20 year old Sean Fraser from Edinburgh swam the race of his life tonight to win silver for Team Scotland in the para sport S8 100m freestyle in a time of 1:00.77. He was touched out at the finish by Australian Ben Austin, Paralympic Champion from 2004, in a time of 1:00.44
Ecstatic with his performance he said: “I was in it to win it but I had a slightly slack finish, however it was a p.b. so I really can’t complain, that was the best I have ever done. I have to take it on the chin, a slightly better man won, he has come out of retirement specially for this event.
“I knew I had a very good second 50 in me because I have the quickest 400 so I just had to be in the race at 50. I turned and without moving my head I could see the Australian next to me half a body length in front so I knew I had a chance. I started pegging him back but I ran out of pool.
“The Scottish support at the pool is phenomenal even though I am totally in the zone I could still here people shouting my name and a little bit of encouragement goes a long way.”
This is only Scotland’s second ever Commonwealth Games medal in disability sport.
Earlier, Jak Scott swam the 50m freestyle but missed out on a place in tomorrow night’s final. Lewis Smith swam the 200m IM where he finished 12th in the heats, while Andy Mayor finished seventh in the 100m butterfly final to cap off a superb individual week.
It’s the final day of swimming in the pool tomorrow where Kris Gilchrist and Michael Jamieson swim the 200m breaststroke. Hannah Miley and Corrie Scott compete in the 400m IM, before the men’s and women’s 4x100m medley relays.
As the single remaining Scottish archer in the competition, Tracey McGowan will compete in the individual compound quarter finals tomorrow at 0900hrs local time. If successful, she’ll progress through to the semi-finals and finals to compete for a medal.
Scotland’s athletics team were out in force at the evening session but unable to pick up as many medals as they’d hoped.
Chris Baillie made it through his morning heat into the first track final of the night struggled from the blocks and came home in 8th position.
He said, “I just didn’t feel 100% today so it was tough out there. I didn’t get a good start and couldn’t chase in the way I normally do.”
Lee McConnell, running in lane nine, had a tough task in the final of the 400m and lacked that final push on the last bend to sniff out a medal. She finished in 5th place in a time of 52.36
The sole medal for the night came in bronze colour and belongs to Steph Twell after a great performance in the 1,500m final.
“I am totally over the moon. I really dug deep and hung in there. I’ve always been known for not finishing strongly but I think I am getting stronger and I ran with all my heart and passion,” she said with much enthusiasm.
On the field, Scotland was represented by both Mark Dry and Andy Frost in the Hammer competition with Frost narrowly missing out on a medal to finish fourth with a best throw of 69.08 and Mark Dry was disappointed with 6th position and a 67.41 best effort on the night.
Roger Skedd withdrew from the Decathlon after the discuss event and an earlier appeal in the 110m hurdles.
Final event for the Scots tonight was Freya Murray competing in the 10,000m which received cheers from the crowd for the entire race due to the presence of three home-grown athletes going for glory. It was a difficult race tactically for Murray who slipped off the third-place battle with just three laps to go and came home in 5th place in a time of 33.24.59. She goes again in the 5,000m alongside Twell on Tuesday night.
McConnell returns tomorrow for the first round of the 200m, Angus McInroy throws in the Discuss qualifying, Eildih Child runs in the 400m hurdle heats and Lennie Waite takes a strong field in the 3000m Steeplechase.
Josh Taylor won 4-1 against Benjamin Lamptey of Ghana, before Aston Brown progressed after defeating Canadian, Custio Clayton by the same scoreline. Super Heavyweight Ross Henderson 7-1 against Alexay Mukhin of Australia in the final match-up of the evening session.
Stephen Simmons is first up in the ring tomorrow as he faces South African Masana Manganyi at 1630hrs local time. Bantamweight Joe Ham faces Sakaria Lukas of Namibia at 1745hrs local time before Callum Johnson lines up against Krystian Borucki of the Isle of Man at 2030hrs local time.
The final day of track cycling saw Team Scotland finish just outside the medal positions in the men’s team sprint and men’s scratch race.
The young team sprint trio of John Paul, Callum Skinner and Chris Pritchard did well to qualify for the bronze medal ride-off, in which they faced a strong Malaysia team. Fourth represented a good performance for a team that is looking towards the Glasgow Games in 2014.
