Updated: Tuesday, 29 July 2014 20:26 | By Agence France-Presse

Commonwealth Games hit by doping shock as Aussies eye relay sweep

The Commonwealth Games were rocked by a first doping case on Tuesday on a day when Australia stayed on course to sweep all six gold medals on offer in the relays on the final day of swimming at the Commonwealth Games.


Commonwealth Games hit by doping shock as Aussies eye relay sweep

Nigerian gold medalist Chika Amalaha competes in the Commonwealth Games women's weightlifting 53kg class in Glasgow on July 25, 2014 - by Andy Buchanan

Nigerian weightlifter Chika Amalaha was provisionally suspended from the Commonwealth Games after testing positive in a doping test taken after she won gold in the women's 53kg category, the Commonwealth Games Federation announced.

The 16-year-old Amalaha provided an 'A' sample on July 25 which revealed traces of diuretics and masking agents.

She will have a 'B' sample tested at a laboratory in London on July 30.

In the pool, the Australians were fastest in the morning session in both the men's and the women's 4x100m medley relays, having previously taken gold in the men's and women's 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle relays.

However, South Africa were expected to challenge for top spot in the men's event with butterfly specialist Le Clos to come into the team that qualified fifth fastest.

Games table toppers Australia have already won 17 golds in the pool with the men's and women's 4x100m individual medleys among the final eight titles on offer.

Scotland's 400m individual medley Commonwealth champion Dan Wallace laid down a marker in qualifying for the 200m medley final on Tuesday as favourites Chad le Clos and Thomas Fraser-Holmes just sneaked into the final.

Wallace, who also helped Scotland to silver in the men's 4x200m freestyle relay, was second fastest behind Australia's Daniel Tranter.

"It was very good. I just had fun racing against Chad," said Wallace.

"I will just go in tonight, not hold back and hopefully pick up another medal."

However, Le Clos showed the first signs of his heavy programme during the week in Glasgow as he qualified down in seventh as he goes for his sixth medal and third gold of the meet.

"That was pretty hard. I was a bit tired this morning," said the South African.

Jazz Carlin of Wales also felt the effects of her surge to 800m women's freestyle gold on Monday night as she qualified down in sixth for the 400m freestyle final.

New Zealand's Lauren Boyle, who finished runner-up to Carlin on Monday, qualified fastest, whilst Scotland's Hannah Miley also ensured she made another final on home soil with the fifth fastest time.

In the track and field over at Hampden Park, the men's 110m hurdles was blown wide open when England's defending champion Andy Turner pulled up and Jamaica's Olympic bronze medallist Hansle Parchment was a non-starter.

Turner was off-kilter out of the blocks, clipped the first two hurdles and pulled up before stumbling into the third to bring a premature, and angry, end to his Games' participation.

Canada's Damian Warner remained atop the decathlon as teammate and world silver medallist Brianne Thiesen-Eaton kicked off the heptathlon as massive favourite

In the evening session the women's 400m features a great field including defending champion Amantle Montsho of Botswana, also the 2011 world champion, and in-form Jamaican Novlene Williams-Mills, who has racked up three Diamond League wins this season.

Elsewhere, Kenya will be hoping for track golds in the 1,500m and 10,000m through Hellen Onsando Obiri and Emily Chebet respectively.

England's men and women are both in the gold medal position in their gymnastics team finals going into the second and final day of the competition in the Hydro.

The weightlifting has medals on offer in the men's 94kg and women's 75kg.

The men's competition sees local hope Peter Kirkbride attempting to win Scotland's first lifting medal in 52 years, going one better than the silver he won in Delhi 2010.

The women's 75kg final looks set to be a straight shoot-out between Canada's Marie-Eve Beauchemin-Nadeau and Samoan Mary Opeloge.

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