Sport By Sport Highlights
At Glasgow 2014
The action at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre got underway on day one of the Games and, from the outset, Scotland’s swimmers were on top form and added to the team’s early gold rush. First up, Hannah Miley retained her title as Commonwealth Games champion in the 400m Individual Medley, an impressive feat and the only Scottish athlete to do so in any sport. She added a bronze in the 200m Individual Medley later in the week. Within minutes of Miley collecting her gold, there was the first surprise of the night when 20 year old Ross Murdoch beat hometown favourite and fellow Scot, Michael Jamieson into second place in the 200m Breaststroke in a new Games record. The expression on Ross’s face said it all! Murdoch went on two days later to collect a bronze in the 100m Breaststroke to confirm his arrival on the world stage.
A third gold in the pool came from Dan Wallace on day two in the men’s 400m Individual Medley and he went on to pick up a further two silver medals in the 200m Individual Medley and as part of the men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay team, to finish as the top Scottish swimmer of the Games.
But the darling of the pool was Shetland’s Erraid Davies, who at 13 years old was Team Scotland’s youngest ever team member and now medallist, winning bronze in the Para-Sport SB9 100m Breaststroke. Erraid’s beaming smile was a Games highlight that trended worldwide on Twitter and will be remembered for many years to come.
Other Swimming medallists included Corrie Scott in the women’s 50m Breaststroke and the Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay team of Stephen Milne, Robbie Renwick, Duncan Scott & Dan Wallace, with Jak Scott, Gareth Mills, Cameron Brodie & Craig Hamilton ensuring the team cruised through the heats. This was the third successive Games where Scotland has taken silver in this event. Swimming won a total of 10 medals: 3 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze to take Aquatics’ overall Commonwealth Games medal tally to an impressive 83 (including 23 gold), more than any other Scottish sport at the Games.
Over in Edinburgh at the Royal Commonwealth Pool, Scotland’s two divers Grace Reid and James Heatly acquitted themselves well, both setting new personal bests in the heats and finals of the 1m and 3m Springboard events.
Scottish athletes rose to the home Games challenge and, spurred on by a capacity crowd, delivered their best medal haul for 24 years – one gold, two silver and one bronze – to see Scotland finish eighth in the Athletics ‘points table’.
Paralympic silver medallist Libby Clegg and guide runner Mikail Huggins took gold in the Para-Sport T12 100m, Scotland’s first gold on the track since Yvonne Murray in 1994. There were emotional silvers for 400m Hurdler Eilidh Child and Lynsey Sharp in the 800m on successive nights, amid stirring scenes at Hampden. There was also a bronze for a delighted Mark Dry in the Hammer, Scotland’s first throws medal since 1982.
Mixed Doubles Pair, Robert Blair and Imogen Bankier, were the first to stake their claim for a Badminton medal at Glasgow 2014. The third seeds cast aside their disappointment after losing their semi-final against England’s top seeds Chris and Gabby Adcock, bouncing back in style to win the bronze medal match later in the day.
Kirsty Gilmour will be remembered for securing Team Scotland’s final medal of the Games, taking silver in the Women’s Singles, Scotland’s best Badminton result by a Singles player at any Games. The Scottish No.1 and tournament second seed had reached the final without dropping a game but fell to Canada’s Michelle Li, much to the disappointment of the home fans packing Glasgow’s Emirates Arena.
It was the first time Scotland had won two medals since Edinburgh 1986 when Billy Gilliland added a Mixed Doubles bronze with Christine Black to his Men’s Doubles gold with Dan Travers.
The early rounds of the Boxing competition were held at the SECC and after a busy week in the ring, Scotland’s boxers secured four places in the semi-finals and were guaranteed four medals. Reece McFadden (52kg), who had taken out the World number 1 from Wales in his opening bout of the competition, had to settle for bronze in the Flyweight category after losing out in a split decision to Andrew Moloney of Australia. There was a bronze too for, Heavyweight, Stephen Lavelle (91kg) who battled hard but came up just short against David Light of New Zealand.
But Delhi Silver medallist, Josh Taylor, and larger than life character, Charlie Flynn, made it all the way to the finals. There was a change of venue for the big occasion to the fabulous SSE Hydro Arena, packed with 10,000 fans determined to witness more Scottish success. Postal worker Charlie Flynn delivered in style and took Scotland to the 50 medal mark with boxing’s first gold of the Games in the 60kg Lightweight division, while Josh Taylor (64kg) completed his set of Commonwealth medals, adding gold to his Youth Games bronze in 2008 and silver in Delhi two years later. The final medal tally of two gold and two bronze was the best result for the sport since 1962.
