malaysia's first gold medal of Glasgow 2014 with victory in the men's 69kg.

Mansor lifted a total of 305kg to beat his Nigerian rival Yinka Ayenuwa, who managed 301kg. India's Omkar Otari took the bronze with 296kg.

The 24-year-old Malaysian had finished third in New Delhi four years ago.

Victory means more than just gold for Mansor, however. It had been made clear to him before travelling here that anything other than a gold medal would mean financial support he receives to work with his coach Lukman Lukman in Indonesia would be cut.

He has criticised the lack of quality coaches in Malaysia in the past and began working with Indonesian coach Lukman in February 2014.

He admitted before the competition that the pressure was tough but a great motivator.

21:22 There was joy for the Ugandan team in their rugby sevens encounter with Sri Lanka at the Ibrox this evening as they came from 14-0 down to win 17-14.

The team piled into the crowd on the final whistle as sheer excitement streamed throughout the Stadium.

21:20 Well that didn't last long. England back on top of the medals table courtesy of Adam Peaty.

Peaty breaks Scottish hearts

Glasgow 2014 gold medal19:17 England's Adam Peaty takes gold in the men's 100m breaststroke breaking his own Games record in the process with a time of 58:94 to finish ahead of Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa.

Meanwhile, Ross Murdoch could not repeat his heroics from Friday night as he has to settle for bronze but that does not stop him getting a deafening reception as he exits the pool.

Quote marks"The Commonwealth Games are bigger than the Olympics in the Isle of Man"
- Cyclist Peter Kennaugh after his silver medal in the 40km points race.

Australia on top

21:13 That gold medal lifts Australia above England in the medal table. The two nations are split on gold and silvers but Australia edge the bronzes 19 to 13.

Glasgow 2014 gold medal21:10 Gold medal number three for the Aussies as Emily Seebohm touches home in a Games record time of 59:37 to best her own time of 59:51 set earlier today to retain her 100m backstroke title.

Georgia Davies of Wales takes silver while Seebohm's compatriot Belinda Hocking takes bronze

Duncan Mackay new"Hearing the Benny Hill theme tune here at the weightlifting reminds me of a story I was told by a leading Olympic official that one of the ideas originally proposed by London Mayor Boris Johnson for the London 2012 Opening Ceremony was to play that song while a Benny Hill look-alike chased a group of scantily clad young women across the stage in the Olympic Stadium. And people wonder why Danny Boyle was brought in..."
- Editor Duncan Mackay reminiscing at the weightlifting. 

I'm sorry Duncan but I for one think Boris' idea sounded great...

Comedian Benny Hill ©Getty Images

I think this is something like Boris was getting at...

Quote marks"That's rock and roll. I said it once and I'll say it again, the Scottish team are tearing it up. There's a million to one things that couldn't go to plan. A typical Royal Marine never gives up and never surrenders. You give a marine a chance and this is what happens"
- Scotland's judoka Christopher Sherrington after his gold medal in the over 100kg.

20:54 Sri Lanka's Chinthana Vidanage, one of the favourites having won a silver in 2010, is already out of the weightlifting competition after failing with three lifts.

"I had no idea what happened," he admitted. "The preparations went well, the training went well, the warm-up went well. I just don't know. I guess it's just bad luck."

Duncan Mackay new"We have just started the second phase of the men's 69kg weightlifting at the Clyde Auditorium. England's Christopher Freebury and New Zealand's Cody Cole have both successfully taken their first attempts in the clean and jerk. Early days yet, obviously, but to my untrained eye India's Omkar Otari, fifth at New Delhi four years ago, looks like the man to beat. I could be wrong, though."
- Editor Duncan Mackay keeps us up to date with the weightlifting action inside the Armadillo.

20:49 The final medal table in the judo sees England top with six golds, four silver and three bronze; Scotland in second with six gold, two silver and five bronze; and South Africa in third with one gold, one silver and two bronze.

That's despite England failing to pick up a gold medal in the SECC this evening; an evening that saw Scotland claim three, South African claim one and Wales claim one.

20:45 It's all over at Ibrox Park and Barbados kept the final score against New Zealand to 59-0, which is lot less than many people were predicting.

