We were treated to golds galore at the Commonwealth Games on Day 8, with 25 sets of medals going up for grabs on a dramatic day in Glasgow, Scotland.
It looked for all the world as if Day 7’s thrilling action wasn’t going to be topped, but it’s safe to say that Thursday kept the Commonwealth crowd on the edge of their seats for the duration.
Here, we take a look at who emerged victorious across all of Day 8’s medal events and analyse the key stories of the day.
|Athletics||Men's 200m||Rasheed Dwyer (JAM)||Warren Weir (JAM)||Jason Livermore (JAM)|
|Athletics||Men's 400m Hurdles||Cornel Fredericks (RSA)||Jehue Gordon (TRI)||Jeffery Gibson (BAH)|
|Athletics||Men's 800m||Nijel Amos (BOT)||David Rudisha (KEN)||Andre Oliver (RSA)|
|Athletics||Men's Para-Sport 1500m - T54||David Weir (ENG)||Kurt Fearnley (AUS)||Alex Dupont (CAN)|
|Athletics||Men's Discus||Vikas Shive Gowda (IND)||Apostolos Parellis (CYP)||Jason Morgan (JAM)|
|Athletics||Women's 200m||Blessing Okagbare (NIG)||Jodie Williams (ENG)||Bianca Williams (ENG)|
|Athletics||Women's 400m Hurdles||Kaliese Spencer (JAM)||Eilidh Child (SCO)||Janieve Russell (JAM)|
|Athletics||Women's Para-Sport 1500m - T54||Angela Ballard (AUS)||Diane Roy (CAN)||Jade Jones (ENG)|
|Athletics||Women's Long Jump||Ese Brume (NIG)||Jazmin Sawyers (ENG)||Christabel Nettey (CAN)|
|Bowls||Women's Triples||England||Australia||South Africa|
|Bowls||Open Triples B6/B7/B8||South Africa||New Zealand||England|
|Cycling||Men's Individual Time Trial||Alex Dowsett (ENG)||Rohan Dennis (AUS)||Geraint Thomas (WAL)|
|Cycling||Women's Individual Time Trial||Linda Villumsen (NZ)||Emma Pooley (ENG)||Katrin Garfoot (AUS)|
|Diving||Men's 3m Springboard||Ooi Tze Liang (MAL)||Jack Laugher (ENG)||Oliver Dingley (ENG)|
|Diving||Women's 10m Platform||Meaghan Benfeito (CAN)||Pandelela Rinong Pamg (MAL)||Roseline Filion (CAN)|
|Gymnastics||Men's Floor||Max Whitlock (ENG)||Scott Morgan (CAN)||David Bishop (NZE)|
|Gymnastics||Men's Pommel Horse||Daniel Keatings (SCO)||Max Whitlock (ENG)||Louis Smith (ENG)|
|Gymnastics||Artistic Men's Rings||Scott Morgan (CAN)||Kevin Lytwyn (CAN)||Daniel Purvis (SCO)|
|Gymnastics||Women's Uneven Bars||Rebecca Downie (ENG)||Larrissa Miller (AUS)||Ruby Harrold (ENG)|
|Gymnastics||Women's Vault||Claudia Fragapane (ENG)||Elsabeth Black (CAN)||Dipa Karmakar (IND)|
|Weightlifting||Men's +105kg||George Kobaladze (CAN)||Itte Detenamo (NAU)||Doman Kelly (AUS)|
|Wrestling||Men's Freestyle 65kg||Yogeshwar Dutt (IND)||Jevon Balfour (CAN)||Sampson Clarkson (NIG) and Alex Gladkov (SCO)|
|Wrestling||Men's Freestyle 86kg||Tamerlan Tagziev (CAN)||Andrew Dick (NIG)||Pawan Kumar (IND) and Armando Hietbrink (RSA)|
|Wrestling||Women's Freestyle 55kg||Babita Kumari (IND)||Brittanee Lavedure (CAN)||Louisa Porogovska (ENG) and Ifeoma Nwoye (NIG)|
|Wrestling||Women's Freestyle 63kg||Danielle Lappage (CAN)||Geetika Jakhar (IND)||Blandine Metala Epanga (CAM) and Blessing Oborududu (NIG)|
Jamaica Dominate Podium in 200-metre Final
No Usain Bolt, no Yohan Blake, but Jamaica were at it again in the sprints on Thursday, as BBC Sport revealed:
Rasheed Dwyer crossed the line first, edging out fellow countrymen Warren Weir and Jason Livermore to give Jamaica the 1-2-3.
