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GLASGOW 2014: Berwickshire swimmer Daniel Wallace wins gold

Berwickshire's Daniel Wallace celebrates with his gold medal won in the men's 400m individual medley final. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire.

Berwickshire's Daniel Wallace celebrates with his gold medal won in the men's 400m individual medley final. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire.

Berwickshire swimmer Dan Wallace has won Commonwealth Games gold for Scotland by snatching a sensational victory in a dramatic final in Glasgow.

Roared on by the home crowd at Tollcross, the former Chirnside Primary School pupil surged through the field in the 400m individual medley final to win a thrilling race.

The 21-year-old anthropology student from Chirnside, now based in Florida, survived a tough test of his character but passed with flying colours as he stormed past rival Thomas Fraser-Holmes in the final 50 metres.

He bellowed ‘for freedom!’ after touching home to claim Scotland’s third pool gold of Glasgow 2014.

“I watched Braveheart just last week to get ready for this,” said Wallace, who was presented with a commemorative quaich by deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the medal ceremony. “It is such a Scottish thing and it warms my heart.”

“I just yelled at the top of my lungs for freedom because being here, the home crowd has really brought out the Braveheart and Scot inside of me and I just soaked up the moment.”

Wallace is a former Duns Amateur Swimming Club member who trains with double Olympic gold medal winner Ryan Lochte as part of his swimming scholarship at the University of Florida.

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