Gary Anderson"As the medal ceremony for the women's 50m freestyle takes place attention is slowly turning to the men's 100m breaststroke final which is set to get underway soon. There is a definite sense of anticipation wafting from the packed stands here as all Scottish eyes will be on 20-year-old Ross Murdoch who will be hoping for a repeat of his historic win on Friday night here when he took the 200m breaststroke gold ahead of hot favourite and Glasgow boy Michael Jamieson. The London 2012 silver medal is not in tonight's final but another Scot in the form of Craig Benson is along with England's Adam Peaty and South African Cameron van der Burgh who appear to be the main contenders for medals."
- Reporter Gary Anderson awaits more action in the pool.

20:38 We're into the second-half at Ibrox and the All Blacks are now 52-0 up against Barbados.

Can anybody stop them?!

20:32 All the action is over in the judo but no one's going any where. We've still got one medal ceremony to go and it's to celebrate yet another Scottish gold.

The hosts have won three of five gold medals on off inside the SECC this evening with Wales and South Africa taking the other two.

20:28 Barbados - Billy Ocean's son and all - are currently taking on the All Blacks in the rugby sevens at Ibrox Park...

After about five minutes it's already 26-0 to the New Zealanders.

Stat attack

Gary Anderson"Cate and Bronte Campbell's silver and bronze medal earlier tonight in the 50m freestyle was the first time in Commonwealth Games history that two sisters won a medal in the same individual swimming event.
Meanwhile, Francesca Halsall's win in the same race was her ninth Commonwealth Games medal putting her behind only Karen Pickering with 13 medals, as England's most decorated swimmer at the Commonwealth Games. It was also her second gold after claiming the 50m butterfly title at Delhi 2010."
- Top stat's from reporter Gary Anderson from poolside at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre.

Clydegate update

20:26 With all our reporters otherwise engaged in covering sport at Glasgow 2014 this afternoon our managing director Sarah Bowron (see 16:00) has been out and about in the city centre to check whether the Clyde Trail QR problem had been solved, as Commonwealth Games organisers had claimed.

We can happily confirm that the problem indeed does appear to have been fixed. The children of Glasgow can thank us later.

Glasgow 2014 gold medal20:22 Their cheering seems to have worked as Christopher Sherrington takes the gold!

A salute to each section of the crowd to acknowledge their support and he's running off to the viper, sorry, media, pit for interviews.

The Scot took down South Africa's Ruan Snyman for the win, while bronze went to Australia's Jake Andrewartha and Welshman Mark Shaw. 

20:18 "Coooooooome oooooooooooooown Scooooootland!" I don't think I'll ever tire of hearing a broad Scottish man yelling that line.

A lot of them are doing it here at the judo as they cheer on local favourite Christopher Sherrington in this gold medal final.

Quote marks"What he's done in the sport is amazing. To go from a kilo (1000m time trial) rider to a successful sprinter and keirin rider at the Olympics, to be the pinnacle of the game for years, is amazing."
"To beat his record from four years ago and to win on the track here at the Games is amazing. Two days ago I was in the stands with my mum and he was doing an interview and gave me a thumbs up."
Australian rider Scott Sunderland was keen to speak about one of his heroes after defending his 1,000m time trial title today, the event in which Sir Chris won the first of six Olympic gold medals, at Athens 2004.

20:14 It's now been a whopping 15 minutes since the last gold medal here in Glasgow. That's soon to change, however, as we come to the final gold medal final of the judo, the men's over 100kg contest.

Euan Burton celebrates his win in judo ©Twitter

Twitter logoDelighted for Scotland's flagbearer @Euan_Burton winning gold in the judo! Lead from the front!
- Sir Chris Hoy on Euan Burton's gold medal in the judo.

Euan Burton, of course, was the Flagbearer for Scotland at these Games having come out of retirement to fight, and win, in the men's under 100kg competition.

Duncan Mackay new"After the excitement of Zoe Smith's gold medal in the women's 58kg category, it's the turn of the 69kg men in the weightlifting. Once you have negotiated your way to the press seats in the strangely shaped building that, from the outside, resembles an Armadillo, you are greeted by a sea of colour and an auditorium that appears to be populated with a knowledgeable crowd with plenty of support for all the competitors. There is an eclectic range of music being played between lifts ranging from Franz Ferdinand's "Take Me Out" to Yakety Sax, better known as the theme music of The Benny Hill Show. Wonder if we will hear any Billy Ocean during the night (see 13:54 and 19:00)?"
- Duncan Mackay has wound his way to his seat inside the Armadillo to catch all the action from the weightlifting. 

