A total of 22 gold medals were up for grabs on Day 2 of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and the home nations didn't disappoint. England strengthened their lead at the top of the medal table, while Scotland maintained their strong position on the second day of competition in Glasgow.
Friday's action included gymnastics, judo, weightlifting, shooting and a host of other sports. Much of the attention went to Joanna Rowsell, however, England's best chance at the gold medal in cycling.
Here's the full list of every medal won on Friday:
|Cycling||Men's Sprint||Sam Webster (NZ)||Jason Kenny (ENG)||Edward Dawkins (NZ)|
|Cycling||Women's Individual Pursuit||Joanna Rowsell (ENG)||Annette Edmondson (AUS)||Amy Cure (AUS)|
|Cycling||Men's Individual Pursuit||Jack Bobridge (AUS)||Alex Edmonson (AUS)||Marc Ryan (NZ)|
|Cycling||Men's Time Trial B2 Tandem||Scotland||Australia||Wales|
|Gymnastics||Rhythmic Individual All-around||Patricia Bezzoubenko (CAN)||Francesca Jones (WAL)||Laura Halford (WAL)|
|Judo||Men's -73kg||Danny Williams (ENG)||Adrian Leat (NZ)||Jake Bensted (AUS)/Jacques van Zyl (SA)|
|Judo||Men's -81kg||Owen Livesey (ENG)||Tom Reed (ENG)||Jonah Burt (CAN)/Boas Munyonga (ZAM)|
|Judo||Women's -63kg||Sarah Clark (SCO)||Helene Wezeu Dombeu (CAM)||Faith Pitman (ENG)/Katie Jemima Yeats-Brown (ENG)|
|Judo||Women's -70kg||Megan Fletcher (ENG)||Moira de Villiers (NZ)||Alix Renaud-Roy (CAN)/Sally Conway (SCO)|
|Shooting||Men's 10-meter Air Rifle||Abhinav Bindra (IND)||Abdullah Baki (BAN)||Daniel RIvers (ENG)|
|Shooting||Women's 10-meter Air Pistol||Shun Xie Teo (SIN)||Malaika Goel (India)||Dorothy Ludwig (CAN)|
|Shooting||Women's Skeet||Laura Coles (AUS)||Elena Allen (WAL)||Andri Eleftheriou (CYP)|
|Swimming||Men's 200-meter Free||Thomas Fraser-Holmes (AUS)||Cameron McEvoy (AUS)||Calum Jarvis (WAL)|
|Swimming||Men's 100-meter Back||Chris Walker-Hebborn (ENG)||Mitch Larkin (AUS)||Liam Tancock (ENG)/Josh Beaver (AUS)|
|Swimming||Men's 50-meter Fly||Benjamin Proud (ENG)||Roland Schoeman (SA)||Chad le Clos (SA)|
|Swimming||Men's 400-meter Medley||Daniel Wallace (SCO)||Thomas Fraser-Holmes (AUS)||Sebastien Rousseau (SA)|
|Swimming||4x100-meter Free Relay||Australia||South Africa||England|
|Swimming||Women's 50-meter Breast||Leiston Pickett (AUS)||Alia Atkinson (JAM)||Corrie Scott (SCO)|
|Swimming||Women's 100-meter Fly||Katerine Savard (CAN)||Siobhan O'Connor (ENG)||Emma Mckeon (AUS)|
|Swimming||Women's 100-meter S8 Free||Maddison Elliott (AUS)||Stephanie Slater (ENG)||Lakeisha Patterson (AUS)|
|Weightlifting||Women's 53kg||Chika Amalaha (NIG)||Dika Toua (PNG)||Santoshi Matsa (IND)|
|Weightlifting||Men's 62kg||Dimitris Minasidis (CYP)||Sudesh Peiris (SRL)||Vaipava Ioane (SAM)|
And here's the medal tracker for the nations participating in the 2014 Commonwealth Games:
For the full list, visit Glasgow2014.com by clicking here.