It was the Para-Sport athletes that led the charge for medals, with Team Scotland’s first medal of the Games delivered in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome on day one. Multi Paralympic medallist Aileen McGlynn and pilot Louise Haston smashed the Commonwealth Games Record in the Women’s Para-Cycling Sprint B2 Tandem qualifying, then watched English pairing Sophie Thornhill and Helen Scott better it. The final saw McGlynn and Haston take on the English duo in a home nation’s battle for gold. In a close race McGlynn and Haston had to settle for silver, going on to add a further silver in the 1000m Time Trial.
Experienced tandem duo Neil Fachie and Craig MacLean (pilot) snatched Scotland’s first Cycling gold of the Games in the Men’s Para-Cycling 1,000 metre Time Trial B Tandem with a gutsy ride. MacLean and Fachie crossed the line in spectacular style and made history by claiming the first ever Men’s Para-Cycling gold medal of the Commonwealth Games. On the penultimate day of the Track Cycling, Fachie and MacLean stepped on to the track once more, this time in the Para-Cycling Sprint B Tandem, and won their second gold of the Games.
Katie Archibald also continued to show her world class potential, winning bronze in the 25km Points Race on the track, along with a fourth place in the Individual Pursuit and a fifth place in the Scratch Race. She was also the first Scottish finisher in the Women’s Road Race in 7th place, at the end of a busy racing programme.
The final medal tally of two gold, two silver and one bronze is Cycling’s best Commonwealth Games result to date.
In the stunning setting of the SSE Hydro, Gymnastics won their first gold medals since Manchester 2002 and had their most successful Commonwealth Games ever winning two gold, two silver and a bronze. Things got off to the perfect start with the Men’s Team of Liam Davie, Adam Cox, Daniel Keatings, Daniel Purvis and Frank Baines claiming a historic silver, Scotland’s first ever team medal in gymnastics at a Commonwealth Games.
For the rest of the week it was the story of the two Daniels, with Keatings and Purvis each winning a further two medals. Keatings became Commonwealth Games Champion on the Pommel Horse as well as winning silver in the Individual All-Around, whilst teammate Daniel Purvis was the only athlete to collect a full set of medals with gold on Parallel Bars and bronze on Rings to add to his Team silver.
In the women’s team, there were a number of familiar and experienced faces in the line-up and none more so than Linda Clement, She was making her fourth Commonwealth Games appearance and has captained Scotland in over 100 international matches. Scotland’s women had high hopes going into the Games and a victory in their opening game against Malaysia got them off to the best possible start, in baking sunshine at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre. This was followed by defeat to Australia, then a win against Wales, before losing their final group match 2-1 against England in a very close encounter that could have gone either way. There was further disappointment in the classification games – losing 2-1 to India to finish 6th overall and better their 2010 result by one place.
In the men’s competition, Team Scotland suffered defeats at the hands of South Africa and India before beating Wales 4-3 in Pool A, only to go down against Australia in their final group game. They rounded off their Games against Malaysia, losing 2-1 in their classification match to finish eighth.
Judo made its return to the Commonwealth Games programme for the first time since 2002. The action got underway on day one of the Games at the SECC precinct and the team’s high hopes were quickly justified winning six medals by the close of play. These included an emotional double-gold for the Renicks sisters, with Kimberley (-48kg) assuring her place in the history books, winning Scotland’s first gold of the Games. Fans didn’t have to wait long for a second medal, with John Buchanan (-60kg) taking bronze before Louise Renicks replicated her sister’s gold medal winning feat. The medals continued rolling in with James Millar (-66kg) and Connie Ramsay (-57kg) also both winning bronze, before Steph Inglis secured silver in the -57kg category.
On day two, Scotland’s Judo team added two more medals to take their impressive haul to eight. Sarah Clark (-63kg) won gold, her second Commonwealth Games medal 12 years apart, whilst Sally Conway (-70kg) claimed bronze. The atmosphere in the Judo arena had built to a frenzy by the final night and started with a silver and a bronze for Matt Purssey and Andy Burns respectively in the -90kg category.
It was then the turn of Team Scotland flag bearer, Euan Burton (-100kg), who took to the mat determined to make up at least in part, for his London 2012 disappointment. Despite fighting up a weight category, he fought supremely to win gold in his final competitive match and bring the curtain down on an incredible sporting career. As if this this wasn’t enough for the crowd they cheered both Sarah Adlington (+78kg) and Chris Sherrington (+100kg) on to victory, to conclude an incredible week for Scottish Judo.
Events that evening saw Judo become Scotland’s most successful ever sport at a single Games, surpassing Aquatics’ achievements of 2006, with a total of 13 medals (6 gold, 2 silver and 5 bronze) from 14 competitors
Nine of the 10 bowlers had competed in a total of 18 Commonwealth Games between them and with three gold medals to their credit, their international experience was looking set to be the key to success. And so it proved, when at the iconic Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre, spectators were to bear witness to some of the most consistent and impressive bowling by Scotland in many a Games.
