From World records to Wimbledon titles, it was an outstanding weekend for Scottish sport. Here’s our round up of the pick of the action:
Laura Muir smashed the Scottish record and recorded the second fastest time by a British woman over 800m as she and training partner Jemma Reekie finished first and second at the Diamond League meeting in Monaco. Laura’s time of 1:56.73 was just half a second off Kelly Holmes’s British record set in 1995 and almost a second faster than Lynsey Sharp’s Scottish record. She now holds the Scottish records in the 800m, 1000m, 1500m and mile.
Jemma was also inside the old Scottish record as she finished in second place with a personal best of 1:56.96, putting her third on the British all-time 800m list. It comes at the perfect time as she prepares to run the 800m in Japan, while Laura sets her sights on the 1500m.
A PB of 1:56.73 and the win for @lauramuiruns in the 800m women
! #HerculisEBS #MonacoDL
📸: @DanVernonPhoto pic.twitter.com/TT61zolV09
— Herculis (@MeetingHerculis) July 9, 2021
Another of Andy Young’s highly successful group, Erin Wallace took 1500m bronze in spectacular style in a dramatic final at the European U23 Championships in Tallinn, Estonia. Lunging for the line in the final metres, she finished in 4:14.85 to take third place by just two hundredths of second from Spaniard Agueda Munoz behind an Italian 1-2 led by Gaia Sabbatini. It was another major medal for Wallace, who took gold for Team Scotland over the same distance at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games and competed at Gold Coast 2018 in Triathlon.
There was also a fifth place in the 3000m Steeplechase for Sarah Tait, sprinters Georgina Adam and Alisha Rees came close to places in the 200m and 100m finals respectively, while David Melville had a tough time in his 10,000m final and came home in 19th place.
MEDAL MOMENT FOR ERIN
Few things we like better than Scots on podiums and here’s @erinwallace___ after 1500m bronze at Euro U23s #Tallinn2021
📸 Thanks to @SarahTait26 for helping @scotathletics #SALtogether #SALachieve@gnaac1 @SAL_Coaching @SusanEgelstaff @BASCSupporters pic.twitter.com/X0lZ452AYQ
— scottishathletics (@scotathletics) July 12, 2021
Closer to home, Race Running athletes Gavin Drysdale and Kayleigh Haggo were in the form of their lives, setting new World best times at the Scottish Masters and Combined Events Championships in Kilmarnock. Gavin’s 100m time of 16.25 and 200m time of 34.39 were both new World marks in the RR3 category, while Kayleigh sped to a 37.25 clocking over 200m for a new RR2 World record.
New 200m World Record 37.25 (subject to ratification) 🙌
Today’s plan was just to go, have fun and enjoy racing so I was not expecting this at all!!!
Thanks @scottishathletics for including frame running and putting on another great competition 😄 pic.twitter.com/oiWHmVVWR5
— Kayleigh Haggo (@kayleigh_haggo) July 10, 2021
Kyle Gordon was in fine form at the UCI Nations Cup in St Petersburg, Russia, taking silver in the Individual Pursuit. Kyle, who finished 9th for Team Scotland in this event at Gold Coast 2018, was top qualifier in a new PB of 4:12.546, well inside the qualification standard for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Russia’s Gleb Syritsa raised the bar in the gold medal final however, and it was silver for the Scotsman.
Congratulations to Kyle Gordon on taking the Silver Medal at the #UCINationsCup meet in the Individual Pursuit in St Petersburg pic.twitter.com/ay3Of14shC
— Scottish Cycling (@ScottishCycling) July 9, 2021
There were strong performances from Scotland U19s Boys’ and Girls’ against England as both sides began their campaigns in the Great Britain and Ireland 4-nations tournament, conceived after the participating teams had to withdraw from the under 19 EuroHockey A Division, being held in Valencia later this month, due to Covid restrictions.
On Day 1, Scotland U19 Boys scored an impressive 4-1 victory over England, with goals from Matthew Hughson, Charlie Jack, Jacob Tweedie and Sam Knight all coming in the third and fourth quarters. Day 2 was a much closer affair, Charlie Jack and Sam Knight on the scoresheet for Scotland again, but England pulling level at 2-2 at full time. Scotland emerged victorious after a thrilling penalty shootout
A clinical opening quarter on Day 1 saw England take an early 2-0 lead over Scotland U19 Girls which they held until the end, despite increasing pressure from the Scottish side. Day two saw Scotland rally again, creating multiple chances. England opened the scoring, but Scotland kept pushing, with Itske Hooftman very nearly striking an equaliser early in the second half. However, as the game entered the closing stages, neither team could add to the scoring and it finished 1-0 to England.
😍😍🏴🏴 Back in action!
📸 @duncolmsports pic.twitter.com/t1Ld7ZuoDQ
— Scottish Hockey (@ScottishHockey) July 11, 2021
City of Glasgow Swim Team’s Katie Shanahan enjoyed a superb week at the European Junior Swimming Championships in Rome, Italy. Gold in Saturday’s 200m Individual Medley final ensured she completed the medley double, having won the 400mIM on the opening night. With silver in both the 100m Backstroke and Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay, Sunday then brought her fifth and sixth medals – a silver in the 200m Backstroke and then bronze as part of the Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay team. That bronze medal winning team also featured fellow Scot Lucy Grieve of South Ayrshire Swim Team, whose other results included a sixth-place finish in the 100m Butterfly.
Evie Davis was another multiple medallist with bronze in the 100m Freestyle and silver in both the Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay and the Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay. There was further Scottish interest in the Mixed Medley Relay, Evan Jones also picking up a silver for his Butterfly leg in qualifying the team to the final.
Angus Allison (Warrender Baths Club) reached the finals of both Men’s 200m and 400m Individual Medley while City of Glasgow’s Mark Ford was part of the sixth placed Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay team and Rachel Saunders was a semi-finalist in the 200m Backstroke, just missing the final by one place.
🤯 @KatieShanahan_ will be stepping to the top of another podium after winning the Women’s 200m IM!
It’s her second 🥇 and fourth medal overall of the @LENaquatics European Junior Championships 💦🇮🇹 pic.twitter.com/ldNHKUbux6
— British Swimming (@britishswimming) July 10, 2021
Gordon Reid and regular partner Alfie Hewett won a fourth Wimbledon Men’s Wheelchair Doubles title, beating the Netherlands’ Tom Egberink and Belgium’s Joachim Gerard 7-5 6-2. Reid and Hewett lead the way early in both sets, edging a tight first set before a more comfortable win in the second to take their seventh consecutive Grand Slam title as a pairing and a 12th overall.
Following Doubles victory on Saturday, Sunday saw Reid back on court looking for his first Wimbledon Singles title since 2016. Up against Belgium’s Joachim Gerard in the final, Reid lost the first set, and was down 4-1, in the second when he mounted an impressive come-back to force a tie-break. It wasn’t to be however, and the title went to the Belgian.
Doubles Champion. Singles runner-up.
It’s been a good #Wimbledon for @GordonReid91 pic.twitter.com/WgrQ4VHtim
— LTA (@the_LTA) July 11, 2021