Shelley wins marathon gold for Australia

Written By komlim puldel on Minggu, 27 Juli 2014 | 20.01

Track star Usain Bolt has been asked a series of bizarre questions in a press conference after arriving in Glasgow for his first Commonwealth Games.

Michael Shelley celebrates after winning the men's marathon at Glasgow Green. Picture: Adam Head Source: News Corp Australia

WELCOME to our rolling coverage of Day 4 of the Commonwealth Games.

Stay with us for updates throughout a jam-packed day of action. Latest updates on top. All times AEST.

Jodie Kenny celebrates after scoring her second against Scotland. Picture: Adam Head Source: News Corp Australia

10.50pm - HOCKEYROOS FAR TOO CLASSY FOR SCOTS

THE Hockeyroos are moving powerfully through these Games, today outclassing Scotland 9-0.

Australia's first seven goals came from penalty corners with tall defender Jodie Kenny scoring three and Anna Flanagan two.

Scotland received strong support from its home crowd yesterday but Kenny turned down the volume level with two early goals and would have had a third had Scotland keeper Amy Gibson not pulled off a stunning save.

10.10pm - DIAMONDS MUSCLE PAST BARBADOS

AUSTRALIA's netballers have easily beaten Barbados as they march towards Glasgow's semi-finals, making no apologies for their physical play, Jon Ralph writes.

The Diamonds used their third pool game against Delhi 2010's seventh-placed side to test the depth of their 12-woman squad in an effortless 77-27 victory.

They made easy work of Barbados despite a handful of heavy fouls by Barbadan captain Latonia Blackman on Tegan Caldwell.

"It is definitely a physical game, but it is games like that that make the sport really exciting,'' said defender Julie Corletto.

"Everyone is putting their body on the line right down to the last seconds of the game.''

9.50pm - AUSTRALIA BEATS WELSH IN SEVENS THRILLER

PAMA Fou scored a dramatic matchwinner a minute after the siren to help Australia steal a quarter-final victory from Wales, and keep their Commonwealth Games medal hopes alive in Glasgow, Iain Payten writes.

The bumbling Aussies looked dead and buried in the first half after the Welsh raced out to a three-try, 19-0 lead, much to the delight of the huge Ibrox Stadium crowd.

But the Aussies refused to give in, tightened up some sloppy ball retention and rallied back.

A try to Ed Jenkins on halftime and another to Sean McMahon after the break got Australia back in the game but crucial mistakes near the end again appeared to have Wales home.

When Fou slipped over near his own line with less than a minute on the clock, Wales looked certain to score but veteran James Stannard pulled off an incredible try-saving tackle inches out and gave Australia one last chance.

As the siren sounded, Australia took a tap in their own quarter and Cam Clark squeezed through a gap and set sail downfield.

He was hauled in but following a penalty, Fou tapped the ball and in just his fourth game of sevens in 18 months, the big Queenslander stepped through the defence and dived over to score.

Clark cooly slotted the conversion to secure the 21-19 win and book a semi-final date with New Zealand.

Michael Shelley wins the men's marathon and gets a hug from teammate Liam Adams and Steve Moneghetti at Glasgow Green. Picture: Adam Head Source: News Corp Australia

9.40pm - MONEGHETTI RAN WITH ME - SHELLEY

MARATHON winner Michael Shelley has revealed how 1994 gold-medallist and chef de mission Steve Moneghetti ran the last 1km with him, offering invaluable support.

"Seeing Monas out on the course right towards the end was pretty special," Shelley said.

"He was yelling out and I was just trying to dig deep. I was hoping I wouldn't blow up like I had in the past and I was fortunate enough not to blow so it was good.

"I just put my head down and bum up, I didn't think about it (winning) too much because anything can happen and I had a little bit of things going on with legs so I just had to keep going and keep digging."

MORE: SHELLEY SHOCKS WITH GUTSY GOLD

Jess Trengrove on her way to bronze in the women's marathon. Source: Getty Images

9pm - TRENGOVE BATTLES TO BRONZE IN MARATHON

TO cap off a great day for Australian distance running Jess Trengove won the bronze medal in the women's marathon, Scott Gullan writes.

The 26-year-old South Australian lost her way midway through the race but surged over the final 5km to get on the podium.

Kenya's Flomena Daniel won gold in 2hr26.45sec from teammate Caroline Kilel with Trengove another three minutes behind.

Cate Campbell is in 'cruise control' in the Commonwealth Games pool. Source: Getty Images

SWIM HEATS WRAP - CATE IN 'CRUISE CONTROL'

WORLD champion Cate Campbell has issued a warning she was ready to fire in the 100m freestyle, cruising to an enormous win the heats in a time of 53.20s, Todd Balym writes.

Australia's new pool queen Emma McKeon was second fastest in 54.19s with Bronte Campbell third in 54.42s to set up a chance for a podium cleansweep on Monday night.

Cate Campbell said she was in "cruise control" for most of the race and would be ready to take it to another level in the semis and final.

Christian Sprenger has begun the process of casting aside his troubled meet with a strong 27.57s heat swim in the 50m breaststroke to qualify in fifth place for tonight's semi-finals. Aussie teammate Kenneth To also progressed to the semis in 16th place in 29.17s.