By day five Team Scotland surpassed its overall gold medal target of more than 11, when Alex Marshall and Paul Foster dominated Malaysia 20-3 with three ends to spare, to win the record breaking 12th gold in the Men’s Pairs. The five-strong men’s bowling team went on to further success with Marshall and Foster adding a second gold in the Fours with teammates David Peacock and Neil Speirs beating England 16-8, whilst Darren Burnett controlled the Singles final beating Canada’s Ryan Bester, 21-9 to ensure they all went home with gold, as the action drew to a close at Kelvingrove.
The women’s team had contrasting fortunes. The Fours came close, but lost, 15-21 against New Zealand in the bronze medal match to finish a heart-breaking fourth. Scotland went out in the quarter-finals in both Singles and Triples, whilst the Pairs were unable to progress beyond the group stages.
Glasgow 2014 also saw Scotland’s Para- Sport Lawn Bowlers compete in the Games for the first time since 2002. The Para-Sport bowlers were also on form and got the Lawn Bowls medal tally off the ground on day three. Mixed Pairs B2/B3 competitors Robert Conway and Irene Edgar, together with their directors Ron McArthur and David Thomas, had to settle for silver after losing 14-10 to South Africa in the final while Scotland’s Para Open Triples B6/B7/B8 team of Billy Allan, Michael Simpson and Kevin Wallace narrowly missed out on the bronze medal to England.
The total of four medals (three gold and a silver), was double the Lawn Bowls pre- Games medal target and resulted in their most successful Games ever.
Ranked 12th in the World going into the Games, Scottish Netball had seen a huge rise in its success and popularity in recent years improving from 16th back in 2011. Leading the charge for the Scottish Thistles was 34 year-old captain Lesley MacDonald who had earned a staggering 118 caps for her country and competed in three World Championships.
Making their Commonwealth Games debut, Scotland got their campaign underway with a strong 58-30 win over St Lucia at the SECC. However, match two saw them face world ranked number two, New Zealand. The girls played well and put in a good defensive effort, but were overcome 71-14 by the Silver Ferns. Further losses in the remaining three group games consigned them to a play-off for 9th/10th place against Trinidad and Tobago. In their final match of the Games, they gave a strong and composed performance to finish on a high with a convincing 46-28 win.
The much anticipated Rugby Sevens competition lived up to its billing with a world record crowd of 171,000 flocking to Ibrox, home turf of Rangers Football Club, over the two days of competition. There was an electric atmosphere in the stadium, with support for all nations. Scotland made sure their medal hopes at Glasgow 2014 were still very much alive after day one, with two from three wins in their pool.
Out of the group stages and with a quarter-final tie against South Africa required to keep them in the medal hunt, the tension as day two of the tournament dawned was palpable. All too quickly Scotland went down, 35-12 against South Africa, and then also lost out to England in the fifth to eighth place playoff. Despite fighting back in both games, with enormous encouragement from a capacity crowd, from three tries down in both first halves they were unable to rise to the occasion and were defeated by two better sides, to finish in seventh place. Mark Bennett did however show that he is the rising star of Scottish rugby, with a brilliant display in both matches and two quality tries.
It was the Clay Target discipline that reached the podium first with a silver for Drew Christie in the Skeet event, making up for his fourth place in Delhi. In the 50m Rifle Prone, Delhi gold medallist Jen McIntosh shot steadily throughout and finished strongly to take bronze, but other world-class shooters including Scotland’s Jon Hammond in the men’s event fared less well in the conditions, to miss out on the final.
The following day with a medal already in the bag, Jen returned with renewed confidence in the 50m Rifle 3 Position. The lead changed hands several times in a nail-biting elimination round, going down to the final shot when it took a Games record by Jasmine Ser from Singapore to beat McIntosh, who had to settle for silver. This medal helped Scotland reach its target of 34 plus medals and in the process Jen became Scotland’s most decorated female athlete in Commonwealth Games history, overtaking her mother Shirley in the record books.
There was also a second successive Commonwealth Games medal for Full Bore shooters Ian Shaw and Angus McLeod winning bronze in the Pairs to give a total of four medals for Shooting.
It was a fast-paced 11-day programme for Scotland’s Squash players at the Scotstoun Sports Campus, starting with the Singles competition. Alan Clyne and Greg Lobban both made it through to the last 16, whilst Kevin Moran, who exited the main competition in the last 32, went on the contest the Classic Plate Final. In the Mixed Doubles, both pairs of Alan Clyne and Frania Gillen-Buchert and Kevin Moran with Alex Clark qualified through their group matches, before going down in the last 16. In the Doubles the Scottish women failed to make it out of the group, whilst veteran Stuart Crawford with his partner Greg Lobban, some 12 years his junior, lost out in the quarter-final to finish fifth.
