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Kiribati show Team HM the way forward

Team HM at the Games blog - Day 7

Take a bow David Katoatau. The big man from the tiny Pacific Island of Kiribati lifted their first ever Commonwealth Games medal by grabbing gold in the men's 105kg weightlifting competition. As he danced off stage (worth a look on iPlayer) you could see what it meant to him and his supporters.

Results like this are part of the magic of the Games. The past few days has seen a lot of talk about the merits of the competition, but you only need to watch it – and not just the athletics – to see what it's all about.

Yesterday, we watched Olympic stars such as Kirani James and Greg Rutherford take gold at Hampden, in the 400m and long jump respectively, while David Rudisha glided into the 800m final. Seeing these guys in action is incredible. But two places behind Rudisha another Guy (Learmonth) had the crowd roaring as he earned an unexpected place in the final for Team Scotland, holding off his fast finishing rivals to clinch the third qualification spot.

The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games have been incredible – there's simply no doubt about it (though as Legal Advisers to the Games, and Proud Supporters of an incredible Team Scotland, we would say that!)

Tonight, though, is the big one. Like Kiribati, Team HM will be going for its first ever medal at the Games – and if we win we'll happily challenge big David to a dance-off.

Okay, we're not actually competing, but our Athlete Ambassador Sammi Kinghorn is and we're living vicariously through her. At around 7.20pm, Sammi will line up once more at Hampden for the final of the T54 1500m.

Hundreds of us stopped work to watch Sammi cruise into the final, and she's confident that there's much more to come tonight. It could be an explosive race as Sammi tries to overcome the odds and land yet another medal for Team Scotland. Whatever happens, she's already made us proud.

Join us in cheering on Sammi and her Team Scotland colleague and close friend Meggan Dawson-Farrell, as they take their shot at glory.

A final note on the significance of the Commonwealth Games – if the Royal presence is any guide, they're a big hit. We actually think they might be following us, given the number of close encounters we've had with Her Majesty the Queen, Wills & Kate and several other members of the Royal Family. Throw in the odd Dame, like Kelly Holmes who posed for a picture with us yesterday, and it's clear that record-breaking Glasgow 2014 is a big draw – like we always knew it would be.