Tuesday, July 29, 2014

10 Medals from Scotland’s Bravehearts

Adding a silver on the final night, Scotland’s swimmers concluded their competition of the XX Commonwealth Games with a superb tally of ten medals

Taking inspiration from his namesake, Dan Wallace claimed his third medal of the Games, with Silver in the 200m Individual Medley, breaking his own Scottish Record in a time of 1:58.72.

To the delight of the crowd Wallace came onto poolside wearing his kilt and the 21-year old looked as if he meant business. Moving from 8th to 2nd place in the space of the 50m breaststroke leg Wallace was cheered home by the capacity crowd behind winner Daniel Tranter (AUS) who won in a new Games Record time of 1:57.83. Chad le Clos (RSA) won Bronze in 1:58.85.

Following the race Wallace said,

““That felt phenomenal. After the week I’ve had, this silver medal really is the cherry on top of the icing. I didn’t expect to do that well, but I knew I was in good form and had another medal in me.”

“Wearing the kilt tonight was a bit of a team decision. We wanted to step our game up, and performance wise I did just that. The emotions going through my head were amazing. The crowd really seemed to step up their game too and it’s a moment I will never forget.”

“This is definitely the best competition I’ve ever been to in my life. I wish every event was like this but I just can’t see anything topping this.”

The swimming powerhouse that is Hannah Miley was just 0.2 seconds away from a bronze medal in the final of the 400m freestyle, her seventh appearance in a final at these Games.

Lying in sixth place at the half way mark, Miley showed her power moving through the field and was in third place with only 100m to go. A battle then ensued with Bronte Barratt (AUS) and it was Barratt who just edged Miley out for the Bronze in 4:06.02. Lauren Boyle (NZL) won Gold in 4:04.47, with Jazz Carlin (WAL) taking Silver in 4:05.16. Miley’s time of 4:06.21 was another Scottish Record.

“I think I’m the happiest person ever to finish in fourth place” said Miley after the race.

“I didn’t expect to be here and when I got through to the final I thought great, bonus swim, and then I just got stuck in. I loved it and it felt great racing these girls who are proper freestylers.”

Stephen Milne finished a very credible 5th in the final of the 1500m Freestyle as did Kathleen Dawson in her 50m Backstroke final, where she broke her own Scottish Record again.

Dawson was back in action soon after in the 4x100m Medley final alongside Katie Armitage, Fiona Donnelly and Sian Harkin. The quartet finished in fourth setting another new Scottish Record of 4:05.59.

The men’s 4x100m Medley Relay brought the swimming competition to a close and again, the quartet of Ryan Bennett, Ross Murdoch, Cameron Brodie and Robbie Renwick thrilled the crowd with their kilted entrance. They finished 7th in another new Scottish Record time of 3:37.38.

“It’s been a great week of racing and I’m very proud to be part of this fantastic team”, said Renwick after the race.

Brodie added, “Four years ago in Delhi we wore the kilt ahead of this event, and that is one of my lasting memories from then. It shows how proud each and every one of us is to swim for Scotland.”

Speak about sport in general and the success of Team Scotland, Bennett continued, “If Scottish Swimming is anything to go by, the support Scotland gives to its athletes is second to none.”

Murdoch concluded, “I would like to thank everyone for being there for us. The crowd has supported everyone along the way and I just want to say thank you.”

Team Scotland finishes the swimming competition with 10 medals (3 Golds, 3 Silvers and 4 Bronze).

Action now moves to the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh where the four day diving competition starts (30 July to 2 August).