England dream team land relay gold

Alistair Brownlee crossed the line 49 seconds ahead of second-placed South Africa

Alistair Brownlee crossed the line 49 seconds ahead of second-placed South Africa

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England's dream team made it a clean sweep of gold medals in the Commonwealth Games triathlon with a dominant victory in the mixed relay.

Vicky Holland, Jonny Brownlee, Jodie Stimpson and Alistair Brownlee were all medallists - the latter two winning gold - in the individual events on Thursday a nd they never looked like being beaten as a team, Alistair Brownlee crossing the line 49 seconds ahead of second-placed South Africa, with Australia third.

Alistair Brownlee appeared fortunate to get away with stepping out of the changeover box as he took over from Stimpson, which could have incurred a 15-second penalty.

Not that it would have denied England victory, and he again sauntered down the finishing straight with a St George's Cross flag in hand.

Alistair Brownlee told BBC1 the mixed relay event was "fantastic" and a great way of testing athletes' "strengths and weaknesses".

Holland, asked if she thought the International Olympic Committee (IOC) should consider including it on the Olympic programme, said: "I really hope so. Just look at the atmosphere it generates.

"The lead changes so often. It's a great spectator event. Guys and girls in the same race - it's unique."

Jonny Brownlee told BBC1: "The relays are always pretty close and this one was until Alistair's leg."

England's Fran Halsall claimed Glasgow gold with victory in the 50 metres freestyle at the Tollcross Swimming Centre.

The 24-year-old raced to victory in a Commonwealth Games record of 23.96 seconds to edge out Australia's Cate Campbell by 0.04secs.

Adam Peaty produced a storming last 25 metres to land the 100m breaststroke title.

The 19-year-old reeled in South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh in the closing stages to touch in a Games record of 58.94 seconds, with home favourite Ross Murdoch taking the bronze.

Neil Fachie and Craig MacLean raised the roof of the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome for the second time in as many days, winning their second gold medal with a thrilling final ride in the men's sprint B tandem.

Visually impaired para-cyclist Fachie and his vastly experienced pilot MacLean, a silver medallist alongside Hoy in the team sprint at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, came from 1-0 behind in their best-of-three final against Australia's Kieran Modra and Jason Niblett to win 2-1.

It follows their storming success in the 1,000m time-trial, with both victories roared on by a capacity crowd and celebrated by Fachie unfurling a Saltire to deafening acclaim.

Wales' Francesca Jones finished her competitive rhythmic gymnastics career by winning her first Commonwealth gold and five silver medals at her third and final Games in Glasgow.

The 23-year-old claimed gold in the last final of the competition with the ribbon after winning silver medals in the hoop, ball and clubs to follow up Friday's individual all-around and Thursday's team success.

England's first shooting gold at Glasgow 2014 went to David Luckman and Parag Patel in the Queen's Prize pairs on Saturday.

The duo, both 38, led from start to finish in the two-day event, in which shooters with full bore rifles fire at targets at distances of up to 1,000 yards.

For Luckman, of Bristol, it is a first Commonwealth medal while Patel, an ear, nose and throat specialist in London, won his third medal in the discipline.

Wales' Natalie Powell beat England's Olympic silver medallist Gemma Gibbons to win gold the final of the under-78kgs judo, while Scotland's Burton claimed gold at under-100kg.

Burton had come out of retirement when the opportunity presented itself to fight for Scotland 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.

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.

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

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