SILVER FOR OUR EILIDH
Joy for Doyle Down Under
Kinross 400m hurdler Eilidh Doyle powered down the home straight with confidence to clinch Commonwealth Games silver yesterday.
The former Perth Grammar School teacher had Scottish fans on the edge of their seats as she sprang from the blocks at the Carrara Stadium.
Saltires were flying high as Eilidh surged ahead of South Africa’s Wenda Nel to cross the line in a time of 54.80 for a memorable second.
It was her third consecutive silver at the Commonwealth Games in a race where Janieve Russell of Jamaica clocked 54.33 to take the gold.
“I am thrilled to be on the podium for the third time at my
third Commonwealth Games,” Eilidh said.
“I came into the home straight and I was just wanting to get clear over the last hurdle and make no mistakes and get across that line.
“‘The atmosphere was great and I could hear so many Scottish voices. Then I managed to get hold of the Saltire and I enjoyed that lap of honour.”
Messages of congratulation soon came flooding in for Eilidh, with her former school Kinross High one of the first to show their appreciation.
The school’s PE department messaged: “Another amazing silver medal for Eilidh Doyle, what a woman.
“What an inspiration. Huge congratulations from all at Kinross High.”
Stewart Harris, sportscotland chief executive, said: “Congratulations to Eilidh on winning a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games.
“Eilidh has been a wonderful ambassador for Scottish sport throughout what has been a stellar career.
“It is terrific to see her once again triumph on the world stage.
“She was a fully deserving flag bearer for Team Scotland for these Games, and to medal for the third successive Commonwealth Games shows how dedicated she has been to her sport.”
Eilidh booked her ticket for the final after winning her heat, also in a time of 54.80.
The 31-year-old proudly carried the Scotland flag into the opening ceremony to kick-off the event and has been delighted with the team’s performance in Australia.
“Every day we’ve got a noticeboard for all the medals which are won the previous day,” Eilidh said earlier in the week.
“We’re going to need a bigger board I think! We have been raking them in.
“I’m glad we put a medal on the board with Mark Dry as well. The swimmers and the cyclists always set the standard.”
Silver service Eilidh Doyle did Perth and Kinross, and Scotland, proud with her performance