Lewis takes pole vault gold

Steven Lewis has now won gold, silver and bronze at the Commonwealth Games

Steven Lewis has now taken a bronze, silver and gold at Commonwealth Games

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Steven Lewis eked past Luke Cutts in an all-English jump-off to secure pole vault gold at Glasgow 2014.

Having won bronze in 2006 and bagged silver in Delhi four years ago, the 28-year-old completed the Commonwealth set on a sunny night at Hampden Park.

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.

Having both again failed to clear 5.60m, the bar was lowered five centimetres and, having seen Cutts fall short, Lewis managed to secure gold - the perfect response to losing lottery funding at the end of last season.

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

The 24-year-old, whose parents both represented their country at the Commonwealth Games, came to 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's second-place finish in the 400m hurdles.

England's Claudia Fragapane won her fourth gold after she claimed the individual floor title at Glasgow's SSE Hydro.

The 16-year-old produced a strong routine that was full of expression to score 14.541 and take the title, which will add to her individual all-around, vault and team success.

Meanwhile, Scotland's Dan Purvis finished off his Games by upgrading to gold after he won a dramatic men's parallel bars final.

The 23-year-old, who already had team silver and rings bronze under his belt, produced a stunning routine which scored 15.533 to take the title ahead of England's Nile Wilson, who won silver with 15.433, while floor, all-around and team champion Max Whitlock had to settle for bronze with 15.066.

Earlier, England's Kristian Thomas claimed silver in the men's vault final.

Alex Marshall and Paul Foster also made it a golden double in the lawn bowls as they helped Scotland thrash England in the men's fours final.

The pairs champions teamed up with David Peacock and Neil Speirs to secure a 16-8 victory in the Auld Enemy clash at Kelvingrove.

It was the second final defeat of the day for England after Jamie-Lea Winch and Natalie Melmore lost 20-17 to South Africa in the women's pairs final, with Northern Ireland picking up bronze.

Meanwhile, Nicola Adams is one fight away from making more women's boxing history after cruising into the final of the flyweight competition.

Adams served up a classy display to comprehensively outpoint Mandy Bujold of Canada and is one win away from being crowned the Games' first women's boxing champion.

Adams will take on Northern Ireland's Michaela Walsh, who edged a tight and absorbing contest against India's Pinki Jangra, at the 10,000 capacity Hydro Arena on Saturday.

Isobel Pooley rose to the occasion on the penultimate night of athletics at Hampden Park, winning Commonwealth high jump silver with a personal best of 1.92 metres.

The 21-year-old entered Friday evening's final as an outsider. However, Pooley shone as she cleared her first five jumps at the first attempt, including a personal best of 1.92m.

Australian teenager Eleanor Patterson eventually snuck 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 4 x 400m relay teams progressed with ease.

Tiffany Porter added to that medal haul in the final race of the night, winning silver in the 100m hurdles behind Australia's Sally Pearson in 12.80s.

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