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Commonwealth Games day nine as it happened

  1. 04:04 Wrestling  

    I think my TV's broken - either that or WWE wrestling is now an intrinsic part of the Commonwealth Games.

  2. 04:09 Wrestling  

    Turns out WWE is not part of the Games, much to my chagrin. Some of the costumes would light up up the proceedings in Delhi - and as for sliding a judge off his chair to use as a prop inside the ring... However, the world of grapple and slide is over for these Games, although Tom Fordyce gave it a good ol' go at India's most notorious gyms for producing world-class wrestlers. Still, plenty on offer on day nine in Delhi.

  3. 04:21 Commentary  

    On offer on day nine are 21 gold medals in these wide-ranging fields: Athletics (nine), diving (three), rhymthic gymnastics (one), rugby sevens (one), shooting (four), table tennis (one) and weightlifting (two).

  4. 04:30 Commentary  

    It's a day packed full of tension, intrigue and medal promise for England's rugby sevens and hockey players. The oval-ball custodians are up against world champions Samoa, which they probably weren't expecting after beating Australia in their final Group D match on Monday. But who would have thought the Pacific Islanders would lose to Kenya? That match-up kicks off at about 0630 BST, the second of the quarter-finals. Scotland, who have never reached a Commonwealth semi-final, face 2009 world champions South Africa at about 0715 BST.

  5. 04:39 Hockey  

    The Dhyan Chand National Stadium was packed to the Pat Rafters when India's hockey players annihilated arch-rivals Pakistan 7-4 on Sunday - and the host nation have England in their sights at 1300 BST in the second semi-final of the men's hockey competition. Both teams have won three of their four matches in the knock-out stages, so the form guide suggests a thoroughly entertaining encounter in the more clement afternoon temperatures. England are ranked fourth in the world, while India are five places further adrift. Meanwhile, Scotland are 2-0 up at half-time against Trinidad and Tobago in the nineth-tenth place play-off.

  6. 04:45 Rugby 7s  

    Disgracefully, I completely forgot to mention Wales's quarter-final against defending champions New Zealand in the first of the rugby sevens matches, which kicks off at about 0605 BST. Three-time gold medallists New Zealand have scored 141 points in their group matches and have conceded just seven, so Wales face a mammoth task derailing the All Black bullet train. The last quarter-final pits Australia up against outsiders Kenya, who beat world champions Samoa.

  7. 04:50 Netball  

    It's also crunch-time for England's netballers, who are up against world powerhouse Australia in the first semi-final at about 0830 BST. "The Diamonds" have reached every single Commonwealth final and dead-eyed shooter Susan Pratley is in killer form, netting 117 goals from 129 attempts in these Games. Defending champions New Zealand play Jamaica in the second semi at 1030 BST.

  8. 05:00 Athletics  

    One athlete has taken a leaf out of the book named 'Sheer Blooming Cheek' during the men's steeplechase on Monday. For a very tired Sapolai Yao of Papua New Guinea, a pot plant underneath the steeplechase hurdle was more than just eye-catching decoration as he propelled himself over the barrier by using the foliage as a handy step. Unfortunately, officials weren't quite as enthused by his improvisation, disqualifying the runner for his efforts. Boo.

  9. 05:07 Shooting  

    Unfortunately we have no live pictures from the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range for the four gold medals on offer. First up is the women's 10m air pistol pairs (the first final of the day) before the women's 50m rifle prone, the men's 25m standard pistol pairs and the men's 50m prone pairs.

  10. 05:21 Diving  

    The magnificently named SP Mukherjee Swimming Stadium is in action once again as the Commonwealth's finest divers aim to pull out their best somsersaults, twist, turns and pikes (not the freshwater fish) for the discerning judges. First up are the women's 1m springboarders, with England's Rebecca Gallantree and Alicia Bragg diving for a place in the final. Next up is the men's synchro platform final, where England's most famous sporting teenager Tom Daley dives alongside partner Max Brick. There are only four teams, with Canada, Australia and Malaysia making up the rest of the field. The final final is the men's 3m synchro springboard, with English representation through Nick Baker-Robinson and Chris Meares.

  11. 05:30 Hockey  

    Scotland take ninth place in the men's hockey standings following a thumping 7-0 victory over Trinidad. But of more interest is the trans-Tasman semi-final between defending champions Australia and New Zealand. The Kookaburras, the top-ranked team in the world, are unbeaten in the competition, scoring 22 goals and conceding just one. That game begins about 0630 BST.

  12. 05:38 India  

    If you are in India, you may have heard an almighty rumble following Sachin Tendulkar's sixth double hundred for India in the second Test against Australia in Bangalore. Meanwhile, Monday's action at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium saw India end a 52-year wait for an ahtletics gold when Krishna Poonia won the country's first gold medal since the Cardiff Games in 1958.

  13. SMS  

    From Paul, Manila, Philippines: "The most bizarre thing about the Games is that there is no cricket. Why? It's only played in Commonwealth countries and is the most popular sport in many of them."

    Interesting point Paul. The world of leather and willow's only appearance at the Games was in the pre-Twenty20 days in 1998 in the 50-over format, won by South Africa. But when you consider the dense fixture schedule devised by the International Cricket Council, exemplified by India's current series against Australia, it's difficult to see how an opening could be crowbarred into the international schedule. Either that or sending a second-string XI, which wouldn't do anyone any good.

  14. BBC Radio 5 live's Karen Pickering
    Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Karen Pickering  

    From Twitter: "Diving's on and youngest member of the whole England team, Alicia Blagg, is in the 1m springboard. She was robbed of a medal in 3m synchro!"

  15. 06:01 Table tennis  

    Over in the world of tennis de table, it's very much England v Singapore in three contests. First up is the men's singles quarter-finals where England's number one Paul Drinkhall plays Singapore's second seed Yang Zi, who knocked Liam Pitchford out of the competition in the second round. Pitchford, however, is back in action in the men's doubles quarter-finals alongside Andrew Baggeley against Cai Xiali and Ma Liang. Drinkhall could also be in contention for a bronze medal in the mixed doubles alongside Jo Parker against Yang Zi and Wang Yuegu.

  16. 06:07 Commentary  

    The crowd is slowly building at the Delhi Unversity Stadium for the first of the rugby sevens quarter-finals between three-time champions New Zealand and Wales. Once again the shadows of the ubiquitous kites add dramatic effect to television pictures, while the cameraman zooms in on anyone and everyone, much to the delight of anyone and everyone in the crowd. Out come the teams for kick-off. We're away.

  17. 06:12 Breaking news  

    The daily press briefing has revealed a second Nigerian, 110m hurdler Samuel Okon, has tested positive for methylhexaneamine, the same substance as compatriot and women's 100m gold medal winner Damola Osayemi. Okon finished sixth in the 110m hurdles final, so fortunately his positive test does not affect the final podium places.

  18. 06:16 Rugby 7s  

    So while the Games are rocked by a second positive drugs test, Wales are 7-5 down against defending champions New Zealand at half-time in first rugby sevens quarter-finals. The boys in red have been impressive, matching the Kiwis expansive game with a boisterous and in-yer-face performance in the opening seven minutes.

  19. 06:25 Breaking news  

    Back to Samuel Okon, the second athlete to test positive for a banned substance in Delhi. The results of a B sample will be examined before any action is taken. BBC athletics commentator Steve Cram says methylhexaneamine has been causing trouble in the last 18 months, so I wouldn't expect thiswill bethe last you may hear of this unpronouncable stimulant.

  20. 06:29 Rugby 7s  

    It's all over for Wales as Toby Arnold bundles over for a simple try as New Zealand complete a 33-10 victory, sealing their place in the last four. The All Blacks have never lost a match in the Commonwealth Games and they will play the winner of the last-eight encounter between England and Samoa, whichconvieniently is our next match at the Delhi Unversity Stadium.

  21. 06:34 Rugby 7s BAD STRIP ALERT  

    England are wearing....something quite indescribable. If you are familiar with French rugby club Perpignan's strip, it's like that crossed with the colour of a very cheap Tequila Sunrise. While their shirts play havoc with my eyesight, it has minimal effect on the Samoans, who bundle over the first try of the match in the second minute, but cannot convert the drop-kick to take a 5-0 lead.

