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  1. 04:03 Commentary  

    Florencio Avalos, one of the trapped Chilean miners, is on his way to the earth's surface deep in the Atacama desert. Odds that his first words uttered will be "has Mick Gault won his record-equalling 18th Commonwealth Games medal?"

  2. 04:13 Alert GOING FOR GAULT  

    While the world's media broadcast images as the 33 men, trapped some 600m under the San Jose mine for the past 68 days in northern Chile, are painstakingly brought to the surface, the Commonwealth Games continues into its penultimate day, offering a booty of 29 gold medals. And for shooter Mick Gault, Wednesday represents the opportunity to etch his name into history.

  3. 04:25 Shooting  

    For those of you unfamiliar with Mick Gault, he is a pistol shooter from Norfolk who won his 17th Commonwealth Games medal alongside compatriot Iqbal Ubhi in the standard pistol pairs on Tuesday, meaning he is one short of the record 18 medals won by Australian marksman Phillip Adams. Gault goes for gold at 0430 BST at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range.

  4. 04:38 Lawn bowls BOWLED OVER  

    Also in action early on day 10 in Delhi are the lawn bowlers. Northern Ireland's Gary Kelly is in the first semi-final in the men's singles while England's Sam Tolchard will play either Scotland's Paul Foster or Wales's Rob Weale. Meanwhile, in the women's singles semi-final play-offs, England's Natalie Melmore takes on Carol Difford of Wales while Scotland's Claire Johnson faces New Zealand's Val Smith in the women's singles in the semi-final play-offs.

  5. 04:45 Alert THE GOLD RUSH  

    Gold medals to be won on Wednesday: Boxing (10), road cycling (two), diving (two), ryhthmic gymnastics (one), hockey (one), lawn bowls (two), shooting (six), squash (three) and table tennis (two). In total, 29 bad boys.

  6. 04:54 Diving DALEY UPDATE  

    Tom Daley, who struck gold with partner Max Brick in the synchronised platform diving on Tuesday, is favourite to add the Commonwealth title to his growing list of achievements in the 10m platform event. The world champion faces competition from Australia's Matt Mitcham, while Brick is also in action in the individual competition. Qualification starts at about 0630 BST. Watching from his Devon home will be Daley's father Rob, 39, who is recovering from chemotherapy for a brain tumour. You can watch the documentary, The Diver and his Dad, which tells the family's moving story, on iPlayer.

  7. SMS  

    From Anon, Australia: "Already penultimate day. That was fast. Can we do this again sometime?"


    Possibly my favourite venue name, the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Swimming Stadium, in the whole Games is about to host the women's 3m springboard qualification, which you can watch on the website right now. In action for England is 13-year-old Alicia Brigg and Rebecca Gallantree while GraceReid represents Scotland.

  9. 05:10 Table tennis  

    Singapore are guaranteed a clean sweep of medals in the women's singles table tennis competition because all four semi-finalists are from the island at the tip of the Malay Peninsula. The first of the semis between Feng Tianwei and Sun Beibei is currently live on the website and red button. The men's doublessemi-finalsare slightly less Singapore-centric with English duo Andrew Baggeley and Liam Pitchford up against home favourites Sharath Kamal Achanta and Subhajit Saha. Australia take on Singapore in the second semi.

  10. 05:29 Cycling TUMMY TROUBLE  

    Like swimmers Fran Halsall and Rebecca Adlington, the curse of the stomach bug has struck cyclist Emma Pooley, who isbattling to be fit and healthy to contest the women's road race time trial gold at about 0600 BST. She faces competition from Northern Ireland's Wendy Houvenaghel, who won silver in the 3000m individual pursuit on the track, and New ZealandersAlison Shanks and Linda Villumsen, who finished third at the world championships in Geelong.

  11. 05:44 Scotland MEN'S CYCLING TIME TRIAL  

    Scotland's David Millar, who nabbed bronze in the road race, is among the favourites for the men's time trial gold at about 0830 BST. Competition once again comes in an Antipodean formin the shape ofNew Zealand's Gordon McCauley, who won bronze in 2006, and Australians Rohan Dennis and Luke Durbridge.

  12. 05:46 Lawn bowls BOWLED OVER PART II  

    England's 21-year-old bowler Natalie Melmore reachesthe semi-finals of the women's lawn bowls singles after a play-off victory over Wales's Carol Difford, winning the second set convincingly 13-1.

  13. 06:00 Boxing BOXING CLEVER  

    Seven days of boxing reaches its climax on Wednesday as an incredible 13 pugilists from the home nations contest 10 gold medals on offer. Five of those finals are all-British affairs while only two fights feature no boxer from the United Kingdom. First up is European champion Paddy Barnes of Northern Ireland, who faces defendingchampion Jafet Uutoni in thelight-flyweight final at about 1030 BST. “I want to take back my title. It is like my wife. I don’t want anyone to take my wife and if anyone tries to, I'll stop them," said the Namibian. Quite clearly in the mad as cheese category.


    Looks like England's hockey ladies have learned the words to Jerusalem after struggling at the very start of the Games. They line up against South Africa for the battle forthe bronze medal in front of a sparse crowd at the Dhyan Chand National Stadium.

  15. 06:13 Squash  

    Also on offer for your delectation right now is the all-Australian women's doubles squash bronze medal match betweenKasey Brown and Donna Urquhart and Lisa Camilleri and Amelia Pittock.The gold medal match features England's Jenny Duncalf and Laura Massaro, who face New Zealand duo Jaclyn Hawkes and Joelle King at about 1000 BST.

  16. 06:15 Hockey ENGLAND 1-0 SOUTH AFRICA  

    Georgie Twiggdeftly deflects a vicious cross across the Dpast South Africa'sgoalkeepertoopen England's accountin the13th minute.

  17. 06:24 Shooting  

    Heartbreak for sharp-shooter Mick Gault, who misses the opportunity to equal the all-time Commonwealth Games medal record. The 55-year-old, who has already won twomedals - a silver and bronze -in Delhi, finished fifth in the 25m standard pistol final on the last day of action at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range. That leaves him on 17 medals, one short of the 18 won by Australian shooter Phillip Adams.

