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Silver lining for Child

Home favourite Eilidh Child had to settle for a silver medal after losing out to Kaliese Spencer in the women's 400 metres hurdles at the Commonwealth Games.

The 27-year-old, a silver medallist in 2010 and billed as Scotland's biggest athletics star in the build-up this year's Games, was well beaten by her Jamaican rival at a damp Hampden Park.

Spencer owns the fastest time in the world this year and streaked away down the home straight to add a first major senior title to the world junior crown she won in 2006.

Spencer crossed the line in 54.10 seconds with Child almost a second adrift but still comfortably clear of Janieve Russell, who ensured Jamaica would be represented twice on the podium by taking the bronze medal.

"I will cherish this silver medal because I'm happy with the way I performed. It wasn't the fastest race I've run but there was a lot of expectation and I've coped with that," Child said.

"I always said I can't control what other people can do - that's the reality in sport. I tried to shut out the crowd a bit beforehand and concentrate on what I had to do. Afterwards it was amazing and the lap of honour was something very special."

One of England's brightest athletics stars - David Weir - did manage to clinch a gold medal on Thursday as he eased to victory in the men's T53/54 1500m.

The wheelchair racer, who famously claimed four golds at London 2012, burst clear in the final 300m to cruise home in 3 minutes 21.67 seconds.

England took silver and bronze in the women's 200m as Jodie Williams and Bianca Williams trailed home Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare, with Anyika Onuora making it three England runners in the top four.

There was another silver medal for England in the women's long jump as Jazmin Sawyers stepped into the breach after a thigh problem prevented her more favoured team-mate Shara Proctor from challenging for a medal.

Sawyers said: "There has been no pressure on me - nobody had me in for a medal - it was very much for me to go out and enjoy it. Everyone that knows me has told me to go out and enjoy it, because that's when I jump my best.

"There's no point being serious and focused - it doesn't work for me. I have got to be smiling and bouncing around. The way I came from third to second gives me a lot of confidence."

There was a surprise in the men's 800 metres as Olympic champion and world record holder David Rudisha was beaten to the gold medal by Botswana's Nijel Amos.

Away from Hampden Park, England took gold in the women's triples lawn bowls courtesy of Sophie Tolchard, Ellen Falkner and Sian Gordon.

England's Luisa Porogovska won bronze in the women's 55kg wrestling, while Alex Gladkov won bronze for Scotland in the men's 65kg wrestling.