LiveCommonwealth Games Live: Thursday, July 24 (evening session)

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  • Middlesbrough's Aimee Willmott wins silver in 400 Individual Medley final
  • Hartlepool's Jemma Lowe swims in the semi-finals of the 100m butterfly
  • Scotland's Michael Jamieson expected to win gold for the hosts
  • Harrogate's James Willstropp in action in the last 16 of men's singles in squash


So that's that for a great night of swimming on day one of the Commonwealth Games.

There was a silver medal for Aimee Willmott, a new world record from the Australian women's relay squad and two Scottish golds courtesy of Hannah Miley and Michael Jamieson.

Not a bad way to start things.


That was some end to the evening, with Australia smashing the world record as they claimed gold in the 4x100m freestyle relay.

The England team stayed with them for the first half of the race, but the Aussies powered clear in the final two legs and broke the previous world best by three quarters of a second.


The final race of the night is the final of the women's 4x100m freestyle relay, and at the halfway stage, Australia lead England by half a length.



It's gold for Scotland - but it doesn't go to Michael Jamieson.

Ross Murdoch produced a fantastic swim to win by more than a second in a new Games record.

Jamieson won silver, but England's Andrew Willis prevented a Scottish clean sweep by winning bronze.




Two more finals to go - and I suspect the next one is going to bring the house down given that Scottish swimmers finished in the top three places in qualifying.

It's the 200m breaststroke, so can Michael Jamieson go one better than the silver medal he claimed at the 2012 Olympics?


Just spoken to Jemma Lowe in the mixed zone. She's happy to have made the final, but accepts she'll have to improve tomorrow night if she's going to claim a medal.


That swim was good enough for Jemma Lowe to make tomorrow's final. She was the fifth fastest qualifier though, so she'll have to improve a fair bit to claim a medal.


Jemma Lowe finishes third in her semi-final in a time of 58.47sec.

The top three were close together, so that should be enough to guarantee a top eight place and a spot in tomorrow night's final.



Hartlepool's Jemma Lowe is on poolside now, swimming for Wales in the semi-final of the 100m butterfly.

She won a bronze in the event at the 2010 Commonwealths in Delhi, and will be looking to lay down a marker ahead of tomorrow night's final.


Advance Australia Fair rings around the swimming venue again to mark Rowan Crothers' success in the para-sport 100m freestyle. Suspect we'll be hearing a fair bit more of that in the next week and a half....


Away from the pool, Loftus' Paul Drinkhall has enjoyed a successful day, with England's men's table tennis team winning their opening two group games against Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago.

England's women also enjoyed a double success, although Stockton's Karina Le Fevre wasn't selected for action on day one.


We've just had the medal ceremony for Australian Emma McKeon's victory in the 200m freestyle, so 'A Land Down Under' is currently ringing around poolside.

England's Siobhan O'Connor won the silver in that event, which was quite an achievement that she only really began swimming the 200m freestyle at the start of the year.


Not long now until Hartlepool's Jemma Lowe goes in the semi-finals of the 100m butterfly.

We've just had the semi-finals of the men's 50m butterfly, with England's Benjamin Proud qualifying as the fastest swimmer.


Here's Aimee Willmott showing off the firstt North-East medal of the Commonwealth Games. Quite a smile.

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And now we've just had the first new world record of the Commonwealth Games as Australia's Rowan Crothers takes gold in the final of the men's para-sport 100m freestyle.





Since I've been away there have been two more medals for England, with James Guy taking bronze in the 400m freestyle and Siobhan O'Connor also finishing third in the final of the 200m freestyle.


Just back from speaking to Aimee Willmott in the mixed zone, so apologies for dropping off the radar in the last half hour or so.

She was clearly devastated at missing out on the gold medal, but once the dust settles, hopefully she'll take a fair bit of pride from claiming her first senior championship medal and also setting a new personal best.


It's silver for Aimee Willmott. She was overhauled by Hannah Miley in the final 100m and eventually went down by just over a second. Miley set a new Commonwealth record.


50m to go and Willmott's lead has disappeared - Miley marginally ahead.


Willmott and Miley pulled well clear of the pack in that breaststroke leg. It ends with Willmott still ahead - 92 hundredths clear.


Superb backstroke leg from Willmott, and she turns almost a second clear of Miley. That's a big margin at this stage.


Cracking first 50m of breaststroke that leaves Willmott in the lead.


We're off. Very tight in the opening 100m breaststroke, which isn't Willmott's speciality. She turns in third, 18 hundredths behind Miley.


The swimmers are on their way out now, being introduced one by one to the crowd.

Aimee Willmott gets a good old cheer - but that's nothing compared to the roar for Hannah Miley, who will be hoping to draw inspiration from the home support.




Lots of Saltires in the swimming venue - suggesting there's going to be plenty of support for Hannah Miley - but also a fair few English flags in evidence too.

Aimee whouldn't be lacking in support, with a fair few of her family and friends having travelled up to Glasgow for tonight's action.


The stage is set. Fingers crossed that in the next 15 minutes, Aimee Willmott will be claiming Commonwealth gold....

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In case you missed it earlier, here's this morning's piece with Aimee Willmott's reaction to her victory in heat two of the 400m IM:

Middlesbrough swimmer Willmott makes Commonwealth Games final

And here's Jemma Lowe's thoughts on her performance in the heats:

Hartlepool's Lowe happy with Commonwealth qualifying swim


Here's the full lane draw for the 400IM final:

1 Danielle Lowe (ENG)

2 Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson (CAN)

3 Emily Overholt (CAN)

4 Hannah Miley (SCO)

5 Aimee Willmott (ENG)

6 Keryn McMaster (AUS)

7 Jessica Pengelly (AUS)

8 Marni Oldershaw (CAN)




Aimee isn't the only North-East swimmer in action tonight as Hartlepool's Jemma Lowe will be representing Wales in the semi-finals of the 100m butterfly at around 8.40pm.

Jemma was the fourth-fastest qualifier from this morning's first round, and should book a place in tomorrow night's final.


Aimee was the second fastest qualifier from this morning's heats, finishing a second or so behind Scotland's Hannah Miley.

The pair are expected to battle it out for the gold medal, with Miley enjoying hometown support but Willmott having beaten her British rival earlier this season.

Don't rule out Canada's Emily Overholt or Australia's Keryn McMaster though as they both posted useful times this morning.


Welcome back to the Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow ahead of this evening's swimming session.

There are eight gold medals on offer in total - but from a North-East perspective, only one of them counts.

Middlesbrough's Aimee Willmott competes in the first final of the night - the 400m Individual Medley - at around 7.09pm, hoping to win the first senior gold medal of her career.


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