  18. 06:31 Breaking news POSITIVE DRUGS TEST  

    For the third successive day we have a positive drugs test to report. An unnamed Indian athlete has tested positive for the banned steroid nandrolone. Commonwealth Games Federation president Mike Fennell says he is unsure whether the athlete has been notified of the result, hence the reason for not revealing their name.Two Nigeriansprintershave testedpositivefor the banned stimulant Methylhexaneamine, with Damola Osayemi stripped of her gold medal in the women's 100m. Hurdler Samuel Okon also tested positive.

  19. 06:39 Diving TOM DELHI ALERT  

    All three home divers in the women's 3m springboard competition, Rebecca Gallantree and 13-year-old Alicia Blagg, along with Scotland’s 14-year-old Grace Reid, reach the final at about 1130 BST. It's the turn of the men's platform divers now, available on the website and red button, which features world champion Tom Daley of England up against Olympic gold medallist Matt Mitcham of Australia. Ding - and indeed - dong.

  20. 06:42 Hockey HALF-TIME - ENGLAND 1-0 SOUTH AFRICA  

    Georgie Twigg's 13th-minute goal separates the two sides at the interval at the Dhyan Chand National Stadium.

  21. 06:45 Medal alert 25M STANDARD PISTOL SHOOTING  

    While Mick Gault missed out on medal number 18 in the 25m standard pistol final, Singapore's Gai Bin cleaned up to take the top spot on the podium.

  22. 06:47 Diving TOM DELHI UPDATE II  

    Tom Daley leads after two rounds in the men's platform qualification with 177.30 points ahead of Matt Mitcham. Max Brick is in fifth.

  23. 06:53 Cycling TIME TRIAL UPDATE  

    At the half-way point in the women's time trial, Canada's Tara Whitten leads from New Zealand's Linda Villumsen with England's Julia Shaw in third. World champion Emma Pooleyisquite clearlystrugglingas she recuperates from astomach bug, some 34 seconds slower than Whitten's time.If you are familiar with theLikely Lads, you'll know this time trialis nothing like whenTerryand Bobchallenge each other to a cross country raceon two wheels.

  24. 07:03 Lawn bowls BOWLED OVER PART III  

    The all-British semi-final play-off encounter beaten Rob Weale and Paul Foster goes the way ofWelshman Weale, who beats his Scottish opponent 16-13. Weale, who won bronze in 2002 and silver in 2006, has his sights on gold in Delhi and England's Sam Tolchard stands in his way of a second successive final appearance. The last-four match starts about 0800 BST.


    The Sun goes with the headline "Tom Delhi" to mark the 16-year-old's diving gold and reports Games ticket sales are nearing a million despite empty seats at many events. Daley is having treatment three times a day for a shoulder injury, according to The Star. Daley and diving partner Max Brick are pictured on the front of The Guardian, although columnist Frank Keating wonders how long the Games will continue as a sporting event. "The Cries Have It", says the Daily Record, as Scottish shooter Jen McIntosh was in tears after her second shooting gold. England's winning 100m relay team are hailed in The Mirror - 'Fab four answer critics in style'. And there is a call for video technology from England defender Richard Alexander in The Times after controversy over one of India's penalties in their men's hockey semi-final win.

  26. 07:12 Medal alert WOMEN'S TIME TRIAL CYCLING  

    Canada's Tara Whitten wins gold in a time of 38 minutes, 59.30 seconds, with New Zealand's Linda Villumsen finishing second and Julia Shaw of England taking bronze. Pre-race favourite and newly crowned world champion Emma Pooley finishes off the pace in ninth over the 40km course on the NOIDA Expressway, just outside the Indian capital. The men's race, featuring Scotland's David Millar, gets under way at about 0830 BST.

  27. 07:23 Medal alert ENGLAND WOMEN WIN HOCKEY BRONZE  

    Georgie Twigg's first-half goal is good enough to secure bronze for Englandafter completing a 1-0 win over South Africa.

  28. 07:30 Table tennis  

    Heartbreak for English duo Andrew Baggeley and Liam Pitchford, whoare knocked out ofthe men's doubles table tennis semi-final after losing 3-2 to India's Sharath Kamal Achanta and Subhajit Saha. "It was a 50-50 match, but we didn’t succeed and we lost the match unexpectedly,” said a dejected Baggeley. However, all is not lost for the English pair, who are still in contention for bronze at about 1200 BST.

  29. 07:39 Diving  

    Advantage Matt Mitcham in the battle for gold in the men's platform diving competition. The Olympic champion from Australia is top of the leaderboard at the half-way stage, with world champion Tom Daley of England in second place. However, judging by Daley's reaction, the Plymouth teenager doesn't look too perturbed with the final to come at 1300 BST, which will also feature gold medal-winning synchronised partner Max Brick. The Southampton-born diver currently lies in fifthplace.


    Swinging over to the Siri Fort Sports Complex, Alan Clyne and Harry Leitch face Australian pairing Cameron Pillay and Ryan Cuskelly in the bronze medal match at about 0800 BST. The gold medal match at 1300 BST features England's Nick Matthew and Adrian Grant against Australia's Stewart Boswell and David Palmer.

  31. 08:08 Alert DAY 10 HEADLINES  

    A third competitor tests positive for a banned substance, Georgie Twigg's first-half winner earns England's bronzein the women's hockey, England pistol shooterMick Gault misses out on equalling the record for the most medals won at a Commonwealth Games, England's Julia Shawtakes bronze in the women's cycling time trial, Tom Daley and Max Brick through to the 10m platform finalwhile three home nations divers through to women's 3m springboard final.

  32. BBC Sport's Martin Gough
    Contributor BBC Sport's Martin Gough At the women's cycling time trial final  

    From Twitter: "Gold at the sixth attempt these Games for Tara Whitten, after three bronze on track. Says she will focus on fewer events for 2012 Olympics."

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

    From Twitter: "Alex Danson now recovering after collapsing in the 45 degree heat following England's 1-0 win over SA in hockey bronze medal match."

  34. 08:32 Breaking news FAILED DRUGS TEST UPDATE  

    The Indian athlete who tested positive for a banned substance has been named. She is Rani Yadav, who finished sixth in the 20km, tested positive for norandrosterone and has been provisionally suspended ahead of a hearing later on Wednesday.

