July 28, 2014
TOGETHER in the pool. United out of it.
Robbie Renwick believes the unity within Team Scotland helped propel the 4x200m relay squad to arguably the performance of the Games so far at Tollcross last night.
And he’s hoping the magnificent display will help inspire the next generation of homegrown athletes.
Renwick, Daniel Wallace, Stephen Milne and Duncan Scott were awe-inspiring as they claimed silver in what was a truly stunning finale.
Australia were meant to win the race by a mile so it was some achievement for the Scots to run them so close, with South Africa also playing their part in the race of the week.
The home quartet produced the swim of their lives as they went toe-to-toe with the powerhouse nations. They slugged it out for 16 engrossing laps as the Tollcross crowd whipped themselves into a frenzy.
Little separated the three countries before Thomas Fraser-Holmes, anchoring the men from Down Under, produced an extraordinary last leg.
July 27, 2014
Four years ago, Australia sped to a Games record and gold with Tom Fraser-Holmes up front and inflicting damage from the off by clocking a split that would have won the solo 200m title that year. In Glasgow, he anchored and the effect was as devastating to the two teams who had been in the hunt and snapping at Australian shoulders and ears for the bulk of the battle.
Commonwealth Games relays have often produced some of the closest bouts in the pool. The clash between Australia, Scotland and South Africa did not disappoint. Indeed, it was thrilling.
July 28, 2014
The 13–year–old from Shetland claimed the bronze medal in the Para–sport 100m breaststroke B69 category on another fantastic night for Team Scotland in the pool.
She was born with hip disorder Perthes disease and spent four years in a wheelchair.
Davies said: "I feel really, really happy to have won bronze. I didn't know I was the youngest–ever medal winner in the Commonwealth Games . That is amazing.
"I train after school and in the evenings. I had a few messages from my friends before the final but I haven't looked at my phone yet.
"I didn't know how I would get on but I just wanted to do my best and that is what I have done.
"I didn't really know how to tell my schoolmates."
Her proud parents David, 69, and wife Joyce, 64, watched their daughter blaze to glory at Tollcross centre.
Mr Davies said: "I just managed to stop crying but it was difficult.
July 27, 2014
Stephen Wilkie and Rod Mills
Following the busiest day of Glasgow 2014 so far, Team Scotland maintained its winning streak, adding another five medals to take its haul to 30.
The tally eclipses our athletes’ achievements in the Delhi Games in 2010 and tops the 29 gained in Melbourne in 2006. The latest victories raised hopes of surpassing the overall figure of 33 medals won in Edinburgh in 1986.
And some athletes had even more reason to celebrate when cycling stars Aileen McGlynn and Chris Pritchard got engaged to their respective partners.
McGlynn had just won her second silver of the games with pilot Louise Haston in the para-sport 1000m time trial when Graeme Hinchcliff popped the question at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. The 41-year-old partially sighted athlete immediately said yes.
There was more romance when keirin cyclist Pritchard leapt from his bike at the velodrome and proposed to his long-term partner Amanda – who also said “yes” as their baby son Milo happily looked on.
July 27, 2014
Shetland schoolgirl Erraid Davies stole Commonwealth hearts as Scotland stretched its medal haul to 30.
Team Scotland added three silver and two bronze medals to their tally, surpassing the Delhi total of 26 after only four days of competition.
Thirteen-year-old Erraid, Team Scotland's youngest ever Commonwealth competitor, won bronze in the women's 100m breaststroke SB9 final setting a new personal best for the second time in a day.
Sister Vhairi Davies tweeted: "So proud of my baby sister. Bronze at 13. Crying like mad."
Scottish Swimming said Erraid trains in a 16.75m pool in Shetland, a third of the length of the Olympic-sized pool she triumphed in this evening.
Roared on by the Tollcross crowd, she finished just behind Australian silver medallist Madeleine Scott in one minute and 21.38 seconds, with New Zealand's Sophie Pascoe taking gold.