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Kent athletes at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games - Day 4 - Sunday, July 27 - UPDATED 5.45pm

By Alex Hoad

Adam Gemili produced a superb run to qualify from the 100m heats on the first day of athletics at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Hampden Park.

The 20-year-old Dartford sprinter produced an accomplished run to win the sixth heat in a time of 10.15secs to become the fastest qualifier for Monday's semi-finals.

Gemili said: "I just wanted to qualify outright and the best way to do that is win your heat. I tried executing the first half of the race and then ease it down in the second half and I believe I did that.

"I'm feeling in good shape so we'll have to wait and see. It's about execution, so if I do that right, I should be good."

He added: "The atmosphere is mental. As a big football fan, there's a big history in this stadium (Hampden Park) so to come out here and experience it is absolutely crazy.

"To train here yesterday and then to come out here to the reception I got, there is no better feeling."

There were also the preliminary rounds of the throwing events at Hampden Park this afternoon, with Gillingham's Shanaugh Brown progressing to the final of the women's hammer.

The Gillingham star threw an opening round 59.37m which was enough to secure her ninth place overall and one of the 12 athletes to book a return to the Stadium for the final on Monday evening.

Dartford shot putt star Scott Rider reached the final for the third straight Commonwealth Games, finishing fifth in his pool and qualifying 10th of 12 putters for Monday evenings final after a season's best throw of 18.40m in the second round.

At the Hockey Centre Canterbury duo Nikki Kidd and Nikki Lloyd were on the end of a 9-0 defeat against the free-scoring Australians for Scotland while Egerton ace Susannah Townsend, Holcombe's Maddie Hinch, Laura Unsworth and Lucy Wood, plus future teammates Nicola White and Sam Quek, helped England make it two wins out of two with a 5-0 win against Malaysia.

England's men were back in action this evening against Malaysia, with Chatham-born Ashley Jackson and Holcombe contingent Barry Middleton, Dan Fox, George Pinner, Nick Catlin and Iain Lewers in the squad, while Canterbury duo Kwan Browne and Mickel Pierre will line-up for Trinidad & Tobago against Canada.

Bexleyheath weightlifter Jack Oliver narrowly missed out on a medal in the 77kg competition this evening, his 142kg snatch and 171kg clean and jerk were only good enough for fourth, just 1kg behind the bronze and 4kg out of silver.

Also in action was former Canterbury RFC youth player John Brake, as England suffered a 15-14 defeat at the hands of Samoa in the quarter-final of the Rugby Sevens competition at Ibrox this afternoon, though they recovered to win the Plate competition with wins against Scotland and Wales.

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