Commonwealth Games 2014: Scots kick back after a golden start for the Auld Enemy

Judo provides gold medals for home nation after English triathlon triumph

Two Scottish sisters got the host nation off to a golden start at the Commonwealth Games this evening.

Kimberley and Louise Renicks, from North Lanarkshire, delighted their local crowd when both won gold in the judo. Earlier in the day Alistair and Jonny Brownlee from Leeds continued their domination of the triathlon coming first and second in a gruelling encounter in the blistering heat.

What had been hailed as Thunder Thursday – the day when Scots medal success would ignite Glasgow 2014 in a fervour of patriotic sporting success – came triumphantly true in the evening session of the opening day. Kimberley won Scotland’s first gold, beating her Indian opponent in the 44kg final. Louise then sealed the family’s, and the nation’s, delight with success in the 52kg category.

The sisters, who had been devastated at only making the reserves for Team GB in London 2012, had sacrificed the opening ceremony of the previous night to concentrate on their events.

“It is absolutely brilliant. It is what I had been hoping for and what I have wanted for the last two years,” Kimberley said. “The crowd have been behind all of us and it has been a great start to the Commonwealth Games,” she added.

Their victories put Scotland on target to reach its best ever haul of 33 Commonwealth medals, achieved in Edinburgh in 1986. The Scots are in third place in the medal table, behind England and Australia but ahead of India and Canada.

 

There was also victory in the pool. The noisy crowd erupted when Hannah Miley ground down an early lead by her English rival Aimee Willmott in the women’s 400m individual medley to lead Scotland’s gold medal charge in the pool. Later Ross Murdoch beat fellow Scot Michael Jamieson to add gold and silver in the men’s 200m breaststroke. It brought Scotland’s medal haul for the day to 10, including four golds.

But it was England who took first blood when Jodie Stimpson, who took up triathlon aged nine, won the first gold of the Games while teammate Vicky Holland took bronze.

The Brownlee brothers received a rapturous reception from the crowd during their tense duel with each other in Strathclyde Country Park cheered on by crowds waving Yorkshire flags in honour of their home county.

In the velodrome Sophie Thornhill, who suffers from albinism, and pilot Helen Scott won the first para sport gold for England, beating their Scottish rivals Aileen McGlynn and Louise Haston in the tandem sprint event.

Thornhill, who is tipped for a second medal in the cycling, said: “Every gold is special but to have it here with the world watching… is great.”

But there was only silver for England in the 4,000m team pursuit including Sir Bradley Wiggins when they were comfortably beaten by Australia in the final despite being roared on by the Scottish crowd. Jess Varnish won bronze in the 500m time trial.

Sir Bradley added more disappointment for fans when he said this would be his only appearance at the Games – an announcement which came just hours after his double Olympic gold medal teammate Mo Farah became the latest big star to pull out, citing his failure to recover from illness.

Speaking after the race Sir Bradley, who was controversially left out of Team Sky this year, indicated he would concentrate in the future on the track. This makes it unlikely that he will appear again in the Tour de France, which he won in 2012.

Sport
football
News
Hillary Clinton comments on viral Humans of New York photo of gay teenager
Arts and Entertainment
The gang rape scene in the Royal Opera’s production of Gioachino Rossini’s Guillaume Tell has caused huge controversy
music
Sport
wimbledonScot will face Ivo Karlovic next
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Sales Administrator - Spanish Speaking

£17000 - £21000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...

Recruitment Genius: Sales Administrator - German Speaking

£17000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...

Recruitment Genius: Sales Administrator - Japanese Speaking

£17000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: If you are fluent in Japanese a...

Recruitment Genius: Graphic Designer - Immediate Start

£16000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...

Day In a Page

Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'
10 best statement lightbulbs

10 best statement lightbulbs

Dare to bare with some out-of-the-ordinary illumination
Wimbledon 2015: Heather Watson - 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Heather Watson: 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Briton pumped up for dream meeting with world No 1
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve
Dustin Brown: Who is the tennis player who knocked Rafael Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?

Dustin Brown

Who is the German player that knocked Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?
Ashes 2015: Damien Martyn - 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Damien Martyn: 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Australian veteran of that Ashes series, believes the hosts' may become unstoppable if they win the first Test