  35. 08:47 Hockey HOCKEY GOALFLASH  

    The women's hockey final is under way and inevitably Australia are 1-0 up against New Zealand. Jessica Arroldputs the defending champions in front in theninth minute from the first penalty corner of the game. Ominous - and there's still another hour to go...

  36. SMS  

    From Steve, Bury St Edmunds: "Best of luck to @alexdowsett in the men’s cycling time trial. He’s my wife’s cousin and will give David Millar a real test today."

    In the interests of BBC impartiality, best of luck is also available to all men's time trial competitors.

  37. 08:53 Commentary TWITTER UPDATE  

    From Tom Daley: "Update...came 2nd in the qualifiers today :) have the finals at 11.30ish UK time so hopefully will be able to step it up for the final :D"

  38. 09:03 Shooting  

    Shooter Mick Gault, who missed out on a record-equalling 18th Commonwealthmedal in the 25m standard pistol final, confirms the 2010 Games will be his last in an interview with BBC Sport's Matthew Pinsent. "I have achieved 17 medals which is still the highest ever infive Games (the record 18 were won in six by Australian shooter Phillip Adams) so I am still a record breaker. That's it, it is all over for Mick Gault the shooter." It was at that point the 55-year-old Englishman broke off to hold back the waterworks. Tremendous effort Mick,my metaphorical cap is doffed in your general direction.

  39. BBC Sport's Matthew Pinsent
    Contributor BBC Sport's Matthew Pinsent  

    "All about to kick off at the 50m range for the men's prone rifle final. It's only10 cartridges each for this medal round, where scores are carried over from the earlier stages. Jon Hammond from Scotland qualified in first, Matt Hallof Northern Ireland inthird, England's Mike Babb fourth, Scotland's Neil Stirton fifth and Northern Ireland's Gary Duff in sixth. This is going to be all over in a shot (sorry) but fingers crossed for medals."

  40. 09:18 Hockey WOMEN'S HOCKEY FINAL UPDATE  

    The second halfis under way and New Zealand still have an excellent opportunity of causing a huge upset against defending champions Australia. The Hockeyroos are 1-0up courtesy of a Jessica Arrold goal in the ninth minute.

  41. BBC Sport's Matthew Pinsent
    Contributor BBC Sport's Matthew Pinsent AT THE DR KARNI SINGHING SHOOTING RANGE  

    "After five shots in the 50m men's prone rifle final, it's Scotland's Jon Hammond in the lead from Australian Warren Potent. Scotland's NeilStirton in bronze medal position."

  42. SMS  

    From Anon: "Good luck to all the Northern Ireland boxers. Five from nine in finals. You have done us proud. Now go out and get gold."

    Paddy Barnes is the first Northern Irish boxer in action in the light-flyweight category, where he faces defending champion Jafet Uutoni at about 1030 BST.

  43. 09:31 Hockey WOMEN'S HOCKEY FINAL UPDATE  

    Sensational scenes at the Dhyan Chand National Stadium as Samantha Harrison equalises for New Zealand against Australia. It's 1-1 with 20 minutes to go - and newsof a Scottish medal reaches my desk...

  44. 09:33 Medal alert SHOOTING GOLD FOR SCOTLAND  

    Jon Hammond wins Scotland's seventh gold medal of the Games in the men's 50m prone rifle final, with Northern Ireland's Matt Hall claiming bronze.

  45. BBC World Service's Chris Mitchell
    Contributor BBC World Service's Chris Mitchell At the Dhyan Chand National Stadium  

    "Black Sticks equalise thanks to Sam Harrison and the Australian ABC Radio commentators behind me are rattled. Peter Walsh says the momentum is with New Zealand and all the players looks spent. Why are they playing the final in the midday sun?"

  46. 09:44 Commentary WOMEN'S HOCKEY FINAL UPDATE  

    Sensational scenes at the Dhyan Chand National Stadium as Ashleigh Nelson puts defending champions Australia 2-1 up against New Zealand following an almighty goalmouth scramble aftera penalty corner. Still, nine minutes to go for the Black Sticks to force this game into extra time. Not sure whether my ticker can take a penalty shoot-outon two successive days following England's semi-final men's defeat to India on Tuesday...


    Newly crowned 50m rifle prone gold medallist Jon Hammond: "I've had my fair share of rough finals over the years but delighted to get there. I knew I was shooting well and now it's just relief." Hammond picked up gold in the 50m rifle prone pairs alongside Neil Stirton.

  48. 09:56 Alert WOMEN'S HOCKEY FINAL DRAMA  

    Oh my giddy aunt - NEW ZEALAND HAVE EQUALISED AGAINST AUSTRALIA IN THE LAST MINUTE! As the clock ticks towards the final minute of the match, the Black Sticks convert a penalty corner through Clarissa Eshuis to send the match into extra time at 2-2. Delirious scenes - more drama than a gritty Terence Rattigan stage play.

  49. BBC World Service's Chris Mitchell
    Contributor BBC World Service's Chris Mitchell At the Dhyan Chand National Stadium  

    "High drama at the hockey, again! New Zealand get a goal in the last 10-seconds to take us into extra-time. The ABC's commentator Quentin Hull open-mouthed as the ball crosses the line. After India's win over England last night on penalties, this is turning out to be the place to be."

  50. 10:08 Cycling MEN'S TIME TRIAL UPDATE  

    Scotland's Evan Oliphant sets the time to beat on the Noida Expressway,clocking52 minutes 13.12seconds. Compatriot David Millar, the 2007 British time trial champion, is last man out. The 33-year-old grits his teeth as he pumps his legs around the highgear setting ashis campaign for gold begins. Meanwhile, a rumour has reached us thatTour of Spain green jersey winner Mark Cavendish is driving the Isle of Man team car. I wonderifhe'll put his foot down on the accelerator 100m from the finish line...

  51. BBC Sport's Martin Gough
    Contributor BBC Sport's Martin Gough At the men's cycling time trial  

    "Just seen David Millar, draped in wet towels before the off, looking a bit tense. Silver and bronze in the last fortnight - more today?"