  22. BBC Radio 5 live's Karen Pickering
    Contributor BBC Radio 5 live's Karen Pickering  

    From Twitter: "Tom Daley is in action now in the 10m synchro with Max Brick. Will his Tricep injury have recovered?"

  23. 06:41 England RUGBY SEVENS  

    England take the lead seconds before the half-time hooter as Greg Barden touches down before Ben Gollings, the world record points scorer in rugby sevens, adds the two points for a 7-5 lead at the interval against Samoa. The flame-haired Ben Ryan gives a rousing team-talk, punching his fist against his palm for extra effect to really ram home the point.

  24. 06:43 Commentary POSITIVE DRUGS TEST NEWS  

    Some quotes in from Commonwealth Games chief Mike Fennell on Nigeria 110m hurdler Samuel Okon's positive drugs test. "The same substance has been coming up and at this stage I cannot speak definitively on where it comes from. It appears that it may be coming from the use of supplements. The supplement industry is by and large unregulated and a cause of great concern, not only for the fight against doping but also for the protection of athletes. Athletes, officials and coaches have been warned to monitor carefully supplements, food and drink. Many are misled into using supplements. I believe more attention needs to be paid from an educational point of view to the risk they face when they take supplements, that most do not do what they claim to do and that many contain substances that appear on the banned list."

  25. 06:49 Medal alert WOMEN'S SINGLES 50M RIFLE PRONE  

    Scotland's Jen McIntosh wins her second gold medal at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range, with Johanne Brekke earning bronze for Wales. McIntosh shot an incredible 597/600.

  26. 06:51 England RUGBY SEVENS  

    A tense and scoreless second half ensures England book a tantalising semi-final against New Zealand following a 7-5 victory over world champions Samoa. Maybe it's all down to the strip. Probably not though.

  27. SMS  

    From Anon, Australia: "Does England sevens's win mean we see that awful kit again?"

    Yes. Sunglasses at the ready

  28. 06:55 Medal alert WOMEN'S 10M AIR PISTOL PAIRS  

    India's dominance at the shooting range continues as Heena Sidhu and Annu Raj Singh win gold. The duo outshoot Australia's Dina Aspandiyarova and Pamela McKenzie for top spot on the podium. Celebrations too for Singapore's Bin Gai and Lip Meng Poh in the men's 25m standard pistol pairs, taking gold while English duo Mick Gault and Iqbal Ubhi claim bronze.

  29. 06:57 Medal alert MEN'S SYNCHRO PLATFORM  

    England divers Tom Daley and Max Brick wingold.

  30. 07:08 Diving  

    Turns out it was a straight gold medal shootout between Brick and Daley and Australia for the gold in the 10m synchro platform. The English pair were 11.52 points ahead of their closest rivals going into their final dives. The Australians produced a well-executed, intricate dive on their last attempt but could not dislodge Daley and Brick, who triumphed by a 15.84-point margin.

  31. 07:09 Rugby 7s  

    Better news for Australia in the rugby sevens - they are 27-0 up against Kenya in the quarter-finals with three minutes left on the clock. The added bonus is an extended outing for AC/DC's "Shook me all night long". It's either that or Men at Work's "Down Under".

  32. SMS  

    From BBC reporter Ben Moore in Delhi: "Dame Kelly Holmes is with the England table tennis team today supporting and even warming up with the players. She has a mean forehand smash."

    Excellent inside info from Ben. Anyone else seen a two-time Olympic champion playing table tennis in Delhi? Does anyone know if Rebecca Adlington possesses a deceptive slice serve or if Sebastian Coe uses the traditional Chinese penhold grip? Please do text in on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide - texts sent at your standard operator rates).

  33. 07:15 Scotland  

    Out come Scotland in the third rugby sevens quarter-final against South Africa.

  34. 07:20 Commentary TUESDAY'S MAJOR EVENTS RECAP  
  35. 07:23 Scotland RUGBY SEVENS  

    Tremendous break from winger Andrew Turnbull allows Mike Adamson to touch down under the posts at the hooter puts Scotland 7-5 ahead at half-time in their rugby sevens quarter-final against South Africa.

  36. 07:33 Commentary  

    The Aussies are giving their neighbours a thorough thrashing in the semi-finals of the men's hockey. The defending champions are 4-0 up and looking menacing at every attacking opportunity. Meanwhile, Cecil Africa boots a punt to touch at the hooter as South Africa cling on to a 10-7 victory to reach the last-four of the rugby sevens at the expense of Scotland. The DJ at the Delhi University Stadium is having a field day - first AC/DC now the Proclaimers's I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles).

  37. SMS  
    I hate to be a pedant, but the All Blacks have never lost at the CWG because they’ve never played in it. The Sevens team aren’t allowed to claim the cherished AB’s tag. Whatever they’re called, I wish I was watching them instead of working. Will, Delhi.
  38. 07:46 Hockey  

    Oooooh, just after writing off their prospects of beating Australia in the men's hockey semi-finals, New Zealand have thumped in two second-half goals to set up a tense finale at the Dhyan Chand National Stadium at 4-2. Talking of the green and gold, Australia's women's squash doubles pairing Kasey Brown and Donna Urquhart are in action against England's Jenny Duncalf, the women's singles silver medallist, and Laura Massaro (no relation to former AC Milan strike Daniele so I'm led to believe).

  39. SMS  

    From BBC Sport's Ben Moore: "Dame Kelly has just told me her message to the athletes who shunned the Games here in Delhi is that they have really missed out on an amazing competition."

  40. 07:52 Commentary WHAT'S ON OFFER  

    Still to come on Tuesday: England's semi-final against New Zealand in the rugby sevens, England's semi-final against India in the men's hockey (about 1300 BST), England's semi-final against Australia in the netball (about 0830 BST) and rhythmic gymnastics team final.

  41. 07:53 Hockey  

    Australia thwart any attempt of a late fightback from New Zealand with two goals in the final seven minutes to book their place in the men's hockey final following a 6-2 victory over their neighbours. They will play either India or England, who are in action about 1300 BST.

  42. 07:58 Diving  

    Here's one half of England's synchro platform gold-medal winning pair Tom Daley on his latest success: "We did one of the hardest dives in our list but we pulled it off today and we got a massive personal best as well. We wanted to come here and do well and to get the gold was the icing on the cake. It's been a tough year with injuries and I've had so much physio that for it to pay off here is fantastic."

  43. BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce
    Contributor BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce  

    "Have whizzed over the to the Thyagaraj Sports Complex for the unmissable England v Australia netball semi-final. My arrival in the stands has doubled the attendance, but there's still half an hour until we get under way. England the outsiders, but these girls don't know how to spell the word defeat. (memo to self: 'capitulation' would probably have been better choice)."

  44. 08:13 Rugby 7s ENGLAND RUGBY SEVENS KIT  

    I've had plenty of texts in from a few inquisitive people asking if we could publish a picture of England's kit. Unfortunately we haven't received any pictures from our usually reliable agencies so far. But it's memerising - and not entirely in a good way either. Imagine the colours a five-year-old would use to illustrate a Hawaiian sunset and you're slowly getting there.

  45. SMS  

    From Laura, on a train allegedly heading for Portsmouth: "Am stuck on a marathon three-hour train trip to university for one measly lecture and would really, really really appreciate updates on the England v Australia netball semi what it starts! My phone isn't quite clever enough to stream any live feeds."

    How could I let you down Laura? PS - your train has taken a detour via Derby. Sorry.

  46. 08:33 Squash ENGLAND DOUBLES SUCCESS  

    An omen for England's netballers? England's women's squash doubles pairing of Jenny Duncalf and Laura Massaro have beaten Australian top seeds Kasey Brown and Donna Urquhart to book their place in the final following a 11-6 5-11 4-11 victory. Duncalf is guaranteed a second medal - she won silver after losing to Malaysia's Nicol David in the women's single final.

  47. Shooting SHOOTING TARGETS  

    From Infostradalive on Twitter: "Mick Gault won his 17th medal at the Commonwealth Games. He is one shy of the record, which is the hands of Phillip Adams."

  48. SMS  

    From BBC Sport's Ben Moore, Yamuna Sports Complex: "Andrew Baggaley and Liam Pitchford are through to the semi-finals of the men's doubles table tennis after a smart win over favourites Singapore."

  49. SMS  

    From Anon: "I assume Pranav wears grey to work and is a fan of any kit that utilises dull colours. I happen to think that sevens kit is one of the funniest i've ever seen any side representing England wear."

