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Judo gold for Euan Burton

Scotland's Euan Burton claimed Commonwealth judo gold at under-100kgs to the delight of the partisan crowd at the SECC when he defeated Shah Hussain Shah of Pakistan.

Burton had come out of retirement when the opportunity presented itself to fight for Scotland at the Games in Glasgow - and the twice middleweight world championship bronze medalist needed all of his experience having chosen to step up two weights after moving into coaching following London 2012.

The 35-year-old, who suffered a disappointing first-round exit at the Olympics, produced some sublime judo against heavier men to make it to the final, where he threw Shah before holding him down to submission and taking in the wave of eurphoria as the Saltires flew around Hall 3.

Earlier, New Zealand's Tim Slyfield won bronze with an ippon tai-otoshi throw on Indian Sahil Apathania, before compatriot Jason Koster, sporting a bandage on a head wound, edged out Duke Didier of Australia on penalties.

Burton revealed he had not watched his wife Gemma Gibbons fight for gold earlier in the night, as he fine tuned his own preparations.

Olympic silver medallist Gibbons, who has just returned from nine months out injured missed out on first prize in the under-78kgs against Wales' Natalie Powell.

He said: "I was in the warm-up room, trying to stay as focused as I could and just caught the back end of the fight.

"She will be massively disappointed, because she came here for gold, but credit to Natalie, she has been coming on and it shows how strong we are in Great Britain at that weight category at this moment."

Burton maintained there was never any issue of achievements in Glasgow replacing the disappointments of London 2012.

He added: "I have said before, and will do again now - this does not make up for London. I worked my whole life to try to be Olympic champion, and I fell short at both Games I made it to.

"But I am so proud to have been able to do this for Judo Scotland and for all the guys who are here watching it all."

Burton continued: "This is a very different tournament, the whole of my life I have worked towards an Olympic Games, I have only worked towards the Commonwealths for the last nine months, it is not always on our radar, but we have performed exceptionally well.

"Being flag bearer was such an honour, which puts a little bit more pressure on you, but luckily all the guys on the first day took a bit of that off with winning so many medals.

"Now, It is just a sense of relief at the moment, I guess tomorrow the excitement and pride will come."

Powell, the 23-year-old who has broken into the world top 16 with consistent results on the International Judo Federation circuit, scored an early waza-ari throw against Gibbons and remained on the offensive throughout.

Hortense Mballa Atangana of Cameroon defeated India's Jina Devi Chongtham to win bronze, with Canadian Ana Laura Portuondo collecting the other bronze when she pinned down Seychelles fighter Brigitte Rose.

Gibbons could not hide her frustrations and said: "I was just not good enough, I came here for gold.

"I am disappointed with myself.

"I know that I can still be the best in the country and the world, or I would not still be going to training every day.

"Maybe this tournament might have been a bit soon for me, but you can say that about every tournament.

"I have had a lot of injuries, and only been back a month from a shoulder operation, but I came here with just one goal, and I did not achieve it.

"There can be no excuses, I was just not good enough today."

Powell, meanwhile, felt her victory had emphasised a point which was perhaps missed in the run-up to the Games.

The Wales gold medalist said: "I had heard so many people saying 'Natalie Powell? Nah. She is going to lose to Gemma. Gemma is number one.'

"I hope that I proved today that maybe she is not anymore.

"But she is a fabulous competitior and a really nice girl, I am just really happy to have beaten her.

"I have put so much hard work in, and hard work pays off in the end."

Scotland claimed another gold in the women's +78kgs heavyweights, where Sarah Adlington edged out England's Jodie Myers, the British Judo Centre of Excellence fighter, on a Yuko.

The bronze medals went to Annabelle Laprovidence of Maurituas and India's Rajwinder Kaur.

Adlington, who has just returned from an injury lay-off, said: "The crowd were amazing, to come away with the win is fantastic.

"It is the first time I have fought since February, so to come back here and win gold hopefully stands in good stead for the Olympic qualifiers coming up later this year, which I can go into with confidence."

Teenage Myers is determined to learn from her experiences. She said: "I am happy that I have medalled, that is an achievement in itself, but I can here to win. At the end of the day, I am 19, and have so many years ahead of me, and this is just one experience I can take forwards."

Royal Marine Chris Sherrington made it a golden end for Scotland when he threw South African Ruan Snyman for two Waza-ari scores to claim the men's +100kgs title.

Mark Shaw of Wales, a lieutenant commander in the Royal Navy, held down New Zealand's Sam Rosser to win bronze.

Australian Jake Andrewartha defeated India's Parikshit Kumar in the other bronze-medal contest.

Scotland's judokas won 13 medals in total, which was the host nation's best single sport return since swimming in Melbourne 2006.

Earlier Scotland's Matthew Purssey had to settle for silver as he was beaten by South African Zack Piontek in the final of the under-90kgs.

The Ratho fighter, born and raised in Surrey before moving to Edinburgh in 2002, was behind on Shido penalties and then lost out to a single Yuko score late in the five-minute contest at the SECC.

In the first fight of the evening medal duels, Glasgow fighter Andrew Burns had won bronze, defeating Australian Mark Anthony by two Yuko point throws to one.

England collected bronze when Bristol fighter Gary Hall forced an armlock submission on Kiwi Ryan Dill-Russell.