  52. 10:17 Hockey WOMEN'S HOCKEY FINAL UPDATE  

    PENALTIES! No additional scores in 10 minutes of extra time means the women's hockey final finishes 2-2 after 80 minutes. Phenomenal penalty spot drama at the Dhyan Chand National Stadium for the second successive day, although the crowd atmosphere isn't quite as electric - or intimidating - as on Tuesday, when England lost out to hosts India in the men's semi-final.


    From former New Zealand fast bowler Iain O'Brien on Twitter: "Who's watching the hockey... C'mon Kiwi, make it a real bad day for Oz in India!!"

  54. 10:20 Hockey WOMEN'S HOCKEY FINAL UPDATE  

    So to clarify the shoot-out rules, each team has five penalty strokes. Australia to go first...

  55. 10:23 Hockey HOCKEY FINAL UPDATE  

    Gemma Glynn and Krystal Forgesson miss New Zealand's opening strokes to trail Australia 3-2 after four strokes.

  56. 10:27 Medal alert AUSTRALIA WIN WOMEN'S HOCKEY GOLD  

    Jessica Arrold, who netted Australia's opening goal, seals gold for the Hockeyroos with the most clinical penalty you are ever likely to see on a hockey field, sending her team-mates in green and gold into shrieking raptures. Shoulders visibly drop as the dejected Black Sticks lament their penalty-stroking woes. Tremendous entertainment once again.

  57. BBC Sport's Matthew Pinsent
    Contributor BBC Sport's Matthew Pinsent At the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range  

    "Two Englishmen, Clive Bramley and Richard Brickell, along with Drew Christie the Scot, are into the men's skeet final. Two clays from two directions in today's cross breeze. Cyprus (who knew??) have two shooters in the final six, with anAussie making up the final place in the group. I've just found myself sitting next to the competitors' drinks chest at the front of the seating and have just served the Aussie tohis sports drink. Oh no, the guilt! If they win it, I'll be to blame."


    Northern Ireland's Paddy Barnesis in the ring for the first of 10 boxing finals on Wednesday featuring no less than five all-British encounters. European champion Barnes is up against Namibia's defending champion Jafet Uutoni. It's 3-1 to Barnes after the first round. Promising start.

  59. 10:36 Cycling MEN'S TIME TRIAL UPDATE  

    At the half-way point in the men's time trial, Scotland's David Millar sets the best time - 20 minutes 59.59secs but there are plenty of other riders who have finished within 10 seconds.

  60. 10:39 Commentary  

    For all you 606 fiends, the website is open for contributions, so let's have your two-cents worth. Olympic bronze medallist Paddy Barnes is 5-4 up going into the final round of the light-flyweight final.

  61. 10:45 Medal alert BOXING GOLD FOR NORTHERN IRELAND  

    Paddy Barnes extends his lead to four points in the third round with a sumputuous left-hander to win Northern Ireland's first gold medal of the Commonwealth Games following an 8-4 win over Namibia's Jafet Uutoni. That's also the country's first top podium finish in the boxing ring since the 1994 Games in Victoria.

  62. 10:51 Medal alert CYCLING GOLD FOR SCOTLAND  

    Last man out David Millar powers through the 40km course on the Noida Expressway to win gold in the men's time trial after clockinga time of 47 minutes 18.66 secsonds. England's Alex Dowsett claims an impressive silver medal while Australia's Luke Durbridge completes the podium places.

  63. BBC World Service's Chris Mitchell
    Contributor BBC World Service's Chris Mitchell At the Dhyan Chand National Stadium  

    "Uncomfortable scenes after the gold medal match as the Kiwi captain, Kayla Sharland, breaks down in tears talking to TV New Zealand. She takes a moment to compose herself and resumes the interview. The Australians are almost apologetic in victory (most un-Aussie like!). Hockeyroo Jayde Taylor tells the BBC: ''it's probably the best and the worst way to win a game. All credit to New Zealand.'' What about playing in the midday sun? ''Why it couldn't have been played a little bit later, we're really unsure,''adds Taylor.


    Welsh teenager Sean McGoldrick is 6-5 up in the final round of the bantamweight final against Manju Wanniarachchi, who is fighting for Sri Lanka's first gold medal since Ansdale ‘Barney’ Henricus in 1938.

  65. 11:03 Medal alert SRI LANKA WIN BOXING GOLD  

    Heartbreak for Wales's Sean McGoldrick, who is narrowly beaten by Sri Lanka's Manju Wanniarachchi on countbacks following a 7-7 thriller after three rounds. The Sri Lankan boxer points to a higher power when the judges announce their decision before soaking in the adulation from his compatriots in the stands. That's Sri Lanka's first gold medal in 72 years at the Commonwealth Games.

  66. 11:13 Medal alert NEW ZEALAND WIN SQUASH GOLD  

    Jaclyn Hawkes and Joelle King go ballistic as they secure New Zealand's first ever squash gold medal after defeating England's Jenny Duncalf and Laura Massaro 11-9 11-10 in the women's double finals. It's a second silver for Jenny Duncalf, who lost to Malaysia's NicolDavid in the women's singles and the 24-year-old from Harrogate looks as if someone has spiked her sports beverage with bromide such is the dejection on her face. But King has just minutes to bask in her gold medal glory because she's back in action again for the final of the mixed doubles.

  67. BBC Sport's Matthew Pinsent
    Contributor BBC Sport's Matthew Pinsent At the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range  

    "Two-way shoot-off formen's skeet gold for between Richard Brickell of England And Georgios Achilleos of Cyprus. Meanwhile, it's a three-way shoot-off for bronze between Scotland's Drew Christie, Englland's Clive Bramley and Andreas Chasikos of Cyprus. The bronze is decided first."


    The first of five all-British bouts is under way at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium as England's Tom Stalker (in the red corner) faces up to Scotland's Josh Taylor (in blue) in the lightweight final. It's 2-2 after a tasty opening round.


    England's Richard Brickell holds off Cyprus's Georgios Achilleos to claim gold.

