Sunday 31st July 2022 will go down in history for Team Scotland, as the cycling team won more medals in a single day at the velodrome than ever before. After a brace of medals the previous two days, they upped the ante with a five medal haul, on a day filled with drama.
Neil Fachie and pilot Lewis Stewart added silver to the gold won on day one, this time in the Tandem Sprint, whilst Aileen McGlynn and pilot Ellie Stone bagged bronze in the Tandem 1000m Time Trial. Also doubling his tally of medals was Jack Carlin, who secured bronze in the Men’s Sprint in a gruelling all day contest; in an emotional interview afterwards he said being back with the Scotland team has helped him get back his love for the sport.
After bronze on Saturday, Neah Evans took silver in the Points Race on Sunday, whilst John Archibald matched that feat in the Scratch Race.
Scott Gibson kick started the evening swim session, qualifying for the Men’s 50m Backstroke final. It was 5th for Duncan Scott in the Men’s 200m Butterfly, his least favoured discipline and then 40 minutes later he raced a fantastic 100m Freestyle to finish 3rd and qualify for the final where he will defend his Commonwealth title.
In a dramatic and close finish, the Men’s 100m Breaststroke saw an impressive swim for Ross Murdoch and Craig Benson who finished in fifth and sixth respectively. It was an eighth place finish for Katie Shanahan, who surprised herself in making the Women’s 100m Backstroke final.
There was a mixed day on the final day of the triathlon at Sutton Park. The day started wet and unfortunately saw Alison Peasgood and guide Hazel Mcleod come off their bike on the final lap of the PTVI event.
But the weather cleared and the sun shone for an exhilarating Mixed Team Relay featuring individual bronze medallist Beth Potter and her Scotland team mates; Grant Sheldon, Cameron Main and Sophia Green who all stepped up the challenge. The team finished fifth, making it the best result for Team Scotland mixed relay team at a Commonwealth Games.
Greg Lobban booked his place in the last eight of the Men’s Squash Singles with a tremendous 3-2 win over Malaysia’s Chee Wern Yuen. It was cat and mouse, with Lobban winning the first, third and fifth games 11-3; 11-9; and 11-7 respectively to win the match. Rory Stewart also booked his place in the men’s singles quarter finals with a spectacular 3-2 win over England’s Patrick Rooney on the show court. Lobban will play India’s Saurav Ghosal and Stewart will meet England’s James Willstrop. Georgia Adderley was beaten 3-0 by world number five Joelle King on the show court, while Alan Clyne lost to Joel Makin of Wales 3-0.
Over in Leamington Spa, Kevin Wallace and Garry Brown’s charge towards the para men’s pairs B6-B8 medals matches continued with a tremendous 25-5 victory over New Zealand. The Scots were a pleasure to watch as they entertained a full house with an exceptional performance to book a place in the semi-finals, where they will face New Zealand again. Meanwhile in the Mixed B2/B3 Pairs, Melanie Innes and Robert Barr got off to a winning start with a solid 28-6 victory over South Africa.
Alex Marshall and Paul Foster are aiming for success in the Men’s Pairs when they play the semi-final against England tomorrow. It follows a comprehensive 20-7 quarter final victory over Fiji, with the Scots duo aiming to add to their Commonwealth Games medal collection. Their quarter-final win followed a 15-11 win against New Zealand in the final match of the group stages. Meanwhile, Dee Hogan fell short in her bid for a medal in the Women’s Singles with a 21-9 loss to Ellen Ryan of Australia, and the Men’s Triples team also lost in their bid to retain their Commonwealth champions’ status in a 17-12 defeat to Wales.
Over at the Boxing, Reese Lynch defeated Shiva Thapa of India by split decision, in a tight Light Welterweight round of 16 bout. He will now face Jonas Junias Jonas of Namibia in the quarter finals on Wednesday. Middleweight Sam Hickey’s first fight of the Games was a classy performance against Saint Lucia’s Kyghan Mortley, with the Dundee man securing a unanimous decision victory.
The Badminton Mixed Team suffered a 3-0 defeat to a strong Singaporean group that included Loh Kean Yew, the current world champion in Men’s Singles. Elsewhere, the inspired performance of goal shooter Emma Barrie against fellow home nation Wales sadly wasn’t enough to overturn an early deficit in an extremely close Netball pool match that ended 42-48 in favour of the Welsh.
In the gymnastics competition it was an early start for Frank Baines and Pavel Karnejenko as the Men’s All-Around competition got underway at 9am. Scores were tight the entire competition, but a slight fault on the Parallel Bars cost Pavel precious points, and he ended in fifth position despite adding 2.2 points to his overall score earlier in the week. Frank couldn’t quite replicate his scores and finished in seventh.
The women followed up later in the day as Shannon Archer and Cara Kennedy competed in the Women’s All-Around final. Tough competition and a few errors for both meant they couldn’t quite match the scores they achieved yesterday, with Shannon finishing in eighth, and Cara in 14th.
Under the sun in Smithfield, Lynne Beattie and Mel Coutts made their first appearance on the Beach Volleyball court playing Vanuatu. Arguably playing the toughest competition in their pool first, the women lost 21-10, 21-14 as they battled under the Birmingham heat against the Gold Coast 2018 bronze medallists.
Running simultaneously with the game on the sand was the Men’s 3×3 Basketball final pool game on the other side of the Smithfield venue. The men fought hard and pulled out all the stops to achieve a narrow 15-14 win. Having won all three of their pool games, they’ll progress straight to the semi-final.
Similarly, the women’s team was on fire against the Kenyans, playing tit for tat until the last minute when a free throw taken by Kennedy Leonard won them the game 21-17 with just four seconds left on the clock. They progress to the quarter-final.
Scotland men’s hockey team lost their second match of Birmingham 2022 to Australia. A perfect drag flick in the first quarter put world number one ranked Australia ahead before Tim Brand scrambled a second home from close range. Jeremy Hayward added a third and a fourth and fifth soon followed. The deadly Aussie penalty corners and clinical finishing brought more goals and a full time score of 12-0.