Wonder Whitlock wins third gold

Alex Dowsett went one better than his silver in Delhi four years ago

Alex Dowsett went one better than his silver in Delhi four years ago

Max Whitlock is enjoying a dream Commonwealth Games

Max Whitlock is enjoying a dream Commonwealth Games

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England's Max Whitlock won his third gold of the Commonwealth Games as he was crowned men's floor champion at the SSE Hydro on Thursday.

Whitlock claimed the title with a score of 15.533 after a near-faultless routine which was full of flair, finishing ahead of Canada's Scott Morgan who took silver with 15.133, while 14.550 gave New Zealand's David Bishop bronze.

The 21-year-old Englishman added the top floor accolade to Tuesday's team gold and Wednesday's all-around title, with finals on the pommel horse, rings and parallel bars still to come.

Bishop was first on the floor and tumbled well to set a strong early target, before Wales' Clinton Purnell moved into second place with a tally of 14.366.

England's Kristian Thomas missed out on the chance to add to the team gold he won on Tuesday as he bounced out of bounds with one of his opening tumbles, but the stage was then set for Whitlock who performed a dazzling twisting routine to take the lead.

Whitlock's routine was a cut above the rest, although Dan Keatings' crowd-pleasing performance looked to put him under pressure before it was awarded a lower score of 14.533.

That put Keatings into bronze medal position, but the medal was snatched from his grasp thanks to last gymnast Morgan, who took silver with a well-executed routine.

Scotland's Dan Keatings put his London 2012 heartbreak behind him by winning gold on the pommel horse.

The 24-year-old produced a stunning routine in front of his home crowd to score 16.058 and see off the challenge of the returning Englishman Louis Smith and the on-song Whitlock.

Whitlock claimed the silver medal with a score of 15.966, while Smith took away bronze in his first major competition since the Olympics two years ago with a mark of 14.966.

In the women's vault final, England's Claudia Fragapane claimed gold - her third of the Games so far after winning team and all-around gold earlier in the week.

Fragapane, who was the top qualifier, was the last gymnast to compete as each gymnast completed two vaults with the average of both scores calculated to form their total.

The 16-year-old scored 14.766 on vault one before her second effort of 14.500 gave her an average of 14.633 and propelled her to the top of the standings.

Alex Dowsett won a brilliant gold for England in the men's road time trial.

Dowsett, silver medallist four years ago in Delhi, came from behind to complete the 38.4-kilometre route, which began and finished at Glasgow Green, in 47 minutes and 41.78 seconds.

Australia's Rohan Dennis, who had led for much of the race, was second in 47mins 51.08secs, and Wales' Geraint Thomas third in 47:55.82.

Scotland's David Millar, the defending champion, was eighth in 49:56.23.

Sophie Tolchard, Ellen Falkner and Sian Honnor claimed a commanding victory over Australia to take bowls gold in the women's triples at Kelvingrove.

The English trio accelerated into an 11-0 lead after three of 18 ends and led 20-1 after 10 ends before completing a 22-4 victory over Australia's Lynsey Clarke, Karen Murphy and Kelsey Cottrell.

The match came to a conclusion after 15 ends, with Australia conceding to the 'mercy' rule as the contest came to a premature end.

England's Jack Laugher blew the chance to land his second Commonwealth gold in as many days after he was forced to accept silver in the men's 3m springboard final.

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