    Rather worringly, I am sporting a grey jumper this morning, mainly because I'm sat under the air conditioning unit which only has two settings - Arctic or Antarctic. You can see England's keerrrrr-razy shirts at about 0955 BST at the Delhi University Stadium when they play defending champions New Zealand in the rugby sevens semi-finals.

  50. 08:48 Netball FIRST QUARTER UPDATE  

    Absolutely rip-roaring start to the Australia v England semi-final in the netball. It's 12-12 after the first quarter and the sparseish crowd is treated to a rendition of the Chemical Brothers's "Hey Girl Hey Boy". BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce, stationed on the sidelines at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex, taps his foot along in appreciation.

  51. 08:58 Netball SEMI-FINAL UPDATE  

    England squander a couple of shooting opportunities to extend their lead over Australia - but mid-way through the second quarter, Sue Hawkins's red and white army are leading 18-16 against the green and gold. Aussie coach Norma Plumber puts on a stern face during a time out, she's not happy with what she's seeing.

  52. SMS  
    Howard, Sydney: "Yesterday the English hockey girls probably should have beaten us. Britain pipped us at last Olympics, we are trying to regain the Ashes. And now England are leading us at netball. My world doesn't make sense anymore."
  53. 09:08 Netball HALF-TIME UPDATE  

    These netballers could give some NBA players a good old shoulder barge judging by what I've seen so far in the first semi-final, where England lead Australia 23-21. Non-contact? No chance. Trainers are squeaking all over the plush court as bodies twist, turn and contort in all sorts of directions. Frenetic - and thoroughly entertaining.

  54. 09:14 Breaking news DAY NINE DELHI HEADLINES  

    A second Nigerian tests positive for a banned substance, Tom Daley wins gold with partner Max Brick in the men's synchro platform diving, Scotland's Jen McIntosh wins her second gold medal at the shooting range, England through to the rugby sevens semi-finals but Wales and Scotland are out, Jenny Duncalf and Laura Massaro through to the final of the women's squash doubles and England lead Australia 23-21 at half-time in the netball semi-finals.

  55. SMS  

    Sam, Coventry: "Loving the netball at my desk! England need to improve their scoring stats and tighten up! You're giving too much space mid-court ladies!"

  56. 09:22 Netball HUMDINGER SEMI-FINAL ALERT  
    Louisa Brownfield misses a crucial shot at goal, allowing Australia the opportunity to counter-attack and level the scores at 28-28. Tighter than Mr Creosote's belt.
  57. 09:28 Wales RUGBY SEVENS  

    Wales are 19-5 down four minutes into the second half against Samoa in the battle for the lesser positions in the rugby sevens. World champions Wales were knocked out by New Zealand in the quarter-finals following a 33-10 defeat.

  58. 09:33 Netball NETBALL CLIFF-HANGER  

    The tension is unbearable in the netball semi-final as Australia steal a one-point lead at the third quarter against England. The scores are 35-34. Drama, intrigue and tremendously entertaining.

  59. 09:36 Breaking news SECOND SHOOTING GOLD FOR SCOTLAND  

    Scotland earn their second gold at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range as Neil Stirton and Jon Hammond win the final of the 50m rifle prone pairs event, taking their overall tally to six in Delhi. That's the third medal for the prolific Hammond.


    This semi-final is slipping from England's grasp as world champions Australia fashion themselves a five-point cushion with about 10 minutes to go in the final quarter with the scores at 41-36.

  61. 09:43 Rugby 7s  

    Scotland come charging out for their minor positions match against Kenya in the rugby sevens, taking an early 5-0 lead. Talking of sevens, you may have read about England's avant garde choice of kit for the knock-out stages. What Trinny and Susannah would make of it matters not, but you can judge for yourself in our day nine picture gallery.


    Five minutes to go in the netball semi-final and England are 47-41 down against Australia. In the words of BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce: "Curses on you, dominant Australian netball machine".

  63. 09:51 Netball AUSTRALIA NETBALL JOY  

    Australia secure their place in the netball finals following a 51-45 victory over a very spirited England team. High-five ladies, entertainment of the highest order.


    Oh no, tears. Not the tears... Following on from England's defeat by Australia in the women's hockey semi-final on Monday, fat salty drops are shed from England's exhausted ladies. However, they still have a bronze medal to contest when they play the losers of the second-final between defending champions New Zealand and Jamaica. Chins up ladies.


    Scotland's Lee Jones scores a sensational length-of-the-field try, accelerating past tired defenders to earn Scotland an extra-time 24-17 win over Kenya, a victory which earns them a place in the plate final against Samoa to decide the fifth and sixth positions. Almost immediately England and New Zealand burst out of the tunnel for the first rugby sevens semi-final.

  66. 10:08 Rugby 7s NEW ZEALAND ADVANTAGE  

    To reiterate England's task at the Delhi University Stadium, New Zealand have never lost a Commonwealth sevens match since the sport was introduced in Kuala Lumpur in 1998. Unbelievably, there's a maul featuring at least seven men in the middle of the field, possibly the first of the tournament. But moments later and New Zealand are 7-0 up as DJ Forbes bursts through to touch down under the posts.


    England have eschewed their tequila sunrise number and gone back to the traditional all-white kit against New Zealand, a good old-fashioned black versus white encounter. However, the change of shirt has no effect on New Zealand as Forbes touches down for his second try before the half-time hooter for a 12-2 lead.

  68. 10:18 Rugby 7s  

    Disaster for England as New Zealandextend theirlead moments after the start of the second seven-minute half, but the Fijian-born Isoa Damu Damureduces the deficit with a well-worked try as England trail 19-7.


    New Zealand brush off their momentary defensive aberration by adding two further scores, leaving England coach Ben Ryan holding his head in despair. New Zealand book their fourth successive Commonwealth final after a 33-12 victory. All is not lost for England, who will play the loser in the second semi-final between South Africa andAustralia for the final spot on the podium.

  70. SMS  

    From annoyed Anon: "WHAT?! I have tuned in at work, against regulations, to see the much-discussed England shirts, only to discover they've switched back to traditional kit! What a swizz. Any chance of some pix of the other shirt plz?"

    England's Greg Barden sports one of the eye-poppingshirts in our day nine photo gallery. Expect Stade Francais to adapt the colours for next season's kit at some stage.


    Fresh from her doubles exploits, Jenny Duncalf is back on court with James Wilstrop in the mixed doubles semi-final against Kasey Brown and Cameron Pillay of Australia. Both Wilstrop and Duncalf are the singles silver medallists but are a set down to their opponents. Meanwhile, Scottish duo Lisa Aitken and David Leitch, who accounted for women's single champion Nicol David and her Malaysian partner Ong Bee Hee in the group stages, meet Aussies David Palmer (alas, not the US President in 24) and Donna Urquhart.

  72. 10:48 Rugby 7s  

    It's another trans-Tasman finale as Australia set up a rugby sevens final against New Zealand following a 17-7 victory over South Africa. The final kicks off about 1215 BST while South Africa play England for bronze at about 1150 BST. Maybe, and whisper it quietly, Ben Ryan (who Alex in Wimbledon has likened to England middle-order stalwart Paul Collingwood) will opt for the tequila sunrise kit which matches the tint of his hair.

  73. 10:56 Breaking news DAY NINE HEADLINES FROM DELHI  

    A second Nigerian tests positive for a banned substance, Tom Daley wins gold with partner Max Brick in the men's synchro platform diving, Scotland win two gold medals at the shooting range, England lose to New Zealand in the rugby sevens semi-finals while Wales and Scotland crash out in the last eight, England's netballers arebeaten 51-45 by world champions Australia, England duo Jenny Duncalf and Laura Massaro reach the final of the women's squash doubles.

  74. 11:04 Squash  

    It's 1-1 in the quarter-finals of the squash mixed doubles as Jenny Duncalf and James Wilstrop clinch the second set against Australia's Kasey Brown and Cameron Pillay. An army of moppers give the court a good swiping to extract every single bead of sweat off the floor.

  75. SMS  

    From BBC Sport's Ben Moore, Yamuna Sports Complex: "Paul Drinkhall and Jo Parker can only hope for bronze after defeat at the hands of the table tennis wizards from Singapore in the mixed doubles semi-finals. They’ll meet the Australians to battle for third place."

