Huntingdon duo help team to Commonwealth Games gold in Glasgow

England's Louis Smith performs on the parallel bars in the Team Final and individual qualification a

England's Louis Smith performs on the parallel bars in the Team Final and individual qualification at the SSE Hydro, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. PICTURE: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

Huntingdon Gymnastics Club members Louis Smith and Sam Oldham helped England take gold in the Men’s Team Final yesterday (Tuesday), in what’s been a mixed Commonwealth Games for the eight Hunts athletes in Glasgow.

England finished with a total of 266.804 points to finish clear of a Scotland team featuring Daniel Keatings, who scored 257.603 points to take silver. Victory came at a price, with Oldham suffering a serious ankle injury.

Another Huntingdon gymnast, Cameron Mackenzie, represented South Africa who came eighth.

Fellow club member Luke Carson, competing for Northern Ireland, was disappointed with his performance after he fell off the pommel.

The finals of the gymnastics individual events begin today (Wednesday).


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In the netball competition, Rachel Dunn and England are in a good position to make the semi-finals on Saturday.

They beat Wales, South Africa and Trinidad and Tobago, while they narrowly lost to Australia. They go into their final pool game against Barbados this evening (July 30) second behind Australia. The top two from the pool will progress to the semi-finals.

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Former Huntingdon Athletics Club member Jonathan Edwards failed to qualify for the final of the men’s hammer. Edwards, who represented Wales, recorded a best throw of 63.66m to leave him 2.6 metres short of making the final.

In the women’s fours in the Lawn Bowls, an England team containing St Neots bowler Ellen Falkner were knocked out in the quarter-finals by eventual winners South Africa on Saturday (July 26).

In the triples competition, Falkner and England won their opening game before losing to Papua New Guinea, leaving them needing a win over Scotland in their final group game this morning (Wednesday) to make the quarter-finals.

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