19:54 Biggest cheer of the night goes up inside the SECC as Euan Burton picks up his gold medal. 

The Flower of Scotland is now playing and the crowd are right behind it. Incredible stuff!

Glasgow 2014 gold medal19:49 Gold number two for Australia!

The night is starting to have a familiar tone to last night as Taylor McKeown bags a second gold medal for Australia as she romps home almost a second ahead of compatriot Sally Hunter in the 200m breaststroke.

Molly Renshaw of England takes bronze.

Glasgow 2014 gold medal19:47 Gold for Scotland's Sarah Adlington in the judo!

The Scot beat England's Jodie Myers in the women's over 78kg competition by a single yuko score.

India's Rajwinder Kaur and Sachini Wewita Widanalage of Mauritius took the bronze medals.

Glasgow 2014 gold medal19:40 Daniel Fox gets Australia off the mark with gold in the men's Para-sport 200m freestyle S14!

The Aussie put in a superb swim to take the win ahead of Thomas Hamer of England and Welshman Jack Thomas.

Gold rush for cake makers 

Participants at the Opening Ceremony wear costumes in the shape of Tunnock's Teacakes ©Getty Images

19:35 A Scottish cake company has already struck gold at Glasgow 2014 after seeing sales of its most popular product soar.

Participants in the Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park wore costumes in the distinctive shape of Tunnock's Teacakes and since then sales of the chocolate-covered marshmallow biscuit have risen by more than 50 per cent since Wednesday.

By our reckoning, Scottish dentists should be looking forward to a similar-sized boost in the coming months.

19:30 An absolute avalanche of medals across the judo, swimming and cycling there.

It was, however, the final event on the track so things may be starting to settle down on the medal front. 

Still more to come on the tatami and in the pool though, with the men's 69kg weightlifting event also set to start soon. Our editor Duncan Mackay is heading over to the Clyde Auditorium, known locally as the Armadillo, for that one.

Natalie Powell celebrates after beating Gemma Gibbons in the judo ©Getty Images

Quote marks
"I'm chuffed I've beaten her. I knew I could beat her. She never backs down. There were a lot of people who put me second to her. I knew I wasn't and today I proved that. Gemma is number one, maybe today I have proved she isn't"
- Welsh judoka Natalie Powell after her victory in the women's under 78kg

Glasgow 2014 gold medal19:22 England off and running in the pool with gold for Fran Halsall.

Halsall sets a Games record on her way to taking the 50m freestyle gold touching home in a time of 23:96 ahead of the Campbell sisters from Australia with Cate second and Bronte third.

Glasgow 2014 gold medal19:20 Gold for Tom Scully of New Zealand on the track.

He wins the final sprint as well for good measure to give himself a grad total of 96 point.

Kennaugh finishes second for the Isle of Man, he was their big hope in the absense of Mark Cavendish and he has duly delivered their first medal of the Games.

Bronze goes to another New Zealander in Aaron Gate

Glasgow 2014 gold medal19:17 Gold for le Clos!

Reigning Olympic, world and Commonwealth Games champion Chad le Clos shows that he really is the man in the 200m butterfly as he powers to victory here and breaks his own Games record with a time of 1:55:07.

Australia's Grant Irvine was second while another South African Sebastien Rousseau takes bronze.

Glasgow 2014 gold medal19:15 The lids been lifted off the SECC as Euan Burton wins judo gold for Scotland in the men's under 100kg category.

The Scot beat Pakistan's Shah Hussain Shah in the gold medal final with an ippon after just two minutes.

There was double bronze success for New Zealand in this contest as Jason Koster and Tim Slyfield battled their matches.

Quote marks"In the last Commonwealth Games she [Sayyed] had the gold and I got silver, so this time it's the other way around and it's even nicer that both the medals went to India. The approach of India to shooting has changed - we have Olympic medals as well as Commonwealth medals. We train in better venues, [have] good coaches and I think that reflects in our shooting."
- Rahi Sarnboat after her victory in the women's 25m pistol event ahead of team-mate Anisa Sayyed.

Glasgow 2014 gold medal19:06 David Luckman and Parag Patel has claimed England's first shooting gold medal of Glasgow 2014 in an event interrupted by the weather.

