Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers' Jade Lally took bronze in the final of the women's discus at the Commonwealth Games

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Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers’ Jade Lally won the club’s first medal at the Commonwealth Games by taking bronze in the women’s discus final on Friday evening.

The 26-year-old had only qualified from her heat in fifth place with a distance of 57.13m but bettered her distance by more than three metres in the final to win bronze.

Lally opened with a throw of 57.69m and stayed under 60m – even throwing 57.39m at her fourth attempt – before managing a season’s best of 60.48m with her penultimate throw, enough to land bronze.

Australia’s Dani Samuels, who had qualified strongly for the final, blowing her opponents out the water in qualifying, took gold with a distance of 64.88m, some 3.27m ahead of India’s Seema Punia in second (61.61m).

Meanwhile, club-mates Nathan Fox (England) and Daniel Lewis (Jamaica) have both reached tonight’s men’s triple jump final after securing two of the best runners-up spots.

Fox jumped 16.17m with his first attempt but could only reach 16.01m with his second; however the 23-year-old was still able to seal qualification for tonight’s final, which begins at 7.10pm.

Twenty-four-year-old Lewis equalled Fox’s best jump, doing so with his first attempt before mustering just 15.85m with his second effort.

The pair will now go head-to-head this evening in a field which includes England’s Phillips Idowu.

Kris Robertson was part of the Scotland 4x400m relay team which reached tonight’s final after finishing in third place in their heat with a time of 3.03.94.

England (3.03.01) and Jamaica (3.03.47) came home in first and second place respectively, with the hosts finishing as one of the best runners-up to secure their final spot.

The final is scheduled for 8.10pm tonight.

Gemma Nicol and Scotland narrowly missed out on a 4x400m relay final spot after finishing fourth in the first qualifying heat.

A time of 3.33.91 was not enough for the hosts, who finished behind third-placed Trinidad & Tobago (3.33.36).

In the men’s pole vault final, Scot Gregor MacLean suffered disappointment after failing to record a mark. One of three athletes to do so, MacLean failed to make the opening height of 4.80m.

Guernsey’s Kylie Robilliard finished sixth in heat three of the women’s 100m hurdles qualifiers in a time of 14.20 last night, missing out on a place in the final.

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