Published On: Fri, Apr 13th, 2018

COMMONWEALTH GAMES: TWO SILVERS BOOST SCOTLAND’S SECOND HIGHEST MEDAL TALLY

Scotland won two more silver medals and a bronze on Thursday to lift their Commonwealth Games medal tally to 35.

Eilidh Doyle won 400m hurdles silver for the third straight Games and the women’s triples bowls team took silver, beaten 21-12 by Australia in the final.

Shooter Seonaid McIntosh earlier won bronze in the 50m rifle prone and Scotland now have their second highest Games haul, with three more guaranteed.

Their best tally came in Glasgow in 2014, when the hosts won 53 medals.

That number four years ago included 19 gold medals. On the Gold Coast, Scotland now have seven gold, 13 silver and 15 bronze medals.

  • Doyle wins silver for third straight Games
  • Seonaid McIntosh wins shooting bronze

Two more boxing medals – at least bronze – will be won on Friday with flyweight Reece McFadden and middleweight John Docherty having progressed to the semi-finals.

Another bowling medal will also follow after Scotland’s men’s fours beat England 19-10 in their semi-final.

They will face Australia in Friday’s final, giving Alex ‘Tattie’ Marshall the chance to win a historic fifth Commonwealth gold medal for Scotland.

The women’s triple bowlers – Caroline Brown, Kay Moran and Stacey McDougall – reached the final earlier with a 19-7 win over Canada, but were always behind against the host nation in the final.

A bronze for the younger McIntosh sister, Seonaid, earlier saw Scotland equal their tally (33 medals) from the 1986 Games in Edinburgh.

Scotland's Seonaid McIntosh
Seonaid McIntosh won bronze in the 50m rifle prone, an event her mother and sister have both won medals in

The 22-year-old’s elder sibling Jen, who won the prone gold in 2010 in Delhi and bronze at Glasgow 2014, finished eighth.

Scotland has won a medal at women’s prone at every Games since the discipline was introduced in 1994, with the sisters’ mother Shirley among the previous medal winners.

The sisters compete again on Friday in the 50m rifle 3 positions event.

James Heatly, who won a diving bronze medal in the 1m springboard on Wednesday, was unable to add to his medal collection, finishing fifth in the 3m springboard final.

In athletics, Jake Wightman goes in the men’s 800m final at 13:13 BST.

There was disappointment for Scotland earlier in the day, with three medal winners from Glasgow 2014 out of their competitions.

Lynsey Sharp failed to qualify for the women’s 800m final after finishing fourth in her heat. She had won silver in the same event four years ago.

Sharp’s time of 2:01.53 was only the 14th fastest, and not enough to see her qualify as a fastest loser.

Lynsey Sharp after finishing fourth in her women's 800m heat
Lynsey Sharp failed to qualify for the women’s 800m final

“I executed my race as was my plan and it just wasn’t good enough today,” she said.

“Some days you just don’t have enough to get it done and this was one of those days. Competition in the 800 is fierce and I faced many great competitors today. I can’t expect to advance when not firing on all cylinders.”

Two bronze medal-winning wrestlers from Glasgow, Alex Gladkov and Viorel Etko, also went out in qualifying. Gladkov was competing in the men’s 74kg while Etko, along with fellow Scotsman Ross Connelly, was eliminated from the men’s freestyle 57kg.

Scotland missed out on the gold-medal match in the women’s bowls pairs, with Lesley Doig and Claire Johnston losing 18-10 against South Africa. They will play Canada or Malaysia for bronze on Friday.

Grant Ferguson was left disappointed with his performance in the men’s mountain bike cross-country race, finishing ninth overall.

The Rio Olympian, who placed fifth at Glasgow 2014, was five minutes off the winning time set by New Zealand’s Samuel Gaze.

Earlier in the women’s race, Isla Short finished in fifth.

Scotland’s netball team finished their Gold Coast adventures on a happy note, beating Barbados 50-48 in extra-time to finish ninth, while the women’s hockey team were 4-2 winners over Malaysia to end their Games in seventh.

Kirsty Gilmour is safely through to the badminton women’s singles quarter-finals after a 22-20 21-12 win over England’s Chloe Birch.

Alex Dunn and Adam Hall are also through to the quarter-finals after defeating Barbados in the men’s doubles. Earlier Dunn, alongside Eleanor O’Donnell, lost to Malaysia in the mixed doubles.

In Squash, Alan Clyne and Greg Lobban booked their spot in the quarter-finals of the men’s doubles with a 2-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago.

It was double disappointment for Gavin Rumgay who lost to Liam Pitchford in the table tennis men’s singles round of 16, then alongside Craig Howieson was defeated 3-0 by English pair Sam Walker and David McBeath men’s doubles.

 

 

 

 

Source: http://www.bbc.com/sport/commonwealth-games/43736258

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