  70. 11:30 Medal alert ENGLAND WIN BOXING GOLD  

    England's Tom Stalker taps the left-side of his vest as he is announced the winner of his lightweight final against against Scotland's Josh Taylorafter dishing out a thorough11-3 win. Two golds in the matter of minutes for England.

  71. BBC Sport's Matthew Pinsent
    Contributor BBC Sport's Matthew Pinsent At the Dr Karni Shooting Range  

    "It takes six shots to sadly eliminate England's Clive Bramley from the bronze medal shoot-off and just two more for Scotland's Drew Christie to finish fourth, so Cyprus win bronze. Richard Brickell shoots first but misses the fifth clay, handing Georgios Achilleos the chance to win - but he misses and so it goes on. Groans and gasps from the crowd. Brickell's gold comes in the next two clays as the Cypriot misses one. I need a lie down."


    The English medal frenzy is also my cue to vacate my seat for the venerable Chris Whyatt to take over the duties for the penultimate day of action. Until Thursday morning, adios.

  73. 11:37 England I thank you Pranav...  

    Greetings all. Mini-masterclass that from Tom Stalker to take England's first boxing gold medal of these Games. The Salisbury Club in Liverpool will no doubt be immensely proud of him. So, 29 finals taking place all over Delhi today and all the home nations will be prospecting for gold at some point.

  74. BBC Sport's Matthew Pinsent
    Contributor BBC Sport's Matthew Pinsent  

    "Some quotes for you as skeet shooting gold medallist Richard Brickell tells us: "I thought I'd lost it there at the end but I just stayed with it and I'm delighted. This is the end of 18 months of work for me so I'd like to thanks all my coaches"."

  75. 11:43 Boxing Boxing welterweight final... touch gloves!  

    We're under way. In the red corner, England's Callum Smith (lanky and rangy, rich boxing pedigree). In the blue corner, Northern Ireland's Paddy Gallagher (tucking up, likes working the body). The first of three boxing head-to-heads between England and Northern Ireland. Different styles. Quick start.

  76. 11:49 Boxing C'mon ref...  

    Gallagher really having to perch on his toes to land any head shots. But he does. The Northern Irishman leading 4-1. We'reinto round two. Referee fails to spot a clean punch from Smith, and another. 5-2. Still a three point gap...

  77. 11:51 Boxing All square, three minutes to go...  

    It's tight, but Gallagher is tiring as Smith comes on strong. Five-all! This last round should be electric.

  78. 11:53 Boxing What a surge...  

    First blood Northern Ireland's Gallagher. 6-5. Pressure on Smith now. Clock ticking. This is tactical. Smith levels. 6-6. 90 seconds left. Flurry from Gallagher, he's pulling away. Shock on the cards. Extraordinary. 10-6 to the warrior-like Gallagher.

  79. 11:58 Medal alert It's Paddy's Day!  

    Two out of two for Northern Ireland's boxers, who are both called Paddy. Paddy Gallagher, at least five inches shorter than Callum Smith, takes gold in convincing fashion with an 11-6 victory. Smith, whose brother Stephen took a boxing gold at the last Commonwealth Games, never truly got going. Elated Gallagher celebrates with some dodgy acrobatics.

  80. BBC Sport's James Pearce
    Contributor BBC Sport's James Pearce  

    On Twitter: "Spectators in Delhi have been told that they will only be allowed to watch tomorrow's marathon in 3 locations due to tight security."

  81. SMS  

    From BBC Sport’s Ben Moore in Delhi at the table tennis: "The crowd are avidly watching England's mens doubles team Andrew Baggaley and Liam Pitchford warm us before they take on the Aussies for bronze. England have matched the players well as veteran Baggaley hastwo commonwealth golds and a silver from previous Games,while 17-year-old pitchford is energetic with a long reach. It’ll mean the world to them to take the medal."

    Slapped wristsfor me: in allthat excitement I chastised the referee for missing scoring shots in that Gallagher-Smith contest. I obviously meant the judges. Must also say, great achievement for Northern Ireland. And they can win more boxing golds...

  82. 12:14 Boxing Light heavyweight final is on...  

    Northern Ireland's Belfast bartender Thomas McCarthy [in red] versus Scotland's Callum Johnson [in blue]. Cagey opening round with no scoring punches, although there is some claret round McCarthy's nose. Judges again miss a big shot (which was from Johnson). Round two, here we go.

  83. 12:18 Alert JUDGES OPEN EYES...  

    ...and Callum Johnson, a shade smaller but with the strength of an ox, opens up a devastating 5-0 lead. Now 6-0. Tiring 19-year-old McCarthy nabs one back but islargely helpless. It's 6-1 going into round three. Surely a foregone conclusion.


    Tame final round but hard-punching Callum Johnson runs out a convincing 8-1 winner.The 25-year-old is ecstatic.Northern Irish hopes now turn to team captain Eamonn O'Kane, in the middleweight final, against England's Anthony Ogogo. I'll bring that to you at roughly 1500 BST.

  85. 12:31 Lawn bowls The beauty of the Commonwealth Games... that in the blink of an eye we can go from boxing to lawn bowls. The women's singles final is currently taking place. England's Natalie Melmore is slugging it out with New Zealand's Val Smith. Melmore took the first set, we're dead leavel in the second. So. Has anyone out there both boxed and lawn bowled?

  86. BBC Sport's Ollie Williams
    Contributor BBC Sport's Ollie Williams  

    "No medals for home nations divers in the women's 3m springboard final, which finished a moment ago. Australia's Sharleen Stratton took gold, with Canada's Jennifer Abel winning silver and another Aussie, Jaele Patrick, coming third. England's Rebecca Gallantree was fifth with 13-year-old team-mate Alicia Blagg 10th, and Scotland's Grace Reid came sixth."

    NB/ Ollie is not physically in Delhi, though mentally we all are. Sure it's the same for anyone gripped to the action.

  87. SMS  

    From Travis in Torquay: "Good luck to Natalie Melmore in the womens bowls final. One set up! The whole of Newton Abbot and Torquay are behind her! Come on Nat!"

    Melmore, I've discovered, is just 21. Quick update on some lawn bowls from earlier today: Northern Ireland's Gary Kelly had to settle for bronze play-off after losing his singles semi-final to Leif Selby of Australia.

