Turner gutted after hurdle error

Andy Turner's Commonwealth ambitions came crashing down

Andy Turner's Commonwealth ambitions came crashing down

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Defending 110 metres hurdles champion Andy Turner crashed out in the heats on day three of athletics action at the Commonwealth Games, but there was smooth progress for England team-mate Greg Rutherford in the long jump at Hampden Park on Tuesday.

England team captain Turner smacked the first hurdle and, unable to recover, his race was over by the third.

''I am devastated,'' the 33-year-old said. ''I got too close to the first hurdle, hit it, and trying to come back from that is difficult. I hit the second one and that was it. I've no-one to blame - it was my fault. I made a crucial m istake and that cost me even finishing the race."

Olympic champion Rutherford, meanwhile, needed just one attempt to qualify for his final with a leap of 8.05m.

The 27-year-old, who has withdrawn from his last two competitions for fitness reasons after struggling with a knee problem, said: ''You want to do as little as you possibly can so, to get it done in the first round, I'm over the moon with that."

England's Laura Samuel shattered her personal best to win a shock silver medal in the triple jump.

The 23-year-old, who was unknown to all bar hardened athletics fans going into Glasgow 2014, launched herself out to 14.09 metres - 34 centimetres greater than her previous best - to finish behind Jamaica's Kimberly Williams.

Will Sharman missed out on the first major title of his career by four hundredths of a second as he had to settle for silver in the 110 metres hurdles.

The 29-year-old, who also came second four years ago in Delhi, was pipped to the line by Jamaica's Andrew Riley, who took the gold in 13.36 seconds.

Laura Weightman landed her maiden major championship medal by winning silver in the 1,500 metres.

The 23-year-old, who is trained by Steve Cram, was strong enough down the home straight to hold off Canada's Kate van Buskirk and finish second behind Kenyan winner Faith Chepngetich Kibiegon.

Dan Rivers took a shock gold medal for England in the rifle three positions at the shooting range in Dundee.

The 21-year-old from Didcot was as surprised as anyone when he won a bronze in the 10m air rifle on Friday.

But he surpassed his own expectations when he saw off Indian duo Sanjeev Rajput and Gagan Narang in the event which comprises prone, kneeling and standing.

England shooter David Luckman, competing at his first Commonwealth Games at the age of 38, claimed his second gold of Glasgow 2014 in the full-bore rifle Queen's Prize individual event.

In the pool, English teenager Ben Proud claimed his second gold medal of the Games after edging out a strong Australian challenge in the 50 metres freestyle final.

The 19-year-old came home in 21.92 seconds - eight hundredths of a second in front of Cameron McEvoy, whose team-mate James Magnussen took bronze.

Proud had already won the 50m butterfly as well as a 100m freestyle relay bronze at Glasgow 2014.

After waiting 40 years for their second female swimming gold medallist in the Commonwealths, Wales had their third 24 hours later when Georgia Davies touched home first in the 50 metres backstroke.

Davies followed the example set by Jazz Carlin to edge home in 27.56 seconds, breaking the Games record for a third time in 36 hours and beating her own British record in the process. England's Lauren Quigley took silver, 0.13 seconds behind Davies.

Scotland's Daniel Wallace claimed his third medal of the Games by finishing second in the 200m individual relay.

Wallace, who took gold in the 400m and silver in the 4x200 freestyle relay, followed his Braveheart-style celebration by entering the arena wearing a kilt before stripping to his trunks.

The 21-year-old then fought back from finding himself in last place midway through thanks to a sensational breaststroke length to go into the last 50m in real contention and he beat South Africa's Chad le Clos to silver behind Australian Daniel Tranter, who set a Games record of 1:57.83.

England's men brought the action to a close in fittingly dramatic style by denying Australia a relay clean sweep.

Chris Walker-Hebborn, Adam Peaty, Adam Barrett and Adam Brown were the gold medal heroes as they dominated against the Australians, who had won seven of the last eight 4x100m medley relays.

Le Clos helped South Africa to a bronze to claim his record-breaking seventh medal of the Games.

Siobhan-Marie O'Connor had shared the previous record for a matter of minutes after helping England to silver in the women's medley relay.

South London super-heavyweight Joe Joyce guaranteed at least a bronze medal for England after pummelling Scotland's Ross Henderson to defeat in the boxing ring .

Motherwell's flyweight firebrand Reece McFadden also guaranteed a medal after beating Botswana's Oteng Oteng via a unanimous decision, but England's Natasha Jonas crashed out of the women's lightweight competition after a split-decision loss to Shelley Watts of Australia.

England's netballers trounced Trinidad and Tobago 70-24 at the SECC to remain on course for second place in Pool B and a spot in Saturday's semi-finals.

England's men's hockey team suffered their first loss of Glasgow 2014 as they were downed 2-1 by New Zealand in a Group B clash between teams previously boasting 100 per cent records.

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