So it was left to Men’s Doubles pairing of Alan Clyne and Harry Leitch to stake Scotland’s claim for a place on the podium in the bronze medal match against England’s Daryl Selby and James Willstrop. The match had everything the packed, mainly Scottish crowd could have dreamt of…except victory for the home pair who desperately wanted to medal this time, having also finished fourth at Delhi 2010.
The Men’s Team event got underway at the Scotstoun Sports Campus with the Scottish quartet of Gavin Rumgay, Craig Howieson, Niall Cameron and Sean Doherty cruising into the quarter-finals. There they came up against India, where they lost 0-3 to end their medal hopes. The Women’s Team fared less well, winning two and losing three matches and didn’t progress out of the pool.
Gavin Rumgay was Scotland’s top finisher in the Singles, going out in the last 16, while in the Women’s Singles, Lynda Flaws, won a marathon last match against Jamaica to win her group and progress to the last 64. There she went down to her Nigerian opponent and exited the competition. The Doubles competition saw good wins for both men’s pairs of Rumgay and Howieson and Cameron and Doherty, before both went out in the last 16. Meanwhile the women’s pair of Corinna Whitaker & Lynda Flaws won their opening match against Papua New Guinea before losing to Singapore to go out in the last 32.
It was then on to the Mixed Doubles with Whitaker and Doherty losing their opening match, while Gillian Edwards & Niall Cameron beat Papua New Guinea to progress to the last 32 where their Games ended.
Triathlon was introduced to the Commonwealth Games in 2002 and, following an absence at the Delhi 2010 Games, it returned to the programme for Glasgow 2014 with both Individual Triathlons and a new Mixed Team Relay event, held at the scenic Strathclyde Country Park. A strong swim and a breakaway in the early stages of the bike leg by 20-yearold Marc Austin gave local crowds hope that a Scot might join England’s dominant Brownlee brothers on the podium in the Men’s Triathlon. However the pace set by the reigning World and Olympic champion Alistair, and his younger brother Jonathan, proved too much for Austin who faded in the second half of the 40km ride. In the end, first Scot home was David McNamee in 7th, with Grant Sheldon in 14th and Austin in 22nd.
Two days later and making its Commonwealth debut was the Mixed Team Triathlon Relay, a fast-paced tag-team event where Scotland’s Natalie Milne, Grant Sheldon, Seonaid Thompson and David McNamee joined forces. Roared on by fantastic home support, the quartet clocked a collective one hour, seventeen minutes and 50 seconds to finish seventh.
Weightlifting & Powerlifting
Georgi Black (-63kg) was Scotland’s top performing female weightlifter at the Games. With her first lift of 75kg in the snatch and then an impressive 100kg on her third lift in the Clean & Jerk, Georgi set a new Scottish record of 175kg combined to finish 9th. After a difficult year for Delhi silver medallist, Peter Kirkbride, Glasgow 2014 proved a disappointment, as he failed to post a lift in the Clean & Jerk and was left without a combined score to count.
It was then the turn of the Para-Sport Powerlifters to take to the platform at the Clyde Auditorium. In the S750 Heavyweight category (+72kg) for Scotland was Micky Yule, a Sergeant in the British Army, who was injured by an improvised explosive device (IED) whilst serving in Afghanistan in 2010. His injuries required more than 40 operations and left him a double amputee. Competing in Powerlifting competitions for the Army since 2007, Yule took a year to recover from his accident before getting back into the gym in 2011 and competing for Great Britain in Para-Sport Powerlifting. Up against some strong opposition, Micky lifted 172.9kg to finish in a credible 4thplace.
It wasn’t long before Wrestling contributed to Team Scotland’s medal haul, making a return to the Commonwealth Games podium for the first time in 20 years. Viorel Etko became the first Scot since 1994 to win a Wrestling medal at a Commonwealth Games, taking bronze in the 61kg competition.
It was then the turn of Alex Gladkov (65kg), coached by his father, Volodymyr, to collect Team Scotland’s second Wrestling bronze in epic fashion, with the 28-year-old overcoming controversial calls, and a mid-match knee injury, to defeat his Sri Lankan opponent Chamara Perera.
In the women’s competition Sarah Jones (69kg), Shannon Hawke (53kg) and Fiona Robertson (48kg) were the top performers all finishing in fifth place. With two bronze medals Wrestling matched their 1994 performance, the last time they were on the podium.