GLASGOW: Nick Matthew led an English sweep in the men’s squash at the Commonwealth Games yesterday as Nicol David joined Malaysia’s gold medal run by winning the women’s event.
Matthew became the first squash player to win the men’s title in successive Commonwealth Games by beating compatriot James Willstrop 11-9, 8-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-5.
England won all three medals in the men’s singles after Peter Barker beat India’s Saurav Ghosal earlier yesterday.
David crushed English world champion Laura Massaro 12-10, 11-2, 11-5 in a one-sided women’s final which lasted just 44 minutes to retain her title.
Malaysia later secured a third successive gold medal in the mixed teams badminton with a 3-1 win over England in Glasgow.
In weightlifting, Marie Fegue won the women’s 69kg weightlifting category to hand Cameroon its first Commonwealth Games gold medal since 2002.
Nigerian Itohan Ebireguesele claimed silver with 222kg (100+122) to go one better than her bronze four years ago as Canada’s Marie-Josee Ares-Pilon won bronze with a total of 214kg.
In bowls, South Africa defeated Northern Ireland 19-10 to take the men’s triples gold and Scotland’s Alex Marshall and Paul Foster were too good for Malaysia in the men’s pairs final winning 20-3.
It was a 12th gold medal for the hosts, topping Scotland’s previous record tally of 11 won at the Melbourne 2006 Games.
India won a seventh gold medal of the games through Jitu Rai in the men’s 50m pistol at Carnoustie on Scotland’s east coast, while England’s Dan Greaves topped the para-sport discus competition.
Star turn on the first full day of action in the famed football arena was Olympic champion Kirani James of Grenada as he progressed smoothly to the semi-finals of the men’s 400m, winning his heat in 45.52 seconds.
The top performance of the morning session belonged to Canadian decathlete Damian Warner, who produced a blistering 10.29sec in the opening 100m of the two-day 10-discipline event.
The Games record and personal best gave Warner, the reigning world bronze medallist, a massive 1,025pts to kick off his campaign.
Over in the pool Australia’s Cameron McEvoy took first blood in the men’s 50m freestyle heats ahead of Aussie rival James Magnussen.
Attention turns to the women’s 100m freestyle last night as world champion Cate Campbell of Australia, her sister Bronte, and England’s Fran Halsall look set to battle it out for the medals. In shooting, England’s Michael Gault failed in his bid to become the all-time most-decorated Games competitor as he missed out on qualification for the final of the men’s 50m pistol won by India’s Rai. Gault on Saturday tied the all-time record of 18 with a medal in the 10m air pistol.
Olympic champion Nicola Adams of England begins her bid to become one of the first women to win a Commonwealth Games boxing gold medal.
Fighting in the flyweight division, the 31-year-old is favourite after she became the first women’s Olympic boxing champion at London in 2012.