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Commonwealth Games ; Kent's Adam Gemili records fastest time in the men's 100m heats

Gemili after today's heat Credit: PA

Dartford's Adam Gemili recorded the fastest time in the men's 100m heats to qualify for Monday's semi-finals.

The 20-year-old won his race by a distance in 10.15 seconds, 0.10 secs slower than his personal best.

He is joined in the semis by compatriots Richard Kilty, who had a dead heat for second in his race, and fastest loser Harry Aikines-Aryeetey.

The Dartford 20 year old qualified fastest Credit: PA

Berkshire judo fighter wins gold

A judo fighter who trained in Berkshire has won gold in the women's under 70kg judo event.

Megan Fletcher trained hard at the Pinewood Judo Club in Wokingham and says her win is a great tribute to her coach, Don Werner, who died in December.

After badly injuring her nose in the semi-final, the 24-year-old battled on to win the final against New Zealand's Moira de Villiers.

Berkshire's Megan Fletcher after winning gold in the womens 70kg Judo Credit: EMPICS Sport/ PA Wire


Kent teen wins bronze despite last minute call-up

A teenager from Kent won a bronze medal in judo in the Glasgow games last night.

Jemima Yates-Brown from Tonbridge claimed a judo bronze medal in the women's 63kg category - despite only being called up to the squad on Tuesday.

Kent's Jemima Yeats -Brown (white) in her match with Szandra Szogedi of Ghana Credit: John Giles/ PA Wire

The 19-year-old was called upon to replace an injured teammate only two hours before the registration deadline but she still managed to secure a medal.

South's athletes limber up for Commonwealth Games

As the Commonwealth Games begin today, many athletes competing are based in the Meridian region.

The Games will take place in Glasgow until the 3rd August.

Dani King from Southampton will take part in the cycling Credit: PA
Adam Gemili from Dartford will run the 100m Credit: PA
Chris Mears from Reading hopes to do well in the diving competition Credit: PA


Athletes get ready for the Commonwealth Games

A number of athletes taking part in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, which starts today, are from the Meridian region.

They include:

  • Amber Hill, Shooting, Binfield in Berkshire
  • Adam Gemili, 100m, Dartford
  • Louise Damen, Marathon, Winchester
  • Steven Way, Marathon, Poole
  • Freya Jones, Javelin, Eastleigh
  • Grace Clements, Heptathlon, Dartford
  • Heather Oliver, Badminton, Eastbourne
  • Dani King, Cycling, Southampton
  • Chris Mears, Diving, Reading
  • Kelly Simm, Gymnastics, Fareham
  • England Hockey - includes men who play for East Grinstead and women from the Reading club
  • Caroline Kinnane, Judo, Aylesbury
  • Andrew Knapper, Lawn Bowls, Reading

Salisbury City FC has new owners

Salisbury City FC have announced they have new owners after taking legal action against former owner and boss Outail Touzar.

Mark Winter and four other directors are now the new collective owners.

They say their immediate objectives are to pay off outstanding debts and to try to secure reinstatement into the Conference South.

The five board members have already started the process of finding a new manager and putting together a squad to compete this season.

Olympic Windsurfer Bryony Shaw confident of success this season

Bryony Shaw in European Championship action in Cesme. Credit: Vincenzo Bagglione.

The Weymouth-based 2008 Olympic bronze medallist finished fourth – just three points from the medal places. Friday’s penultimate day of the 6-day competition had to be abandoned due to excessive wind speeds and big seas.

The world number two said she was frustrated not to have had the chance to better her standing heading into yesterday's final 10-sailor medal race, in which she also finished fourth. Overall she has been pleased with her speed on the course this week.

“I started well but a bad second day with a 20th and an OCS [starting penalty] dropped me out of the top three. With only one day of gold fleet racing since then after Wednesday’s lay day and yesterday’s abandonment, it was difficult to break back into the medal spots,” Shaw explained.

France’s Charline Picon successfully defended her European title, with Spain’s Marina Alabau Neira in second and Zofia Noceti-Klepacka of Poland taking bronze.

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