Commonwealth Games Day 6: Australian Swimmers Face Scrap, Doping Shock …

July 30, 2014 Posted by admin

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Glasgow: Australia’s swimmers encountered resistance on the final day of competition in the pool at the Commonwealth Games on Tuesday, while the event was rocked by its first doping case.   (CWG Day 6 Wrap | Highlights | Results | Medal Tally)

Australia were hoping to confirm their dominance in the pool with a strong last-day showing, but they endured early disappointments at Glasgow’s Tollcross International Swimming Centre.  (Indian wrestlers strike gold)

England’s Benjamin Proud beat Australia’s Cameron McEvoy and James Magnussen to the gold medal in the men’s 50m freestyle final, while New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle took the glory in the women’s 400m freestyle.

Boyle beat Jazz Carlin into second place, a day after the Welsh swimmer’s triumph in the women’s 800m freestyle gold.

But Georgia Davies gave Wales fresh reason to cheer by prevailing in the 50m backstroke in a Commonwealth record time of 27.56 seconds, becoming only the third Welsh woman to win Commonwealth Games gold in the pool.

Daniel Tranter got Australia back on track in the men’s 200m individual medley, however, seeing off Scotland’s 400m individual medley champion Dan Wallace and South Africa’s Chad Le Clos in a Games-record time of 1min 57.83sec.

Australia were expecting further success in the relays later on Tuesday.

The Australians were fastest in the morning session in both the men’s and the women’s 4x100m medley relays, having previously taken gold in the men’s and women’s 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle relays.

However, South Africa were expected to challenge for top spot in the men’s event with butterfly specialist Le Clos to come into the team that qualified fifth fastest.

The doping case involved Nigerian weightlifter Chika Amalaha, who was provisionally suspended from the Games after testing positive in a drugs test taken after she won gold in the women’s 53kg category.

The 16-year-old provided an ‘A’ sample on July 25 that revealed traces of diuretics and masking agents, the Commonwealth Games Federation announced. She will have a ‘B’ sample tested at a laboratory in London on July 30.

In the athletics, Joyce Chepkiri produced a late burst to pip Kenyan compatriot Florence Kiplagat to glory in a gripping 10,000 metres, with Emily Chebet completing a Kenyan sweep of the podium.

Olympic champion and world record-holder David Rudisha of Kenya cruised into the semifinals of the men’s 800m after safely negotiating his heat.

“Today was all about qualifying for the second round tomorrow,” said Rudisha, whose staggering 800m run in just shy of 101 seconds was the stand-out performance on the track at the 2012 London Olympics.

Earlier on the track, the men’s 110m hurdles was blown wide open when England’s defending champion Andy Turner pulled up and Jamaica’s Olympic bronze medallist Hansle Parchment was a non-starter.

With Parchment failing to even make it to the start line, the field has now been opened up.

Jamaica’s Andrew Riley, Barbadian 2009 world champion Ryan Brathwaite and England’s William Sharman will all fancy their chances in the final at Hampden Park later on Tuesday.

The women’s 400m, meanwhile, features defending champion Amantle Montsho of Botswana, also the 2011 world champion, and in-form Jamaican Novlene Williams-Mills, who has racked up three Diamond League wins this season.

England’s male and female gymnasts completed a clean sleep in the team competitions.

England’s five-man male team of Sam Oldham, Louis Smith, Kristian Thomas, Max Whitlock and Nile Wilson scored a total of 266.804 to take gold at the Hydro.

Their success came despite Oldham having to drop out after sustaining a suspected dislocated ankle on the vault at the start of day two.

“We’ve been preparing for this for a long time and for it to go well on the day in front of a crowd like this is amazing,” said two-time Olympic bronze medallist Whitlock.

Scotland’s men claimed their first ever Commonwealth Games team gymnastics medal by coming second with a score of 257.603, while Canada took bronze.

The English women, inspired by 16-year-old Claudia Fragapane, matched their male counterparts by seeing off Australia and Wales to claim gold with a total of 167.555.

There were early gold medals for Canada’s Catharine Prendrel in the women’s mountain bikes and Anton Cooper of New Zealand in the men’s equivalent.

David Chapman in the men’s 25m rapid fire pistol and Adam Vella in the trap brought two more shooting golds for Australia.

Jen McIntosh claimed silver for Scotland in the women’s 50 metres rifle three positions, enabling the host nation to break their record for medals won at a Commonwealth Games by lifting their overall tally to 34.

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Nick Matthew retains Commonwealth Games squash gold medal after victory …

July 29, 2014 Posted by admin

Let us put it this way: off the court, the pair may be team-mates but they are
not friends. And on it, they really went to war.

Through five exhausting games the lead was swapped promiscuously as they
appeared to take out all their mutual dislike on the small white object
sharing their space. My, did they whack that ball very, very hard.

