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Final day of athletics

The Commonwealth Games athletics programme draws to a close on Tuesday with the four relay races, the men's 1,500m and the women's 5,000m.

india Updated: Oct 12, 2010 10:57 IST

The Commonwealth Games athletics programme draws to a close on Tuesday with the four relay races, the men's 1,500m and the women's 5,000m.

Prior to that, the action will be in the field with the men's javelin and triple jump and the women's pole vault.

The two-day rugby sevens will also see it's climax with New Zealand hot favourites to defend their title, especially since Samoa's shock loss to Kenya in the pool stages.

The talented Pacific Islanders will now have a quarter-final tie against England, who thought their narrow win over Australia would give them an easier last eight encounter with the Kenyans.

New Zealand have Wales, while South Africa should be too strong for Scotland.

Golds will also be won in diving (3), rhythmic gymnastics (1), shooting (4), and table tennis (1).

The biggest crowd of the day, however, could well be at field hockey where hosts India go up against England for a place in the men's final. Favourites Australia take on New Zealand in the other semi.

The Indians go into their semi-final tie drained by their exhilirating 7-4 win over arch-rivals Pakistan on Sunday.

"We have crossed the Pakistan hurdle, now we are ready for anyone," said striker Shivendra Singh.

England, who beat South Africa 2-1 to qualify for the semis, will have taken note of the way a 19,000-capacity crowd rooted for the home team on Sunday night.

"It is phenomenal to see the crowds here," said in-form striker James Tindall who has starred for England in the tournament so far with four goals.

"You have the best atmosphere when the crowds are in. When India is playing, obviously they will be cheered. The key for the opposition is not to get bogged down."

Both the squash and badminton tournaments have reached the semi-finals stages with Malaysia's Nicol David going for a double gold in the mixed doubles and top-seeded Saina Nehwal closing in on a first-ever Commonwealth singles badminton gold for India.