Guy Learmonth sixth in 800m final with a PB. Samantha Kinghorn 5th in T54 1,500m final. Keep up to date with the progress of our Borders athletes at the Commonwealth Games.
○Berwick runner Guy Learmonth records a personal best time as he finishes sixth in the final of the 800m.
○Gordon wheelchair athlete Samantha Kinghorn finishes fifth in final of the T54 1,500m.
○Berwickshire swimmer Daniel Wallace has three medals, two silver and a gold.
○Newcastleton sprinter Libby Clegg won gold in the T11/12 100 metres.
THURSDAY, JULY 31
Berwick’s Guy Learmonth saved his best performance for the big stage by recording a personal best time in the final of the 800m.
On a wet night at Hampden Park, the 22-year-old Scotland athlete proved he could hit his peak when it mattered by powering from ninth and last to sixth with a sprint finish.
He crossed the line in a time of 1:46.69.
Men’s 800m Final: 1 Nijel Amos (Bot) 1mins 45.18secs, 2 David Rudisha (Ken) 1:45.48, 3 Andre Olivier (Rsa) 1:46.03, 4 Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich (Ken) 1:46.09, 5 Jeffrey Riseley (Aus) 1:46.12, 6 Guy Learmonth (Sco) 1:46.69 (PB), 7 Michael Rimmer (Eng) 1:46.71, 8 Ronald Musagala (Uga) 1:47.19, 9 Evans Kipkorir (Ken) 1:47.34.
Gordon wheelchair athlete Samantha Kinghorn did herself proud by finishing in a very impressive fifth place in the final of the T54 1,500m.
Women’s Para-Sport 1500m T54 Final: 1 Angela Ballard (Aus) 3mins 59.20secs, 2 Diane Roy (Can) 3:59.55, 3 Jade Jones (Eng) 4:00.19, 4 Christie Dawes (Aus) 4:03.43, 5 Samantha Kinghorn (Sco) 4:03.95, 6 Shelly Woods (Eng) 4:06.26, 7 Meggan Dawson-Farrell (Sco) 4:07.86, 8 Anita Fordjour (Gha) 4:11.29 (PB), 9 Lauren Rowles (Eng) 4:11.34, 10 Ajara Mohammed (Gha) 4:30.99
WEDNESDAY, JULY 30
Berwick’s Guy Learmonth showed guts and determination in the semi-final of the 800m to finish third and qualify for the final.
“My whole aim was to get to the final,” he said. “My legs were dying, but I’m in the Commonwealth final and that’s what matters. The Hampden roar pulled me over the line.”
Men’s 800m Semi-Final 1: 1 David Rudisha (Ken) 1mins 46.61secs (Q), 2 Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich (Ken) 1:46.88 (Q), 3 Guy Learmonth (Sco) 1:47.78 (Q), 4 Ricardo Cunningham (Jam) 1:47.80, 5 Jeffrey Riseley (Aus) 1:47.82, 6 Shaquille Dill (Ber) 1:48.59, 7 Mukhtar Mohammed (Eng) 1:51.91 DQ: Brandon Mcbride (Can)
TUESDAY, JULY 29
Berwickshire swimmer Daniel Wallace won his third medal of the Games by coming from last to earn silver in the 200m individual medley final.
Men’s 200m Individual Medley Final: 1 Daniel Tranter (Aus) 1mins 57.83secs (GR), 2 Daniel Wallace (Sco) 1:58.72, 3 Chad Le Clos (Rsa) 1:58.85, 4 Thomas Fraser-Holmes (Aus) 1:58.86, 5 Roberto Pavoni (Eng) 1:59.30, 6 Joe Roebuck (Eng) 1:59.33, 7 Ieuan Lloyd (Wal) 2:00.44, 8 Sebastien Rousseau (Rsa) 2:01.61
Earlier in the day he won his heat by a body length. His time of 1.59.36 is a season’s best and just short of his Scottish record.
○In athletics, Berwick’s Guy Learmonth and Gordon’s Samantha Kinghorn both made it through their heats.
Gordon wheelchair athlete Samantha Kinghorn qualified seventh fastest for the final of the T54 1,500m. She was leading her heat before being overtaken on the last lap to finish third in 4.03.41.
Guy Learmonth finished fourth in his 800m heat in 1:47.85, but made it through to tomorrow’s semi-final as a fastest loser. Only the top three qualify automatically, but he was in a fast heat. In fact, he’s actually the fourth fastest qualifier for the semis overall.
○Men’s 800m Round 1 - Heat 1: 1 David Rudisha (Ken) 1mins 46.89secs (Q), 2 Michael Rimmer (Eng) 1:47.64 (Q), 3 Ricardo Cunningham (Jam) 1:47.71 (Q) (SB), 4 Guy Learmonth (Sco) 1:47.85, 5 Brandon Mcbride (Can) 1:49.29, 6 Robert Thimothy Bagina (Rwa) 1:55.31, 7 Kevin Kapmatana (Png) 1:59.09
MONDAY, JULY 28
Another gold for the Borders. Newcastleton sprinter Libby Clegg produced a thrilling home gold medal moment on the track.
The visually impaired 24-year-old moved Scotland level with their record medal haul of 33, set in the Edinburgh Games of 1986, when she secured their first athletics gold of Glasgow 2014 in style by tearing to T11/12 100 metres victory.
Clegg and English guide Mikail Huggins, who together won silver at London 2012, crossed the line in 12.20 seconds, as the Hampden cowds roared their approval.
SUNDAY, JULY 27
Berwickshire’s Daniel Wallace picked up his second medal of the Games by earning silver as part of Scotland’s 4x200m relay team.
Fellow Berwickshire swimmer Jak Scott had swam in the heats, but was replaced by Wallace for the final. Wallace and Scott are both former members of Duns Amateur Swimming Club.
Stephen Milne, Duncan Scott and Robbie Renwick made up the rest of the team and in claiming silver they set a new Scottish record of 7:09.18. Australia won the gold in record time of seven minutes 07.38 seconds, with South Africa taking the bronze.
FRIDAY, JULY 25
Berwickshire swimmer Daniel Wallace came from behind to win Scotland’s third pool gold.
The 21-year-old anthropology student, a former Chirnside Primary School pupil, survived a tough test of his character in the 400m individual medley final 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 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.
In his heat earlier in the day, Wallace finished five seconds clear of his nearest rival in a time of 4:11:04 to break the British record which had stood since 2009.
THURSDAY, JULY 24
Former Duns swimmer Daniel Wallace finished fifth in the final of the men’s 400m freestyle on day one of the Games.
He recorded a time of 3mins 46.11secs, and finishes ahead of compatriots Robbie Renwick and Stephen Milne.
Canada’s Ryan Cochrane won gold ahead of Australia’s David McKeon, with England’s James taking bronze.
In an exciting heat earlier in the day, Wallace finished second behind Milne, with Renwick third to make it a Scottish 1-2-3.