  88. 12:48 Lawn bowls Closing in on gold...  

    Good news Devon and beyond. Melmore is close to clinching lawn bowls gold for England against her infinitely more experienced opponent from New Zealand. A volunteer skips across the grass as she is about to deliver. But she resets herself... and that's brilliant. One more shot and the handshake will come.

  89. 12:57 Medal alert Fat tears drip down Natalie Melmore's cheeks...  

    She's won the gold medal in the womens singles lawn bowls final for England. What a story. Melmore has come out of nowhere to beat one of the world's best. Comprehensive in the second set, 11-2. "I can't believe it," I can hear her laugh as she gets lost in a jungleof embraces from her family and team-mates. You'll be hearing more of this one, I've no doubt.

  90. 13:04 Diving Tom Daley is going for... going for... gold!  

    Diving final - men's 10m platform - is under way folks. Daley, bidding for double goldin Delhi, impressed in qualifying as hescored six perfect 10s to finish second behind Australia's Olympic champion Matthew Mitcham. But don't forget fellow Englishman Max Brick, who partnered Daley to synchro gold on Tuesday. Nice opening dive from him, landing a 73.5 score.

  91. 13:11 Alert Daley's first dive...  

    Twisting like a long piece of strawberry liqourice, he absolutely nailsit.One of his newer andmost tricky dives. It's scored at 93.6 points.

  92. 13:13 Squash From pools of water to beads of sweat...  

    Australia's Kasey Brown and Cameron Pilley have just won gold in the mixed doubles squash, beating New Zealand's Joelle King and Martin Knight in three sets.

  93. 13:18 England Aggggghhhhhhhh! Nightmare for...  

    English diver Max Brick. Second dive, but his right hand slips from his tucked-up knee on his 10m freefall descent into the water. Manages to recover, just, but that's scary. Points irrelevant there. Must recover from that, mentally. Pressure.

  94. 13:20 Diving Hmmmmmm.  

    Daley leaves the door ajar with a splashy 75 points dive. Australia's Mitcham nips through it to go top of the leaderboard with his second dive andtake a nine point lead from the Englishman...

  95. SMS  

    "Re 12:31 comment - never heard of lawn bowls/ boxing but there is a sport of chess-boxing. Alternating rounds of speed chess and boxing... Perhaps bowls-boxing for the next CG?"

  96. 13:26 Diving Men's 10m platform diving final continues...  

    Totally fearless these drivers. Here's Max Brick again. Much better with his third dive... 69.3 points.

  97. 13:32 Alert Tom Daley's third dive... perfect!  

    Wow. With a 3.2 difficulty rating. That's 10s right across the board. But. But, with ice in his veins, Australia's Matt Mitcham follows it up with something similiar. It's like the 2003 Rugby World Cup final this. And it's half-time. Mitcham still leads Daley by seven points. Three dives to go. Don't dare move a muscle.

  98. 13:39 Diving  

    Fourth dive for Max Brick, who is desperately trying to build [sorry] a bridge to the leading pack. Not bad. But Australia's Ethan Warren is edging him out though, while Bryan Lomas of Malaysia has just impressed the crowd with an inward 3-and-a-half in the pike position. His Chinese coaches will have helped him with that. He moves into third.

  99. 13:42 Diving DALEY vs MITCHAM - PART IV  

    Daley's fourth dive = 89.25. Mitcham's = 80.85. A gift! Daley goes top of the table by 0.7. I know, I know. But c'mon, come on out from behind the sofa...

  100. 13:47 Breaking news Daley going for double Delhi gold...  

    Just to clarify. Two dives left in the men's 10m platform diving final and Tom Daley is in the gold medal position, leading Australia's Olympic champion Matt Mitcham by just 0.7 points. What is the sound of nerves jangling?

  101. 13:50 Alert  

    Commonwealth 2010 chief Mike Fennell has been insisted that the Games are still relevant and that they canmaintain their place in the sporting calendar - despite the problems in Delhi, and the stay-away stars.

    Let's discuss that one. But only after the diving!....

  102. 13:53 Diving DALEY vs MITCHAM PART V  

    Daley. Go. Nice but not clean on his fifth dive [with a 3.3 difficulty rating]. He scores with nines. Mitcham, with a 3.6 difficulty dive, scores with eights. The Australian stays second and the Englishman edges nearly two points ahead! Remarkable stuff. We may not have Usain Boltin Delhi but these are world stars, no?

  103. 13:56 England SHOOTING GOLD FOR ENGLAND...  

    Yup, England's Parag Patel has won a shooting gold in the full bore singles. Didn't want to giveyou a fright with a medal alert graphic there as I'm saving that for you know what...

  104. SMS  

    From Shivani: "Re/ Mike Fennell: what does he mean "....despite problems in Delhi"? I think the games have been fabulous! This negativity simply cannot be encouraged. He needs to listen to what Lord Coe said about the real legacy of the Delhi games."

  105. 14:05 Medal alert DALEY vs MITCHAM: THE DECIDER  

    Super Daley, tricep taped, scores 95 with a3.3 difficulty rating dive.Here's Mitchum... 3.6 difficulty rating. He's... fluffed it! Australia's Olympic champion folds under pressure from England's world champion. GOLD FOR ENGLAND'S TOM DALEY.

  106. 14:05 Breaking news Is Tom Daley the best diver in the world...  

    I'm aware that some European footballers may want to question that, but it's well worth pondering because England's world champion has just beaten Australia's Olympic champion with a display rich in nerveless execution. Well done Tom.

  107. 14:14 England Diving gold medallist Tom Daley speaks...  

    "Today has been a complete whirlwind," Daley, showing no real sign of fatigue, tells BBC Sport as he dedicates the victory to his poorly father Rob [who isn't in Delhi]. "Coming second in qualification really gave me something to fight for in the final. We're so happy. Coming away with another gold from Delhi is just incredible. Also, coming back from an injury with only three to four weeks of 10m training, and being on the top of my game is brilliant. I know Matt Mitcham has been on top form."

  108. SMS  

    From Rick in London: "For me, that was the was the match of these Games. World champion taking on the Olympic champion in the 10m platform. What a show. WELL DONE TOM."

