huhhello and welcome to Telegraph Sport’s coverage of day nine of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
As the action draws to a close, there are still several medals left to hand out and today we’ll see what is likely to be great entertainment on the circuits, fields and fields of England’s second city.
Today’s highlights include several on-track finals.
Among the 1,500 men from Scotland, Jake Wightman will try to bolster his World Cup gold with another gold at Alexandra Stadium. He is the favorite for this race and no doubt wants to improve on his Gold Coast bronze four years ago. Also in that race are compatriots Josh Kerr and Neil Gourley, and for England Elliot Giles and Matthew Stonier will bring home hope.
Wightman’s father and coach Geoff will comment again if the British-born but Edinburgh-raised star wants gold for Scotland. That race is one to keep an eye on your lunch with a start time of 1.10.
In the evening Laura Muir and Keely Hodgkinson head to the women’s 800m final, looking for a double gold for Scotland in the middle distance (depending on how Wightman does before…), Zharnel Hughes runs to England in the men’s 200m final, and Beth Dobbin will carry Scotland’s hopes in the women’s 200m.
In addition, there are the T20 semi-finals, the men’s hockey semi-finals and the men’s lawn bowls final. Northern Ireland’s Gary Kelly will face Malaysia’s Fairul Izwan Abd Muin in the first semi-final, while Scotsman Ian McLean will face Australian Aaron Wilson in the other semi-final.
All this on a day after history was made when Scotland’s George Miller became the oldest gold medalist in the history of the Games when Scotland defeated Wales in the B2/B3 mixed pairs bowls.
Miller, 75, directs visually impaired bowler Melanie Innes, who alongside Robert Barr and his principal director Sarah Jane defeated Wales 16-9 in the final at Victoria Park, Lymington Spa.
“A year ago I never dreamed of being here. I got a call and almost fell off my chair to be honest. Here we are – where do we go from here?” Miller told the BBC.
“Bowls are easier for older people, but any sport… walking football, rugby, you name it. Go out and play sports, play games and compete. It’s great no matter your age.”
Miller took the record as the oldest gold medalist from Rosemary Lenton, also from Scotland, who won gold in the Para women’s bowls last Wednesday at the age of 72.