  76. BBC Sport's Gordon Farquhar
    Contributor BBC Sport's Gordon Farquhar  

    From Twitter: "A rodent chomped through the cables last night at JLN stadium, taking BBC, Aussie TV pics off air. Main cable in B/cast compound chewed."

  77. 11:14 Commentary TEXT COMMENTATOR HANDOVER  

    Ollie Williams'arrival into the office signals my departure from day nine. Fingers crossed for the tequila sunrise kit in England's bronze medal rugby sevens play-off with South Africa. Until tomorrow, goodbye.

  78. 11:20 Commentary  

    Hello, everybody. The Almost Ashes isn't over yet: the squash mixed doubles quarter-final is locked at 1-1 and I've got my beady eye on that. Later, at around 1300 BST, England's men's hockey team play India for the right to face Australia in the final.

    Elsewhere, the women's 1m springboard diving final is coming up in around 10 minutes' time, the rhythmic gymnastics is under way - updates when I can find any - and poor old Nathan Robertson, on court four times on Monday for England in the badminton, plays two more matches today in the men's doubles and mixed doubles semi-finals. Not forgetting the last day of athletics action, starting in around an hour and a half.

  79. 11:26 Rugby 7s  

    And the rugby sevens, in its short, mayfly-esque Commonwealth lifespan, is entering its final stages having only begun on Monday. Papua New Guinea have just beaten Canada to win the first sevens silverware in the bowl - now, it's time for Scotland to take on Samoa in the final of the plate competition.

    The plate, in case you're wondering, is for the losing quarter-finalists from the main competition, and the winners effectively finish in fifth place. A good start for the Pacific Islanders, Scotland now 10-0 down.

  80. 11:29 Rugby 7s  

    Looking like Samoa have got the plate licked. They lead Scotland 17-0 at half time.

  81. Twitter  

    From Australian netball player Renae Hallinan: What a tough game! So excited. Thanks for all of your messages - bring on the gold medal match!

  82. 11:36 Squash  

    If you're watching the squash at the moment, you can hear from England star James Willstrop himself on our website. He's been writing a diary of his week for BBC Sport.

  83. Twitter  

    From Eman Zaman: With money from the public purse financing British athletics, why should athletes have the right to choose not to compete?

    As you'll no doubt be aware, a number of top athletes from the home nations - such as Phillips Idowu and Jess Ennis - aren't in Delhi. But I think the question assumes that UK Athletics would want them to compete, and that the sport's fans would want them to compete, and I'm not sure you can take either of those things for granted. I suspect UK Athletics would argue that they, and the British public, would rather they won Olympic gold than Commonwealth gold, and if missing the Commonwealths forms part of that plan, then so be it. Thoughts?

  84. 11:43 Squash  

    England are fighting for their lives in the squash mixed doubles quarter-final, staring down the barrel of match ball (i.e. match point) against the Australians, But it's James Willstrop who makes the error and, as the Australian pair of Kasey Brown and Cameron Pillay win the decider 11-8, Willstrop and Jenny Duncalf slink dejectedly out of the court. Another Australian win.

  85. 11:44 Netball  

    In the second netball semi-final of the day, New Zealand lead Jamaica 53-40 - I think there are just a few minutes remaining in that one.

  86. 11:45 Rugby 7s  

    And Samoa have ended the rugby sevens plate final as resounding 34-0 winners over Scotland, meaning Scotland essentially place sixth in the overall standings.

  87. 11:47 Rugby 7s  

    The end of the Scotland-Samoa game means England's bronze-medal clash with South Africa is about to start. You can watch it live online if you're in the UK.

  88. 11:52 Rugby 7s  

    South Africa have duly raced to an early 5-0 lead against England, but there's plenty of time left.

  89. 11:54 Rugby 7s  

    England hit back with the help of Ben Gollings and are 7-5 up with three first-half minutes remaining.

  90. 11:56 Alert What you can watch  

    Rebecca Gallantree and Alicia Blagg are in action for England in the women's 1m springboard final, which you can watch live now if you're in the UK, and there's table tennis coming up alongside the squash men's doubles semi-final, where it's another England-Australia match-up. England's Nick Matthew and Adrian Grant are the top seeds, taking on Australians Ryan Cuskelly and Cameron Pilley.

  91. 11:58 Rugby 7s  

    South Africa end the first half of their sevens bronze medal play-off in all sorts of trouble, scrabbling around in defence, as Dan Caprice scores England's second try to put them 14-5 up at the break.

  92. SMS  

    From Lee in Reading: Interesting thoughts from Eman Zaman on funding (see below). I think we'd all want to see our top athletes there and winning medals, and it would give the UK a huge feel-good factor heading to 2012.

    However, there have been Europeans in August and two major championships is not ideal, plus it has given fringe internationals a chance to break through to 2012. Leon Baptiste, Katherine Endacott, Emma Jackson and Laurence Clarke spring to mind amongst many others.

  93. 12:03 Netball  

    New Zealand finished up 59-43 winners over Jamaica in that second netball semi-final. Remember, Australia beat England 51-45 earlier, so England will face Jamaica for bronze.

  94. 12:04 Rugby 7s  

    South Africa have brought it back to 14-12 with just under three minutes to play in the sevens.

  95. 12:05 SMS  

    In the women's 1m springboard diving, a short while ago England duo Alicia Blagg and Rebecca Gallantree were seventh and eighth respectively after three dives.

  96. 12:07 Rugby 7s  

    Oooh. South Africa have squeaked over the line to make it 17-14 in the sevens, with time now rapidly running out for England to get their paws back on that bronze medal. At least, from an English point of view, the conversion attempt goes wide.

  97. 12:09 Rugby 7s South Africa defeat England for bronze  

    A nightmare for England as Ben Gollings' pass to John Brake, searching for a try to win the bronze, isn't gathered. Gollings has the ball from the resulting scrum but South Africa are awarded a penalty - and with it, the bronze medal. South Africa put the ball out, the whistle goes, and two days of frantic activity in Delhi are rewarded with nothing at all for Ben Ryan and his England players.

  98. 12:10 Table tennis  

    At the table tennis, England's Paul Drinkhall has lost the first game of his quarter-final against Singapore's second seed Yang Zi, who knocked out another Englishman, Liam Pitchford, in the second round.

  99. 12:14 Rugby 7s  

    If that bronze medal match has whetted your appetite, the gold medal rugby sevens clash between Australia and New Zealand is about to begin...

  100. 12:16 Table tennis  

    At the table tennis, Drinkhall is now two games down to Yang Zi, 11-6 12-10.

  101. 12:17 England Ben Ryan, England sevens coach:  

    "We came here to win the gold but we've got no argument with the result - we just made too many mistakes. I'm still very proud of them all and I believe we've got a very exciting side."

  102. SMS  

    From Anon: I wouldn't say England were rewarded with nothing in the sevens. At least they got nice shirts for their troubles.

  103. 12:21 Rugby 7s  

    Some English followers of the Commonwealth Games could be forgiven for avidly watching this sevens final, representing as it does a rare opportunity to see an Australian side meeting their match. New Zealand, a dominant sevens force, have gone 7-0 up. This final is 10 minutes each way, I should add - longer than all the games we've seen to date.

  104. 12:25 Commentary  

    Taking their cue nicely from me, the Australians have brought it back to 7-5 in the sevens. At the table tennis, England's Paul Drinkhall pulls a game back and is now 2-1 down.

  105. 12:27 Medal alert DIVING - WOMEN'S 1M SPRINGBOARD  

    The women's 1m springboard diving gold medal has gone to Canada's Jennifer Abel, whose team-mate Emilie Heymans took bronze. Sharleen Stratton of Australia won silver, with England's Rebecca Gallantree sixth and compatriot Alicia Blagg eighth.

  106. 12:28 Rugby 7s  

    Very impressive from Australia's Luke Morahan, who sacrifices his own safety to put the Aussies ahead in the rugby sevens. Morahan, at full tilt, dives to beat his Kiwi rival to the ball and touch for the try, but clearly does himself some injury in the process. Australia lead 10-7 at the break.

  107. 12:30 Badminton  

    England's Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork are warming up for their badminton mixed doubles semi-final against Malaysia's Chan Peng Soon, and Liu Ying Goh. The English duo are the top seeds, the Malaysians were seeded fourth. That match is live on our video player for UK users.