Though it was a tight race, Dwyer never looked like surrendering his lead as the pack came around the bend, going on to chalk up a time of 20.14 seconds.
It was a textbook strong performance from the 25-year-old, and former athlete Darren Campbell sung his praises on BBC Radio 5 live following the race—via BBC Sport:
"The Jamaican men were looking for a clean sweep and they've got it in the 200 metres. Rasheed Dwyer came off the bend well, got into his rangy stride and just had enough to pull ahead of Warren Weir and there was no real response."
Dwyer himself then spoke to BBC Sport, praising his compatriots while looking ahead to the future:
"It's a wonderful feeling to get a 1-2-3 for Jamaica. Hopefully this is a stepping stone for me to greater things."
Though Bolt and Blake will return to the Olympic Games in 2016, if Dwyer’s progression continues he’ll be right up there fighting for medals with them as Jamaica’s sprint dominance continues.
England Gymnasts Show Bottle
Team England enjoyed a good day in gymnastics on Day 8, with Max Whitlock and Claudia Fragapane adding to their individual gold-medal hauls in style.
Both stars took gold in the all-round and team competitions, before Whitlock won the men’s floor and Fragapane claimed vault success on Thursday for respective gold-medal hat-tricks.
Whitlock then went on to add the pommel horse silver to his tally, beating London 2012 hero Louis Smith in the process.
The 21-year-old took to Twitter after receiving his medals and reflected on yet another fine day in the office:
Only just been able to get on Twitter. Your support is amazing! Thank you. So happy with my medals today :-) #lovedit night everyone x— Max Whitlock (@maxwhitlock1) July 31, 2014
He has a chance for more glory on Day 9, too, with the parallel bars final coming up, and he looked ahead to a possible fourth gold medal while talking with BBC Sport:
"I'm really happy with floor and pommel. They have done really well for me. I'm starting to feel a bit tired now but I'm going to focus on that p-bars final."
Gymnastics has been kind to Team England’s medal total in Glasgow so far, and with several chances for glory on Friday, their tally could prove to get even better.
Child Gives Hosts Something to Cheer
Scotland’s Eilidh Child produced a stunning performance to claim the women’s 400-metre hurdles silver on Day 8, crossing narrowly behind Jamaica’s Kaliese Spencer.
Roared on by an electric crowd, Child crossed the line in 55.02 seconds at Hampden Park, just 0.92 seconds behind Spencer.
The atmosphere was absolutely phenomenal as the Scot worked her way around, giving her the edge over Jamaican Janieve Russell, who claimed the bronze medal.
The noise levels in Hampden Park reached a fever pitch, and Olympic champion cyclist Sir Chris Hoy commented on just how vocal the crowd were for Child:
Though she was pushed around the track by the pure passion of fans, her initial feeling upon crossing the line was one of relief—per BBC Sport:
The first emotion is relief. It's been a nervous couple of days and I wanted to execute the race well. I felt I did that and I'm delighted to come away with a medal, I'm over the moon. I just can't put it into words at the moment. As soon as I crossed the finish line I knew I'd done it.
Child can add Thursday’s silver to the one she claimed in Delhi four years ago, and based on such form, who’s to say that she can’t go one better in the 2016 Olympics?
Friday sees another 20 gold medals go up for grabs in Glasgow, with athletics once again set to dominate the headlines with seven on offer.
There are also medal finals in diving, gymnastics, lawn bowls and table tennis, as the 2014 Commonwealth Games continues to keep us glued to our screens.