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Greg Rutherford's 'relief' after Commonwealth glory

English long jumper Greg Rutherford, who was hailed a "true champion" after claiming gold in the Commonwealth Games yesterday, says his victory was a "great feeling" and a "huge relief".

Rutherford, who overcame career-threatening injury problems after his Olympic glory two years ago, said: "For me to go out there and it all to go well again is a great feeling."

"The initial response for me was relief more than anything else."

Watch the jump which secured the English athlete gold

"I was very, very lucky, the crowd got entirely behind us. Even the Scottish fans were getting completely behind us. It's nice to interact and share the experience with those guys." he added.

Read: Paralympic hero David Weir hoping for more gold in Glasgow

Emma Pooley takes silver for England in road cycling

The London-born rider announced on Tuesday she will retire from cycling after Sunday's team road race at the Commonwealth Games.
The London-born rider announced on Tuesday she will retire from cycling after Sunday's team road race at the Commonwealth Games. Credit: PA

British Olympic silver medalist Emma Pooley has won Commonwealth silver for England in the women's 30km time-trial.

The London-born rider announced on Tuesday she will retire from cycling after Sunday's team road race at the Commonwealth Games.

The 31-year-old will concentrate on triathlon and running in the future.

Pooley led the way for some of the race, but New Zealand's Linda Villumsen dug deep in the final stages to take gold.

Read: Paralympic hero David Weir hoping for more gold in Glasgow

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Glasgow 2014 official: Bolt row doesn't damage Games

Commonwealth Games officials have insisted comments reportedly made about the event by Usain Bolt have not damaged Glasgow 2014.

Bolt was reported to have said the "Olympics were better".
Bolt was reported to have said the "Olympics were better". Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Games Federation chief executive Mike Hooper said that the games have gone "fantastically" and have not suffered from the comments "in any way".

Bolt was quick to declare the Games as "awesome" yesterday, just 24 hours after the Times claimed he had called them "a bit s***".

Mr Bolt made his position very, very clear yesterday. I don't believe it's in any way damaged the Games. This is a fantastic event, it has gone fantastically.

The man has made his position very clear. As far as we're concerned that's the end of the matter.

– Mike Hooper, Games Federation chief executive

Famous faces tweet support after Bolt 's***' claims

Famous faces have taken to Twitter to share their support for Usain Bolt, following recent allegations that he called the commonwealth Games "a bit s***".

Former English footballer Gary Lineker and TV presenter Piers Morgan tweeted today:

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One thing's for sure, @usainbolt is the biggest star at the Commonwealth Games and deserves a bit more respect. Good of him to appear.

The Jamaican sprinter has said the claims were "nonsense".

Read: Security staff 'sacked for taking selfie' with Usain Bolt

Security staff 'sacked for taking selfie' with Usain Bolt

Two Commonwealth Games security guards have been sacked after taking "selfies" with the world's fastest man Usain Bolt, the Evening Standard has reported.

Jamaica's Usain Bolt watches the netball match between Jamaica and New Zealand at the SECC, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Jamaica's Usain Bolt watches the netball match between Jamaica and New Zealand at the SECC, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Credit: PA

Security guards approached the Jamaican sprinter for a photograph earlier this week while he was training at a venue known as Lesser Hampden, it was claimed.

One volunteer from Hampden Park told the paper: “The [supervisor] was saying we shouldn’t be doing that with our mobile phones."

“Everyone was taking photographs of him but these two guys got punted [sacked].”

The sports star is not believed to have played any role in the guards' dismissal.

Commonwealth Games staff were not immediately available when ITV News sought a response to the claims.

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Louis Smith and David Weir among medal hopes today

British stars in action at the Commonwealth Games today include:

  • 09:00: England play Canada for place in the men's hockey semi-final
  • 16:30: Gymnast Louis Smith, pommelhorse
  • 19:35: Paralympic champions David 'Weirwolf' Weir, 1500m T54
  • 20:25: Scotland's Eilidh Child in 400m hurdles final
David Weir won four gold medals at London 2012.
David Weir won four gold medals at London 2012. Credit: PA

Watch the jump which won Greg Rutherford gold

Greg Rutherford has been hailed as a true champion after following up his London 2012 gold with another winning performance in the men's long jump at the Commonwealth Games.

Watch the jump which went on to secure the English athlete the gold:

Man held after brawl at Athletes' Village

A man was detained in the early hours of this morning after a brawl broke out at the Athletes' Village of the Commonwealth Games, officers from Police Scotland have confirmed.

A 30-year-old man was being being held in police custody after officers were called to the village at 6am. The nationality of the man, who was staying at the site in Glasgow's east end, is not yet known.

Officers attended the scene in Dalmarnock, where 6,500 athletes are staying during the Games, after receiving reports of a disturbance

'Is this life?!?': England divers in shock at golden win

England's Alicia Blagg has tweeted a photo of her shock after she claimed a gold alongside Rebecca Gallantree in the 3m synchro diving at the Commonwealth Games.

Rebecca Gallantree and Alicia Blagg
Rebecca Gallantree, 29, (left) and Alicia Blagg, 17, snatched gold with their final synchronised jump. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

The victory came after England's Jack Laugher also won gold in the pool in the 1m springboard.

Jack Laugher
Jack Laugher was the standout performer in his discipline at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
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