“He’s so good that I can’t play good squash
against him. He brings out the worst in me,” Matthew said afterwards, the
sweat still pouring off his nose.

“When I play him I’m reduced to caveman squash, no subtlety, just belt the
ball as hard as you can.”

It may have been unreconstructed, Neanderthal stuff, but boy was it
compelling. This was squash at its best: dynamic, brutal, the perfect
advertisement for the game.

“I wonder how squash is not an Olympic
sport,” Matthew said. “This was the Commonwealth
but that was a world standard final.

“I hope the IOC are watching and think: ‘Wow we need to get this sport
in.’ Because I think it had everything.”

Given their preparations, it was amazing either man was able to stand, never
mind deliver such sustained excitement.

Willstrop was close to pulling out of the competition with a hip problem,
while Matthew had undergone knee surgery just five weeks before arriving in
Glasgow. But there was no hint of either giving any quarter as they scrapped
and harried and charged around the court.

The lead was swapped like the parcel at a children’s party. Matthew had taken
the first game (in which he had played only one winner, his opponent making
10 errors to gift him the points).

Willstrop came back with the second, then Matthew took the third. When
Willstrop won an incredible rally in the 14th point of the fourth game, the
momentum seemed to swing behind him.

With both men playing shots that defied all known laws of physics, trading
drops and smashes, the ball switching from corner to corner, it was
exhausting to watch, never mind play. Willstrop, 6ft 4in of refined power,
seized his chance to send the match into a decider.

For the younger man it seemed a defining moment. He had not beaten his heated
rival since 2007; he lost to him in the final of the last Commonwealth Games
in Delhi.

Now he thought he was genuinely in with a chance. But, tenacious, athletic,
strong as he was, he was ultimately let down by mistakes.

As tiredness began to constrict his movements, an unforced error when he
sliced the ball into the tin when well placed at the front of the wall gave
Matthew a 7-3 lead in the final game.

Another to go 8-4 down when he hit the ball out of the court altogether was as
bad. And a third on 9-4 effectively finished him. Though it was Matthew’s
skill that ultimately decided things. Poor Willstrop ended up on his face,
sliding forlornly into the corner, having first thrown his racket in vain
pursuit of a beautifully flighted lob by the champion.

Matthew, celebrated by dashing out of the court to the stands to kiss his
pregnant partner, Esme, on the stomach.

“We’re having a baby in a couple of weeks, so I better make the most of this
because it will no longer be the best moment of my life then,” he said with
a smile.

But that was not before he acknowledged the supreme effort the challenger had
given, wrapping his arms round the vanquished man and congratulating him on
his contribution to the 11-9, 8-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-5 defeat.

“He’s a superb competitor,” Matthew said of his rival. “I’m from Yorkshire,
I’m an only child and I’m a Leo, so I’m a stubborn so-and-so. And I needed
to be out there.”

Before he had been on court, his fellow English world champion Laura Massaro
had failed in her bid to add Commonwealth gold to her long list of
successes. She succumbed to the Malaysian the world No 1 Nicol David, in
straight sets, 12-10, 11-2, 11-5.

“Physically and mentally she’s really tough to break down and you’ve got no
chance if you’re not playing at the best you can,” the disappointed loser
said. “Silver is probably what I deserve. That performance wasn’t good
enough for gold.”

David, meanwhile, was cheered to the echo by a boisterous collection of
Malaysian supporters.

She is the country’s biggest sporting celebrity, and her success will have
been hugely appreciated back home, a rare bit of good news for the country
horribly rocked by recent events.

“It has been a very, very tough time for our nation,” David said. “Having this
maybe brings the spirits up slightly at this very low point.”

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Scrap gold, silver and platinum prices see huge drop

July 28, 2014 Posted by admin

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): The daily scrap gold , silver and platinum prices – hallmarked and non- hallmarked declined sharply Thursday, 24th July on the ScrapMonster Price Index.

In the Hallmarked category, the 14 carat gold scrap prices were down by $ 4.26 per Oz. The prices of 18 carat and 22 carat gold scrap inched lower by $ 5.45 and $ 6.67 per Oz respectively.9 carat gold scrap also went lower by $2.73 per Oz. The price of Platinum scrap too saw cut of $ 12.40 per Oz to reach $ 1,071.08 per Oz. Silver scrap prices too closed slightly on the lower side at $17.15 per Oz, edging lower by $ 0.08 per Oz.

In the Non-Hallmarked category, the 14 carat gold scrap prices edged lower by $ 4.03 per Oz. The prices of 18 carat and 22 carat gold scrap were down $ 5.16 and $ 6.31 per Oz respectively. 9 carat gold scrap also was down $ 2.58 per Oz. Platinum scrap prices fell by $ 12.4 per Oz. Meantime, Non-hallmarked silver scrap prices witnessed a fall of $ 0.07 per Oz.


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