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Golden start for Team Scotland: Murdoch and Miley add to judo haul

ROSS MURDOCH'S surprise victory over Michael Jamieson in the final of the 200 metres breaststroke put the seal on an extraordinary day of medal accumulation by Scotland's swimmers, judokas and cyclists.

Kimberley and Louise Renicks each won a gold medal in judo
Kimberley and Louise Renicks each won a gold medal in judo

The opening day of the Commonwealth Games proved to be every bit as fruitful as organisers had hoped, with the home team enjoying their most successful day ever.

Murdoch's gold, which involved him breaking Jamieson's British record and becoming the third-fastest man ever at the distance, was a revelation and the Scottish 1-2 it produced - Jamieson took the slim consolation of silver - brought Scotland's overall medal tally for the day to a record ten.

A gracious Jamieson said of his conqueror: "I hope he enjoys his moment. He has had a hell of a day."

Hannah Miley lived up to her billing as one of Scotland's greatest-ever swimmers by retaining her 400m individual medley title after a thrilling battle with England's Aimee Willmott, and at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Aileen McGlynn and Louise Haston picked up silver in the para tandem sprint.

The judo hall at the SECC, however, was the epicentre of the Scottish gold rush with all six competing players seizing a medal.

The Renicks sisters, Kimberley and Louise, completed a remarkable family double by each claiming gold, while there was silver for Stephanie Inglis and another three bronze medals. Scotland stand third in the Games medal table this morning.

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