  108. BBC Sport's Martin Gough
    Contributor BBC Sport's Martin Gough  

    On Twitter: I'm at the venerable National Hockey Stadium for the semi-final between England's men and India. The England team are warming up now, with good support here.

  109. 12:34 Rugby 7s  

    New Zealand, having impressed in such comprehensive fashion throughout this sevens tournament, are now in grave danger of losing this final as Australia take a 17-7 lead. But NZ get a try and conversion in lightning-quick time and it's back to 17-14, with well over five minutes still to play.

  110. 12:36 Squash  

    English squash duo Nick Matthew and Adrian Grant held a hefty lead over Australian rivals Ryan Cuskelly and Cameron Pilley earlier in the first game of their men's doubles semi-final, but the Aussies have hauled them back to 10-10 and it's tense stuff.

  111. 12:38 Rugby 7s  

    New Zealand's DJ Forbes romps over the line to put New Zealand 19-17 up in this enthralling sevens final. If you're not watching this, and you're in the UK, you've got a minute or two to get it on your screens and see the denouement.

  112. 12:40 Commentary  

    At the squash, England's Matthew and Grant won that first game in the end, and are now 1-0 up on Australia's Cuskelly and Pilley. In the table tennis, England's Paul Drinkhall has levelled it up 2-2 against Singapore's Yang Zi.

  113. 12:41 Rugby 7s  

    That, surely, is that. New Zealand go 24-17 up and they'll wind the clock down with their conversion. They will be the gold medallists, despite a major scare from Australia.

  114. 12:43 Medal alert RUGBY SEVENS  

    So, confirmation that New Zealand are the rugby sevens gold medallists, with Australia perhaps a shade unlucky to settle for silver, and bronze going to South Africa, who beat England a little earlier. Am I alone in my delight at this sport's addition to the Olympics for Rio 2016?

  115. 12:47 Alert What you can watch  

    The action isn't about to let up here. The hockey semi-final between England and India begins in 15 minutes' time, as does the final day of athletics, starting with the women's pole vault. The women's 4x100m relay is the first track final of the day, scheduled for 1325 BST. At the table tennis, England's Paul Drinkhall is taking a time-out at 3-2 down and losing the sixth game 3-0. He's in trouble.

  116. 12:54 Badminton  

    In their mixed doubles badminton semi-final, Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork of England have lost the first game 19-21 to Chan Peng Soon and Liu Ying Goh, the Malaysian number four seeds.

  117. 12:55 Commentary  

    Meanwhile, the men's 3m springboard synchro diving is just starting, which you can also watch online if you're in the UK. Don't forget the men's hockey semi between England and India is also a few minutes away.

  118. Twitter  

    From Peter Hinchcliffe: The sevens has been the highlight of the Games! Can't wait for the Olympics... shame it's not in the programme for London.

  119. Contributor BBC Sport's Ben Moore  

    England's Paul Drinkhall is out of the men's table tennis after succumbing 4-2 to Singapore's Yang Zi in the quarter-finals. It was a brave fight from the Englishman, with several clattering rallies that had the crowd cheering. Sadly, the spin merchants of Singapore are too much for anyone in this competition - expect gold across the board from them.

  120. Commentary  

    From Pete in Stockport: Looking forward to the England-India hockey semi-final. Should be a fantastic atmosphere. I fancy England to repeat their World Cup win in the same stadium earlier this year.

    Come on then hockey fans, let's hear you. Can England do it? How much would a battle for Commonwealth gold mean on the road to London 2012, if they can get through this semi?

  121. 13:03 Hockey  

    The England-India semi-final is now live on our video player for UK users. It's nil-nil with a few minutes gone.

  122. 13:05 Athletics  

    If you'd rather watch athletics, that's now under way and the women's pole vault is the first event, starring England's Kate Dennison and Emma Lyons, plus Scotland's Henrietta Paxton and Wales' Sally Peake and Bryony Raine.

  123. SMS  

    From Aussie in exile: I am in the minority, but I would prefer squash in the Olympics any time over rugby.

    Speaking of squash, England are 1-0 up over Australia in the men's doubles semi. It's 8-8 in the second game.

  124. 13:10 Commentary  

    Still 0-0 in the hockey, 10 minutes or so gone. At the diving, England's Oliver Dingley and Jack Laugher are second after the first round, with team-mates Nick Robinson-Baker and Chris Mears down in fifth.

  125. 13:12 Badminton  

    And in badminton news, Robertson and Wallwork have levelled it up for England, winning their second game 21-13 against the Malaysians.

  126. SMS  

    From Nick in "sunny Uxbridge": Come on boys, you can do it! England in the hockey final would be a great lift for the Olympic GB team.

  127. 13:14 Squash England pair through to final  

    England's Nick Matthew and Adrian Grant have beaten their Australian rivals 2-0 to reach the men's doubles squash final.

  128. 13:17 Hockey  

    Still waiting for this hockey final to come to life... and, as I write that, India have several clear goalscoring opportunities. James Fair in the England net, raising a hand to claim an infraction, nearly found himself exposed but the shot is dragged wide to the left. Remember that, usefully for England, this game is being played in the early evening in Delhi (it started at 1730 local time), so they avoid the real strength of the Indian heat.

  129. 13:20 Hockey  

    India take the lead from a penalty corner. Fair gets down well to block the initial shot as India work a reasonably complex penalty corner move, but the rebound from close range is hoovered up. First blood to the host nation.

  130. 13:22 Hockey  

    Almost immediately, Simon Mantell has the chance to even things up but doesn't strike it cleanly. At the rugby sevens medal ceremony, New Zealand are performing a celebratory haka, having been forced to work hard for that gold medal by Australia a little earlier.

  131. SMS  

    From Bald Eagle: Sorry, exiled Aussie (see below), squash is great to play but a cure for insomnia to watch...

  132. 13:24 Athletics  

    The men's javelin is under way - a competition in which, I'm reliably informed, there is no English finalist for the first time since the 1930s.

  133. 13:25 Hockey  

    This game is by no means all India. England's Ashley Jackson has just seen a shot expertly blocked by an Indian defence which is being forced to work hard. But England need to make their periods of pressure pay, because India are looking dangerous on the counter-attack.

  134. 13:29 Hockey  

    England need to be increasingly wary of these surges down the wings from India. As soon as the English lose possession in the Indian half, it's a race to get back in time. Meanwhile, English opportunities on goal are becoming more scarce.

  135. 13:32 Squash  

    Scottish pair Alan Clyne and Harry Leitch are about to take on Australia's Stewart Boswell and David Palmer in the squash. The winners will take on England's Nick Matthew and Adrian Grant in the men's doubles final - you can watch that semi live online if you're in the UK.

  136. 13:35 Athletics  

    Farcical scenes in the javelin, with one of the favourites - New Zealand's Stuart Farquhar - throwing out to about 76m or 77m, but the officials recording the distance at about 72m. Confusion among the officials as to what, exactly, to do next. "Just throw that one again for us, can you?"

  137. 13:36 Athletics  

    In the women's 4x100m relay, England storm to victory by a country mile. More on that in a sec, but first...

  138. 13:37 Hockey  

    ... England are level in the hockey, with the very last hit of the first half. Ashley Jackson converts a penalty corner to send the teams into the break with the score England 1-1 India.

  139. 13:39 Medal alert WOMEN'S 4x100M RELAY  

    Confirmation that England's 4x100m women's team of Katherine Endacott, Montell Douglas, Laura Turner and Abi Oyepitan have won the relay gold. Ghana were second, one hundredth of a second ahead of India.

  140. BBC Sport's Martin Gough
    Contributor BBC Sport's Martin Gough  

    At the hockey: It's not as hot as some evenings have been here, but England's players are dripping with sweat as they return to the subs' bench. The stadium was only half-full at the start but it is pretty much packed now, with the cheers reaching a crescendo whenever India cross their opponents' 25. There are extra spectators swooping around the floodlights...

  141. 13:44 Diving  

    With one dive left, Aussies Matt Mitcham and Ethan Warren lead the 3m synchro ahead of favourites Alex Despatie and Reuben Ross from Canada. England's Nick Robinson-Baker and Chris Mears are in fifth with team-mates Oliver Dingley and Jack Laugher in seventh.

