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Commonwealth Games 2010: Folwell & Cairns win golds

England's Luke Folwell

English gymnasts rake in medals

England gymnasts Luke Folwell and Imogen Cairns have won their second gold medals of the Commonwealth Games.

Folwell won Friday's vault ahead of 19-year-old Ashish of India to add to Wednesday's all-around gold.

And he later added to his tally by picking up silver in the parallel bars behind Australia's Joshua Jefferis.

Cairns collected the floor title to add to her vault crown and might now target London 2012, having originally planned to retire after Delhi.

Reiss Beckford of England was fourth in the men's vault, with Wales' Clinton Purnell and Grant Gardiner in sixth and seventh, while Max Whitlock of England took bronze in the horizontal bar.

Luke Folwell

England's Folwell vaults to gold

England shooters James Huckle and Kenny Parr beat Scotland's Neil Stirton and Jonathan Hammond to claim silver in the men's 50m rifle 3-position pairs.

England and Scotland had the same combined score but Huckle and Parr took silver on the x count - an additional target within the maximum 10 target.

Aaron Heading and David Kirk weighed in with a third English shooting medal, claiming bronze in the men's trap pairs.

Third seeds England also took the bronze medal in the badminton team event on Friday, with Nathan Robertson claiming his eighth Commonwealth Games medal as he teamed up with Jenny Wallwork and Anthony Clark.

Nathan Robertson hugs Anthony Clark

England clinch team badminton bronze

England women's hockey team suffered their first defeat of the Commonwealth Games tournament this morning as they went down 4-1 to a Katie Glynn inspired New Zealand team.

And Canada scored two goals in the last two minutes for a stunning 2-1 victory against Wales.

Despite taking the lead through Ashleigh Ball's first international goal, England conceded twice before half time and suffered a double blow as they lost Helen Richardson to a yellow card with Glynn scoring her second and third goals from close range while Richardson was off.

The result gives Saturday's final pool against Malaysia added significance with the Malaysians in with a chance of reaching the semis if they can overcome England.

England's Imogen Cairns

Cairns floors rivals to win second gold

"New Zealand were better than us everywhere and they deserved their win," said head coach Danny Kerry.

"The first two goals were very poor from our perspective; that's not where we're at. When we were short with a player off the pitch they got their goals. We had too many people off their game today."

In tennis, England's Ross Hutchins and Ken Skupski enjoyed a fine 3-6 6-3 6-4 win over Somdev Devvarman and Rohan Bopanna of India to reach the men's doubles final.

But Hutchins and Anna Smith could not stop the in-form pairing of Colin Fleming and Jocelyn Rae in the mixed doubles as the Scots came through 6-3 1-6 7-5 to reach the final.

Rohan Bopanna

England reach Delhi doubles final

Fleming and Rae will meet top seeds Anastasia Rodionova and Paul Hanley of Australia in the final, while Hutchins and Smith will play compatriots Ken Skupski & Sarah Borwell for the bronze medal.

England's men reached the team final in table tennis as Paul Drinkhall staged an amazing fightback to steer his side to a 3-2 victory over India, but England's women just missed out on a bronze medal as they lost 3-2 to Malaysia.

England had been 2-0 down but battled back bravely to level the match before being eventually defeated.

The marathon match lasted three hours and came down to the final set of a see-saw fifth and final match. But it was Malaysia's players who were celebrating while Kelly Sibley and team-mates Joanna Parker and Hannah Hicks were left in tears.

"It's a bit emotional; it's really disappointing to miss out on bronze," said Parker. "We were two-nil down and fought back to two-all.

"But in the end the deciding game didn't go our way. Perhaps, we didn't play as well as we can, which is disappointing."

Parker added: "To come so close to a medal shows our potential. We're still a very young team and hopefully we'll be together for a number of years."



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