Reigning champion Alicia Coutts looked in control as she qualified second fastest for the final of the 200m medley in 2:12.00 behind England's Siobhan O'Connor (2:11.42).

Fellow Aussie Emily Seebohm qualified sixth fastest in 2:14.66, setting her up for two finals tonight in the 200m backstroke and 200m medley.

Butterfly duo Jayden Hadler and Chris Wright made promising starts to their 100m campaigns with solid heat swims to qualify second and third fastest for the semi-finals.

Hadler clocked 52.81s, just ahead of Wright in 52.89s, with teammate Tommaso D'Orsogna also moving through in eighth in 53.53s.

Sally Hunter used the excitement of her 200m silver medal last night to post a strong 100m breaststroke heat swim of 1:08.42 – qualifying third fastest for tonight's semi-finals.

Commonwealth Games 50m champion Leiston Pickett qualified in eighth in 1:09.46 while team rookie Lorna Tonks had a strong swim in fifth in 1:09.03.

Teenage rookie Alanna Bowles produced a shock 800m freestyle heat swim to be the third fastest qualifier for Monday night's final.

Bowles, 16, sat on the shoulder of Kiwi world No.3 Lauren Boyle to smash her personal best time by four seconds to touch the wall in 8:25.19.

Australian record holder Jessica Ashwood worked into her race, building over the final 300m to be fifth fastest in the heats in 8:34.21 while Laura Crockart took the eighth spot in the final in 8:37.22.

Australia's men's 4x200m freestyle team set themselves for what is an almost guaranteed gold medal tonight with a commanding heat win in 7:12.85.

The team Thomas Fraser-Holmes, David McKeon, Ned McKendry and Mack Horton finished well ahead of South Africa (7:16.44) and Scotland (7:18.93) with Cameron McEvoy to be added to the team tonight.

Michael Shelley celebrates after winning the men's marathon at Glasgow Green. Picture: Adam Head Source: News Corp Australia

8.15pm — SHELLEY WINS GOLD IN MARATHON

HE ran the race of his life for silver in the heat of Delhi four years ago and in the wet of Glasgow Michael Shelley went one better, Scott Gullan writes.

The Queensland marathoner became the fourth Australian to win Commonwealth gold with a brilliant display, breaking the back of his main challenger, Kenyan Stephen Chemlany, over the final five kilometres.

Shelley raised his arms in triumph as he crossed the line in a new personal best time of 2hr11min15sec.

It was an inspired performance from the 30-year-old whose previous best performance was the silver medal in Delhi. He was 16th at the 2012 London Olympics.

Shelley's name goes alongside some of Australia's greatest distance runners with our previous winners Rob de Castella (1982 and 1986), Steve Moneghetti (1994) and Dave Power (1958).

MORE: SHELLEY SHOCKS WITH GUTSY GOLD

7.50pm — HOCKING EASILY THROUGH IN POOL

AUSTRALIA'S world No.2 Belinda Hocking has secured a comfortable path through to the final in the 200m backstroke, qualifying third fastest in 2:11.07, Todd Balym writes.

Teammates Emily Seebohm (2:11.47) and rookie Madi Wilson (2:11.53) also had impressive and controlled heat swims to progress in fourth and fifth place.

GLASGOW COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2014- Steve Moneghetti speaks to the media during the Australian Athletics press conference at the Main Press Centre, Glasgow. Pics Adam Head Source: News Corp Australia

7.15pm — AUSSIE CHIEF WON'T INTERVENE IN SALLY STOUSH

AUSTRALIAN chef de mission Steve Moneghetti has admitted Sally Pearson is suffering frustration leading into Glasgow after being fined for her non-appearance at a pre-Games training camp.

As revealed by Scott Gullan this morning, Pearson's preparations have been compromised by a dramatic fallout with team management and her relationship with head coach Eric Hollingsworth has deteriorated to the point where they're no longer on speaking terms.

Moneghetti said he would not personally intervene in the dispute and is adamant Pearson has the composure to put the distraction behind her and defend her Delhi 100m hurdles gold.

"I know what I read in the paper. (She had) some issues leading in with her funding and she dealt with that very well and she hasn't let that affect the way she has been a member of this team,'' he said.

"She is a leader. She is a leader of our team, she is a leader of the athletics team. She is looking at the overall picture and while she might have opinions on certain things it is very clear to me that she is separating that and at this point she is very focused on representing her country at the Commonwealth Games.

"We will be happy and the athletics team will be happy that the athletics program kicks off today. They can let their legs, arms and bodies do the talking. Actions speak louder than words."

MORE: PEARSON AT WAR WITH TEAM BOSSES

Jess Trengove (centre) among the runners at the start line of the women's Commonwealth Games marathon. Source: Getty Images

7pm — TRENGOVE OFF AND RUNNING IN MARATHON

AUSTRALIA'S Jess Trengove is pounding the damp streets of Glasgow, keeping pace with the leaders after 10km along with Melanie Panayiotou and Sarah Klein.

Jess's brother and AFL star Jack will be cheering her home as she finishes around 9pm AEST, hopefully in medal contention.

There's little separating them in the men's race which is past the halfway stage, with Australia's Martin Dent, Michael Shelley and Liam Adams all still in touch.

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