Braveheart Wallace Takes Third Games Medal

July 30, 2014

Taking inspiration from his namesake, Dan Wallace claimed his third medal of the Commonwealth Games with Silver in the 200m Individual Medley at Tollcross International Swimming Centre, coming home in 1:58.72.

To the delight of the crowd Wallace came onto poolside wearing his kilt and 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 of Australia who won in a new Games Record time of 1:57.83. South African Chad le Clos 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 of Australia and it was Barratt who just edged Miley out for the Bronze in 4:06.02. Lauren Boyle of New Zealand won Gold in 4:04.47, with Jazz Carlin of Wales 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 creditable 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.

Team Scotland finish the swimming competition with 10 medals (3 Gold, 3 Silver and 4 Bronze).

Action now moves to the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh where the four day diving competition starts tomorrow.

Photo Credit:Ian MacNicol

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