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
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.”