SCOTLAND: Hosts sail past medals tally

Scotland's Libby Clegg with her guide, holding her gold medal after winning the Women's 100m T12 Final
Scotland's Libby Clegg with her guide, holding her gold medal after winning the Women's 100m T12 Final

Scotland has surpassed its record for Commonwealth Games gold medals after a glittering fifth day of success.

The two golds and a bronze mean that Scotland has now equalled its record of 33 medals at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh in 1986.

Alex Marshall and Paul Foster tipped the balance when they won the lawn bowl pairs final yesterday.

They handed Scotland their first Commonwealth Games bowls gold in eight years as they beat Malaysia 20-3 in the pair's final at Kelvingrove.

The triumph is Marshall's third Commonwealth title after pairs victories in 2002 and 2006 but he said winning in front of a home crowd was his biggest achievement to date.

He said: ''This is just fantastic. I have won two golds before but this one tops the lot. Playing in your own back yard, in front of your own fans - you just can't beat it. Simply the best.

''It's definitely one of the highlights of my career. That is our 12th gold medal of the games for Team Scotland, so that is another record broken, which is fantastic."

Foster, who won a Commonwealth pairs gold in Melbourne eight years ago, feared his chances of landing a second had been ruined just a fortnight before the game when his prize bowls were stolen.

However, they were soon returned to the Troon taxi driver and he lapped up his latest triumph, saying: ''I didn't think anything would beat 2006 but this tops everything. To win a gold on home soil is a feeling that will live with me forever.''

Later Libby Clegg secured Scotland's first athletics gold of these Commonwealth Games with a T11/12 100 metres victory at a raucous Hampden Park.

The visually-impaired 24-year-old and guide Mikail Huggins was roared over the line by the partisan crowd in a world-leading 12.20 seconds.

She said: ''It feels incredible.

''It was an absolutely fantastic experience. I loved every second of it.

''The crowd were just phenomenal. The cheers they were giving us were just amazing and really uplifting. It definitely helped my performance.

''It is completely different from the Paralympics or the World Championships. Just the amount of support we have got from everyone has just been unbelievable, really. I don't know how else I can describe it.''

Jen McIntosh was unable to retain her Commonwealth title in the women's 50m rifle prone but she did earn Scotland a third shooting medal with a bronze.

Louise Martin, chairwoman of sportscotland said: "It's been yet another fantastic day for Team Scotland with a historic 12th and 13th gold medal as well as a bronze - equalling our best-ever medal haul at a Commonwealth Games.

"To be in this position after only five days of competition is simply phenomenal. All the work done by experts at the sportscotland institute of sport, the Team Scotland support staff, and coaches ensured the team was the best ever prepared for a Commonwealth Games, but it is still down to every individual athlete to go out and perform to their best on the day.

"The performances have been incredible, so it is a big 'well done' to all of the medallists so far. We now look forward to seeing the action unfold over the remaining six days of competition - and to cheering on our athletes to a new record for Team Scotland."

However Scotland suffered disappointment in the pool at Tollcross International Swimming Centre yesterday, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry watched the action.

The host country did not secure any medals despite having representatives in five finals at Tollcross International Swimming Centre, including Ross Murdoch and Hannah Miley who have both won a gold and a bronze each at Glasgow 2014.

Scotland is placed third in the medal table which is led by Australia who have 87 medals.

England are in second place with 74.

Commenting on Team Scotland's medal tally, Commonwealth Games Secretary Shona Robison said: "I am delighted that they have now secured 33 medals in the Commonwealth Games XX.

"This is something we were confident could be done, but to do it so early in the Games and in such incredible fashion is more than many of us dared to believe."