  142. 13:45 Hockey  

    Players coming back out for the second half in the hockey. What psychological effect will that last-gasp England equaliser, on the stroke of half time, have?

  143. 13:48 Medal alert MEN'S 4x100M RELAY  

    Wow. Just wow. England's Mark Lewis-Francis applies some afterburner and, in the words of Steve Cram, runs the leg of his life to win England the 4x100m relay gold. The men and women are out on the track celebrating together. Unbelievable - if you didn't see that, watch it again later. Make an appointment to watch that race. Jamaica get silver, India take bronze.

  144. SMS  

    From Javelin Sam in Grays: There may not be an English javelin finalist but there's James Campbell and Lee Doran throwing. Lee only just changed nationality to Welsh and was in fact born and raised in cumbria. James was raised in Cheltenham and lives and studies in Leeds. James is a former Commonwealth youth champion!

    There is a reason why he's called Javelin Sam, I sense. Excellent knowledge.

  145. 13:51 Medal alert DIVING - MEN'S 3M SPRINGBOARD SYNCHRO  

    Canada's Alex Despatie picks up his third gold of the Games as he and Reuben Ross pull it out on their final dive, to beat Australia's Matt Mitcham and Ethan Warren. Malaysia's Bryan Nickson Lomas and Ken Nee Yeoh win bronze, a frustratingly marginal 3.7 points ahead of England's Nick Robinson-Baker and Chris Mears in fourth.

  146. 13:52 Badminton  

    Lastly, I think I overlooked some badminton in all the excitement of the last 10 or 15 minutes. England's mixed doubles pair Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork won a tight semi-final against Malaysia's Chan Peng Soon and Liu Ying Goh, going through 19-21 21-13 23-21.

  147. 13:54 Hockey  

    England's Ashley Jackson makes it 2-1 with another superb penalty corner, this time like an arrow into the top left-hand corner of the Indian net. Half an hour to go. What a day's sport we're having here. (Seriously, if you were watching the hockey - and I don't blame you one bit - go and watch the men's 4x100m when you get the chance. And vice versa. And don't forget to breathe.)

  148. Twitter  

    From Adam: I'm on work experience and sneaked in the 4x100m during my lunch break. Nearly shreaked and jumped out of my seat! amazing!

  149. 13:59 Hockey  

    Simon Mantell makes it 3-1 to England. Once again, the set piece proves India's undoing. One dummy, two dummies, and the third time round it's Mantell who rams the ball home. This is clinical from England. How often do you get to write that in a team sport?

  150. 14:01 Hockey  

    And now Jackson hits the bar! It could so easily have been four...

  151. 14:03 Medal alert ATHLETICS - MEN'S 1500M  

    Kenya's Silas Kiplagat wins men's 1500m gold, with team-mate James Magut taking silver. I think England's Andy Baddeley was back in sixth.

  152. 14:04 England Katherine Endacott, 4x100m winner:  

    "The guys were in great shape and I'll be more emotional on the podium than I was when I picked up the medal after the 100m."

  153. 14:06 Hockey  

    England's James Tindall has just been denied by a solid goalkeeper's pad after a smart reverse-stick shot. England bossing things but 20 minutes is a very long time, and chicken-counting will form no part of this live text before anything has hatched.

  154. 14:07 England Abi Oyepitan, 4x100m winner:  

    "It's amazing. It's great to win gold. I haven't done a relay for six years. Going home with two medals is amazing."

  155. BBC Sport's Martin Gough
    Contributor BBC Sport's Martin Gough  

    All going England's way now, with pressure bringing some desperation, some mistakes and the odd blatant foul from the hosts. Even experienced onlookers haven't seen before that elaborate penalty-corner routine that brought the third goal.

  156. 14:11 Hockey  

    And no sooner does Martin speak, than India pull a goal back. What a stunning deflection by Vikram Pillay, not a lot England could do about that, and listen to the reaction from the huge home crowd... it's going to be a special last 12 minutes. Watch the hockey. I implore you - if you're in the UK, watch the hockey.

  157. 14:12 Badminton  

    Very, very quick badminton update: England's Liz Cann has lost the first set of her semi-final to Malaysia's Mew Choo Wong.

  158. 14:13 Squash  

    Oh, and Australia's men's doubles team have won the first game against Scotland in their squash semi. They should all stop and watch the hockey.

  159. 14:16 Hockey  

    Well, well. In what shall forever be known as "the curse of Martin Gough", India find the equalising goal with some style, Saravanjit Singh levelling the game up with a fierce close-range finish. Nine minutes remain.

  160. Twitter  

    From V: Those two India goals show that Asian-style hockey (for which read: flair) is still effective.

  161. SMS  

    From Rich in London: Made it down the local for the races. Absolutely brilliant from the relay teams. The BBC's replay of the fourth leg women's runner with the third leg runner celebrating behind was pure passion and a joy to watch. Mark Lewis-Francis: absolute class. Half-expected him to shout "meep meep" with the turbo boosters he applied!

  162. Twitter  

    From Simon Orriss: My dog is going completely mental because of this Indian Hockey crowd. Especially now they've scored three...

  163. 14:22 Hockey  

    What a save from James Fair, reading the game marvellously to narrow the angle once, then sprawling across his net to deny India on the far side. "Golly," says BBC commentator Barry Davies, employing decades of carefully honed understatement. Now Fair again! And off the line by England! This is bonkers. This is the best game of hockey I've ever seen.

  164. BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce
    Contributor BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce  

    On Twitter: England's 4x100m golden girls stand on the podium, having just received their medals, and cry their eyes out. Will I ever understand the minds of women?

  165. 14:26 Hockey  

    That's full time, and the score stands at England 3-3 India. Which means this most wonderful game of hockey hasn't finished yet. How England will rue hitting the bar when they were already 3-1 up. But they may yet make it to that final - two periods of golden goal hockey, at seven-and-a-half minutes each, to come...

  166. BBC Sport's Martin Gough
    Contributor BBC Sport's Martin Gough  

    At the hockey: It's absolutely frenzied here. If one eardrum burst after the second Indian goal, I've gone completely deaf with the third. India have been energised, both by the crowd and with increased confidence.

  167. 14:31 Athletics  

    As golden goal begins, we leap deftly to the athletics for a quick newsflash: England's Kate Dennison leads the pole vault competition, having cleared 4.25m. More soon. In around 15 minutes' time, I'd estimate.

  168. Contributor BBC Sport's Colin Hazelden  

    At the badminton: It's got to be tough to be England's Rajiv Ouseph right now. He's playing an Indian, with the crowd roaring deafeningly at every point for their man.

  169. Twitter  

    From Matthew Philpott: If the England football match is half as decent as the hockey match which is stopping me from working, we'll have a cracker!

    Still 3-3. Three mins of first half golden goal left.

  170. 14:36 Athletics  

    Those of you looking for more info on the English wins in the 4x100m relays, you can find details in our report on the athletics, which is now available and which we'll add to as the track and field events continue. (And I'll bring you updates here, too, assuming the hockey doesn't give me heart failure.)

  171. 14:38 Hockey  

    Penalty corner to India. James Fair fronts up well to a deflection, but an England mistake could gift India this win...

  172. 14:39 Hockey  

    The Indian penalty corner attempt goes wide and high to the left, with James Fair hurling himself after it in the England net just in case. That's one half of golden goal gone. Penalties, anyone?

  173. 14:41 Athletics  

    England's Kate Dennison is set to land bronze in the pole vault after failing to make 4.40m, with two athletes having cleared the height. British record-holder Dennison will probably be a tad disappointed, having cleared 4.60m in 2009. Can the men's hockey team cheer her up? Back under way.

  174. SMS  

    From Mike in Wandsworth: To all those people who question why I play hockey, or say, "I played in school but hated it". Or wonder why I run around on a freezing December morning with a stick in my hand. I direct their attention to this game! Amazing.

    And with that, James Fair produces another blinding save. Five minutes of play remain.

  175. 14:45 Athletics  

    More athletics, as England's hockey goal comes under near-permanent siege, Fair flipping a reverse-stick shot away like he's swatting at flies (he may well have been): Australia's Jarrod Bannister throws 81.71m to win the men's javelin gold, with New Zealand's Stuart Farquhar taking silver and India's Kashinath Naik picking up the bronze. Scotland's Steph Twell finishes fourth in the women's 5,000m final, which is won by Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya.

