Kevin on tar­get as Scot­land grab gold

Liv­ingston star makes up for loss in Largs

West Lothian Courier - - Sports - Cal­lum Car­son

Liv­ingston fencer Kev Milne says his Com­mon­wealth Cham­pi­onships gold medal has more than made up for nar­rowly fail­ing to medal four years ago.

The West Loth­ian Fenc­ing Club coach helped guide Scot­land to vet­eran men’s foil gold in Aus­tralia with vic­tory over Eng­land in the fi­nal.

The Scots were able to qual­ify for the semi-fi­nals as top seeds, which saw them face New Zealand for a place in the gold medal match, with the Ki­wis swept aside.

The fi­nal was a much closer af­fair and went right down to the wire, with Scot­land seal­ing a 45-43 win in Can­berra with six sec­onds re­main­ing to win their first- ever gold medal in the event.

A de­lighted Kev said: “It was great to win the gold medal and it makes up for fin­ish­ing fourth last time when it was held in Largs.

“The team has been to­gether for the past four years and all of us were full in­ter­na­tion­als back in the 1990s so there’s lots of ex­pe­ri­ence.

“The seed­ing came from the in­di­vid­ual events the pre­vi­ous day and it was im­por­tant for us to grab the first seed so we were de­lighted to get that done.

“The seeds came from the top three re­sults in the in­di­vid­ual event and we had an amaz­ing day as Scot­land took the top three.

“Un­for­tu­nately I was knocked out and fin­ished 10th, but it was a great ef­fort from the whole team and that made sure that we avoided the heavy­weights of Eng­land and Aus­tralia in the semi-fi­nal.”

Kev, who was also Team Scot­land as­sis­tant coach dur­ing the event, added: “The fi­nal was nerve-wrack­ing, es­pe­cially as we lost out on a medal against Canada on one hit four years ago. That was dev­as­tat­ing, but I think we more than made up for it this time.

“It was a bril­liant ex­pe­ri­ence and Scot­land over­all had a num­ber of great re­sults.”

Next up is West Loth­ian Fenc­ing Club’s first an­niver­sary early next year and the Livi ace says it has been a tremen­dous 12 months for the club – but he’s al­ready tar­get­ing fu­ture suc­cess.

He said: “The club has grown dur­ing the course of the year and we’ve got a great mix of be­gin­ners and more ex­pe­ri­enced fencers, as well as par­ents and chil­dren. It’s a great way to keep fit and we’re plan­ning on run­ning train­ing on Tues­day nights as well as the cur­rent Fri­day night ses­sions.”

For more i n f o rmat i o n visit the club’s Face­book page at www. face­book. com/ WestLoth­i­anFenc­ing­club.

Golden won­der Kev with his medal

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