Ten More Medals for Scotland in Pune

October 17, 2008

On the penultimate day of the Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune, India, the Scottish team produced ten medals.

Strathaven’s Douglas Scott won his second consecutive gold medal of the event in the 100 metres breaststroke.

“Its brilliant to win two golds in two days,” said the shaven-headed East Kilbride ASC 16 year old who beat Australians Kenneth To and Liam Kennedy into second and third place with a time of 1:04.59.
“I felt my stroke was good and I felt fresh. I went out in the time that I normally go out in and I came back a little bit slower but that’s probably due to the heat and the excitement of the competition.

“But I’m really happy especially in the circumstances. It’s really hot here and I was a bit under the weather yesterday.”

Following Scott onto the podium were fellow swim team members Robyn Matthews from Edinburgh, who produced a personal best of 1:12.26, claiming silver in the 100 metres breaststroke.
“I kept my nerves at bay and went for it today,” said Robyn who turns 17 today. “It’s still the beginning of the season so my plan was to give my all every race and see what I did so I’m really pleased to get a PB and a medal.

“I’m really happy and excited and this is a big thing for me getting a medal in an event like this. I’m really proud and pleased.

“Now that I’ve been here and experienced this it’s inspired me and gives me confidence for 2010. That’s my next goal.”

Glenrothes’ Daniel Scott doubled his Games medal tally with bronze in the 100 metres butterfly and Edinburgh’s Ewan Johnston won the 200 metres Individual Medley bronze.

Away from the pool it was the turn of two athletes with Commonwealth Games medal winning parents to steal some of the limelight.

Falkirk shooter, Jennifer McIntosh, daughter of Games medallist Shirley McIntosh, won the silver medal in the 50m Rifle 3 Position, supposedly the weaker event of the two she had been competing in this week. Jennifer is strong in the prone and standing sections of the event but is new at and has yet to master the kneeling aspect. Yet she still produced a good score of 648.4, just 5.4 points adrift of the winner, England’s Sheree Cox.

“I’ve been shooting from a kneeling position for less than a year so the fact that I got a silver medal is pretty impressive and I’m really pleased with myself,” said Jennifer.

“I’m shocked beyond belief that I got a medal in this one rather than the 50m Rifle Prone. I think I probably wasn’t reacting well to nerves earlier in the week but that happens.”

On the running track Lynsey Sharp, daughter of former Games medallist Cameron, won the 800 metres bronze medal, finishing behind South African Caster Mokgadi Semenga and Rachel Stringer from England in a time of 2:06.77 minutes.
“If someone had said last year you’ll be third here I’d have been so happy,” said Lynsey. “The English girl has never beaten me before but I’ve had such a long season with two peaks, the trials for Worlds, the Worlds and this.

“I wanted a medal when I came here and Liz (McColgan), my coach, said I could win it. But I never really believed her until yesterday.

“Having won a medal here I feel far more confident about getting to the Commonwealth Games, maybe in Delhi 2010 and then in 2014 in Glasgow.

“The Commonwealth Games feels so much more special that the stuff we do for GB we’re competing for Scotland and it’s far more of a team thing. Because of the history with my Dad competing in the Commonwealths it feels it feels so special.”

Scotland’s medal tally now stands at 14. Yesterday’s other bronze medal winners were boxers Sean Finney (Kirkcaldy), Robert McKee (Fauldhouse), Jonathan Slowey (Glasgow) and Josh Taylor (Prestonpans), whose fight was stopped in the second because of a nose bleed when he was leading 7-2.

In the final day of competition today Scotland is guaranteed at least one more medal after badminton players Paul Van Rietvelde (Longniddry) and Martin Campbell (Edinburgh) fight out the bronze medal play off.

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