4 Further Bronzes for Scottish Athletes

October 20, 2008

Edinburgh’s Martin Campbell started the day by defeating his long term friend and training partner, Paul Van Rietvelde from Longniddry, 21-12 21-17 in the play off for the bronze medal.

“For the last two years I’ve been working towards qualifying for this tournament so that I could compete and be able to get a medal,” said Campbell. “So to actually come here to India, play in these sort of conditions and get a medal is unbelievable.

“Paul and I are together for around 12 hours a day because we drive through to Glasgow and back for training every day so we have been very good friends for a long time.

“We don’t play as much as you would think apart from in training but I know his strengths are attack and he has a fast game. So I tried to keep attacking and control the net.”

Shooting produced its fourth medal of the Games with Islay’s Ben Wilson keeping his nerve and staying consistent in a tight Skeet final.

“I came here to win a medal so I’m glad,” said Wilson. “I kind of believed I could do it when I came here but doing it is hard, so this will give me a lot of confidence.”
The Scottish team’s Shooting Manager was delighted with his five strong team for winning four medals. “I was confident of two, hoping for three so to get four is just brilliant,” he said. “The Skeet final was always going to be anyone’s game with only three targets separating six shooters but Ben shot consistently well all day which is what kept him about the zone for medals.”

At just 14 and the youngest athlete in the Scottish team, Stonehaven’s Sara Hamilton produced an excellent performance to finish fourth in Thursday’s 100m Freestyle final. Yesterday she excelled and won the bronze medal in the 50m Freestyle, with a new personal best of 26.35 seconds.

“I was hoping to come here and do well and I was quite surprised to win a medal,” she said. “I’ve just got better throughout the three days and I maybe felt more up for the race today. It’s been a good experience and if I hopefully get to Delhi in two years time it will give me a heads up of what to expect.”

The boys 4 x 100m Medley Relay team of Andrew Haslett (Edinburgh), Ewan Johnston (Edinburgh), Daniel Scott (Glenrothes) and Douglas Scott (Strathaven) wrapped up the day and the third Youth Games with the fourth bronze medal of the day.
In the first Commonwealth Youth Games to include teams from all 71 Commonwealth countries Scotland look likely to finish in seventh place on the final medal table after winning three golds, three silvers and 12 bronzes.

“I’m absolutely delighted with our athletes’ performances, not just from those that won medals and achieved PBs but with the whole team for the way they bonded together and supported each other this week,” said Team Manager, Lisa Allan. “What these athletes have learned here will stand them in good stead for when they’re seniors competing in future Commonwealth Games.”

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