One Month On: Team Scotland Make History at Birmingham 2022

September 8, 2022

One month ago today, the curtain came down on a hugely successful Birmingham 2022, Team Scotland’s best Commonwealth Games ever outside Scotland and just two medals short of the record tally at Glasgow 2014.

We look back at a historic Games and celebrate the achievements of Team Scotland’s 260 athletes across 11 packed days of sport.

  • With 51 medals – 13 gold, 11 silver and 27 bronze – Birmingham 2022 was a record medal tally for Team Scotland at a Games outside Scotland, bettered only by Glasgow 2014.
  • Medals were won in nine different sports: aquatics, boxing, athletics, gymnastics, cycling, lawn bowls, triathlon, judo and para-powerlifting.
  • Aquatics was the most successful sport with three gold, one silver and nine bronze medals, while boxing and lawn bowls won three gold and two bronze medals each.
  • Team Scotland won their 500th medal since the Games began back in 1930, courtesy of Eilish McColgan’s silver in the 5,000m.
  • Birmingham 2022 was an incredibly strong team performance with 16 fourth place, 29 fifth place and 21 sixth place finishes in addition to the record medal tally.
  • Team Scotland came from across the whole country with athletes from 31 of the 32 local authority areas selected. Kara Hanlon became the first swimmer from the Western Isles ever to represent Team Scotland.

A record breaking team included several individual athletes making history of their own.

  • Duncan Scott became the most decorated Team Scotland athlete of all-time, his two gold and four bronze taking his overall tally to 13 medals across three Games, surpassing shooter Alister Allan’s record of 10.
  • Lawn bowler Alex Marshall and para-cyclist Neil Fachie vied for the title of Team Scotland’s most successful athlete of all-time, Neil drawing level on five gold and one silver before bronze in the Pairs gave Alex the nod.
  • Sarah Adlington became the first Scottish judoka to win two Commonwealth Games gold medals, retaining her title from Glasgow 2014.
  • Team Scotland has had a clean sweep in para bowls for the first time, winning gold in the Men’s and Women’s B6-B8 Pairs and the Mixed B2/B3 Pairs.
  • George Miller, part of the victorious Mixed B2/B3 Pairs team, became the oldest gold medallist in Commonwealth Games history at the age of 75. He took the record from team mate Rosemary Lenton (72) who held it for two days following her win in the Women’s B6-B8 Pairs.
  • Grace Reid and James Heatly became the first ever Mixed 3m Synchronised diving champions at a Commonwealth Games.

The Games opened with a spectacular Opening Ceremony and Team Scotland were led out by two flagbearers for the first time. Kirsty Gilmour became Team Scotland’s first openly gay flagbearer and only the second female athlete to lead out the team, while Micky Yule became the first para-sport athlete to carry the flag.

Birmingham 2022 was a Games of firsts, not least being the first major multi-sport event to include more medal events for women than men. There were many milestones for women’s sport within Team Scotland itself.

  • Team Scotland was led by a woman for the first time in Games history with Elinor Middlemiss becoming our first female Chef de Mission.
  • Birmingham 2022 was also the first time that Team Scotland was represented by more female athletes than male.
  • There was first time Scottish representation in women’s Rugby 7s, women’s basketball and women’s wheelchair basketball.
  • Shannon Archer won Scotland’s first ever medal in women’s artistic gymnastics with bronze in the Vault final.
  • Neah Evans became the first female cyclist to win three medals at a single Games with two silver and a bronze across both Track and Road events.

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