Com­mon­wealth hero Gil­mour bags Prague ti­tle

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BAD­MINTON

Kirsty Gil­mour, the Com­mon­wealth sil­ver medal­list, won her first in­ter­na­tional ti­tle since Jan­uary when she cap­tured the women’s sin­gles crown at the Prague Open.

The world num­ber 30 beat Bulgaria’s Linda Zetchiri 21-16 21-14 in the fi­nal to win her first ti­tle since she suc­cess­fully de­fended the Swedish Mas­ters ti­tle in Jan­uary.

Seeded third, she also took the scalps of Den­mark’s Mette Poulson and Kristina Gavn­holt from the Czech Re­pub­lic be­fore beat­ing Dan­ish fifth seed Line Kjaers­feldt 21-12 22-20 af­ter trail­ing 17-20 in the sec­ond game.

Gil­mour, run­ner-up at the Bel­gian In­ter­na­tional ear­lier this month, can now set her sights on the Scot­tish Open in Glas­gow in Novem­ber.

Twins Christo­pher and Matthew Grim­ley won the men’s Un­der-17 dou­bles ti­tle at the Swiss Ju­nior Open in Geneva with a 21-15 22-20 fi­nal win over Swe­den’s Adam Gozzi and Karl Har­rbacka.

CA­NOE SLALOM

David Florence may have won the world ti­tle for a sec­ond time at Lee Val­ley ear­lier this month but his Olympic place is still as­sured for Rio next year.

Florence is in a strong po­si­tion but must prove him­self all over again at the GB Olympic Tri­als at Lee Val­ley next month.

The 33 year-old Scot has 33 rank­ing points for his tri­umph at Lee Val­ley, the same as GB team-mate Ryan West­ley.

“Rio se­lec­tion is go­ing to be a big chal­lenge, but if you can get on and fo­cus on your own per­for­mance you have a far bet­ter chance of putting down the sort of run you are ca­pa­ble of,” Florence said.

Eilidh Gib­son picked up 30 rank­ing points af­ter fin­ish­ing fifth in the women’s ca­noe slalom and will also com­pete in the tri­als.

RUGBY LEAGUE

Scot­land’s Un­der-19 lost nar­rowly 32-28 to Cum­bria Un­der-19s in a chal­lenge match in Bar­row.

Scot­land were us­ing the match to pre­pare for games against Eng­land in Leith on Oc­to­ber 10 and Ire­land at Ed­in­burgh Univer­sity on Oc­to­ber 24, which are both sure to pro­vide stern tests.

TA­BLE TEN­NIS

Scot­land lost 3-0 to the Nether­lands in the semi-fi­nals of the Stan­dard Di­vi­sion at the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in Eka­ter­in­burg, Rus­sia.

Craig Howieson lost 8-11 5-11 5-11 to Ra­jko Gom­mers, Chris Wheeler went down 15-17 5-11 6-11 to Ewout Oost­wooder and Sean Do­herty was beaten 5-11 4-11 3-11 by Lau­rens Tromer. Do­herty was a late re­place­ment for num­ber one Gavin Rum­gay, who pulled out of the event at the eleventh hour for per­sonal rea­sons.

Scot­land beat Malta 3-1 and lost 3-1 to Moldova be­fore a 3-0 walkover against Kosovo in their group.

They then beat Azer­bai­jan 3-0 - Howieson beat­ing Hi­lal Hasamov 11-9 11-6 11-8, Wheeler beat­ing Khayal Hashimli 12-10 11-9 11-8 and Do­herty de­feat­ing Ja­far Ja­farzade 11-7 11-9 11-9 - to set up the clash with the Dutch.

SQUASH

Ed­in­burgh’s Dougie Kempsell just missed out on win­ning the Prague Open when he lost to num­ber six seed Mark Fuller in a tight fi­nal.

The English­man came from be­hind to beat the Scot­tish num­ber three 11-9 7-11 8-11 11-7 11-9.

Kempsell sur­vived a five-game match with Switzer­land’s Ben Fis­cher in the quar­ter-fi­nals 6-11 11-8 9-11 13-11 15-13 and beat home favourite Jan Koukal, the num­ber two seed, in the semi-fi­nals 11-9 11-7 11-9 af­ter the Czech saved three match balls.

Prague Open. Semi-fi­nals. M Fuller (Eng­land) bt S Weenink (Nether­lands) 11-2 11-7 11-6; D Kempsell (Scot­land) bt J Koukal (Czech Re­pub­lic) 11-9 11-7 11-9; Fi­nal: Fuller beat Kempsell 11-9 7-11 8-11 11-7 11-9.

nAlan Clyne, the Scot­tish num­ber one, lost in the fi­nal round of qual­i­fy­ing at the Netsuite Open in San Fran­cisco when he went down to Eng­land’s Tom Richards 11-5 8-11 10-12 3-11.

SIL­VER SAVIOUR: Gil­mour will re­turn to Glas­gow for the Scot­tish Open

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