The pair of 38-year-olds led from the very first shot of the competition which involves competitors firing full bore rifles at targets of distances up to 1,000 yards away.

Torrential rain threatened to disrupt the event again after it had to finish early last night because of fog.

In the last round there were big names in the medal position as Canada's Jim Paton and Des Vamplew moved into second place while Scotland grabbed another medal, Ian Shaw and Angus McLeod taking bronze.

19:04 Stand by for news of the Queen's Prize Pairs final...

19:02 England are looking good in the rugby sevens too. They have just beaten Uganda 40-0, their second victory without conceding a point.

I expect things will be a bit harder in the next match against Australia which gets underway at 21:48.

19:00 The second session of the day in the rugby sevens at Ibrox Park is well underway with the highlight so far being Scotland's 56-0 win over Barbados, whose squad includes Anthony Bayne-Charles, the 31-year-old son of legendary British singer Billy Ocean (see 13:54).

Doesn't look like Billy will be reworking "Caribbean Queen" to make it "Caribbean Kings"...

Gary Anderson"So here we are again for the third night of swimming finals action at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre. There are eight more finals to be decided this evening and once again it is a packed house here with plenty of Scottish and English flags visible with the odd smattering of Australia, South Africa and Wales."
Gary Anderson has made it to the Tollcross International Swimming Centre for tonight's finals.

18:52 Just to update those of you who keep hitting refresh on your computers to find out what's happening in the Queen's Prize Pairs Final, which was anticipated to end a while ago.

It remains ongoing with England's David Luckman and Parag Patel out ahead of Australia's James Corbett and Geoff Grenfell and Jersey's Barry le Cheminat and Dan Richardson.

We're not sure when it is predicted to finish but we are doing our best to find out.

Nick Butler"The final track cycling event is the grueling men's points race - a 40km ride over 160 laps, where points are up for grabs via sprints, which take place event tenth lap. But the key aim is to "take a lap" on the rest of the field, something which gets you 20 points. Tom Scully of New Zealand leads with 31 points ahead of compatriot Aaron Gate at the moment."
- Nick Butler watches on at the Velodrome.

The two fastest Jamaicans

Usain Bolt on Twitter with swimmer Jevon Atkison ©Twitter

Twitter logoTwo fastest Jamaicans. The pool (me) & the track (Usain Bolt).
- Jamaican swimmer Jevon Atkinson on Twitter

Glasgow 2014 gold medal18:40 We can't be gone for long though as its gold for Natalie Powell in the judo!

In an under 78kg encounter that went right to the wire it was the Welsh wizard that eventually took the glory with a waza-ari the difference between the two competitors.

Despite her earlier confidence, that leaves Gemma Gibbons to settle for the silver.

The previous bronze medal finals saw Cameroon's Hortense Mballa Atangana and Canada's Ana Laura Portuondo prove victorious.

18:36 Away from the judo for a second and we've movement at the Velodrome.

After a couple of medal ceremonies, the men's points race has got underway in the Velodrome.

Nick Butler"Flower of Scotland reverberates around the arena once again as Neil Fachie and Craig MacLean's tander victory earlier on is recognised.
Pilot MacLean has now won medals in Olympics, Paralympics and both able-bodied and disability events at the Commonwealth Games. Not many people can claim that.
Interestingly, the silver and bronze medals for Australia in the same event meant they became the first country to win 200 medals in all cycling disciplines at the Commonwealth Games. They have won 76 gold, 54 silver and 29 bronze mdals on the track, along with a total of 40 medals in road events and a solitary bronze in mountain biking."
- Nick is still trackside at the Velodrome.
18:32 Up next, it's the big one. Olympic silver medallist Gemma Gibbons of England takes on Natalie Powell of Wales.

The crowds on their feet!

18:28 That gold medal for Zack Piontek proved 10th time lucky for any nation other than England and Scotland with each of the previous nine falling to athletes from these two nations.

Glasgow 2014 gold medal18:24 There's a gold in the judo. And it's gone to... South Africa...! Zack Piontek silences the crowd here in the SECC as he overcomes Scottish judoka Matthew Purssey in the men's under 90kg final by a single yuko score.

The two bronze medals fell to local man Andrew Burns and England's Gary Hall.

Quote marks"Oh my God, I loved every second of that. I'm not on the planet at the moment. The Nigerian girl gave me a run for my money, but I got the gold"
English weightlifter Zoe Smith after her gold medal in the women's 58kg.