Please note, contrary to selected media releases, Evan Oliphant finished 5th not 13th in the men’s scratch race.
Amy Regan and Tori Simpson were the last Scottish gymnasts to take part in the competition, performing on the beam and floor events respectively. Both gymnasts put in strong performances, with Amy finishing 4th and Tori 7th.
The men’s team played their third match of the pool stages this evening against Malaysia and lost out 2-0 despite creating plenty of opportunities to take the honours.
The Malaysians are ranked seven places above them in the world but the Scots had always targeted this as a must win match. Having faced their opponents twice already this year in two very competitive matches (losing 3-2 and 3-1) they were very disappointed not to convert their chances.
There was an unfortunate incident in the second half involving a Malaysian player striking Scotland’s goal keeper Alastair McGregor with his stick. No card was awarded as it was not picked up by officials until after the game so Scotland had to battle on against 11men. Following a report, the player has now been banned (subject to appeal) for the following two matches and Scotland feel they were denied the chance to gain a deserved advantage over the Asian side.
They must pick themselves up ahead of a huge match against the hosts. Playing India, in India is a special opportunity for the men and they have nothing to lose.
The women also play their final pool match tomorrow against Australia at 13.30hrs.
It was the final pool matches for the women’s triples today and they notched up two victories over Northern Ireland and Niue to qualify for the medal stages.
The women’s pairs weren’t so fortunate, losing to England in their only match of the day. They must now win their final match tomorrow against Jersey and rely on other results going their way.
The men’s triples returned to the green early this morning after their late tie-break victory last night and had two consecutive matches against India then Wales winning both in tie-breaks again. They face Namibia first thing tomorrow which is a must-win game and they also need Canada to beat Wales for them to make it through.
Burnett and Spears in the men’s pairs had mixed day with a win and loss against Northern Ireland and South Africa respectively. They have a tough game tomorrow against Australia but are still in the hunt for qualification.
The singles matches being tomorrow and Paul Foster and Claire Johnston from 9.00hrs.
Neil Stirton and Jonathan Hammond picked up bronze in the 50m 3 Position Pairs event with a score of 2308-104x. In the only pistol event of the day, Alan Ritchie finished 11th in the qualification round in the 10m air pistol with a score of 569-12x.
The clay target competition began today with the men’s and women’s trap pairs events. Shona Marshall and Linda Pearson finished sixth in the women’s competition while John MacDonald and Ossie Mclean narrowly missed out on a medal in fourth.
It’s a busy day across the two shooting ranges tomorrow with eight athletes competing in a number of events. John Macdonald, Ossie Mclean, Shona Marshall and Linda Pearson feature in the men’s and women’s trap singles. Neil Stirton and Jonathan Hammond compete against one another in the 50m 3P singles. Full-bore shooters Ian Shaw and Angus McLeod compete together in the 300yds pairs before going up against one another in the singles competition.
Chris Small won the men’s singles consolation plate beating Zambian Kelvin Ndhlovu in the final but there was disappointment for Alan Clyne who was narrowly beaten in the final of the men’s singles classic plate.
The squash players will now turn their attention to the doubles events which begin tomorrow.
The Scottish men’s team, made up of Stewart Crawford, Gavin Rumgay and Craig Howieson, played a tactical match to beat Canada in the team classification event and finished in 9th place.
Tomorrow will see the start of the men’s singles event. Howieson and Crawford will play at 1310hrs and1350hrs local time respectively. Gavin has a bye in the first round as he is seeded.
Team Scotland is guaranteed at least silver in the mixed doubles after Colin Fleming and Joss Rae defeated England by two sets to one in a tense semi-final.
They will now face top seeds from Australia for a shot at gold.
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It’s time for Peter Kirkbride to compete in his second Commonwealth Games tomorrow in the 94kg category. Preparation has been going well and coach Charles Hamilton is hoping he can ‘do something big’ when it matters most.
In woman’s freestyle wrestling Kathryn Marsh (59kg), Ashlea McManus (67kg) and Donna Robertson were all in action. Donna went out in the first round, and Kathryn and Ashlea went through to compete in the semi-finals, which saw them fight for a bronze medal through the repechage system.
Tomorrow Viorel Etko (60kg), will compete in the men’s freestyle eliminations at 0900hrs local time.