July 23, 2014 at 6:32 p.m.

Commonwealth Games blog: Latest news... Fletcher into semis, Duffy 8th, Butterfield 19th, reaction, previews...

Commonwealth Games blog: Latest news... Fletcher into semis, Duffy 8th, Butterfield 19th, reaction, previews...
Commonwealth Games blog: Latest news... Fletcher into semis, Duffy 8th, Butterfield 19th, reaction, previews...

10:51am Long jumper Tyrone Smith is desperate for a major Games medal. Here's our feature with the 29-year-old where he says he is ready for his "glory days".

Some great shots of Flora Duffy completing the women's triathlon in a superb eighth place. That lady that's she high-fiving? That's her mom! Wonderful shot for the the family album.
Duffy posted: "8th in the Commonwealth Games triathlon. So fun to race on a hard course in front of a massive crowd. Thanks for all the support and cheers. High five with my mom just before crossing the line."


Butterfield tweeted:

"Great to be part of the ?@Glasgow2014 Commonwealth Games Tri yesterday. 1 the best race courses I've ever done, w/ amazing crowds & support.

"Thanks to everyone that supported me in getting here. Better swim than expected, bike average and run solid. I have to be content w/ t."

10:16am Some stories and reaction from yesterday's action coming up. First, here's Tyler Butterfield's take on his men's triathlon race — he came 19th in an event dominated by the blistering Brownlee brothers.

...and there's some excellent early news from the pool where Bermuda's Julian Fletcher has swam a season's best time of 1:04.92 in the 100m breaststroke, which is enough for him to reach the semi-finals this afternoon. GO JULIAN!!

July 25, 10:10am
Morning everyone. Quite a day yesterday in Glasgow. There's not as much competitive interest from Bermuda today (Friday) but that doesn't mean things aren't going on - we'll keep you up-to-date the best we can...

 Last score for Gemma Lightbourne in the rhythmic gymnastics. She managed 8.725 in the clubs, her second best score of the day, to finish 25th with a total of 33.325. So no final place for her but a grand effort nonetheless.

4:05pm Micah Franklin's run comes to a shuddering halt at the hands of Kiwi Campbell Grayson in the second round. Franklin is beaten 11-1, 11-1, 11-4 in a one-side affair. After his heroics earlier, the higher-ranked New Zealander was simply too good for the Bermudian.

Ok, here's the latest from our girl in the rhythmic gymnastics. Gemma Lightbourne has now competed in the ball section (8.225) and the ribbon (7.550), which leaves her 21st at present. The rounds are ongoing, however.

We've already mention Micah Franklin's earlier win but here's a few more details. He was taking the distance by Uganda's Michael Kawooya after winning the first two games 11-4. The African stormed back to win the next two 11-9 and 11-8 before the Bermudian prevailed 11-4 in the decider. Next up is world #42 Campbell Grayson, of New Zealand.

Julian Fletcher was the second slowest in Heat 5 of the 100m breaststroke. 

Confirmation Tyler finished 19th. A fine effort in a distance he admits he finds tough (just wait for Kona Ironman people!). Herring and Murphy were a lap behind but digging in well. Micah Franklin, by the way, plays his second round match at 3:20 Bermuda time. More details to come of that when we have it.

Here's a screen grab of Tyler Butterfield as he makes his way to the finish line in the men's triathlon. He had moved up to 19th. Just waiting confirmation of his final position.

Bermuda's Gemma Lightbourne takes part in the Team Final and Individual Qualification of the Rhythmic Gymnastics competition. *AFP photo


12:20pm Good news! Micah Franklin has won his first round match. Details to follow.

Tyler Butterfield is leading the third group after two laps and is currently in 22nd.


Following the swim the current top three are Alistair and Johnny Brownlee and Henri Schoeman. None of the three Bermudian athletes made the top twenty out of the water and will look to make up for it in the 40 kilometer bike. Tyler appeared to come out of the water in the third wave and could been seen on the Commonwealth Games live feed changing for the transition. 

