Sport By Sport Highlights
At Delhi 2010
Team Scotland won two gold, three silver and two bronze in the Aquatics events with David Carry winning Scotland’s first medal of Delhi 2010 with bronze in the 400m Freestyle. Scotland’s first gold also came in the pool as Robbie Renwick touched first in the 200m Freestyle and became the first athlete to hear Flower of Scotland played on the podium, while on the final day of competition Hannah Miley also struck gold, in her favoured 400m Individual Medley event, setting a new Games record.
There was a first ever Synchronised Swimming medal for Scotland as Lauren Smith won bronze in the individual event, while 14 year old diver, Grace Reid, the youngest athlete ever to compete for Team Scotland, acquitted herself well, with a new personal best to make the final of the 3m Springboard competition.
Archery made a return to the Commonwealth Games arena in Delhi for the first time since Brisbane in 1982. Team Scotland had 10 archers selected for the Games in both Compound and Recurve disciplines.
In the team competition the Men’s Recurve and Compound teams both finished ninth, whilst the Women’s Compound team were eighth. There were mixed fortunes for the archers in the individual events with Tracey McGowan giving the best Scottish performance to finish sixth overall.
Top performances at the impressive Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium came from Eilidh Child and Steph Twell, who added a silver and a bronze to Team Scotland’s medal tally.
Steph Twell, representing Scotland for the first time, had a magnificent race in the 1500m against world class opposition. She dug deep and held her line on the inside of the track to take a well-earned bronze. Eilidh Child went into the final of the 400m Hurdles as second fastest from the heats and lived up to her billing, running a fantastic race to clinch the silver medal in a time of 55.62 seconds.
Team Scotland narrowly lost out on a Badminton medal in Delhi as Susan Egelstaff (nee Hughes) lost the bronze medal play-off in the Women’s Singles to great rival and fourth seed Elizabeth Cann of England. In the Mixed Team competition Scotland got off to a winning start against Barbados, Wales and Kenya but medal hope ended with a quarter-final defeat to England.
With a gold, a silver and a bronze in Delhi, Scotland’s boxers continued their incredible record of a medal at every Commonwealth Games. Stephen Simmons took bronze in the 91kg Heavyweight category while in the 64kg Lightweight event Josh Taylor boxed his way to the final, having to settle for silver as reigning European Champion Thomas Stalker of England proved too strong. It was left to Callum Johnston to complete the set of medals and he did so in fine style with a clinical performance from start to finish of his final against Thomas McCarthy of Northern Ireland. He took an 8-1 victory and with it Team Scotland’s final gold medal of the Games.
With silver in the Women’s Team Sprint, a new event to the Commonwealth Games programme, Jenny Davis and Charline Joiner won Scotland’s sole medal in the velodrome. Having only trained together for a few months it was a fantastic achievement.
On the roads David Millar shone with two medal winning performances. After a fabulous tactical battle in the Road Race which Millar controlled for much of the second half, he was outsprinted at the finish to take an excellent bronze. He followed up with a stunning victory in the 40km Time Trial, a full 54 seconds ahead of the field, to become the first Scot ever to win a gold medal in a Road Cycling event.
Scotland’s women gave a solid performance in the Team competition to finish in fifth place, with all three girls qualifying for the individual All-Around final. In addition they each qualified for one individual apparatus final, the best result coming from Amy Reagan who just missed the medals with a fourth place on Floor.
Scotland’s sole male competitor, Ryan McKee made the individual All-Around final, finishing 17th, whilst in the Rhythmic Gymnastics competition 16 year old Vicky Clow qualified for the individual All-Around final and finished 14th.
Scotland’s women got off to a good start holding hosts India to a 1-1 draw in their opening match. This was followed by a loss to South Africa, a win against Trinidad & Tobago and a loss to Australia. Following a fourth place result in the pool stages, Scotland’s women played-off against Wales with a win securing them 7th place.
The men had a frustrating campaign and lost all four pool games against Pakistan, Australia, Malaysia and India to finish bottom of Pool A. In the play-offs they beat Trinidad & Tobago to finish 9th overall and match their ranking going into the competition.
