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IN REVIEW: Home Nations Day Five

Dan Greaves landed England’s first gold in track and field at Glasgow 2014 with victory in the F42/44 discus at Hampden Park.

The 31-year-old, who took silver at London 2012, came out on top of his Commonwealth Games domestic duel with Wales’ Aled Davies, winning with a throw of 59.21 metres.

That converted to 1,023 points in the mixed-classification event, with Davies, who threw 46.83m for 1,012 points, taking the silver.

Greaves, who was born with a foot deformity, said: ‘’This surpasses everything in the last couple of years.”

Meanwhile, Laura Muir, one of Scotland’s leading Hampden hopes, had the national stadium in full voice as she cruised into the final of the 1,500m.

The 21-year-old veterinary student came third in a quick heat won by Kenya’s Hellen Obiri, with Hannah England and Laura Weightman joining her in qualifying.

Martyn Rooney was a comfortable winner of his 400m heat in 45.47 seconds, with Nigel Levine qualifying as a fastest loser.

There was gold for Scotland in the lawn bowls as Alex Marshall and Paul Foster handed them their first bowls gold in eight years as they hammered Malaysia 20-3 in the pairs final at Kelvingrove, winning with three ends to spare.

They picked up an astonishing 14 shots in the first seven ends to leave opposing pair Fairul Izwan Abd Muin and Muhammad Hizlee Abdul Rais looking badly out of their depth.

A shooting bronze medal went to England’s Ken Parr at Carnoustie in the 50m rifle prone.

The 25-year-old from Croydon, a double silver medallist at Delhi four years ago, clinched his third Commonwealth Games medal at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre in Dundee.

Parr fired in two maximum 10.9s, as well as a nerveless 10.4 with his 12th shot to avoid elimination and a fourth-placed finish.

England’s Laura Massaro was forced to settle for a silver medal in the women’s squash final after a dominant display by Malaysian world number one Nicol David.

Massaro, who was crowned world champion earlier this year after David had been beaten in the semi-final on the other side of the draw, rued a missed opportunity at game point in the opener as David ran out a 12-10 11-2 11-5 winner.

The 30-year-old Massaro had made a strong start, building an 8-4 lead in the opener before David hit back, and the favourite surged through the second set with the minimum of difficulty.

There was more pain in the third set for Massaro, who needed treatment after being accidentally hit by a David back-swing when she trailed 4-3.

David, who has won seven of the last nine world titles and reigned as world number one for 99 months, took a stroke which put her 5-3 up and it was a lead the Malaysian never looked like relinquishing as she completed a successful defence of her title.

Wales’ Georgia Davies has confidence her nation can reach their swimming targets after she broke a Games record in the 50m backstroke heats.

The 23-year-old, who won silver in the 100m final, came home in 27.90 seconds ahead of Emily Seebohm of Australia.

Davies is looking to improve on the 50m bronze she won in Delhi four years ago and feels the likes of team-mate Jazz Carlin can take Wales to their six-medal pool target by following herself, Jack Thomas and Calum Jarvis onto the podium.

‘’At the moment we’ve got three medals, but we’ve got Jazz Carlin coming up tonight in the 800m (freestyle) and she’s also got the 400m tomorrow,’’ Davies said. ‘’I’d like to hope I can get another in the 50m tomorrow night. We’ve got a good chance of reaching that target.’’

There was more Welsh promise in the women’s 200m butterfly heats with 2010 bronze medallist Jemma Lowe the second fastest qualifier and team-mate Alys Thomas also making tonight’s final.

Scotland’s Hannah Miley, going for a third Glasgow 2014 medal, booked her place along with England’s Aimee Willmott.

England’s Ollie Hynd finished five seconds ahead of the field in the para-sport 200m individual medley heats. The Paralympic champion, who has a degenerative muscle condition, races the same four rivals in tonight’s final.

In the netball, Wales’ women beat Barbados 47-10.

 

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