Men's triathlon about to start. A three-pronged Bermuda attack in this one - with Tyler Butterfield, Jonathan Herring and Tucker Murphy all in action.

More from the squash as Bermuda's Nick Kyme goes down 11-3, 11-4, 11-3 to second seed James Willstrop.  Was always an incredibly tough draw. Our main hope on the glass is Micah Franklin and he's up now against Michael Kawooya, of Uganda.

A little recap of our how our team looked walking into Celtic Park last night for the opening ceremony. Sharp, obviously. (afp pic).

Gemma Lightbourne, our rhythmic gymnastic, is 12th after her hoop routine gave her a score of 8.825 in the SSE Hydro arena.

Did you see the opening ceremony? Not a Scottish cliche was missed out but it didn't all go to plan. Check out this from The Guardian, which highlights a few of the mishaps in 60- seconds. 

9:52am News coming in that Bermuda's Robert Maycock has been defeated 3-0 in the Round of 64 squash by Malaysia's Mohd Nafiizwan. The score was 11-2, 11-5, 11-3.

Duffy comes EIGHTH in the women's triathlon in Glasgow. Superb performance from the Bermuda triathlete. She led the entire field after the third lap of the bike and broke away. She was reeled in but it's still a top - and brave - display. Matches her finish in 2006 in Melbourne. More race details to follow.

Latest update has Flora ninth after the second lap of the run. She was fifth overall after the bike but has dropped back. However, she's still on for an excellent top-10 finish.

Approaching the transition to the 10km run. It's not traditionally Duffy's strongest discipline but she's in a good position - let's see what our girl can do. England's Vicky Holland strides out and is in first place at the start of the run.

Ok, so Flora is in seventh after four laps on the bike.

Good news - after the second bike lap, Duffy has moved up to eighth. She's the third-fastest cyclist out there right now.

Thursday, July 24, 7:54am

An update on triathlete Flora Duffy, who exited the water in seventh and by the end of the first cycling lap was ninth. So far so good, then, in her quest to finish in the top 10.

6:30pm: Squash player Micah Franklin can't hide his delight as he leads the Bermuda team into the stadium during the opening ceremony. The island were part of the Americas parade, coming in second behind Belize. The squad cut dashing figures in their traditional Bermuda shorts and blazers as they waved to the 40,000 crowd - some of the athletes even managed a cheeky dance during their walk around the arena.


Ok so there’s less than twenty minutes to go until the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony gets under way and we keep our eyes peeled for the Bermuda team entering the stadium.

We'll bring you pictures and reaction as soon as we can from what promises to be a spectacular evening in Glasgow.

Scotland is expected to put on a real show with more than one billion people predicted to be tuning in. Expect, then, the usual mocking and loving in equal measures of our national attire when Team Bermuda appear!

While you wait, here’s a sample of the mood in Bermuda and among our athletes at the Games…

The Bermuda Sun kicked things off this morning with this special back page honouring the 18 Bermuda athletes. Squash player Micah Franklin, if you didn't know, is our official flag-bearer for the ceremony.


The triathlon takes place tomorrow, with Flora Duffy, Tyler Butterfield, Jonathan Herring and Tucker Murphy all in action. Here's Flora's pic of part of the triathlon course. Should whet the appetite.


We got in touch with Tyler Butterfield via Twitter on the eve of his race. Here he is doing some last-minute prep.

We ran a story in which he said this could be his last major Games.

Here's what he said today from the Athletes' Village: “I'm going to try to race hard & enjoy! You never know when it's the end, but these games are motivating to try to do more.”


We're not sure whether Tre Houston is in Glasgow or not but he did tweet this picture of him getting some treatment ahead of Glasgow.

He's in action first in the 100m heats on Sunday.

Our swimmers clearly have too much energy. 
Here's Roy-Allan Burch, Julian Fletcher and coach Ben Smith showing off their moves in the Village.


And here's Roy-Allan and Julian getting snapped by the paps!



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