Commonwealth Games: Day 1 Wrap

Team South Africa claimed two medals on a day of mixed fortunes in Glasgow.

The 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Picture: Official 2014 Commonwealth Games Facebook Page

CAPE TOWN - It was a mixed day for team South Africa at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Thursday. Two bronze medals were won, by triathlete Richard Murray and judoka Siyabulela Mabulu, while other athletes were left disappointed with their showing.


Mixed teams, group E: South Africa beat Norfolk Islands 5-0. They next play Singapore.

Cycling (track)

Men's sprint qualifying: Bernard Esterhuizen finished 16th overall in 10.317 seconds and failed to qualify.

Men's 4,000m team pursuit qualifying: Despite setting a new national record, Evan Carstens, Kellan Gouveris, Nolan Hoffmann and Theuns van der Bank ended fifth in the rankings with a time of 4:18.194 which meant they failed to progress.

Gymnastics (rhythmic)

Team ranking after day 1: sixth.

South African gymnasts Claudia Cummins (L), Bianca Zoonekynd (C-L) and Kirsten Beckett (R) with Manager Ilse Roets (C-R). Picture: Official Team South Africa Facebook Page

Individual all round rankings after day 1: Grace Legote (9), Aimee van Rooyen (17) and Julene van Rooyen (22).

Team South Africa gymnast Grace Legote gets through her routine. Picture: Sascoc.

Individual apparatus - Grace (12), Julene (17), Aimee (26).

Ball - Grace (9), Aimee (18), Julene (22). Grace qualifies for final.

Clubs - Grace (7), Aimee (16), Julene (21). Grace qualifies for final.

Ribbon - Grace (13), Aimee (15), Julene (18). Grace qualifies for final.


South Africa women hammered Trinidad and Tobago 16-0 in their opening pool match.


Men's 66kg division: Siyabulela Mabulu won his match in the last 16 and then again in the quarter-finals to reach the semi-final, where he lost. He later fought in the bronze medal play-off and beat India's Manjeet Nandal to win South Africa's second bronze medal and second overall medal of the Games.

South African judoka Siyabulela Mabulu wins a point en route to claiming the bronze medal. Picture: Sascoc.

Men's 60kg division: Daniel le Grange beat Razak Abugiri of Ghana in the quarter-finals, but lost to Navjot Chana of India in the semi-finals. He later took on Scotland's John Buchanan for a bronze medal but was beaten.

Women's 52kg division: Sinothando Mva lost her quarterfinal to Lisa Kearney of England.

Lawn bowls

Women's fours, section C, round 1: South Africa lost 17-13 to Norfolk Island.

Para-bowls, mixed pairs, section A, round 1: South Africa beat Canada 23-5.

Men's triples, section D, round 2: South Africa beat Fiji 17-16.

Men's pairs, section A, round 2: South Africa lost to New Zealand 8-16.

Women's singles, section D, round 2: Colleen Piketh beat Elizabeth Moceiwai of Fiji 21-8.

Para bowls mixed pairs, section A, round 2: Gyndolene Nel and Herman Scholtz beat the New Zealand pair 14-7.


Women's 400m individual medley: Rene Warnes finished fifth in the opening heat, in 4min 49.81sec. It placed her ninth overall and she failed to reach the final.

Men's 400m freestyle: Myles Brown finished fourth in his heat in 3:48.65. He ended ninth overall and missed out on a place in the final.

Women's 200m freestyle: Karin Prinsloo finished sixth overall in 1:58.38 to qualify for the evening final where she ended eighth in a time of 1:59.85.

Women's 50m breaststroke: Tara-Lynn Nicholas finished fourth in her heat in 31.48 and qualified for the evening semi-finals, in ninth position. She ended sixth in her semi-final with a time of 32.32 and did not qualify for the final.

Men's 50m butterfly: Chad le Clos finished second in his heat in 23.65, while Roland Schoeman won his heat in 23.85. Both qualified for the semi-finals, third and sixth fastest, respectively. In evening action Roland was first in heat 1 in 23.25, with Chad second in heat 2 in a time of 23.29. Both qualify for tonight's final.

Women's 100m butterfly: Marne Erasmus finished fourth in her heat in 1:01.81. It placed her 14th overall and she qualified for the evening semi-finals, where she was seventh in semi-final one in a time of 1:00.72 which did not qualify her for the final.

Men's 100m backstroke: Darren Murray finished fourth in his heat in 55.78 and qualified for the evening semi-finals in 12th position. He ended sixth in semi-final one in a time of 55.68 and did not qualify for the final.

Women's 4x100m freestyle: South Africa finished second in their heat, in a national record 3:44.86, but it doesn't count as Marlies Ross dived in too early and the team was disqualified.


Women: Gillian Saunders ended 14th in 2hr 11min 01sec and Kate Roberts 15th in 2:11:45. They were 12:05 and 12:45 respectively behind winner Jodie Stimpson of England.

Men: Richard Murray finished third (1hr 50min 21sec) and picked up the bronze medal behind the Brownlee brothers, with Wian Sullwald 15th (1:53:43) and Henri Schoeman 16th (1:53:46).

Triathlete Richard Murray acknowledges the crowd as he heads down the home straight in the men's event. Picture: Sascoc.


Womens' 48kg: Portia Vries - did not finish.

Men's 56kg: Anrich Phillips finished fifth with three new SA records.