Joy for Doyle Down Un­der

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Matthew Gal­lagher

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

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