Team Scotland Medal Count

Total: 33
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Edinburgh 1986

After nearly two decades successfully averting political stay-aways and protests because of apartheid, the XIII Games, the second to be staged in Edinburgh, was to become known as ‘the Boycott Games’. Sadly, despite there being so many fond memories of the Scottish hospitality offered in 1970, 32 Commonwealth nations decided that they could not attend, because of their opposition to apartheid in sport.

Scotland won its highest ever medal tally of 33 including three gold. Highlights included Liz McColgan winning gold in the 10,000 metres; in Badminton Dan Travers and Billy Gilliland winning gold in the Men’s Doubles; and in Lawn Bowls George Adrain and Grant Knox winning gold in the Men’s Pairs.

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In hosting the 1986 Games, Edinburgh became the first city ever to host the Commonwealth Games twice.

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Scotland won at least one medal in every sport on the programme. This feat has never been repeated.

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A double Commonwealth medallist, coming into the 1986 Games with silver in Edmonton in 1978 and bronze in Brisbane in 1982, wrestler Albert Patrick carried Scotland’s flag at both Opening and Closing Ceremonies. In competition he made it three medals in a row with a silver in the Over 100kg event.

Edinburgh 1986 Medal Facts

Edinburgh 1986 Medal Facts

No Medallists: 37 team members won a total of 33 medals across 10 sports. There were five gold medallists – Liz Lynch, Billy Gilliland, Dan Travers, George Adrain and Grant Knox.

Top Male: Billy Gilliland was a double medallist in Badminton, winning Scotland’s first ever gold in the sport with Dan Travers in the Men’s Doubles and a bronze in the Mixed Doubles with Christine Heatly.

Top Female: Liz Lynch (later Liz McColgan) was Scotland’s only female gold medallist at these Games with victory in the 10,000m, the first time the event had been contested at the Commonwealth Games.

Top Sport: Athletics was Scotland’s top sport with 1 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze medals. Boxing contributed the highest medal tally with seven medals – 3 silver and 4 bronze.

Repeat Medallists: Eight athletes were repeat medallists – Billy Gilliland, Alister Allan, Charles Revolta, Albert Patrick, Neil Cochran, Sandra Whittaker, Cameron Sharp and Bill MacNeil.

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