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A funny thing Ipponed on the way to the SECC

If every day is going to be like Day 1 – the sun shining and Team Scotland medals flowing – these Commonwealth Games are going to be something else.

It was all supposed to be about the swimming – and they didn't let us down. It was all supposed to be about Michael Jamieson too, and he didn't let us down either, though his Team Scotland compatriot Ross Murdoch stunned everyone by taking gold in the 200m breaststroke final, breaking Jamieson's British record and the Commonwealth Games record too. With Hannah Miley also claiming gold in the 400m medley, Tollcross International Swimming Centre was rocking.

But at the end of an exhilarating first day of competition, Scotland sit third on the overall medal table behind England and Australia, and that's largely down to one sport – Judo.

The Renicks sisters, Kimberly and Stephanie, led the way, with an achievement you had to see to believe. An hour after Kimberly had won Scotland's first gold of the Games in the -48kg category, her sister Louise claimed the second, beating her English opponent Kelly Edwards in the last moments of the -52kg final.

As if that wasn't enough, Team Scotland claimed four more judo gongs – Stephanie Inglis claiming silver and John Buchanan, James Miller and Connie Ramsay all grabbing bronze.

Harper Macleod, Legal Advisers to Glasgow 2014 and Proud Supporters of Team Scotland, had one view of the action that was hard to beat. Our Chief Executive Martin Darroch presented the official gift to Louise Renicks at the medal ceremony where she conducted the crowd through the national anthem, and he even managed to give her a wee kiss – brave man!

That was one highlight of an incredible day for Team HM. We (almost) bumped into Alex Salmond, David Cameron and a woman who looked like remarkably like Her Majesty the Queen (Karen, that is the Queen, ask her if she wants to be in a selfie!). We did manage to collar a random Trinidad and Tobago rugby player for a photo and soak up the atmosphere and action at Tollcross and the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, where Aileen McGlynn and Louise Haston picked up a silver medal – Scotland's first medal of the Games. Sir Brad won one too.

Elsewhere, Alistair Brownlee won the battle of the brothers to claim triathlon gold at Strathclyde Park, just one more golden moment in a golden day.

Mo Farah may have had to pull of the event, but while that's a shame, it's the unexpected heroes that are already setting pulses racing at Glasgow 2014. We can't wait for tomorrow!