For our bowlers it was a case of so near and yet so far losing out on the tie breaker on numerous occasions. They finished their campaign outside the medals for the first time since 1966.
The Men’s Pairs of Darren Burnett and Neil Speirs came closest to the podium in the bronze medal match losing out to Malaysia in a tie break. 72 year old Willie Wood made his eighth Commonwealth Games as part of the Men’s Triples team, making him the most capped Scottish athlete to date.
Scotland created history as they made it into the quarter-finals of the Rugby Sevens competition for the first time at the Commonwealth Games.
Quickly picking themselves up from a closely fought 10-7 loss to South Africa in the quarter-finals, Scotland overcame a strong Kenyan side after extra time in the semi-final of the plate winning 22-17. The final showdown was against reigning IRB Series Champions Samoa who dominated the match and lifted the plate. Scotland ended their most successful ever Commonwealth Games campaign in 6th position.
Scotland’s shooters were on target in Delhi and finished as the top sport at the Games winning four gold, three silver and two bronze medals. Jon Hammond and Jen McIntosh became Scotland’s most successful male and female athlete respectively at a single Games.
Jen McIntosh and Kay Copland started the medal haul winning bronze in the 50m Rifle 3 Position Pairs competition which was soon matched by Jon Hammond and Neil Stirton. Jon then went on to win silver in the Individual 3 Position event.
In the 50m Rifle Prone events Scotland swept the board with the above quartet winning an incredible four gold medals in the Men’s and Women’s Pairs and Individual competitions, an outstanding achievement and one that made coach and father Donald McIntosh extremely proud.
Shona Marshall came up trumps with a silver in the Individual Trap event and it was also silver for Angus McLeod and Ian Shaw in the Full Bore Pairs.
Men’s Doubles pairing of Harry Leitch and Alan Clyne produced the top performance for Scotland, battling all the way to the semi-finals. In a match of extraordinary Doubles which lasted one hour and 24 minutes the Scots went out 11/10 11/6 to Australian opponents Palmer and Boswell.
This gave the Scottish pair one final shot at bronze and again they faced Australian opposition in the play-off in the form of Ryan Cuskelly and Cameron Pilley. After a tight affair in the first game and a fight back in the second, they were finally beaten 11/5 11/7 to just miss out on a medal.
The Scottish trio of Gavin Rumgay, Craig Howieson and Stewart Crawford finished in 9th place in the Team competition.
In the Singles, Gavin was Scotland’s top player, reaching the last 16 where he lost to the Indian second seed while Gavin and Craig got through to the last 16 of the Men’s Doubles but lost by 0-3 to a strong Australian pair.
Tennis made its Games debut in Delhi and Mixed Doubles pairing Colin Fleming and Jocelyn Rae that took the tournament by storm. They beat hosts and second seeds India followed by fourth seeds England in the semi-finals, on the way to clinching gold in a nail biting final that had all the Scottish supporters on the edge of their seats.
They took the accolade of the first ever Mixed Doubles tennis champions in Commonwealth Games competition, their outstanding achievement securing Scotland’s third gold medal of the Games.
Fourteen men contested the 94kg category including Kilmarnock’s very own Peter Kirkbride who jumped for joy when he was awarded the silver medal, breaking two records on the way.
Lying second going into the Clean & Jerk discipline, he went for 189kg in his final attempt and made it look easy as he took the lead. But when gold looked all but his, Faauliuli of Samoa, in the last lift of the competition, successfully lifted 192kg to grab the gold by a single kilogram.
Scotland had 10 wrestlers competing in Delhi, including seven women, as events for female athletes were included for the first time in Commonwealth Games history. A number of them had transferred from Judo and were hopeful that they could reap rewards in their new found sport.
However their medal charge was repeatedly thwarted at the bronze medal stage despite some hard fought bouts. Jayne Clason (55kg), Sarah Jones (72kg) and Ashlea McManus (67kg) all lost out in their bronze medal bouts, whilst Viorel Etko was Scotland’s best male competitor, losing out in the repechage semi-finals.