Northern Ireland claimed their first medal of the Commonwealth Games with Rhys McClenaghan’s gold on the pommel horse, while Scotland’s Duncan Scott won a surprise swimming gold in the men’s 100m freestyle.
Scottish cyclist Mark Stewart also caused an upset by winning the men’s points race, while Siobhan-Marie O’Connor defended her 200m individual medley.
England’s Nick Miller won the men’s hammer title on the opening day of athletics, which also saw Wales’ Olivia Breen win the T38 long jump.
There was further home nations success in gymnastics as Georgia-Mae Fenton won gold on the women’s uneven bars and English team-mate Courtney Tulloch claimed the men’s rings title.
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Scotland won men’s triples gold in lawn bowls after a thrilling 19-14 win over Australia, while Laura Daniels of Wales won silver in the women’s singles. In the women’s skeet shooting final, England’s Amber Hill claimed silver.
English weightlifter Emily Godley won gold in the women’s 75kg category, with Wales’ Laura Hughes taking bronze, and England’s Sarah Davies (-69kg) won a silver medal.
Scott eyes Olympic glory after upsetting Le Clos
Duncan Scott, 20, finished in a time of 48.02 seconds to upset South Africa’s Chad le Clos (48.15) in a dramatic finish to the 100m freestyle.
“I did what I do best in bringing it home,” he told BBC Sport. “I’m absolutely delighted my family’s here. It’s a dream for me for them to see that. I’m so happy.
“So far, so good. It’s very exciting for two years’ time after beating the Olympic champion. I’m delighted to swim that fast.”
Scott later became the first Scottish swimmer to win five medals at the same Commonwealth Games, claiming his fourth bronze as Scotland came third in the 4x200m freestyle relay, with England taking silver.
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, 22, won the 200m individual medley final in a time of two minutes 9.80 seconds, winning the race by a body length.
England’s Alice Tai produced a lifetime best to win silver in the S9 100m freestyle and claim her second medal of the Games, while compatriots Adam Peaty and James Wilby qualified for Monday’s 50m breaststroke final.
McClenaghan beats his idol
Rhys McClenaghan and Max Whitlock, 25, both finished with scores of 15.100 on the pommel horse, but 18-year-old McClenaghan’s score of 8.600 for execution meant he pipped double Olympic champion Whitlock (8.300) to the gold medal.
McClenaghan said: “Max has been my idol growing up and I’ve been watching him since 2010, when he was competing in the Delhi Commonwealths.
“I’ve always felt though that one day I could be up there with the best and beating them.”
Whitlock, who helped England to team gold on Thursday, had begun his day with a sixth-placed finish on the floor as Scotland’s Dan Purvis won bronze.
Olympic bronze medallist Purvis, 27, scored 13.733 to win his second medal of the Games following a bronze in Thursday’s team final.
Georgia-Mae Fenton, 17, followed up a silver in the women’s team event by scoring 14.600 on the uneven bars to beat Canada’s Brittany Rogers (14.200).
Courtney Tulloch, 22, scored 14.833 to win the men’s rings final, while compatriot Nile Wilson, also 22, was second with 14.400 to claim his third medal of the Games.
Miller makes his mark
Nick Miller, 24, initially struggled in the men’s hammer before following up a 76.48m throw with a huge 80.26m effort that set a new British record as well as shattering the 12-year-old Games mark by 2.73m.
Scotland’s Mark Dry took the bronze with a throw of 73.12m.
Olivia Breen, 21, sealed gold in the T38 long jump with a Games record of 4.86m on her sixth attempt, giving Wales their third gold of the Games.
England’s Tom Bosworth, who was disqualified at last year’s World Championships while leading, finished four seconds behind Australia’s Dane Bird-Smith to win silver in the men’s 20km race walk. His time of one hour 19 minutes 34 seconds was a British record.
Wales’ Bethan Davies, 27, finished three minutes 18 seconds behind Australia’s Jemima Montag to claim bronze in the women’s race.
More of the day’s events
Mark Stewart, 22, produced the best performance of his career as home favourite Cameron Meyer missed out on the medals in the men’s points race.
Stewart gained a lap as well as winning two sprints en route to winning his first Commonwealth title, with England’s Ethan Hayter taking bronze.
Callum Skinner claimed a bronze in the men’s 1,000m time trial final, while fellow Scot Neah Evans won silver in the women’s 10km scratch race with England’s Emily Kay taking bronze.
In lawn bowls, the lead changed hands four times in the men’s triples final as Scotland took a 16-14 lead in the penultimate end before Derek Oliver, Ronald Duncan and Burnett clinched a 19-14 victory over Australia in the final end.
“It’s the greatest feeling in the world to win the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games,” Burnett said. “We beat the Aussies in their back yard. I knew it was up to me to deliver one or two big ones.”
Laura Daniels had to settle for a silver after losing the women’s singles final 21-17 to New Zealand’s Jo Edwards.
Wales’ Marc Wyatt and Daniel Salmon are into Monday’s final of the men’s pairs bowls against Scotland’s Paul Foster and Alex Marshall.
In table tennis, England beat Australia 3-1 to win bronze in the women’s team event.
Meanwhile, England’s Sarah-Jane Perry is into the women’s singles squash final after beating Wales’ Tesni Evans 3-0, and England’s James Willstrop beat Malaysia’s Nafiizwan Adnan 3-0 to reach the men’s final. Both will be played on Monday.
Welsh boxer Rosie Eccles, England’s Sandy Ryan (both women’s 69kg) and Northern Ireland’s Kristina O’Hara (women’s 45-48kg) are guaranteed at least a bronze each after winning their quarter-finals.
Key action to watch on day five (all times BST)
00:00: Lawn bowls – men’s pairs final with Alex Marshall going for a Scottish-record fifth Commonwealth gold as he and Paul Foster take on Welsh pair Marc Wyatt and Daniel Salmon.
07:45: Artistic gymnastics – men’s horizontal bar final with England’s Nile Wilson going for a fourth medal of these Games.
09:00: Squash – women’s singles final with England’s Sarah-Jane Perry against New Zealand’s Joelle King.
00:30 07:30: Table tennis – men’s team finals with England facing Nigeria in the semi-finals, followed by the medal matches.
10:30: Squash – men’s singles final with England’s James Willstrop against New Zealand’s Paul Coll.
10:43: Swimming – women’s 800m freestyle final with defending champion Jazz Carlin of Wales.
12:07: Swimming – men’s 50m breaststroke final with England’s Adam Peaty and James Wilby.
12:50 13:15: Athletics – women’s men’s 100m final with England’s Asha Philip and Adam Gemili.
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