Swim­mer Scott spear­heads a su­per Sun­day for Scot­land

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - THE SCORE -

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.

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