18:21 That gold for Australia on the track puts them ahead of England on the medal table. For now at least. Still la lot of action still to go tonight.

Glasgow 2014 gold medal18:15 India have won another gold medal in the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre.

Rahi Sarnboat took the women's 25m pistol event ahead of team-mate Anisa Sayyed took silver with Australia's Lalita Yauhleuskaya claiming bronze.

That's seven medals for India now in the shooting, three gold and four bronze.

Glasgow 2014 gold medal18:13 Scott Sunderland of Australia wins the men's 1,000m time trial with a Games record time of 1:00.675.

The man he raced in the final heat, Simon van Velthooven of New Zealand, takes silver, while fellow Kiwi Matthew Archibald has to be content with bronze

Disappointment for the English due of two-time Olympic team pursuit champion Ed Clancy, and Kian Emadi, who only finish 4th and 5th respectively.

Rugby Sevens at Rio 2016

18:10  Following the first day of action in the rugby sevens competition today, International Rugby Board chairman Bernard Lapasset and IRB chief executive Brett Gosper spoke at a media briefing at Ibrox Stadium about rugby sevens at Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Both men stressed the need for rugby sevens to make as big an impact as possible when it makes it's Olympic debut in Rio revealing that there are plans to stretch competition over six or seven days in order to maximise visibility and impact.

Quote marks"For the Olympics, with the 12 women's and the 12 men's teams we are trying to stay as visible as possible we are so we are looking to stretch the format. It's not settled yet at this point and we are looking at a number of models that would probably keep us within Olympiv viewing for about six or seven days. We may have the women's [competition] and then the men's [competition] but these are all in discussion just now. There is a lot of benefit from exploiting visibility of the sport over the as long a period as we can."
- IRB chief executive Brett Gosper

Quote marks"We are qualified for two Olympiads in 2016 and 2020 [Tokyo]. We just have two shots and we need to ensure that are presence on the field shows that sevens is a good sport and a fantastic spectacle for the crowd. For this reason we need to ensure that we have the right format and to be visible as long as possible to put on the best event that we can."
- IRB chairman Bernard Lapasset.

18:02 And here at the judo we're just underway with the first bronze medal match of the under 90kg category where Australia's Mark Anthony has the tough task of facing local boy Andrew Burns.

Electric atmosphere inside the SECC with the crowds no doubt hoping for more home nation medal success in the judo.

18:00 Back to cycling and we're into the 1km time trial now in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. Great atmosphere still, with the only problem, for the journalists at least, being a few internet problems. The crowd are still celebrating that tandem victory earlier for Neil Fachie.

Scotland going judoka crazy for Renicks sisters

While Paul Osborne is just hot-footing to the last night of the judo where Scottish-English husband and wife team Euan Burton and Gemma Gibbons will both be hoping to emerge victorious Kimberley and Louise Renicks, both winners of gold medals on the first day of the Games, were joined by silver medal winner Stephanie Inglis and bronze medallist Connie Ramsay to sign autographs at the Glasgow 2014 Superstore in George Square. As you can see, they got quite a reaction.

"I'm so overwhelmed and excited and have never seen Glasgow like this - everyone is so happy and proud for us," said Kimberley Renicks. Big sister Louise added: "It's just been unbelievable we have never had so much attention. It's not sunk in really as I haven't shown my mum and dad my medal yet."

Hannah McMillan, 13, from Glasgow, who met the champions said: "It was wonderful to watch the sisters win on the TV and now I have met them and held their medal. It's truly fantastic."

Scotland's female judo medallists signing autographs at the Glasgow 2014 Superstore in George Square ©Glasgow 2014

Glasgow 2014 gold medal17:35
And that's gold for Zoe Smith in the weightlifting as she holds on to take the win with her combined total of 210kg.

There's no change on the podium below her either as Ndidi Winifred of Nigeria takes the silver and Michaela Breeze settles for bronze.

Glasgow 2014 gold medal17:28 
Gold for Neil Fachie and pilot Craig MacLean in the tandem sprint. They lost the first race in the best of three contest against Australian Keirin Modra, but fought back in the second. And despite trailing by some distance early on in the third, fought back to win and claim their second gold of the Games.

Australia's Paul Kennedy had already sealed the bronze in this contest after beating Welshman Matthew Ellis in straight races.

