Cutts more than happy with his silver lining from Glasgow

Barnsley's Luke Cutts (left) with his silver medal next to England team-mate and gold medal winner Steve Lewis.
Barnsley's Luke Cutts (left) with his silver medal next to England team-mate and gold medal winner Steve Lewis.
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Steven Lewis eked past Barnsley’s Luke Cutts in an all-English jump-off to secure pole vault gold at Glasgow 2014.

Having won bronze in 2006 and bagged silver in Delhi four years ago, the 28-year-old completed the Commonwealth set on a sunny night at Hampden Park.

The British champion’s jump of 5.55 metres – 27cm shy of his personal best – proved enough after a tense clash with Yorkshireman Cutts.

Neither managed to clear 5.60m in their three allotted leaps, so the gold was decided with a jump-off.

Having both again failed to clear 5.60m, the bar was lowered five centimetres and, having seen Cutts fall short, Lewis managed to secure gold - the perfect response to losing lottery funding at the end of last season.

For Cutts – who has been with the same coach in Trevor Fox since he was a youngster – it is a landmark moment. Despite the obvious disappointment of missing out on gold, the Yorkshireman will still be celebrating his first major medal, particularly as he nearly quit the sport 12 months ago.

Usain Bolt ended a week of controversy and speculation by finally making his Commonwealth Games debut.

Six days after arriving in Glasgow to great fanfare the world’s fastest man took to the track to run the anchor leg for Jamaica in the heats of the 4x100 metres relay.

His name was greeted with a huge cheer when it was first read out by the stadium announcer, despite his alleged slur, denied by the man himself, on his Games experience, and the roars only grew when he was introduced to the crowd out on to the track.

If there were any Glaswegians bearing a grudge in attendance, they were well and truly drowned out.

The man they had all come to see was here and that was all that mattered.

The six-time OIympic champion responded by sauntering down the home straight to put his team safely into final.

Bolt took the baton from Nickel Ashmeade and brought his team across the line in first in 38.99 seconds before applauding the crowd.

Isobel Pooley rose to the occasion on the penultimate night of athletics, winning high jump silver with a personal best of 1.92 metres.

The 21-year-old entered last night’s final as an outsider, having found herself outjumped this year by heptathletes Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Morgan Lake. However, Pooley shone as she cleared her first five jumps at the first attempt, including a personal best of 1.92m.

Australian teenager Eleanor Patterson eventually snuck ahead with a jump of 1.94m to take gold, with Pooley taking silver ahead of St Lucia’s Levern Spencer on countback.

Lynsey Sharp was roared to the line by a partisan crowd, as the Scottish sprinter won silver in the 800 metres.

The 24-year-old, whose parents both represented their country at the Games, came to Glasgow 2014 as one of the hosts’ best medal hopes in the athletics.

It had looked like Sharp would miss out on the podium as late as the final bend, only to produce a wonderful surge down the home straight to beat Winnie Nanyondo to silver – Scotland’s second in as many nights following Eilidh Child’s second-place finish in the 400m hurdles.

“There was no way I was going to go through everything I have been through not to get a medal tonight,” said Sharp.