Bahamas 2017 Day Five Round Up

July 23, 2017

Beach Volleyball: Team Scotland’s first ever Beach Volleyball pair’s hopes of a Bahamas 2017 Youth Games medal were dashed at the final hurdle as they fell just short in the bronze medal match against Rwanda.

Looking to cap an outstanding Games, Emma Waldie and Jennifer Lee started well, looking comfortable early in the first set. As the match intensified, so did the heat in the stadium but Scotland worked hard to move ahead and take the first set 21-15.

A similarly close second set left the strong Scottish fan-base on tenterhooks with the lead changing multiple times in the set. Scotland had the opportunity to serve for the match, and the medal, but were unable to seal the deal. Rwanda capitalised and were able to take the second set 24-26.

With the decider looming, Scotland continued to battle on in the soaring heat but it was Rwanda who coped better under pressure to take the final set 15-10.

Speaking after the heart-breaking loss, the duo commented: “Right now, it is hard to take that loss. We fought so hard and gave ourselves a really good chance of winning it. We have so much to be proud of though, we have exceeded our expectations we set at the start of the tournament and being part of the larger team has been an experience neither of us will forget. We will continue to work hard and develop our game, this is just the start for us.”

Tennis: Hamish Stewart continued his fantastic run in the Men’s Singles with a 7-6 7-5 win over India’s Siddhant Banthia to book his place in the final. The first set was a well matched affair with neither player faltering on their service game. The score stayed with serve all the way to 6-6, forcing a tie-break. While the play had been nip and tuck up to this point, Hamish came out fighting and quickly built a commanding lead, which he never relinquished.

Though the second set was just as closely matched, play went against serve for the first six games. Back on serve, the score reached five games all before Hamish again held his serve to go 6-5 and played a superb final game to clinch victory.  He plays James Story of Wales for the gold medal tomorrow morning,

Athletics: Up first on the track for Team Scotland were 200m runners Lauren Greig and Fraser Angus, aiming for a place in their respective finals, having progressed from heats to semi-finals yesterday. Fraser produced a storming run from lane one to book his place in tomorrow’s final, 4th in his heat in a time of 22.09. Unfortunately Lauren was unable to join him, finishing 7th in her semi-final.

The searing heat and humidity inside the stadium made conditions difficult as the athletes lined up for the 3000m finals. Going with the early pace but unable to hold on to the leaders in the final stages, Adam Scot took 5th place with 9.04.61 while Naomi Lang, again competitive in the opening laps faded to 10th in 10.11.34.

Rounding off the night was 1500m gold medallist Erin Wallace, this time lining up in the 800m final. Sitting at the back of the pack for the first lap, she surged down the back straight in a bid for a second medal. In a valiant effort after a hard three days of racing, she finished 6th in 2.08.30.

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