Twitter logoGlasgow 2014 has 5 para-sport events 20 odd medals.Not huge but more than any Games before. There's room to grow this as integrated event!
- Tim Hollingsworth, chief executive of the British Paralympic Association, calling for more Para-sport events at the Commonwealth Games.

The women's 58kg weightlifting contest is still ongoing in the Hydro with England's Zoe smith currently leading Ndidi Winifred of Nigeria and Michaela Breeze of Wales after a Commonwealth Games record total of 210kg across both the the snatch and the clean and jerk.

Breeze's 93kg in the snatch is also a Commonwealth Games record.

An interesting stat on the bowls finals from earlier today for you next...

Bruce Jones, 75, who won bronze alongside fellow Aussie Joy Forster in the B2/B3 mixed pairs competition, became the first athlete over 70 to win a Commonwealth Games medal since Manchester 2002, when Ruth Small of England won gold in visually impaired lawn bowls women's singles aged 70.

Selfie of the day?

Sonah Shah with Englands Jonathan Brownlee ©Twitter

TV presenter Sonali Shah with England's Jonathan Brownlee after he had helped his country to victory in the triathlon mixed relay at Strathclyde Park.

Nick Butler
"Good grief, it's the return of the "Bongo-cam in between races. I thought they had scrapped that one in Glasgow. So long as they don't introduce the "Kiss-cam" later. And there's a big crash as Jenny Davis of Scotland crashes in the sprint classification race for 5th to 8th place. She gingerly gets back and the race is re-started with Davis, to the delight of the crowd, participating. She places fourth eventually for 8th place overall."
- Reporter Nick Butler at the Velodrome.

Calm before the storm

Calm before the storm at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre ©Twitter

There's a calm before the storm in the Tollcross International Swimming Centre as we get ready for tonight's finals.

Coming up on the fixture list this evening we have the men's 200m butterfly final; women's 50m freestyle final; women's 200m breaststroke final; women's 100m backstroke final; men's 100m breaststroke final; women's 4x200m freestyle final; and the men's Para-sport 200m freestyle S14 final.

Phew. It's going to be an action packed evening here in Glasgow!

Stephanie Morton will face Anna Meares in an all Australian sprint gold medal match tomorrow after each won their semi-final encounters 2-0.

Meares has already won five Commonwealth titles to become the most successful Aussie cyclist ever at the Games, she will have a chance to add another later.

Medal action in the cycling 

Annette Edmondson of Australia celebrates her gold in the womens 10km scratch contest ©Getty Images

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And its Annette Edmondson of Australia who wins the scratch race!

The pace got faster and faster, largely thanks to home hope Katie Archibald, but it was Edmondson who ultimately timed her effort best to upgrade her individual pursuit silver. Compatriot Amy Cure takes silver and bronze goes to Elinor Barker of Wales. A photo finish is still confirming that result but it should stand.

17 laps to go in the 10km track race now in the Velodrome. It's a 40 lap race, first one to cross the line who wins. As simple as that. Joanna Rowsell of England and Annette Edmondson of Australia are both involved, gold and silver medal winners in the individual pursuit yesterday.

Also in there is England's two time Olympic champion Laura Trott. The two events she won in London, the omnium and team pursuit, are not on the programme so this non-Olympic event is her best shot of a medal. The pace is quickening, but everyone is still together...

Next on track is the women's 10km scratch race finals. This should be a good one!

In that men's Para-sport sprint B tandem's Australia's Paul Kennedy went 1-0 up against Welsh rider Matthew Ellis in the bronze medal final.

In the gold medal race, Scotland's Neil Fachie, who took gold on the track yesterday, went one behind to Kieran Modra of Australia to the disappointment of the home crowds, it must be said.

It appears reporter Nick Butler has made it to the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, and just in time too. It's finals time on the track!

Nick Butler
"Well, I have made it to the Velodrome. Just. After the bus lost power again, and the calls of the exasperated driver back to base went unanswered, two groups of journalists, including myself, decided to make our own way. Of course, as soon as we got off the bus started moving again, but for how long I cannot answer. But for us a cab was flagged down and we got here soon enough, and just in time for the opening race of the tandem sprint. Believe it or not, this is my first time in a Velodrome, and the first thing that strikes me is how steep the track is, compared with how it looks on television."
- Nick Butler has made it to the Velodrome.


