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Team Scotland smashes medals record at Commonwealth Games

Team Scotland has smashed its previous medals record with five days of the Commonwealth Games still to go. The host nation broke its previous record when the men's gymnastics team won silver at the Hydro this afternoon.

Scotland's silver medal winning men's gymnastics team.
Scotland's silver medal winning men's gymnastics team. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Scotland's success took their medal haul to 34, surpassing the 33 won at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh in 1986. Later Jen McIntosh took silver in the women's 50 metres rifle shooting at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre in Carnoustie, Angus.

McIntosh, 23, was thrilled with her performance which makes her Scotland's most successful female Commonwealth Games competitor with five medals, having also won three in Delhi four years ago. It also took her past mother Shirley, who won four shooting medals in 1994 and 1998.

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Another royal photobomb as William surprises Hoy

The Duke of Cambridge has become the latest royal to photobomb at the Commonwealth Games after stepping behind a picture of former cyclist Sir Chris Hoy.

The Queen appeared in the background as the Australian hockey team posed for a photo, while Prince Harry was snapped with his thumbs up behind New Zealand rugby officials yesterday.

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Royals joined by Bolt on tour of athletes' village

Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were joined by Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt as they toured the athletes' village in Glasgow.

Hundreds gathered to catch a glimpse of the royal trio who were seen speakingwith Usain Bolt.

After trying his hand at boxing and playing five-aside football with his brother earlier today, Prince Harry opted for a more relaxing activity of playing video games at the village.

Prince Harry was greeted by children and athletes in the village.
Prince Harry was greeted by children and athletes in the village. Credit: PA
Usain Bolt met up with the royal trio on their tour of the village in Glasgow.
Usain Bolt met up with the royal trio on their tour of the village in Glasgow. Credit: PA
Prince Harry played video games in the athletes' village.
Prince Harry played video games in the athletes' village. Credit: ITN

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Scotland's 'medal avalanche inspiring the nation'

Alex Salmond has hailed Team Scotland's "medal avalanche" at the Commonwealth Games, claiming it is inspiring the whole nation.

Alex Salmond joined the Queen to greet athletes on the first day of the Commonwealth Games on Thursday.
Alex Salmond joined the Queen to greet athletes on the first day of the Commonwealth Games on Thursday. Credit: PA

Scottish athletes have already won 34 medals at the halfway point of the 11-day competition - turning Glasgow 2014 into a recording-breaking year for the hosts.

Describing the medal haul as "phenomenal", Salmond said: "This fantastic achievement is testament to the hard work of the Team Scotland athletes, coaches and support staff, and their preparation and dedication is inspiring the whole nation.

"With half of the Games still to go it is very likely that Scotland's medal avalanche will continue," he added.

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Usain Bolt meets William, Kate and Harry at Games

Usain Bolt has met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The six-time Olympic champion, who received a bagpipe welcome upon his arrival in Glasgow, tweeted that he was "meeting with royals".

Bolt may have been discussing his preparation for the men's 4X100 relay on Friday with the royals.

Prince Harry and the Duke of Cambridge earlier showed off their football skills while meeting young people at a leisure centre on their second day in Glasgow.

The Duchess of Cambridge revealed that Prince George loves swimming at a separate engagement this morning.

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Team England win Commonwealth gymnastics gold

Team England have won gold in the men's gymnastics team final at the Commonwealth Games.

Team England win gold in gymnastics event.
Team England win gold in gymnastics event. Credit: PA

Louis Smith, Max Whitlock, Nile Wilson, Sam Oldham and Kristian Thomas helped scored 266.804 over two days to secure England's first team competition final since 2002.

The team had to cope without Oldham in the final stages after he suffered an ankle injury following a fall from the vault.

Scotland are poised to land silver in the event - their first ever team gymnastics medal.

The result will be confirmed after this evening's final session.

Fans who miss Games due to transport offered refunds

Sports fans who miss the Commonwealth Games sessions due to public transports delays can apply for a refund, organisers have said.

Crowds queue to get into Hampden Park at the weekend.
Crowds queue to get into Hampden Park at the weekend. Credit: PA

Applications, which should be made by email, will be considered on a "case-by-case" basis.

The policy will apply to people who experienced delays at Hampden Park, causing them to miss the start of the athletics on Sunday.

Spectators seeking a refund are being asked to hold on to their tickets and email contactus@glasgow2014.com if requesting a refund.

A Glasgow 2012 spokeswoman said no refunds would be issued at ticket offices or venues.

Duchess: Prince George loves the water

The Duchess of Cambridge has told former world and Commonwealth champion swimmer, James Hickman, young Prince George is already a fan of swimming.

The young Prince, who celebrated his first birthday recently, is already a fan of the water, his mother says.
The young Prince, who celebrated his first birthday recently, is already a fan of the water, his mother says. Credit: PA

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The sportsman from Manchester met Kate at a SportsAid charity meeting this morning, where he asked her if she had taken her son swimming yet.

The 38-year-old said: "She's been swimming with him. She said he loves the water and he grabs things to splash with.

"So, maybe he could be the next royal to take part in the Olympics, and if he was in swimming that would be incredible," he added.

While Kate was at the SportsAid reception earlier today, the Duke of Cambridge and his brother Prince Harry played a game of five-a-side football with young coaches.

Kate and William arrive to watch athletics action

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived at Hampden Park to watch athletics on day six of the Commonwealth Games.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive to watch the Athletics at Hampden Park, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive to watch the Athletics at Hampden Park, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Credit: PA
The Duchess cheers as she watched the athletics in Glasgow.
The Duchess cheers as she watched the athletics in Glasgow. Credit: PA
The couple are watching the athletics on day two of their visit to Glasgow.
The couple are watching the athletics on day two of their visit to Glasgow. Credit: PA

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