Benson Wins Second Gold

September 10, 2011

Craig Benson (17, Livingston) stormed to a second breaststroke gold medal at the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games this evening in the 200m. Craig led from the front and stormed to a personal best time of 2:11.15, with Australian Tommy Sucipto in second place; a repeat of last night’s 100m final.

Benson now has three medals to his name at the Games, having won gold in the 100m breaststroke and silver in the 4x100m medley relay. He has a chance to add to his tally tomorrow in the 200m individual medley and the 50m breaststroke to come tomorrow.

Craig said: “I got my tactics right tonight. My coach and I had worked it out before the race, and we got it spot on. I’m really happy with the swim, to get such a good time and knock five seconds off my personal best is incredible. I’m absolutely delighted to have three medals, but I’ll have the chance for more tomorrow.”

He continued: “I’m really looking forward to the 50m breaststroke tomorrow, because it’s a really fun event. I’m racing in the 200m individual medley too, which I don’t swim very often, but I’m just looking to go out there and have fun.”

Earlier in the session Alisdair Stirling (18, Glasgow) picked up bronze in the men’s 100m freestyle, to add to his silver from last night’s 4x100m medley relay. After the race Ali said: “I’m really happy with my swim in the 50m and I’m really happy to get a second medal. I’m racing in the 50m freestyle tomorrow, which will be fun and I’ll be looking to do well there too.”

In the final race of the night Fiona Donnelly (Belper), Emily Jones (Inverurie), Kirstin McKinley (Glasgow) and Rachel Sharples (Musselburgh) picked up a bronze medal in the 4x200m freestyle relay. The girls swam a fantastic race, finishing behind Australia and Wales in 8:10.67.

After the relay Fiona Donnelly said: “We had a great swim tonight, and most of the girls were on, or beating their personal bests. We’ve been swimming a lot of events, but we all pulled together tonight and to win a medal is amazing.”

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