Rowsell Takes Gold in Individual Pursuit
The current world champion put together a dominant display on Friday, beating Australia's Annette Edmondson by nearly four seconds in the final of the 3,000-meter individual pursuit.
Team GB shared the podium:
Rowsell missed her start and had some difficulty finding her rhythm early, but once she found the right cadence, there was simply no stopping the 25-year-old. Despite winning the world title in February, she told BBC Sport the Commonwealth gold was the one trophy she was really after:
This is the one I really wanted. The Commonwealth Games come round every four years and very rarely near your home country. With the individual pursuit out of the Olympics now, this is the biggest event I can do in it.
It's the event I was originally talent-spotted for when I started so it means a lot to me. I'm absolutely over the moon.
England's cycling team hasn't been as successful as fans would have hoped, with the Australians dominating the competition so far, but Rowsell's performance on Friday gave the fans something to cheer about.
Rowsell's time of 3:31.615 was well short of her new Commonwealth Games record set during qualifiers (3:29.038), but with another gold medal to add to her collection, she won't lose any sleep over that.
Home Nations Dominate Judo Competition
England and Scotland took home nine medals in the judo event on Friday, including four gold ones. Owen Livesey, Danny Williams, Megan Fletcher and Sarah Clark all took top honours, contributing significantly to their respective nations' position on the medal table.
Livesey defeated Tom Reed in an all-English Men's -81kg final, with three penalties to two. The 23-year-old is still making a name for himself in the world of judo, and with an eye on the 2016 Olympics, a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games can't hurt.
As he told BBC Sport's Ben Dirs, the win was simply a case of hard work paying off:
It's good to beat someone from home. There's a bit of tension there because you know each other so well. I had a year out when I was 18 and didn't really care about judo. but I came back, got my head in and got the result.
You get out what you put in. And I got out exactly what I put in.
Fletcher scored an ippon to get past New Zealand's Moira de Villiers in the Women's -70kg, capping off an excellent run through the tournament for the 24-year-old. She didn't think she ever had a better day, as she told Dirs:
"I beat the British number one [Scotland's Sally Conway] in the semi-final and that was an amazing performance and I was so emotional after that. But to win gold as well, I don't think I've had a better day ever."
The most notable victory came from the 36-year-old Clark, however, forcing a submission in what was likely her final competitive contest. Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond was one of many congratulating Clark:
For Clark, it was her first-ever Commonwealth gold medal, winning the silver during Manchester 2002.
World No. 1 Andrew Selby Out In Controversial Fashion
Welsh boxing took a massive hit on Friday, as flyweight Selby was eliminated from the tournament in the very first round by Scotland's Reece McFadden.
The two were tied heading into the final two minutes of the contest, but the favourite appeared to have the upper hand. Selby started having problems with his mouth guard, however, and the referee decided to hand out a public warning, which meant scrapping a point.
The world No. 1 was unable to make up the deficit in the final minutes, ending his tournament. BBC Wales' Gareth Charles couldn't believe it:
Fantastic swim by calum jarvis but incredible defeat for andrew selby. How the hell does a gumshield come out 4 times?— Gareth Charles (@charlorugby) July 25, 2014
The controversial outcome shouldn't take anything away from McFadden, who put together an inspired performance against the strong favourite. But questions will be asked about the malfunction of Selby's mouth guard.
Suggestions it was poorly made were quickly shot down by Selby himself, who told Wales Online's Gareth Griffiths he has worn it for the past four years:
Everything went wrong in the third round .As soon as the bell went everything went out of the window. We knew he was going to run away and try to outbox me because usually I’m on the back foot.
But I lost the first round, came back in the second and then the gum shield kept coming out. I caught it the third time but he took a point off me and then he took another one and I lost it then.
I had it specially made in Sheffield and I’ve worn it every tournament I’ve been to in the last four years. It’s never come out even in sparring so I don’t know what it was.
Whatever the cause, it might have just cost Shelby a chance at the gold medal. For a Welsh team that already lost Fred Evans just days before the event, per Griffiths, the boxing tournament couldn't have started in a worse way.