A scintillating six medals, including four gold, had Team Scotland racing up the medal table on day six at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Scotland now sit fifth ahead of South Africa with a total of 32 medals: seven gold, eight silver and 17 bronze.
Eilish McColgan struck gold in the 10,000m, 36 years after her mum Liz took the first of two victories over the same distance. As the race entered its closing stages Eilish found herself locked in a battle with Kenya’s Irine Cheptai and, roared on by the crowd, pulled clear in the home straight. She crossed the line in a new Games record of 30:48.60 and with a look of utter disbelief at the magnitude of her achievement.
In the same race, Sarah Inglis made her debut at a Commonwealth Games and finished ninth.
The final night of swimming action saw Duncan Scott, already Team Scotland’s most decorated athlete of all-time, race to a magnificent gold in the Men’s 200m Individual Medley ahead of English rival Tom Dean. Touching first in a new Games record, Scott took his fifth medal of these Games and his 12th overall to cement his place in history. There was more to come however as he teamed up with Craig McNally, Ross Murdoch and 18 year old Evan Jones for bronze in the Men’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay.
In the final day of the Judo competition Sarah Adlington made history in the Women’s +78kg category as the first ever Scottish judo player to win two Commonwealth Games gold medals, defeating Dianah Kana of Kenya in the final to take Birmingham 2022 gold in a repeat her first from Glasgow 2014.
Rachel Tytler made light work of a bronze medal match in the -78kg weight category. Tytler threw her opponent, Coralie Godbout from Canada, to win by an ippon in only 30 seconds to earn the bronze medal.
Andrew McWatt did well to earn a place in the bronze medal match following his late call up to the team to replace Chris Sherrington, but fell just short of a medal.
Rosemary Lenton and Pauline Wilson put in a tremendous performance to win gold in the Women’s Para Pairs B6-B8, dominating to take victory after a close start. It was a 17-5 victory over Australia’s Cheryl Lindfield and Serena Bonnell for the Scots and, at 72, Lenton becomes the oldest gold medallist for Team Scotland in the history of the Commonwealth Games.
Melanie Innes and Robert Barr remain undefeated in the Para Mixed Pairs B2/B3, winning 15-8 against Wales and will play in the semi-finals against England as the competition reaches its denouement.
Scotland’s women’s pairs lost 18-12 to Northern Ireland before losing 19-7 to England, which puts them out of the tournament. Iain McLean lost a close match to India’s Mridul Borgohain 21-19 in the men’s singles then the women’s triples lost 16-14 to Wales. Meanwhile, Scotland men’s fours lost 13-8 to Jersey.
Three emphatic Boxing quarter final wins out of three for Light Welterweight Reese Lynch, Middleweight Sam Hickey, and Light Heavyweight Sean Lazzerini means all three have guaranteed medals and will compete for a place in the finals on Saturday.
Both Gavin Rumgay and Colin Dalgleish were in fine form too, as they progressed after winning 4-0 in all their Men’s Singles matches, while Rebecca Plaistow and Lucy Elliott recorded decent wins on their Commonwealth Games debuts, just missing out on topping their respective groups, and will have further chances in the doubles.
There were also wins for Badminton’s Callum Smith; Ciara Torrance and Julie MacPherson; and Chris Grimley and Eleanor O’Donnell versus the Falklands and Maldives. The Netball team claimed its first win of these Games too when they defeated Barbados 72-28.
Despite acquitting themselves incredibly well, both Charlie Aldridge and Isla Short came agonisingly close to Commonwealth Games medals as the XC Mountain Bike races took place at Cannock Chase. Short pressed the pace for long periods to true and shake her rivals, but in the end they proved too strong, moving clear as the diminutive figure from Peebles eventually finished fourth as World Champion Evie Richards of England went clear on lap two of seven to take an impressive victory.
In the men’s race there was further heartbreak for Charlie Aldridge, who after attacking his rivals and looking on course to win a bronze medal, came off on a corner on the small, grassy finish circuit, ripping his rear derailleur clean off his bike.
Georgia Adderley and Rory Stewart were on top form in their opening Mixed Doubles Squash match of Birmingham 2022. The first game ended 11-3 before the 11-6 second game gave the Scots a 2-0 victory.
Scotland women’s hockey team lost their final pool match 2-0 to Australia. A competitive opening quarter ended 0-0 with Scotland matching the Hockey World Cup bronze medallists every step of the way. Australia found the net in the second quarter with the first real chance of the game, but Scotland continued to battle hard. The final quarter brought a second goal for Australia and a 2-0 final score.