Following editor Duncan Mackay's pressing question in this morning media briefing regarding the Clyde Trail QR code epidemic, a spokesperson for Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, has provided a kindly statement addressing the issue.

"Since it was launched, thousands of local and visiting fans have been out following Clyde's Trail and having their picture taken with him. Thanks to their feedback, we will be introducing new, larger QR codes at each location from today to make it even easier to download and collect all 25 designs when using the Clyde's Trail app, which is available for free from iTunes and Google Play."

If you're not up to date with the issue that has left Glasgow communities in chaos then maybe this picture of insidethegames managing director Sarah Bowron's struggles will highlight the problem.

ITG managing director Sarah Bowron sruggles to scan the QR code on a Clyde ©ITG

Amid the excitement of today's Usain Bolt conference, the rugby sevens and of course the lawn bowls, we've failed to mention the world record set in the pool by Australia's Daniel Fox.

The 23-year-old set a new fastest time of 1:57.16 in his 200m freestlye S14 heat.

He'll now race for gold inside the Tollcross International Swimming Centre at 19:29 this evening.

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It's a 1-2 for India in the women's 10m air rifle as Apurvi Chandela finishes ahead of team mate Ayonika Paul.

Chandela scored a finals total of 206.7 with Paul on 204.9. Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi secures the bronze with a score of 184.4.

Trouble on the buses 

It appears that after my mishaps on the bus yesterday we've had more drama on the infamous SECC to Velodrome journey, Nick Butler has more..

Nick Butler"After the problems experience by my colleague Paul Osborne on his journey to the Velodrome yesterday, where his bus driver had to stop and ask for directions, I have now experienced an even graver setback on the same journey. The bus has lost power. HQ is being radio'd for back up. Oh, wait, as I type we are moving again. 'Good for another 50 yards or so,' says the driver... I hope we manage a little further than that"

Warm words on the rugby sevens

Scottish fans cheering home the underdgos at the rugby sevens today ©Getty Images

Gary Anderson"A sea of empty blue seats and the sight of sprinklers whirring jets of water across the Ibrox playing surface signal the end of the first rugby sevens session at Glasgow 2014. And what a feast of power, speed and skill we have seen here. The stadium was packed and the atmosphere has been genuinely superb. The crowd has been getting behind the underdogs in every game so far, urging them on to the try-line and cheering every tackle or line-break. Uganda, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago have been particular crowd favourites with chants of "Uganda, Uganda" echoing around the stadium during their game with Australia. But alas, as is always the case, the cream rises to the top, and the big boys of New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and England have all registered comfortable wins. However, the All Blacks were pushed all the way in their second game against hosts Scotland, who came very close to inflicting a first defeat on the New Zealanders since the Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998. The Scots were within three points as the final minute ticked by and were up against a depleted New Zealand who had two players sin-binned but they could not get by the mighty All Black defence. The hosts are first out in this evening's session against Barbados while England versus Australia could be the stand out match so far."
- A round up of today's rugby sevens action from reporter Gary Anderson.

Yates slams Welsh doping failures

Quote marks"The coverage of the two white Welsh athletes with positive tests are been treated as victims rather than the normal criminals as we would normally see. They are banged to rights and guilty under rules"
- Matthew Yates, winner of a Commonwealth Games 800m bronze medal at Auckland 1990, was an uncompromising character as an athlete and retirement does not seem to have softened him. He has no sympathy with Rhys Williams and Gareth Warburton, the Welsh athletes forced out of the Commonwealth Games after testing positive for drugs they are blaming on a contaminated supplement.

Bolt gets up to leave only to return a few seconds later. The microphone is switched back on. What can he possibly have to say? He seems to want to complain about the fact his various titles honorary titles have not been included on his name plate on the table for the press conference. Mandy Keegan, director of press operations at Glasgow 2014, promises to correct it for next time.

Bolt briefly comes to the front of the stage afterwards but quickly decides to draw back as he is mobbed by journalists wanting to take "selfies" with him...

14:58 Usain Bolt has left the building. But not before the obligatory question about Scottish Independence. He replies. "I don't even know what that is."

Usain Bolt with Clyde the Mascot ©ITG

14:50 Bolt will not be pressed on who he thinks will win the 100m in his absence. He is looking forward to watching it. A lot of silly questions here, two of which are simply requests for a "selfie" afterwards.

