The 27-year-old, who won his country’s first Commonwealth Games gold medal four years ago, won his heat in a time of 53.27 to qualify for the second semi-final at the Tollcross Swimming centre on Sunday evening, and finished fourth in a time of 52.94, to qualify for Monday night’s final.
He also reached the semi-finals of the 50m Butterfly, where he finished in fifth place in a time of 24.03, less than a second behind race winner Benjamin Proud. He was also competing in the 100m freestyle, though failed to qualify past the heat stage having finished third in a time of 50.60.
New Zealand’s Judo squad have claimed five medals to date, under the watchful eye of coach Rob Levy – winning two silvers and three bronze. Their win is And that’s despite the fact they are largely self-funded and struggle to get much recognition for their efforts. However, delighted with their application, Levy, said: “These are fairly humble people, but they’re absolute workers. They’re frequently at top events around the world and are largely unsupported. They
Australian Amy Meyer had claimed the first Jewish medal at the Games after she won bronze in the 48kg judo competition.
Her compatriot, runner Steve Solomon begins his Games campaign on Monday morning and the 2012 London Olympics finalist qualified for the semi-finals of the men’s 400m, finishing his heat in second place in a time of 46.26 at Hampden Park. His season best being 45.36, while his personal best is 44.97. The semi-finals are on Tuesday night, with the final set for Wednesday evening. He will also be representing Australia in the 4x400m relay, which begins on Friday.