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Gold Coast 2018: Team Scotland win five medals on day one

Team Scotland claimed a superb five medals on day one of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia on Thursday.

Neil Fachie

Neil Fachie, piloted by Matthew Rotherham, won a gold on the cycling track in the para sport 1000m time trial.

“To defend a title is a really great feeling,” said Fachie, 34.

“Australia is a great sporting nation and the support we got was amazing.

“We knew that the Aussies were putting the pressure and that we had to find our ‘A’ game.

“Getting a gold medal on day one can hopefully spur the team  on to good things in the coming days.”

Hannah Miley just missed out on winning her third Games gold medal in a row in the women’s 400m IM.

The 28-year-old led with 50 metres to go, but in the end she was pipped by England’s Aimee Wilmott.

After the race Miley was happy with her silver medal, stating:  “I wanted to come here and give it everything I had and I feel I did that. I did not leave anything out there and is a great feeling to medal again.”

Hannah Miley

And Ross Murdoch also took a silver in the pool, adding this second place to his gold from Glasgow in the men’s 200m breaststroke.

Murdoch, 24, was leading after 150 metres, but England’s James Wilby put in an amazing last 50 metres to win.

After his medal ceremony, Murdoch said:  “It feels brilliant to have won another medal. I would have loved to have come first again and backed up Glasgow, I won’t lie, and it would have been great to hear Flower of Scotland again, but it is what it is.

“That race was 0.6 seconds faster than I have ever been at this time of year, so I feel in a pretty good place right now.”

Earlier in the day triathlon athlete Marc Austin had set the tone for a brilliant day one for the Scots with a well-deserved bronze.

The 24-year-old from Glasgow was 22nd in the same event in his hometown four years ago, but has grown a lot in the last 12 months and put in an impressive showing here.

He said:  “My race was pretty great, I knew that I really needed to work hard but also save my energy.

“Everything went according to plan and I knew that I couldn’t have given anything else. I finished in a heap.”

 In the men’s team event at the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre, Scotland won a gymnastics bronze medal.

The team, made up of Frank Baines, Kelvin Cham, Dan Purvis, David Weir and Hamish Carter, bounced back from a shaky start to make sure they were on the podium on day one.

Purvis, 27, said:  “We feel so proud, it was such a big battle. It is a different team, a young one and it wasn’t looking so good at the start, but we buckled down and really started to show what we can do.

“To get a medal as a team is always special.”

 A notable mention too for the basketball team who defeated England 78-65.

Forward Kieron Achara, the 34-year-old skipper, said:  “We played hard, credit to England they kept coming at us, but we wanted it more and we believed and the guys stepped up when they needed to.

“This is just the starting point for us in this tournament, we want to medal and we must refocus now.”

Thanks to Team Scotland/Jeff Holmes for the photos

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