  176. Twitter  

    From Jahangeer: India will lose this battle due to a lack of mental strength.

  177. 14:48 Squash  

    At the squash, Scotland's Alan Clyne and Harry Leitch have lost to Australia's Stewart Boswell and David Palmer in their men's doubles semi-final. The Aussies go through to face England's Nick Matthew and Adrian Grant.

  178. SMS  

    From Tom: Please don't let the hockey go to penalties! I won't be able to cope. Also got to teach a group of 13-year-olds in five minutes. Come on England!

    Bad news there, Tom...

  179. 14:49 Hockey  

    England v India, for a place in the men's hockey final, goes to penalties.

  180. BBC Sport's Martin Gough
    Contributor BBC Sport's Martin Gough  

    At the hockey, on Twitter: Phew! Three-each after extra time. Now it's penalties - five each, then sudden death. Just five penalty-takers per side, unlike football.

  181. Twitter  

    From England swimmer Fran Halsall: Hoping James Fair can be as amazing as he has been all match.

  182. 14:54 Hockey  

    Here we go! How are your nerves?

  183. 14:55 Hockey  

    After one pen each: England 1-1 India

  184. 14:56 Hockey  

    After two pens each: England 2-2 India

  185. 14:57 Hockey  

    After three pens each: England 2-3 India

    England's Glenn Kirkham - a nicer man you could never hope to meet - sees his penalty, to the left of the goal, saved.

  186. 14:58 Hockey  

    After four pens each: England 3-4 India

    Ashley Jackson's risky penalty into the top corner pays off. But England must now score...

  187. 15:00 Hockey  

    After five pens each: England 4-5 India

    India go through to the final, where they will face Australia. England will play New Zealand for bronze. Your reaction, please. Was that the best game of hockey you've ever seen? If not, why not?

  188. 15:01 Hockey  

    Pity poor Glenn Kirkham. His miss the difference between England and India. Of course, that's not really the case - all sorts of factors came into play - but that is how the history books will record it. Credit to both teams, though, for a thrilling game of hockey.

  189. 15:02 Badminton  

    Still, hockey wasn't the only last four showdown between England and India. It's men's semi-final time in the badminton as England's Rajiv Ouseph takes on India's Parupalli Kashyap for a place in the final, against world number one Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia. Ouseph lost the first game, but has dampened the home fans' spirits with a 21-12 win to level the match.

  190. SMS  

    From Jas: A shame it went to strokes but the way India attacked, in the end they completely deserved to win.

  191. 15:08 Medal alert WOMEN'S 4x400M RELAY  

    What a 10 minutes it's been for Indian sport because, at the athletics, India's women have won 4x400m relay gold. Nigeria won silver, with England taking bronze and Scotland coming sixth. A brilliant final leg from Mandeep Kaur helped India to gold and England's Nadine Okyere was similarly impressive to earn England bronze. "I've never ever heard noise like that in an athletics stadium," says BBC commentator Steve Cram.

  192. Twitter  

    From Anthony Gamble: England were protesting because India's fourth stroke was illegal. It involved a double movement! Should have been re-taken.

  193. BBC Sport's Martin Gough
    Contributor BBC Sport's Martin Gough  

    At the hockey: The crowd are ecstatic here as India do their lap of honour, as if they've won the title. Goalie Bharat Chetri is lifted off the field. Respectful applause for England after a brave display, as they take a lap too.

  194. BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce
    Contributor BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce  

    On Twitter: The best moment of the Games so far - India's 4x400m team winning a sensational gold. Quite an incredible noise, as loud as you've ever heard at athletics.

  195. 15:17 Commentary  

    I will probably remember 1500 BST on Tuesday, 12 October 2010 for all time. Not all the sport at the 2010 Commonwealth Games has been of the highest standard. Some of it has been rather depressingly far from it. But the twin spectacles of the England-India hockey and that Indian 4x400m win were simply awesome, in the original sense of the word.

    I've had so much correspondence from you that I can't possibly publish all of it. But it's heartening to know you enjoyed that as much as I did. Onward. Badminton news incoming...

  196. 15:20 Badminton  

    Facing a partisan crowd and 16-12 down in the decider, it didn’t look good for Rajiv Ouseph, but the English number two seed has hauled himself through to the final of the badminton. He clinched the final game 21-18 to win against India’s Parupalli Kashyap.

    There. Some consolation for downcast England fans.

  197. 15:21 Athletics  

    Coming up in the athletics is the men's 4x400m relay, which stars Wales and England. That'll be the last track event of the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

  198. 15:25 Hockey  

    For all those asking, there will be a full hockey review on the red button if you're in the UK from 1715 BST, according to my schedule. (May not apply to Freeview users, please check.)

  199. SMS  

    From Zoe: England should keep their heads held high, as taking India to strokes in the hockey semi-final - after India's mental attack in the end - takes some doing!

  200. Twitter  

    From Satvir Singh Litt: I am over the moon after the hockey, here in a small village in Punjab. Loud noises here as well, matching those in Delhi.

  201. 15:30 Medal alert WOMEN'S POLE VAULT  

    The men's 4x400m relay has just started. To bring you up to date, Australia's Alana Boyd won the pole vault gold having reached 4.40m, with Cyprus's Marianna Zachariadi taking silver and England's Kate Dennison winning bronze along with Canada's Carly Dockendorf and Kelsie Hendry.

  202. 15:32 England Kate Dennison, pole vault bronze medallist:  

    "I enjoyed myself out there and have to take the good things from it. I need to take some time off then it's back to the heavy grind and I'll make some changes to my technique."

  203. 15:34 Medal alert MEN'S 4x400M RELAY  

    Australian sprinter Sean Wroe leads his country home to men's 4x400m gold, rounding off the track medals in Delhi. Kenya come second and England take bronze.

  204. Contributor BBC Sport's Ben Moore  

    England's Paul Drinkhall and Jo Parker are worthy, happy and popular winners of the bronze in the mixed doubles table tennis. They beat the Aussie pair 3-1 in a fast-paced, nail-biting game that the crowd loved. Perhaps not as satisfying as beating the all-conquering Singaporeans, I'll warrant, but another fantastic result for England's table tennis contingent - who were all cheering their team-mates on from the stands.

    Perhaps another medal on Wednesday as Baggaley and Pitchford appear in the men's doubles semis. Parker and Drinkhall are now being mobbed by the Indian crowd after the most entertaining match of the day.

  205. 15:40 Badminton  

    More badminton. England's Jenny Wallwork and Gabby White have lost in the women's doubles semi 21-19 21-13 to number one seeds Shinta Mulia Sari and Lei Yao of Singapore. England’s Anthony Clark and Nathan Robertson against Chayut Triyachart and Zi Liang Dere Wong of Singapore in the men's doubles now. and the English duo have just won the first game 21-10. Scotland’s Susan Egelstaff will be on court later.

  206. 15:43 Badminton  

    A couple of people have asked me to mention the controversial final point Rajiv Ouseph won in his badminton clash (see 15:02 entry). Here's the latest from the BBC's Colin Hazelden at the venue: "The line call that helped Rajiv to victory here went down very badly with the crowd. But he says it was in. And who are we to disbelieve him?"

  207. Twitter  

    From Raj Karthik: Being an ardent follower of English football, like so many in India, you just know England will invariably go out on penalties...

  208. 15:48 Alert What's been happening  

    I feel like I should offer you a recap of the last few hours, but I don't really know where to begin. The big news is that India beat England on penalties in the men's hockey after a 3-3 draw which will go down as one of the great hockey matches, while England's 4x100m relay teams - both the men and the women - roared to gold on the Delhi track, with Mark Lewis-Francis producing a truly sensational last leg to win the men's gold for England.

    India took women's 4x400m gold to raise the roof a little later while, elsewhere, England's badminton team have been performing miracles in their semi-finals, and New Zealand came from behind to defeat Australia for rugby seven gold, but England missed a bronze medal as they lost to South Africa.

  209. 15:56 Medal alert TEAM RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS  

    Australia have won the team rhythmic gymnastics gold medal, with Canada picking up silver - pretty much as expected - and England have taken the bronze, which you may not necessarily have been expecting. British gymnasts don't, as yet, have the strongest of reputations in rhythmic gymnastics, but the English team of Rachel Ennis, Francesca Fox and Lynne Hutchinson have done enough to earn a medal in Delhi.

