Commonwealth Games: News-in-brief

Last update: 25/07/2014

From Farhanah Azmi


GLASGOW, July 24 (Bernama) -- Following is today's news in brief on the 20th Commonwealth Games here.


SWIMMING:


National swimmers Erika Kong and Tern Jian Han narrowly missed the cut to compete in the semifinals of their respective events at the Tollcross swimming complex here.

In the women's 50m breastroke, Erika clocked 33.51 seconds to finish in 17th place while compatriot Christina Loh was placed 18th after posting 33.64s.

Meanwhile, in the men's 100m backstroke, Jian Han also came in 17th place after recording 58.50s.

Only the top 16 finishers advance to the semifinals.


LAWN BOWLS:


Commonwealth Games women's singles double gold medallist Siti Zalina Ahmad had a dismal start when she lost to India's Saikia Nayanmoni in the preliminary round in Group B.

In the event held at the Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre here, Siti Zalina lost 21-15.

Siti Zalina had won the gold at the Manchester Games (2002) and Melbourne Games (2006).

However, the Malaysian lawn bowlers performed admirably in the Men's Triples and Women's Fours.

The Men's Triples team comprising Mohd Amir Yusof, Zulhilmie Redzuan and Fairus Abdul Jabal beat their Papua New Guinea opponents 17-15 while the Women Fours team defeated Niue Island, 19-8.


SQUASH:


Malaysia's squash superstar, Datuk Nicol Ann David got of to a grand start in her quest to defend her Commonwealth Games gold medal.

In the first round at the Scotstoun Sports Campus, Nicol thrashed Vanessa Florens of Mauritius 11-6, 11-2 and 11-1.

She will be meeting Megan Craig of New Zealand, who defeated Safina Madhani of Kenya in 11-1, 11-2, 11-2, in the second round.

-- BERNAMA