Lewis leaps to gold

Steve Lewis, right, pipped team-mate Luke Cutts, left, to gold

Steve Lewis, right, pipped team-mate Luke Cutts, left, to gold

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Steve Lewis won pole vault gold for England after a jump-off with team-mate Luke Cutts at the Commonwealth Games.

The British champion's jump of 5.55 metres - 27cm shy of his personal best - proved enough after a tense clash with countryman Cutts. Neither managed to clear 5.60m in their three allotted leaps, so the gold was decided with a jump-off.

Lynsey Sharp was roared to the line by a partisan Hampden Park crowd as the Scot won silver in the 800 metres.

The 24-year-old headed into Glasgow 2014 as one of the hosts' best medal hopes in the athletics.

It had looked like Sharp would miss out on the podium as late as the final bend, only to produce a wonderful surge down the home straight to beat Winnie Nanyondo to silver - Scotland's second in as many nights following Eilidh Child in the 400m hurdles - with Eunice Sum winning gold for Kenya.

England's Isobel Pooley won high jump silver with a personal best of 1.92m. Australian teenager Eleanor Patterson edged ahead with a jump of 1.94m to take gold, with Pooley taking silver ahead of St Lucia's Levern Spencer on countback.

There was more English medal joy in the women's discus as Jade Lally's season best of 60.48m secured bronze, while the 4x400m relay teams progressed with ease.

England's women advanced to the 4x100m final despite a dodgy last baton change, although Wales' poor changeover between Mica Moore and Hannah Thomas saw them disqualified. The English men qualified for the 4x100m final in a time of 38.78s.

Tiffany Porter added to the medal haul in the final race of the night, winning silver in the 100m hurdles behind Australia's Sally Pearson, while Phillips Idowu, Nathan Fox and Nathan Douglas made the triple jump final.

England finished the night on 140 medals, having been set a pre-Games target range of 130 to 145, and were just two medals short of their Delhi haul of 142.

England's Claudia Fragapane and Nile Wilson and Scotland's Dan Purvis were celebrating as home nations gymnasts continued their dominance on the final day of competition.

Fragapane underlined her status as one of the stars of Glasgow 2014 with a fourth gold of the Games in the individual floor title at the SSE Hydro, adding to her successes in the individual all-around, vault and team events.

In doing so she became only the second Englishwoman to win four golds at a single Commonwealth Games, matching the achievement of swimmer Joyce Cooper, who won four swimming golds at the Hamilton Games in 1930.

Wilson capped his team gold and all-around bronze with high bar gold and parallel bars silver. He won gold in a dramatic high bar final which was decided on a tie-break after he was given the same score as England team-mate Kristian Thomas.

Meanwhile, Scot Purvis finished off his Games by winning a dramatic men's parallel bars final. The 23-year-old produced a stunning routine which scored 15.533 to take the title ahead of Wilson, who won silver with 15.433, while floor, all-around and team champion Max Whitlock had to settle for an England bronze with 15.066.

Alex Marshall and Paul Foster helped Scotland thrash England in the men's fours lawn bowls final. The pairs champions teamed up with David Peacock and Neil Speirs to achieve a 16-8 victory. Darren Burnett completed a golden day for Scotland at Kelvingrove as he defeated Canada's Ryan Bester 21-9 to win the men's singles.

Earlier, England's Jamie-Lea Winch and Natalie Melmore lost 20-17 to South Africa in the women's pairs final.

Nicola Adams will be a big favourite to be crowned the first Commonwealth Games women's boxing gold medallist by beating Northern Ireland flyweight Michaela Walsh at the 10,000-capacity Hydro in Glasgow on Saturday night after beating Canadian Mandy Bujold in Friday's semi-finals.

Rising Belfast star Walsh sealed her dream final against Adams with a gutsy win over powerful Indian Pinki Jangra.

High drama on the Glasgow Green hockey pitch saw England pip New Zealand on penalties to reach Saturday's women's final, after a 1-1 draw. Katie Glynn netted a late equaliser for the Black Sticks after Lily Owsley had given England a first-half lead, and goalkeeper Maddie Hinch earned a 3-1 shoot-out success by proving a fearsome presence.

England are certain to top a table tennis podium on Saturday after the husband-and-wife team of Paul and Joanna Drinkhall set up a shot at Liam Pitchford and Tin Tin Ho in the mixed doubles final.

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