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Scotland celebrates best ever Commonwealth Games

Daniel Keatings, Frank Baines, Adam Cox, Liam Davie, Daniel Purvis with their silver medals. Picture: Greg Macvean

Daniel Keatings, Frank Baines, Adam Cox, Liam Davie, Daniel Purvis with their silver medals. Picture: Greg Macvean

GLASGOW 2014 is now Scotland’s most successful Commonwealth Games after Jen McIntosh took silver in the women’s 50 metres rifle three positions.

Team Scotland passed their record for gold medals on Monday - winning 13 compared to the 11 picked up in 2006 in Melbourne - and on Tuesday moved ahead of the 33 medals won in Edinburgh in 1986.

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McIntosh’s silver on Tuesday evening, along with another silver soon afterwards in the men’s gymnastics team event, took the hosts’ tally to 13 golds, 10 silvers and 12 bronzes - a total of 35 with more than five days of action still remaining.

That was good enough for third place on the overall medals table as of 1900 (GMT) on Tuesday.

The achievements of Alex Marshall and Paul Foster secured the gold record on Monday, and McIntosh’s efforts meant Scotland’s pre-Games target of 34 had been achieved.

The tally was further boosted when gymnasts Frank Baines, Adam Cox, Liam Davie, Dan Keatings and Dan Purvis clinched team silver, behind England.

The host nation have enjoyed success in the Tollcross pool courtesy of Hannah Miley, Ross Murdoch and Daniel Wallace, while the Renicks sisters, Kimberley and Louise, Sarah Clark, Euan Burton, Sarah Adlington and Chris Sherrington stood on top of the podium and heard Flower of Scotland for their judo exploits at the SECC.

Neil Fachie and Craig MacLean enjoyed double tandem joy at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

Libby Clegg collected a first athletics gold of the Games in style on Monday by racing to a T11/12 100 metres victory at a raucous Hampden Park, adding to Marshall and Foster’s bowls success at Kelvingrove.

Scotland were on Monday hailed for the “medal avalanche” after surpassing their total from Edinburgh 28 years ago.

First Minister Alex Salmond described the growing medal haul as “phenomenal” on Monday and paid tribute to the home crowds.

He said: “This fantastic achievement is testament to the hard work of the Team Scotland athletes, coaches and support staff, and their preparation and dedication is inspiring the whole nation.

“The Commonwealth Games XX team is surely among the best prepared in history and the world has watched extraordinary performances from our athletes.

“That includes both established stars such as Euan Burton and Libby Clegg, and new stars such as judo sisters Kimberley and Louise Renicks and 13-year-old Erraid Davies.”

 

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