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Glasgow 2014: Scots eye best-ever Commonwealth Games medal haul

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Image caption Scotland's judo team collected 13 medals in Glasgow

Team Scotland remain one gold away from their best-ever Commonwealth Games total but have edged closer to matching their overall best for all medals.

The Scots picked up two more silvers and three bronze medals on Sunday to take their total to 30 after four days of events at Glasgow 2014.

Their best-ever total was 33 in Edinburgh 1986, a Games boycotted by many African nations.

They had already matched the 11 golds achieved in Melbourne 2006.

Going into day five of the Games, Scotland remain third in the medal table, behind Australia and England.

Mike Whittingham, performance director at the sportscotland institute of sport, praised the team for overhauling the medal total of 26 achieved in Delhi in 2010.

"It has been a terrific start in Glasgow by Team Scotland," he said.

"To surpass the total medal count at Delhi after only four days is incredible.

"The athletes and the coaches deserve enormous credit and, thanks to Scottish government and Lottery funding, we now have the most sophisticated high-performance system in Scotland ever.

"This collaborative approach between the athletes, coaches, governing bodies of sport, and sportscotland experts and practitioners is striking gold, silver, and bronze at Glasgow, and to equal Team Scotland's best ever gold medal tally of 11 already and win 30 medals so far is phenomenal."

Monday's events hold the prospect of more medals.

In swimming, Hannah Miley, who has already won one gold and one bronze, and Camilla Hattersley compete in the 800m freestyle final.

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Image caption Hannah Miley added a bronze medal to her earlier gold

Ross Murdoch, who also already has a gold and bronze, joins Mark Tulley and Joe Welstead in the final of the 50m breaststroke final.

Former world pairs bowls champions Alex Marshall and Paul Foster take on Malaysia after a stunning 16-15 win over England in their semi-final.

Meanwhile, Libby Clegg, who won Paralympic silver medals at London 2012 and Beijing 2008, is on the track in the para-sport 100m T12.

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