Crowds enjoy second day of Games

Crowds enjoy second day of Games

England's Alistair Brownlee (right) with his gold medal after winning the Men's Triathlon with brother Jonathan who won silver

Scotland's Sarah Clark celebrates with her gold medal in the -63kg Judo final

Scotland's Kimberley Renicks with her gold medal

England's Joanna Rowsell waves to the crowd after her victory in the women's 3,000m individual pursuit at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome

Elena Allen took silver for Wales in the skeet women's final at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre in Carnoustie

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Crowds have enjoyed a second day of action at the Commonwealth Games as competing nations added to their hauls of medals.

Para-cyclist Neil Fachie and pilot Craig MacLean took the host country's first medal of the day when they won the men's 1,000 metres time trial B2 tandem at the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome.

Sarah Clark won Scotland's second gold of the day in the judo under-63kg division when she beat Helene Wezeu Dombeu of Cameroon while the country celebrated its third gold in the pool when Daniel Wallace won the men's 400 metres individual medley.

There was success for England at the velodrome too, with Joanna Rowsell taking gold in the 3,000 metres individual pursuit.

Wales celebrated their second medal of the Commonwealth Games when shooter Elena Allen took silver in the women's skeet, and the country also achieved silver and bronze in the rhythmic gymnastics with Francesca Jones and Laura Halford.

To their delight, Games fans have been able to leave their umbrellas at home and instead have been stocking up on bottled water and sun cream as temperatures hovered around 27C (80.6F).

Mike Hooper, chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation, said the games got off to a fantastic start yesterday, with 32 records set.

He said: "It is worth emphasising the quality of competition that we have at these Games. Day one of the Games - 32 Games records is fantastic and on top of that we saw two world records, in the men's 100m freestyle S9 by (Australian) Rowan Crothers and of course the Australian team in the pool with the women's 4x100m freestyle relay.

"So, what a great start, a great day and the sun continues to shine."

Earlier today it was announced European 400m hurdles champion Rhys Williams, the co-captain of Wales' athletics squad in Glasgow, has been provisionally suspended and will miss the event after failing a drugs test.

The 30-year-old son of rugby union great JJ Williams becomes the second Welsh athlete to be forced out of the Games over an alleged doping offence, after 800m runner Gareth Warburton was withdrawn nine days ago.

Williams said he was ''utterly devastated'' by the news of his failed test and insisted, like Warburton, that he had never knowingly doped.

The company behind a supplement used by Williams and Warburton has launched an investigation to determine whether the product may have had a part in their failed drugs tests.

Elsewhere, Scotland's medal chances in the men's hockey contest were dealt a blow after they lost their opening match to South Africa, going down 2-0 at the National Hockey Centre at Glasgow Green.

The Scots still have to face the world's number-nine ranked side India tomorrow and then Wales before their final group game with world champions Australia, needing at least two victories if they are to make the semi-finals.

Wales are also under pressure after losing 3-1 to India in their opener.

There were 22 gold medals for the taking today, with swimming at Tollcross International Swimming Centre, badminton at the Emirates Arena, boxing, netball and judo at the SECC precinct and track cycling at the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome all taking place.

Crowds have been watching rhythmic gymnastics at the SSE Hydro and weightlifting at the Clyde Auditorium while hockey, lawn bowls, squash and table tennis action are all on show.

Shooting got under way at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre in Carnoustie, Angus, where England's Dan Rivers secured bronze.

Organisers have revealed that there are still thousands of tickets for some events available.

Jackie Brock-Doyle, of Glasgow 2014, said there were "a couple of thousand" of tickets for rugby sevens which starts at Ibrox tomorrow.

There are still seats across the early sessions of weightlifting, badminton and squash.

She said: "There are still tickets available but they are selling fast.

"We are selling thousands each day and are probably sitting around a 95% sellout but, as and when we finalise each venue and open it up, we are looking at making sure that any tickets that are not restricted are released, so people should look every day at the website."

By late evening on day two England were leading the medal table with 32 medals - 12 gold, 11 silver and nine bronze.

Australia were in second place with 31 medals - ten gold, nine silver and 12 bronze followed by Scotland in third place with 14 medals - seven gold, three silver and four bronze.

Wales were in tenth place with three silver and three bronze medals while Northern Ireland was 17th equal with one bronze.

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