  109. SMS  

    From anonymous: "Excellent job done Tom. Well done. Can't believe people are still moaning about Delhi. India has done a great job. Well done India."

  110. SMS  

    From Lexi in London: "Don't think I can take any more nerves, my nails are completely destroyed!.... Might need to get back to work to relieve my blood pressure!"

  111. SMS  

    From Sam in St.Albans: "Also worth noting that Tom's points total would have won gold at the Olympics in Beijing."

    Yes, Daley scored 538.35 points compared to Mitcham's 509.15. None of you appear to be in any doubt that Daley - now proudly collecting his gold - is without equal.

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

    On Twitter: "Spicy old atmos in the Talkatora Indoor Stadium for this afternoon's boxing finals. More coming up in half-hour's time. Readying to rumble."

  113. 14:31 Squash Sportsmen looking like mad scientists...  

    Riot of colour at the squash, where England's Nick Matthew and Adrian Grant (clad all in red) have just won the first game of their gold medal match against Australia's David Palmer and Stewart Boswell (garish green and gold). Best of three. Players wearing protective visors. No dangerous chemicals in sight.

  114. 14:38 Alert Back with boxing...  

    Loads of home nations interest here in a flurry of finals. And right now? England's Bradley Saunders, a very well known name in boxing circles, is 4-1 down to India's Manoj Kumar in the light welterweight final after the first round. Kumar is a very slippery customer. Judges still slightly flakey though.

  115. 14:45 Boxing  

    Richie Woodhall, commentating for the BBC, is not happy with the judges - but it's a teak-tough round for a tiring Saunders and with one left he's trailing 8-1. Kumar - two years younger at 22 - is rock solid to my mind. Can't see Saunders delivering a hammer blow, but it's all or nothing. It's 9-1 now in the last and Kumar's even dropping his hands...


    No chance for Bradley Saunders. He was never in it. That passed in a flash. Hmmm. Will he be happy with silver? Next up is Northern Ireland’s Eamonn O’Kaneagainst England’s Anthony Ogogo. He's the former Big Brother contestant who stunned home favourite Vijender Singh in the semi-final by winning without landing a scoring punch.

  117. 14:52 Medal alert Badminton bronze for England...  

    In badminton! Liz Cann securesthird place in the women's singles event, beating Susan Egelstaff of Scotland [21-18 21-16].

  118. BBC Sport's James Pearce
    Contributor BBC Sport's James Pearce  

    On Twitter: "Just seen two Indian gold medals in the boxing. Incredible support. These Games have come so alive. A shame they have to end so soon."

  119. 15:03 Northern Ireland Heat is on. It's a home nations boxing final...  

    And first blood to Northern Ireland's team captain Eamonn O'Kane, who bounces on his toes like a kangeroo as he goes 2-0 up against Anthony Ogogo in the middleweight final. Chopping right hand gives the Englishman a point back. Round two beckons.

  120. SMS  

    From anonymous [guessing they are in Northern Ireland though]: "Gary Kelly secures bronze for NorthernIreland in the men's lawn bowls after beating Englands Sam Tolchard in a very tight game. Get in there!!!"

    Today is going swimmingly for Northern Ireland. Superb. Another quick update for you. This timein the squash: it's going to a decider in the mens's doubles final with Stewart Boswell and David Palmer of Australia winning the second game 11-6 against England's Nick Matthew and Adrian Grant.

  121. 15:08 Boxing O'Kane in cruise control...  

    He's 8-2 up going into the third and final round. Ogogo has no response to the Northern Irishman, whose craggy face holds an intimidating 1000-yard stare. Yes. It's 12-3 now, and a wee slice of history beckons as he picks off the Englishman...

  122. 15:13 Breaking news History for Northern Ireland...  

    As Eamonn O'Kane crushes Anthony Ogogo 16-4 in the middleweight final to make it three boxing gold medals for Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games - they have never done that before. Great acheivement. O'Kane mounts the hoardings and does a jig with his joyous family before planting a smacker on the TV camera lens in Delhi.

  123. 15:19 Northern Ireland Overjoyed Eamonn O'Kane speaks!  

    "So many emotions at the minute," he tells BBC Sport, sweat dripping from a brow containing not a single furrow. "'Namaste' as they say here! Thanks to everyone who's made me the boxer I am today. My wife and my child are my world. She said I’d get gold from the start." What a lovely chap. He was so disappointed not to 'medal' in Melbourne in 2006. That's quite moving.

  124. 15:23 Alert Drama at the squash  

    Australia's David Palmer has an elbow injury. Doctor has a look. He's going to continue. For now. Remember, it's the mens doubles final. One game all and England are 4-1 up in the decider. Seven minute delay that. Let's go...

  125. SMS  

    From anonymous: "Do you think ranking countries on the medal table on the number of gold medals won is a true reflection of the country's performance at a championships. How about a scoring system where you get 3 points for a gold 2 for a silver and 1 for a bronze?"

  126. 15:30 Squash This is bizarre...  

    Like a lame duck, David Palmer can't really hit the ball in this men's squash double final. He has zero power. Yet Australia fight on. England lead 8-3 in the decider but the atmosphere, squeeky soles aside, is incredibly quiet. Mood muted. Seriously subdued.

  127. 15:40 Medal alert BOXING GOLD FOR ENGLAND...  

    The Northern Irish boxing gold juggernaut is halted by Simon Vallily as he romps to victory over Steven Ward with a first round knock-down in the heavyweight final. Well done to the Middlesbrough man.

  128. 15:44 Breaking news ANOTHER GOLD FOR ENGLAND...  

    Seconds after Vallily's gold, England's Nick Matthew and Adrian Grant beat Australia's David Palmer and Stewart Boswell [11-9 6-11 11-5] in the men's doublesat the squash. Their cause was helped when Australia's David Palmer suffered an elbow injury early in the deciding game after a heavy fall.But that's Matthew's second gold after he won the men's singles. Small fracture for Palmer is being speculated on....

