James Heatly and Grace Reid dove into the history books as the first Commonwealth Games champions in the Mixed Synchronised 3m Springboard event, their gold Team Scotland’s 50th medal of Birmingham 2022.
It was also Aquatics’ thirteenth medal of the Games, the highest medal tally for the sport from any Commonwealth Games, beating the 12 won in Melbourne back in 2006.
Diving first and with the scores close across a number of teams, Heatly and Reid had a long wait to see their position confirmed. Finishing strongly on a forward 3 ½ somersaults pike the pair scored 74.00, giving them a total points tally of 306.00, just under two points clear of Shixin Li and Maddison Keeney of Australia in silver and seven ahead of Malaysia’s bronze medallists Muhammad Puteh and Mur Sabri.
Danny Mabbott and Clara Kerr finished tenth overall in the same event, while Angus Menmuir and Gemma McArthur were also in action in the Mixed Synchronised 10m Platform final, finishing seventh.
Greg Lobban and Rory Stewart won bronze in the men’s squash doubles after an excellent 2-0 victory over Eain Yow Ng and Chee Wern Yuen of Malaysia. The Scots took the first game 11-10 in what was a tight and competitive contest, then they stepped up a notch and won the second game 11-6. Stewart struck the winning shot, a tremendous backhand effort, to claim a first medal since 1998 for squash.
It brought Team Scotland’s final Birmingham 2022 medal tally to 51 with 13 gold, 11 silver and 27 bronze, a record tally for a Games outside Scotland and only two shy of Glasgow 2014’s tally of 53.