Bowls gold for South Africa in Glasgow Games

Glasgow: South Africa took the first gold medal on the fifth day of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Monday when they defeated Northern Ireland 19-10 in the men`s lawn bowls triples final.

The win made it two golds out of three in the bowls so far for South Africa following success in the women`s fours on Sunday with New Zealander Jo Edwards taking the women`s singles.

Over at Hampden Park, the men`s and women`s titles in the blue riband 100m will be up for grabs on the second day of track and field competition.

In the absence of sprint superstar Usain Bolt, Jamaican hopes lie with Nickel Ashmeade, Kemar Bailey-Cole and Jason Livermore.

Antigua`s Daniel Bailey, Richard Thompson and Keston Bledman of Trinidad and Tobago, England`s Adam Gemili and US-born Nigerian Mark Jelks, who has served a two-year doping ban, should all be podium contenders.

In the women`s event, it was Nigerian Blessing Okagbare, who won long jump silver and 200m bronze at the 2013 world championships, who headed the qualifying times with 11.20sec.

But she will be under pressure from Jamaican heavyweights Veronica Campbell-Brown and Kerron Stewart, and Trinidad`s Michelle-Lee Ahye.

In the field events, there are medal events in the women`s hammer throw and men`s shot put, in which New Zealand`s Jacko Gill will be looking to translate his outstanding youth and junior form into a first senior title.

In the pool, the women`s 100m freestyle battle between world champion Cate Campbell of Australia and England`s Fran Halsall takes centre stage.

Campbell was fastest in both Sunday`s heats and semi-finals, but Halsall has already claimed two golds in Glasgow in the 50m freestyle and butterfly.

The triumverate of England`s Adam Peaty, South African Cameron van der Burgh and Scottish favourite Ross Murdoch are expected to fight it out for the medals in the men`s 50m breaststroke.

Another South African, Chad le Clos will be looking for his fifth medal of the meet in the men`s 100m butterfly final, whilst Aussie duo James Magnussen and Cameron McEvoy face off again after taking gold and silver respectively in the men`s 100m freestyle in the heats and semi-finals for the 50m freestyle.

Jazz Carlin will be hoping to claim Wales` first gold in the pool when she goes in the women`s 800m freestyle after smashing the Games record in qualifying in a time of 8min 22:69sec.

In squash, Malaysia`s world number one Nicol David faces world champion Laura Massaro for the gold while, in shooting, England`s Michael Gault can become the all-time most-decorated Commonwealth Games competitor if he makes the podium in the men`s 50m pistol.

Gault, who on Saturday tied the all-time record of 18 with a medal in the 10m air pistol, has to fend off a tough field, which includes world number one Jitu Rai.

India`s most successful Commonwealth Games shooter, Gagan Narang of India is aiming to take his gold medal tally to nine in the men`s 50m rifle prone competition.

Olympic champion Nicola Adams of England begins her bid to become one of the first women to win a Commonwealth Games boxing gold medal.

Fighting in the flyweight division, the 31-year-old is favourite after she became the first women`s Olympic boxing champion at London in 2012.

New Zealand will be confident of weightlifting gold when Richard Patterson takes part in the men`s 85kg division having won silver in Delhi in 2010.

In the women`s 69kg, Cameroon`s favourite Marie Fegue faces a challenge from 15-year-old English lifter, Rebekah Tiler.

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