Now a more serious one of his view of the situation in Israel and Palestine. He's dealt with a few curveball questions in his time, and is not going to comment on this. "Are you definitely going to run this week," he is asked next? "What a weird question," Bolt answers. "Of course I am. Why else would I be Glasgow?"

A lot of sport going on despite our Usain-Bolt themed distractions, Australia have taken a 3-0 lead over Wales in the men's hockey.

Have you ever worn a kilt, Usain? Do you want to now? "Red is not my colour," says the great Jamaican. Good get out ploy there.

He confirms he will definitely appear in the heats of the 4 x 100m relay, so there is no prospect of him not having a chance to compete if his team mates drop the baton.

And here is Usain Bolt! Shaking hands with the schoolchildren and, in slightly bemused fashion, with Clyde the Mascot.

He is accompanied by Mike Fennell, head of the Jamaica Olympic Association.

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A valiant effort in the final end by the Scottish duo but it's the South Africans who come out on top. A standing ovation for both teams as they share a hug and a handshake. The final score. South Africa 14, Scotland 10.

And right on cue, Clyde the Mascot has walked on stage in the Loch Lomand suits, with five schoolchildren in local athletics vests. No Usain Bolt yet though...

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"We put in a good performance. I thought we were in there the way the lads were going and with New Zealand down to five, but credit to them, they shut us out. Our match against Canada is a big one now."
- Scotland's Stuart Hogg following the rugby sevens near miss. Hogg is a 15-a-side specialist who was the youngest member of the British and Irish Lions squad which beat Australia last year.

Editor Duncan Mackay and reporter Nick Butler are awaiting an appearance from a certain Mr Usain Bolt. 

Along with the rest of Glasgow, it would appear. Very different to the morning press briefing earlier...

A busy Loch Lomand suite for an appearence from a certain Usain Bolt ©ITG

So close for Scotland at Ibrox

Gary Anderson
What a finish at Ibrox as Scotland, roared on by a capacity crowd, almost come from behind to upset the All Blacks. New Zealand had taken a 17-0 halftime lead but inexplicably seemed to lose their discipline as Gillies Kaka and Tim Mikkelson were both sin-binned.
That fired up the crowd even more and Lee Jones crossed the line twice as the defending champions were rocked but they held on only just to win 17-14.
Meanwhile, two tries each for Philip Burgess, Daniel Norton, Tom Mitchell and James Rodwell helped England to an opening match win over Malaysia while a hat-trick from Seabelo Senatla saw South Africa secure a comfortable 36-0 victory against Trinidad and Tobago.
Greg Jeloudev bagged four tries in Australia's 43-5 win over Uganda.
Reporter Gary Anderson almost witnesses a rugby sevens super-shock over the All Blacks

But better news in the host nation in rugby sevens, they've reduced the gap to 14-17 against New Zealand.

The All Blacks have not been beaten in Commonwealth sevens since 1998. Could it happen now? One minute to go...

Big blow for Scotland in the penultimate end at the bowls as South Africa take three and move 13-10 ahead. Just one left to go now but it's looking like the Scots have a mountain to climb if they are to rescue a victory here.

A splashing of green and pink as reporter Paul Osborne takes cover at the lawn bowls. 

Reporter Paul Osborne takes cover at the lawn bowls ©ITG

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Georgios Achilleos lives up to his favourite tag by winning gold for Cyprus in the skeet shooting.

He beat Drew Christie of Scotland in the final, while David Warlow of England took bronze.

And that's it for the bronze in the lawn bowls. Australia take it with a 14-11 victory over New Zealand. Good timing as well as the rain has just started to fall."

England have hammered out the latest thrashing in rugby sevens with a 57-0 win over Sri Lanka. Hosts Scotland are up next, facing the daunting prospect of playing New Zealand, who lead 12-0 at the moment.

We're at the business end of the bowls now and South Africa are two ahead in the gold medal final against Scotland. The score there is 10-8 to the South Africans with three ends to play. Australia have all but sealed the bronze as they lead 14-9 with just a single end to go."

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going

Barbados' rugby sevens squad includes Anthony Bayne-Charles, the 31-year-old son of legendary British singer Billy Ocean, the country's biggest selling black artist. With Scotland and the All Blacks up next,, Bayne-Charles, a member of London Nigerian RFC, will probably be listening to h

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