Gold Coast 2018: Five more medals on day three for Team Scotland

Neil Fachie and Matt Rotherham secured their second gold medal of the Commonwealth Games in the Anna Meares Velodrome in Brisbane to lead the way on day three.

Like days one and two in Australia, Scotland won five medals on the third day with four coming in cycling and one in swimming.

Fachie and Rotherham had been on fire on day one and they were so again, winning the men’s B & VI sprint.

They made a statement of intent early on when they qualified in a world record time, completing the 200m lap in 9.568 seconds, before cruising through the best-of-three heats unscathed.

In the final they again won the first two races.

“We really, really train hard, and the results speak for themselves. We’ve done really well and who knows where we can go if we keep pushing those boundaries,” Fachie said.

“We’re way ahead of where we expected to be time-wise at this stage, so who knows what the future may hold.”

Archibald and Evans cycling

It was followed by silver and bronze medals for Katie Archibald and Neah Evans in the Women’s 25km Scratch race,

Evans said:  “It was hard work. I knew, having trained with the other guys, that I was there or thereabouts, but it’s always hard to prove that in a competition, so I’m really happy to come away with a bronze medal.

“You go in with half an idea of what you’d like but you’ve got to be adaptable and go with the race and see how it flows out.

“Watching the other members of Team Scotland going out and winning medals, it’s quite an electric atmosphere, so to come and actually win a medal myself is huge.”

And then Jack Carlin secured a silver in the men’s sprint.

Having just missed out on the medals on day two in the Kierin, he said: “It [finishing fourth] gave me hunger to try get a good finish in this one.

“Competing for Team Scotland has been a dream of mine ever since I was sitting in the stands at the last Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

“I said ‘I want to be there one day’, and now I have a medal to show that I was.”

Carlin cycling

Over at the pool in Southport, Duncan Scott won bronze in the men’s 200m butterfly.

Scott was back in fifth place with 50m to go, but powered home for third in 1:56.60, a new personal best. South African Chad Le Clos dominated from the start and won the race in a new Games record time of 1:54.00.

“It’s not an event I’m used to racing and there were lads in that final with some real fly speed. I’m sure I could have been quicker, although it was a big PB so I’ve got to be pleased with that,” Scott stated.

“I always seem to come back very strong in the fly and I had to do that tonight. My third 50m was poor but that last 50 was a lot better than it’s ever been and that’s something really positive to take away.”

Meanwhile, Vicky Glover became the first female boxer to represent Scotland at a Commonwealth Games.

She defeated Valerian Spicer and said:  “I’m so happy to get the first fight out of the way. It was a wee bit edgy in there to start with, and I switched off a little in the second, but I won and it was a good warm-up.

“It’s a privilege to be here as the first Scottish girl at a Commonwealth Games, very exciting for me.”

 Thanks to Team Scotland/Jeff Holmes for the photos