Scotland’s star of the pool, Scott McLay, struck gold for a third time at the Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games, as he added victory in the 50m Freestyle to his lengthy list of accolades.
With three gold, one silver and one bronze, Scott ends the Games as Scotland’s most successful Youth Games athlete in history following an incredible few days in the pool. He eclipses the record medal tally, set at the 2011 Youth Games, by fellow swimmer Craig Benson, who has gone on to compete in both Commonwealth and Olympic Games following his three gold and one silver in the Isle of Man.
Delighted with his Youth Games success, Scott said: “I can’t really believe it to be honest. I know the record belonged to Craig Benson and obviously I know he has gone on to achieve great things since the Youth Games, I just hope I can do the same.
“I am feeling pretty drained and tired now but it has been the experience of a lifetime for me. Being part of Team Scotland and having team mates from all of the sports come along to cheer me on has been really special. I am looking forward to paying it back tomorrow at their events.”
It was a busy night for Scotland’s swimmers with no fewer than seven swimmers taking to the pool for finals after a promising morning of heats.
Isabel Jones and Thomas Beeley both narrowly missed out on a podium position, both touching home in 4th place in the 200m Butterfly finals. Sophie Smith and Roisin Ramsay both swam well after a long week of racing but finished just outside the medals in 4th and 5th place in the 800m Freestyle final.
Both with medals already to their names, Emma Harvey and Anna Fleming rounded out their Games by finishing 6th and 8th in the 50m Freestyle, while the 4x100m Mixed Medley Relay team finished in 7th.
Swimming finish the Games with a final tally of eight medals, and the athletes will now have a day to soak up the Games atmosphere and support their team mates in Cycling, Tennis, Boxing and Athletics, before returning home for the British Championships next week.