  129. SMS English bronze in table tennis...  

    From BBC Sport’s Ben Moore in Delhi: "As the saying goes here at the table tennis, if you can’t beat Singapore at least beat the Australians. That’s exactly what Andrew Baggaley and Liam Pitchford have done to take the bronze in the men’s doubles. They beat Henzell and Frank in a nail-biting match; 3-2. This is a huge moment for the pair, and especially for 17-year-old Pitchford who’s proved himself one to watch in the future with a long reach and ability to return even the most powerful smash with deadly accuracy. This win marks the end of a fantastic outing for a young England table tennis team in Delhi."

  130. SMS  

    From Griff in London: "Just for anon sms [before 1530 entry]. I am bored at work and re-ranked the medal table on your points system. The only difference in the top teams would be that NZ go up from 12th to 7th, and Wales go up a few places while the Samoans drop down. The rest of the top 20 stay the same, so it's not a bad system as it is..."

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

    "Cracking atmosphere at the Talkatora Stadium for a red-hot night of boxing finals. It's like an insane pantomime - deafening boos for any English fighter, roof-lifting roars for the Indian pugilists. Takes an age to get into the arena, but an absolute bear-pit when you're in. Chants of 'INDIA! INDIA!' ringing round. If only it had been like this at all the venues all fortnight."

    As Tom speaks, India's Paramjeet Samota gets to work on the body of Trinidad& Tobago's Tariq Abdul Haqq in the super heavyweight final. It's 5-0 to the Indian in the third. These guys are huge. And shattered.

  132. 16:05 Medal alert SHOOTING GOLDS DESERVE MORE PRAISE!  

    Just to clear this one up, I'm giving the brilliant achievements of our shooters from the home nations my own personal Mexican Wave right now. Honestly, all my colleagues are looking at me like I'm mad. Oh, and there's a medal alert graphic too. Didn't want to neglect the achievements of Scotland's Jon Hammond and England duo Richard Brickell and Parag Patel - who all won gold medals earlier.They are as worthy asPlymouth legend Tom Daley's headline-grabbing diving exploits. What now?

  133. 16:20 Lawn bowls What next. Lawn bowls of course...  

    Men's singles final. Wales vs Australia. Rob Weale dons the red dragon symbol on his polo shirt. He's one game up. Ahhh! Tie-breaker in the second. Stay with me on this one. Oh, and here's a great quote from the Welshmen yesterday: "It's frustrating. I have nobody here to cheer for me because all the other team members are either tired or have gone to visit the Taj Mahal."

  134. SMS  

    From anonymous: "Giving medals a points score is hard because it is too subjective. Is a gold worth twice as much as a silver, or 10 times? Impossible to agree on."

  135. SMS  

    Another anonymous texter [let me know your names and from where you are following the action!]: "Kinda agree re: ranking of countries, but would suggest it is weighted differently: gold 5 points, silver 2 points, bronze 1 point."

  136. 16:39 Wales Rob Weale takes lawn bowls GOLD. Yes, GOLD!  

    Delirium in the Welsh camp as Weale wins with full darkness wrapping its cloak over Delhi as the penultimate day of these Games really winds down now. Such joy as he already had bronze and silver in his collection. How sweet must that feel?

  137. Twitter  

    From TomDaley1994: "Wow. What an incredible couple of days - such a great feeling!"

  138. SMS  

    From Paul in Australia: "You can't give points to medals because it changes with each sport. Where you have, say, a hockey final then silver (getting to the final) is worth so much more than bronze. But in swimming or running you could lose out by only 1/100 of a second."

    Must say, accolades need dishing out for the tremendous debate going on regarding the worth of medals - and how, ultimately, the achievements of each nation can be best reflected in the medals table. For some, winning is everything. For others, there is a gradient of success...

  139. 17:05 Breaking news DAY 10 HEADLINES. ADOPT REFLECTIVE POSE...  

    Right. Live action is over now for day 10 of the breathless 2010 CWG in Delhi. So... bong, bong, bong... time for a quick recap.

    England's world champion Tom Daley thrillingly won the 10m platform diving title over Australia's Olympic champion Matthew Mitcham. David Millar won Scotland's first ever gold medal in a road cycling event at the Commonwealths as he took the time trial title. Paddy Barnes led Northern Ireland to their finest-ever performance in the Commonwealth boxing ring as they won three titles today. A host of home nations shooters emerged victorious on the final day of their competitions. And there is so much more to digest from the penultimate day of a Games which, in spite of all its early troubles, is now being quietly described as a real success...

  140. 606  

    From AussieinExile: "I have been only once to India and enjoyed it. I really like the fact they've been able to get sports facilities and encourage Indians (men and women) in sports other than cricket andhockey. I hope with all the facilities built that it can be a stepping stone for hosting the Olympics in South Asia. Having seen several CWG, the teething problems are really small and too many people have made too much out of what has been wonderful Games. I am sure it will be held in good stead when bidding for the 2020 summer games. Everything starts with small steps..."

  141. SMS  

    From Nickin London: "What’s occurring? Wales up to 14th in medals table after gold in lawn bowls! Who still needs to allocate points per medal! Rankings much more reflective of overall achievement now - Wales really was the only anomaly - although I’m assuming Samoa’s three gold medals are all in the same event?"

  142. BBC Sport's James Pearce
    Contributor BBC Sport's James Pearce  

    On Twitter: "India's latest boxing gold medallist. Boxing one of big successes of these Games"

  143. 17:30 Alert Last day in Delhi beckons in around nine hours...  

    Reluctantly - almost kicking and screaming - I'm going to have to love you and leave you. Must say, this Commonwealth Games is serious fun. But Pranav Sonejiis doing the final day plate-spinning from the early hours (roughly 0330 BST) before I guide you through the closing ceremony later on tomorrow. Ciao all.

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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
Daley dives to Commonwealth title
13 Oct 10 |  Commonwealth Games
Shooters take Commonwealth golds
13 Oct 10 |  Commonwealth Games
Indian athlete fails drugs test
13 Oct 10 |  Commonwealth Games
Scot Millar wins time trial gold
13 Oct 10 |  Commonwealth Games
Aussies win as England take third
13 Oct 10 |  Commonwealth Games
Retiring Gault's record bid fails
13 Oct 10 |  Commonwealth Games

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