After a red-hot opening night in the pool, Team Scotland’s swimmers were back in action at the Bahamas 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games throughout Thursday, looking to build on their impressive medal haul.
Star of the previous night’s show, Perth’s Scott McLay impressed once more in the 100m Freestyle final, touching home first to take his third medal and second gold of the 2017 Youth Games. He clocked 50.46sec to beat Sri Lanka’s silver medallist Kyle Abeysinghe and bronze medallist Jonathan Tan of Singapore.
“I was pretty nervous for that race as it is my main event,” said Scott. “I was able to calm myself down on the block by going through my process goals and thankfully it was enough to get that gold medal.”
Scott has a well-deserved rest day tomorrow before returning to the pool for Saturday’s 50m Freestyle, where he will aim to add to his medal tally. Should he win gold, he would equal Craig Benson’s record of three gold and one silver from the Isle of Man 2011, and tie him for the title of Scotland’s most successful Youth Games athlete of all-time.
Sophie Smith became the second Team Scotland multiple medallist by taking bronze from the outside lane of the 100m Freestyle event. Sophie, who took a silver in the 200m event the previous day, was ecstatic as she exited the pool. “I came in to this one just hoping to make the final and this has completely exceeded all of my hopes and dreams for the Games,” she said. I have the 400 Freestyle tomorrow, which I would consider as my best event, so hopefully this is a sign of good things to come.”
Luke Robins swam well in the Men’s 100m Freestyle to reach his first final of the Games while Anna Fleming also reached the final of the Women’s event. Isabel Jones put in a great swim to take her place in the 50m Backstroke final but it was disappointment for Emma Harvey, who swam extremely well in the heats, only to exit the pool to a disqualification from the event officials. Scotland finished sixth place in the 4x200m Freestyle Relay to cap off another thrilling day at the pool.
There is livestream coverage of selected Youth Games events, including tomorrow’s swimming finals, available to all non-Caribbean countries on www.oz.com/cyg2017
Broadcasts include Swimming, Athletics, Beach Volleyball, Beach Soccer and Boxing, with the full schedule available at: https://www.oz.com/cyg2017/schedule