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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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William and Harry show off their football skills

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry showed off their football skills at a leisure centre in Glasgow today.

The royals joined a group of youngsters to play a game of five-a-side football, where they were seen jostling each other for the ball.

Rating William and Harry's skills, one observer said: "They were saying they were rubbish but they're not too bad."

Watch: Prince Harry tries out boxing with young coaches

Prince Harry tries out boxing with young coaches

Prince Harry tried his hand at boxing in Glasgow today, as day six of the Commonwealth 2014 Games got underway.

The Prince - who later joined his brother the Duke of Cambridge in a game of five-a-side football - arrived at the Gorbals Leisure Centre to meet young people training.

Prince Harry was yesterday captured in a "royal photobomb" of a selfie taken by New Zealand officials.

Read: Gemili to use Commonwealth success as springboard

Gemili to use Commonwealth success as springboard

Adam Gemili has told ITV News he hopes to use his Commonwealth silver medal as a springboard to challenge the Jamaican and American sprinters at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

"The Jamaicans and the Americans have always been levels ahead of everyone and I think they still are.... but we are getting there eventually," the 100m silver-medallist said.

The 20-year-old admitted he was "overwhelmed by emotion" at winning his first major senior medal of his career in front of a raucous crowd at Hampden Park.

Watch the moment England's Adam Gemili won 100m silver

Nigerian weightlifting gold medallist fails drug test

Nigeria's weightlifting gold medallist Chika Amalaha has failed a drugs test at the Commonwealth Games.

The 16-year-old won her country's first gold medal of the Games on Friday.

Amalaha tested positive for traces of diuretics and maskings agents after providing an 'A' sample shortly after her win in the 53kg competition.

She has now been suspended and will have a 'B' sample test on July 30.

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