Sen­sa­tional day for Team Scot­land

Gold medal per­for­mances in swim­ming pool, cy­cling track and bowl­ing green as Courier Coun­try ath­letes lead the way

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - SPORT - ERIC NI­COL­SON

It was a sen­sa­tional Sun­day for Scot­land at the Com­mon­wealth Games yes­ter­day, with Courier Coun­try ath­letes lead­ing the way.

Stun­ning gold medal per­for­mances came one af­ter the other.

Dundee’s Mark Ste­wart pro­duced the cy­cling high­light of the Games in the Gold Coast velo­drome ac­cord­ing to leg­end of the sport, Sir Chris Hoy, with his men’s points race tri­umph to get the bet­ter of lo­cal hero and five-time world cham­pion Cameron Meyer.

Ear­lier in the swim­ming pool, for­mer Strathallan pupil Dun­can Scott be­came the first Scot to win five medals at a Com­mon­wealth Games in any sport.

The last was a bronze in the 4x200m freestyle re­lay along with Perth’s Stephen Milne and Fife’s Mark Szaranek but the stand-out per­for­mance was his in­di­vid­ual gold in the 100m freestyle to de­feat world-class ri­vals South Africa’s Chad le Clos and Aus­tralia’s Kyle Chalmers.

Ar­broath bowler Dar­ren Bur­nett has won an­other gold, skip­ping the men’s triples to vic­tory, and still has the sin­gles to come.

Scot­land are fifth in the over­all medal ta­ble with six golds, seven sil­ver and 10 bronze medals so far.

Ar­broath’s Dar­ren Bur­nett held his nerve to steer Scot­land to a 19-14 win over Aus­tralia in the men’s triples gold medal match at the Broad­beach Bowls Club.

Scot­land were trail­ing when Bur­nett de­liv­ered two cru­cial drives in the 17th and penul­ti­mate end to se­cure a 16-14 lead.

Bur­nett, lead Ron­ald Dun­can and sec­ond Derek Oliver claimed an­other three shots on the fi­nal end to clinch a 19-14 vic­tory against the hosts.

“It’s the great­est feel­ing in the world to win the gold medal at the Com­mon­wealth Games. We beat the Aussies in their back­yard,” he said.

It is the An­gus po­lice of­fi­cer’s sec­ond Com­mon­wealth gold, af­ter his sin­gles tri­umph in Glas­gow four years ago.

And he will now hope to add an­other in the sin­gles this time around.

Reign­ing cham­pi­ons Paul Fos­ter and Alex Mar­shall will de­fend their crown in the bowls pairs against Marc Wy­att and Daniel Salmon of Wales in today’s fi­nal.

Mon­trose boxer John Docherty com­fort­ably pro­gressed to the mid­dleweight quar­ter-fi­nals with a sec­ond unan­i­mous points win, this time against Cypriot An­dreas Kokki­nos.

Docherty’s next fight is against Eng­land’s Ben Whit­taker on Wed­nes­day.

Gym­nast Daniel Purvis stepped onto

the podium for the sec­ond time at this year’s games when his per­for­mance on the men’s floor was good enough to claim bronze.

The Olympic bronze medal­list, 27, scored 13.733 as he added to his bronze in Thurs­day’s team fi­nal.

He was un­able to add an­other medal in the men’s rings fi­nal, hav­ing to set­tle for sev­enth place.

Team-mate Hamish Carter came fourth in the men’s floor fi­nal, fol­low­ing on from his sixth-place fin­ish in the in­di­vid­ual all-around.

Mark Dry landed Scot­land’s first ath­let­ics medal of the Games when he took bronze in the men’s ham­mer be­hind Eng­land’s Nick Miller and Aus­tralia’s Matthew Denny, a re­peat of his Glas­gow 2014 suc­cess.

“I don’t know what just hap­pened. I barely re­mem­ber any of it. This jour­ney has been un­be­liev­able,” said Dry.

Scot­land’s men suf­fered a 6-1 hockey de­feat to Aus­tralia, the No 1 ranked team in the Games.

Fol­low­ing a gutsy per­for­mance which earned them a draw with Canada, Scot­land’s women should be con­fi­dent of claim­ing full points from today’s penul­ti­mate pool B con­test against Ghana.

They cur­rently sit in fourth place, but with Aus­tralia’s Hock­ey­roos still to be faced and other re­sults con­spir­ing against them, it may be too lit­tle too late for the Tar­tan Hearts to hit their tar­get of a top six fin­ish.

All eyes will be on the last game of the day as free-scor­ing New Zealand carry a sin­gle point ad­van­tage into the block­buster show­down with the Hock­ey­roos.

Eng­land and In­dia are locked to­gether on the six-point mark in pool A with the for­mer ahead on goal dif­fer­ence.

In bas­ket­ball, Scot­land beat In­dia 96-81 to top their group while the women’s beach vol­ley­ball duo of Melissa Coutts and Lynne Beat­tie lost 2-0 to the hosts and now need re­sults else­where to go their way to avoid elim­i­na­tion.

Pic­tures: Getty Im­ages/PA.

Scot­land’s medal­lists, clock­wise from above: men’s triples bowl­ing win­ners Ron­ald Dun­can, Dar­ren Bur­nett and Derek Oliver; 4x200m freestyle re­lay bronze swim team of Stephen Milne, Dun­can Scott, Daniel Wal­lace and Mark Szaranek; Mark Ste­wart, who won...

Dan Purvis: took bronze in the men’s floor event.

Pic­ture: Getty Im­ages.

Swim­mer Dun­can Scott cel­e­brates with his gold medal af­ter win­ning the 100m freestyle event on his way to be­com­ing the first Scot­tish ath­lete to win five medals at a Com­mon­wealth Games. The for­mer Strathallan School pupil still has two more medal...

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