Monday, July 28, 2014

Fantastic Fourth Place Finish for Tully

Tully, “I’ve been watching the Scots swim so well, I just wanted to do my part and get on the podium. At the end of the day I tried my best but I’m absolutely gutted.”

Despite having only taken up swimming seriously five years ago, Mark Tully finished top of the Scots in the final of the 50m Breaststroke posting a time of 27.47 to finish in fourth place on the penultimate night of swimming at Tollcross International Swimming Centre.

The winner was Cameron van der Burgh (RSA) in a new Games Record time of 26.76, which denied England’s Adam Peaty of a second Gold. Peaty had to settle for Silver in 26.78 while Christian Sprenger won Bronze in 27.46.

Ross Murdoch finished off his individual campaign in 6th while Joe Welstead was 7th.

Tully said after his race: “I would rather have come last than come fourth. It was so close. I was pleased with how I swam last night but I just couldn’t put it in the bag and get on that podium.

“I’ve been watching the Scots swim so well, I just wanted to do my part and get on the podium. At the end of the day I tried my best but I’m absolutely gutted.”

Kathleen Dawson broke the Scottish Record again on her way to securing a place in tomorrow’s final of the 50m Backstroke. The 16 year old said of her efforts,

“It was a great race; I’m very pleased with the result. My aim initially was to get to the semi-final, but the final is looking promising.”

The powerhouse that is Hannah Miley surprised herself with two PBs from both the 800m Freestyle and the 200m Butterfly finals in what was an exhausting evening for the 24 year old. Miley finished the events in 5th and 6th places respectively.

Scotland’s Camilla Hattersley was 7th in the 800m Freestyle final and was pleased with her efforts. She said,

“I’m absolutely delighted with that especially as it’s my first Commonwealth Games. I came here and my target was to make the final and I’ve done that. I’ve done better than I expected really.”

Craig McNally and Ryan Bennett contested the final of the 200m Backstroke. McNally finished strongly in 5th while Bennett was 6th.

Richard Schafers finished off the 50m Freestyle semi-finals in 10th place overall while 18 year old Katie Armitage was 8th in the 100m Breaststroke final. She will return tomorrow as part of the 4x100m Medley Relay team.

Tomorrow also sees the return of Stephen Milne in the final of the 1500m Freestyle, while Dan Wallace will compete in the 200m Individual Medley. Hannah Miley is also back in action in the 400m Freestyle.

The Swimming competition starts on Thursday 24 July and continues until Tuesday 29July, before the Aquatics Diving programme begins on Wednesday 30 July at the Royal Commonwealth Pool.

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