Gold Coast 2018: Eight medals on day four for Team Scotland

The first three days were good, but day four for Team Scotland was even better on the Gold Cast with eight medals coming in Australia.

The results put the Scots on 23 medals with seven days of Commonwealth Games competition left.

Cyclist Mark Stewart, swimmer Duncan Scott and the lawn bowlers all took gold medals on day four.

Stewart put in the performance of his life in the men’s 40km points race.

He said: “This is definitely up there with one of the good days. I knew going into this race that the individual pursuit and the scratch race were just activations for today and it worked. It doesn’t always but it did today, and I still can’t believe it.”

Scott became Scotland’s most decorated swimmer at a single Commonwealth Games, winning gold and bronze in the men’s 100m freestyle and men’s 4x200m Freestyle, to add to the three bronze he had won earlier in the Games.

His gold medal came in a sensational final. Turning in sixth he shot through the field, timing his charge to perfection to beat the Olympic Champion and home crowd favourite Kyle Chalmers in the process.

Scott said: “I’m absolutely delighted. This was about executing my own race and doing the job I knew that I could do and put in a performance that would deliver.

“There are so many different ways of swimming the 100m freestyle as you could see in that final. I just focused on what I know I’m good at and brought it back strong.”

Duncan Scott swimming gold

The men’s triples lawn bowls team claimed the first ever Scottish medal in the event in spectacular style against Australia at Broadbeach Bowls Club.

Darren Burnett, Ronnie Duncan and Derek Oliver battled hard and afterwards Burnett, in his fifth Games, stated:  “It’s an amazing feeling to win. Australia’s men’s triples is an absolutely class team and we knew the final was going to be tough, but it’s probably the very final that everyone here wanted to see.

“It came down to a couple of big bowls for us at just the right time, and it really could have gone either way – I’m just glad it went our way!”

Neah Evans, the cyclist, claimed her second medal of the meet with a silver in the women’s 10km scratch race.

“I’m really happy,” she said.

“I had had to work quite hard to close a gap, having been caught on the back foot a bit. I was hoping to get to the front sooner and dominate, but the speed they were putting down made it really difficult to move up the field.

“Coming into the Games I’d have been delighted with a silver and a bronze.”

Lawn bowls triples gold

And four bronzes came.

Also in the Anna Meares Velodrome, Callum Skinner finished third in the men’s 1000m time trial.

As mentioned Scott claimed a relay bronze with Dan Wallace, Stephen Milne and Mark Szaranek.

Anchorman and silver medallist from the 400m IM earlier in the meet Szaranek said: “The mood in the camp is great and it was brilliant to see Duncan pick up the first gold from the pool for Scotland.

“That was my first time on the relay on such a big stage and it was really special. The crowd is great and the Team Scotland support has been amazing.”

Mark Dry claimed Team Scotland’s first athletics medal of Gold Coast 2018 as he repeated his bronze medal winning performance from Glasgow 2014 with a phenomenal last round throw.

A seasoned championship performer, Dry stepped up when it mattered most, launching the hammer out to 73.12m, his best throw for two years, to get on the podium.

Dry has had hip surgery twice in the past couple of years and said:  “I can’t believe what’s just happened – that was the best competition of my life! Every round I just built and built and built. The fifth round was good but it was just short of the medals so I knew the last round would take something special. I was going to leave it all out there and I did it!”

Daniel Purvis picked up bronze in the men’s gymnastics floor final.

With a score of 13.733, despite a penalty deduction for stepping outside of the boundary line, he came third behind Cypriot Marios Georgiou on 13.966 points and Canada’s Scott Morgan on 13.833.

Thanks to Team Scotland/Jeff Holmes for the photos