Updated: Saturday, 02 August 2014 02:35 | By Agence France-Presse

Bolt enters Games fray, English teen grabs fourth gold

Sprint legend Usain Bolt was preparing to make his eagerly-awaited Commonwealth Games bow on Friday while pint-sized gymnast Claudia Fragapane became England's best performer at a Games in 84 years.


Bolt enters Games fray, English teen grabs fourth gold

Claudia Fragapane of England performs on the beam during the women's all-around final of artistic gymnastics event during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on July 30, 2014 - by Carl Court

Bolt runs in the 4x100m relay heats having opted out of the 100m and 200m, won by Jamaican teammates Kemar Bailey-Cole and Rasheed Dwyer respectively.

His appearance comes just two days after he allegedly made disparaging remarks about the Commonwealth Games -- claims he vehemently denied.

Olympic champion Sally Pearson goes for the 100m hurdles title while world champion Eunice Sum will be favourite in the women's 800m.

Kenyan dominance is likely to come in the men's 3000m steeplechase where double Olympic champion Ezekiel Kemboi Cheboi is chasing a second Commonwealth gold eight years on from his success at Melbourne 2006.

Ugandan Moses Kipsiro is back to try and defend his 10,000m title, having already lost his 5,000m title earlier in the Games.

There are also finals in the women's high jump and discus, and the men's pole vault.

The afternoon belonged to 16-year-old Fragapane who stands at just 4ft 6ins (1.37m) but made history by adding the floor gold to her wins in the vault, individual all-around and team events.

The last Englishwoman to win four gold medals in a single Commonwealth Games was Joyce Cooper at Hamilton in 1930.

"As a child I was so bubbly, jumping around everywhere in my house. My mum just wanted to get me doing something and straight away I just loved gymnastics," said the teenager.

"I like the determination needed and I wanted to progress."

Scotland claimed their 11th title in Glasgow courtesy of their lawn bowls men's fours and gymnast Daniel Purvis in the men's parallel bars.

In the pool, Jack Laugher and Chris Mears beat Australia's Grant Nel and Matthew Mitcham in the men's synchronised 3m springboard for England's 45th gold.

Later Friday, Tom Daley teams up with James Denny in the men's synchronised 10m platform. The England star won at the Delhi 2010 Games with Max Brick and placed fourth in the event at the London Olympics.

Australia cruised into the gold medal match of the women's hockey with a 7-1 mauling of South Africa.

- Australia face England in hockey final -

The Hockeyroos will face England, who beat New Zealand on penalties, in Saturday's final.

Winners of the gold medal in three of the four competitions since hockey was introduced to the Commonwealth programme, Australia have now scored 32 goals in winning their five games in Glasgow so far.

"I am very satisfied with the performance. Our ability, particularly in the second-half, to finish off our chances was excellent," said Australia coach Adam Commens.

Singapore are guaranteed gold and silver medals in the women's table tennis after Lay Jian Fang failed in her attempt to break their stranglehold.

The Australian 42-year-old's old fashioned "penhold" style could not get the better of second seed Yu Mengyu who won quite comfortably 11-3, 11-8, 11-8, 11-6.

Yu faces her compatriot and world number four Feng Tianwei in the final later Friday.

But there was an upset in the men's doubles semi-finals as Indian pairing Sharath Kamal and Anthony Arputharaj put out second seeds Yang Zi and Zhan Jian from Singapore to spark wild scenes of celebration.

Despite that loss, the dominant nation in this sport at this Games are still represented in the final after top seeds Li Hun and Gao Ning beat England's Paul Drinkhall and Liam Pitchford.

James Willstrop, England's losing men's singles finalist, kept alive his hopes of another medal after a closely-fought victory over New Zealanders Lance Beddoes and Paul Coll with partner Daryl Selby.

The English third seeds needed 68 minutes to win an exciting quarter-final 11-8, 6-11, 11-9 to make the last four as the doubles events progressed towards the final stages on Friday.

In women's boxing, Nicola Adams says she is full of confidence heading into Saturday's flyweight final where she will be looking to add Glasgow gold to her Olympic title.

The Englishwoman booked her place in the final by beating Canada's Mandy Bujold in Friday's semi-final.

Standing between Adams and a gold medal is Northern Ireland's Michaela Walsh after she saw off Pinki Rani of India in their semi-final.

Nigerian teenage weightlifter Chika Amalaha was stripped of her gold medal in the women's 53kg category after failing a drugs test.

Papua New Guinea's Dika Toua was promoted to the gold medal position with India's Santoshi Matsa and Swati Singh awared silver and bronze respectively.

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