Courier Coun­try sports­men cel­e­brat­ing medals at the Com­mon­wealth Games. Clock­wise from top left: Dun­can Scott, Dar­ren Bur­nett, Mark Ste­wart and Mark Szaranek. See cov­er­age on pages 44-45.

Stir­ling swim­mer has record haul in his sights af­ter stun­ning vic­tory

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Scot­land’s Dun­can Scott won a stun­ning Com­mon­wealth Games gold medal in the men’s 100 me­tres freestyle at the Com­mon­wealth Games.

The 20-year-old Stir­ling swim­mer, a for­mer Strathallan pupil, surged down the sec­ond length to touch the wall first and take gold in a star-stud­ded field.

Scott, who had al­ready won three bronze medals at the Games, clocked 48.02 sec­onds as South Africa’s Chad le Clos and Aus­tralia’s Kyle Chalmers fin­ished in a tie for sil­ver.

Scott, who later helped Scot­land to bronze along with Perth’s Stephen Milne and Fife’s Mark Szaranek in the men’s 4x200m freestyle re­lay, said: “I’m sort of speech­less, and that doesn’t hap­pen of­ten. The main thing there was just ex­e­cut­ing my own race.

“I had to stick to what I’m good at – that’s bring­ing it home. I had to stay quite com­posed and let Chad go out and try to hunt him down. I’m re­ally pleased with how I ex­e­cuted.

“It didn’t mat­ter who you put in that pool, I’m Com­mon­wealth cham­pion,” said Scott, who has two more medal op­por­tu­ni­ties to try to build on a record haul for a Scot­tish ath­lete at a sin­gle Games.

Scott’s re­lay split time was the fastest of the race but the Scots were well beaten by Aus­tralia and Szaranek was passed by Eng­land’s James Guy in the last leg to miss out on sil­ver.

Scott said: “Fair play to the English lads today, but we’ll see if we can win it in four years.”

The re­lay win con­tin­ued Aus­tralia’s dom­i­nance of the pool pro­gramme, with five gold medals from the eight events on day four.

Scot­land’s Han­nah Mi­ley had to set­tle for sixth in the 200m in­di­vid­ual med­ley fi­nal with a time of 2:13.29.

Eng­land’s Siob­han O’Con­nor was dom­i­nant in win­ning the women’s 200m in­di­vid­ual med­ley.

Af­ter claim­ing six medals at Glas­gow 2014, in­clud­ing 200m in­di­vid­ual med­ley gold, O’Con­nor stream­lined her pro­gramme this time and seized her one in­di­vid­ual op­por­tu­nity.

The 22-year-old Bath swim­mer fin­ished in two min­utes 09.80 sec­onds, while Eng­land’s Aimee Will­mott, the 400m in­di­vid­ual med­ley gold medal­list, was fourth.

Adam Peaty ad­vanced to the men’s 50m breaststroke fi­nal in a Games record of 26.49. The 23-year-old de­fended his 100m ti­tle on Satur­day, com­plet­ing a four-year un­beaten se­quence in the event, and is seek­ing to win a first Com­mon­wealth 50m ti­tle.

South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh is likely to be Peaty’s near­est chal­lenger. The Glas­gow 2014 gold medal­list clocked 26.95 in his semi-fi­nal.

Peaty said: I’m not both­ered about the race to­mor­row. I’m both­ered about en­joy­ing it. If it’s a sil­ver, it’s a sil­ver. If it’s a gold, it’s gold. I’m chang­ing my men­tal­ity now.

“I’ve learnt a lot these past 24 hours what I want out of the sport, and that’s to en­joy it and be Olympic cham­pion in two years.”

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