Swimmer Scott spearheads a super Sunday for Scotland
It was super Sunday for Scotland with eight medals, but the day belonged to swimmer Duncan Scott.
Scott had two medals to show for his efforts, the first coming in a dramatic 100metres freestyle final where he edged South Africa’s Olympic champion Chad le Clos in a stunning upset to claim victory in a time of 48.02sec.
Hours later Scott teamed with Dan Wallace, Mark Szaranek and Stephen Milne to take bronze in the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay.
That win was a historic one for the Glaswegian as he has become the first Scot to win five Commonwealth medals in one Games.
He said: “I’m buzzing. To get the first gold for Team Scotland in the pool is amazing.
“I did what I do best in bringing it home. I’m absolutely delighted my family’s here. It’s a dream for me for them to see that. I’m so happy.
“I’m just trying to swim my best. So far, so good. It’s very exciting for two years’ time after beating the Olympic champion. I’m delighted to swim that fast.”
Scott’s success was closely followed by that of Mark Stewart, who produced the race of his life to win gold for Scotland in the men’s points race as the curtain came down on the track cycling events in Brisbane.
Stewart gained three laps on the field in the first half of the race to build a strong lead he kept to the end, finishing on 81 points.
That put him 12 clear of New Zealand’s Campbell Stewart in second, while England’s Ethan Hayter was one point further back to take bronze.
Stewart said: “I’m really proud. That was a lot of hard work and it’s come together nicely. I’m only 22 but I feel like I’ve been at this ages. There’s been a lot of good days and a lot of bad days. This is up there with the good days.”
The gold rush was started earlier in the day by the Scottish bowls team of Derek Oliver, Ronald Duncan and Arbroath’s Darren Burnett who beat Australia 19-14 in the men’s triple final.
Burnett, taking part in his fifth Commonwealth Games, and winner of the gold medal for men’s singles and fours at Glasgow 2014, said: “It’s an amazing feeling to win. Australia’s men’s triples is a class team and we knew the final was going to be tough – but it’s probably the very final that everyone here wanted to see.
“We had some incredible Scottish support out here with us and they were with us the whole way so that was great. Our sport is a quiet one, so the crowds really give that amazing atmosphere which just can’t be beaten.
“When we won, I almost did a high jump but don’t worry, I’m not going to aim to compete for that in 2022 – I’ll stick to bowls for now.”
Cyclist Callum Skinner took bronze in the men’s 100m time trial, with gymnast Dan Purvis claiming bronze, his second medal of the Games so far, in the men’s floor final.