Scots celebrating record haul of 12 Olympic ‘away games’ medals

Bronze medallist Great Britain's Sally Conway. Picture: AFP/Getty Images
Bronze medallist Great Britain's Sally Conway. Picture: AFP/Getty Images
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SCOTTISH sport is celebrating a record Olympic medal haul for a Games outside of the UK, with the country potentially on course to achieve its best-ever result.

As Andy Murray took to the court last night against Juan Martin Del Potro in the men’s singles tennis final, Scottish athletes had already beaten their previous “away games” record.

Scots in Team GB won a total of 13 medals at London 2012 and with 12 already secured in Rio, they can equal or beat that in the final week.

Cyclist Callum Skinner last night took silver in the individual sprint behind teammate Jason Kenny, adding to the gold he took in the team event last week.

His success comes after Katie Archibald helped Team GB take gold in the women’s pursuit in the velodrome in a world record time on Saturday night, while swimmer Duncan Scott claimed his second relay silver and rowers Polly Swan and Karen Bennett claimed silver as part of the women’s eight team.

Sportscotland performance director Mike Whittingham is looking forward to more success.

Mr Whittingham said: “Congratulations to Callum Skinner, who has really made a name for himself in track cycling at the Olympic Games in Rio. To win not one, but two medals against such a competitive field demonstrates what a real talent we have in Callum.

“It was an incredibly exciting all-British final. Callum was not intimidated by the occasion or by his opponent and teammate Jason Kenny, who already had three Olympic medals to his name going in to this final. Callum fought every inch of the way and should be rightly proud of this sensational silver.

“Olympic track cycling medallists Callum, Katie Archibald and Sir Chris Hoy all discovered their talent and love of the sport on the same track in Edinburgh.

“Now, we have the world-class Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow and it’s exciting to think what new talent can be nurtured there to continue Scotland’s cycling legacy.”