  210. 15:58 Medal alert MEN'S TRIPLE JUMP  

    Catching up on the athletics we missed while the men's hockey reached a climax, I can confirm Nigeria's English-born triple jumper Tosin Oke has won Commonwealth gold, with a leap of 17.16m. Cameroon's Lucien Schlick took silver, and India's Renjith Maheswary won bronze.

  211. Twitter  

    From Poorva Nanawati: It's a (great) revelation that Indian crowds can cheer as loudly for a relay race as for cricket!

  212. 16:01 Hockey  

    Five minutes left in the first half at the play-off between Malaysia and Canada for seventh and eighth place in the men's hockey. Canada are leading 2-1.

  213. 16:06 Badminton  

    Badminton news: England's Anthony Clark and Nathan Robertson, who looked so in control, have been taken into a third game as Singapore's Chayut Triyachart and Zi Liang Dere Wong win the second 21-17. A worrying loss of momentum, although - given Robertson's schedule (six matches in the last 48 hours) - perhaps that is understandable.

  214. 16:09 Breaking news Acrimony over England-India shoot-out  

    England's men's hockey team are not impressed by the umpires in their defeat by India. This was alluded to in one or two texts and tweets earlier - if you watch Arjun Halappa's penalty, India's fourth, that's the one England say was against the rules and should have been disallowed.

    "The way he dragged the ball for five yards, it seeemed the rule had been changed," is the verdict of England's Richard Alexander. "It was unbelievable. It was up to the umpires to stand up and take a call. We are pretty annoyed that there is no video technology. That one goal changed the game. We invested our lives into the game and then to lose like this really hurts."

  215. 16:13 India Indian hockey coach Jose Brasa:  

    "Arjun Halappa was within the rules. He had his feet firmly on the ground, the rule is broken only if you move your feet while taking the shot."

  216. 16:17 Breaking news 100m winner's B sample fails  

    We can confirm that Nigeria's Damola Osayemi has been stripped of her women's 100m gold medal, after her 'B' sample confirmed a positive finding for the banned substance Methylhexaneamine. The gold medal now goes to Natasha Mayers of St Vincent and the Grenadines - who has, since finishing the race, at various times now held bronze, silver and gold - while England's Katherine Endacott is promoted to the silver medal.

    A mess.

  217. Twitter  

    From Suraj: The English team's reason for losing is bordering on "My dog ate my homework". They played superbly, can't they be more gracious?

  218. 16:29 Alert What you can watch  

    So, what's left to come from Delhi? The mixed doubles semi-finals are being played out in the squash, with Malaysia taking on New Zealand in one and the other being an all-Australian affair.

    At the table tennis, the last match is between two Singaporean pairs for mixed doubles gold - remember England's Paul Drinkhall and Jo Parker won bronze a little earlier.

    And at the badminton, England's Nathan Robertson and Anthony Clark have finally subdued Singapore duo Chayut Triyachart and Zi Liang Dere Wong, winning 21-10 17-21 21-14 to make their way into Thursday's men's doubles final.

    The remaining badminton sees the other men's doubles semi, between Singapore and Malaysia, conclude before Scotland's Susan Egelstaff takes on India's Saina Newhal in their women's singles semi-final.

    And that'll be your lot! All of the above is available for you to watch live online, using our video player, if you're in the UK. A steady, quiet end to a heart-stopping day of action. Glad we're all still here. It was touch and go.

  219. 16:30 Hockey  

    And, though I suspect you may not, I'm in the privileged position of having live pictures from the men's hockey play-off for seventh and eighth place, where it's Canada 2-2 Malaysia with 22 minutes left.

  220. SMS  

    From Duncan H in Glasgow: Natasha Mayers, coming to a pub quiz near you! "Who was awarded the bronze, silver & gold medals in a race at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi?" You know it will be a question!

  221. 16:35 Medal alert TABLE TENNIS MIXED DOUBLES  

    Second seeds Yang Zi and Wang Yuegu, of Singapore, have beaten favourites and compatriots Gao Ning and Feng Tianwen in straight sets for table tennis mixed doubles gold. England's Paul Drinkhall and Jo Parker won bronze earlier.

  222. Contributor BBC Sport's Colin Hazelden  

    At the badminton: Nathan Robertson's schedule’s been mad - four matches yesterday, two today. But he's a happy, happy man. He'll have a rest tomorrow and then has two shots at gold on Thursday.

  223. 16:39 Badminton  

    And Robertson, alongside Anthony Clark, will face Malaysian top seeds Tan Boon Heong and Koo Kien Keat in the men's doubles final on Thursday. The Malaysians made short work of Singapore's Hendri Saputra and Hendra Wijaya, winning 21-11 21-8.

  224. 16:42 England England hockey captain Barry Middleton:  

    "We work very hard for these tournaments and we give up jobs for it and we come here to win medals. Little things like that (the penalty flick decision, see 16:09 entry) don't help us. We had our chance to win but a couple of big ones went against us. We're very disappointed and emotional. But we've got to get on with it now because there is still a medal to be won. We didn't win one four years ago and we want to go one better this time."

  225. 16:45 Badminton  

    At the badminton, Scotland's Susan Egelstaff is now playing India's Saina Newhal for a place in the women's singles final. As I write, it's 8-7 to Newhal in the opening game.

  226. SMS  

    From Snehal: What a great leveller these Games are. Remember yesterday's boxing match between India and England? The English and Indian contingent have added the best spice to these Games.

  227. 16:49 England England hockey head coach Jason Lee:  

    "I don't think much went wrong. There was lot of quality out there today. The guys have shown immense passion and commitment to the cause and that's why they get frustrated when things get unfair."

  228. 16:55 Hockey  

    Canada against Malaysia, the battle for seventh place in the men's hockey, is going into golden goal with the sides locked at 2-2. The crowd isn't quite the raging torrent of Indian fervour we had a little earlier, but it's still not that bad at all.

  229. 16:58 Badminton  

    In the badminton women's singles, it was 8-8 at one stage - and I think the Scot may even have briefly been ahead at the start - but India's top seed Saina Newhal presses down the pedal and runs away with the first game 21-10 against Scotland's Susan Egelstaff.

  230. 17:03 Squash  

    New Zealand have beaten Malaysia to reach the mixed doubles final in Tuesday's penultimate squash action. Two Australian pairs will do battle for the remaining mixed doubles final slot.

  231. 17:07 Hockey  

    Canada's Jesse Watson slides the ball underneath the Malaysian goalkeeper following a penalty corner to claim seventh place in the Commonwealth men's hockey tournament for his country, the golden goal sealing a 3-2 victory.

  232. SMS  

    From Anon: Three cheers to the Indian 4x400 women's relay team. Phenomenal, mind-blowing to say the least. Should rush back home to watch this one. Keep it up girls!

  233. 17:12 Badminton  

    Despite a tremendous fight from Susan Egelstaff in the second game, a series of errors over the last few points sees the Scot beaten 21-10 21-17 by India's top seed Saina Newhal, who goes through to the badminton women's singles final.

  234. 17:18 Commentary  

    With one squash match ongoing - the all-Australian battle to reach the mixed doubles final - that just about wraps up Tuesday's action in Delhi. If you're in the UK some of the best bits are being shown on BBC One now, or you can tune in to BBC Two from 1900 BST, where I would recommend looking out for the rugby sevens, diving, hockey and 4x100m relays as the day's highlights on The Games Today.

    It's been a pleasure watching with you over the last few days. Enjoy the rest of the Games and, for more on all the Olympic sports - starting with the World Gymnastics in Rotterdam, beginning this weekend - you can follow me on Twitter. Cheers!

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Medals table

Countries G S B Total
1 Australia 74 55 48 177
2 India 38 27 36 101
3 England 37 60 46 143
4 Canada 26 17 33 76
5 South Africa 12 11 10 33

see also
Commonwealth Games photos
12 Oct 10 |  Commonwealth Games
India beat England to reach final
12 Oct 10 |  Commonwealth Games
Second Nigerian fails drugs test
12 Oct 10 |  Commonwealth Games
Daley and Brick win diving gold
12 Oct 10 |  Commonwealth Games
Scotland win two shooting golds
12 Oct 10 |  Commonwealth Games

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