Two historic golds for Scotland at Commonwealth Games as record medals tally

first_img“To walk away with the gold medal is just crazy and I would not have believed that had someone suggested it this morning.”The former George Watson’s College pupil, who won a world synchro silver with Tom Daley last year, competes again today in her favourite 3m springboard event.Meanwhile, Marshall took his tally of Games medals to five golds and one silver, overtaking the sprinter Allan Wells, with four golds and a silver. grace reid She said: “I just loved every second of that. That was unbelievable. My primary goal was to go out and actually enjoy what I do, so job done as far as I’m concerned.“Seeing as this was my third Commonwealth Games, I actually came in with quite a lot of pressure on my shoulders. “I haven’t been sleeping and eating as much as normal because I have been really nervous. But experience came into play and I went into autopilot this evening. However, it is already well ahead of its best previous overseas medal haul of 29, in Melbourne in 2006. Scotland has won two historic Commonwealth Games gold medals to help take the country’s tally to an impressive 41 medals overall.Grace Reid ended the country’s 60-year wait for a diving gold by winning the 1m springboard, while bowler Alex “Tattie” Marshall became Team Scotland’s most successful Games competitor of all time as he won a fifth lawn bowling gold.In the pool, 21-year-old Reid from Edinburgh was competing in her third successive Games and performed consistently throughout the five rounds.Her gold was the first since Peter Heatly took gold in the equivalent men’s event in 1958. Earlier this week, his grandson James followed in his footsteps to win a bronze in the 1m springboard.Reid won with a personal best score, ahead of two Australians, and was in tears when the result was confirmed. Grace Reid with her gold medalCredit:Gettycenter_img alex marshall Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Alex Marshall, Scotland’s most successful Games athleteCredit:AFP He picked up his latest medal in the men’s fours competition with a hard-fought win over Australia.The 51-year-old from East Lothian, who began bowling when he was eight and first represented his country in 1988, said he was now looking forward to 2022.He added: “Becoming the most successful athlete was always in the back of my mind, but today was about getting another medal for Team Scotland.“It’s been a fantastic Games for the entire team and we’re so proud to be a part of that.”There were also bronze medals for the team in bowls, boxing and shooting, taking Scotland’s medal tally – already the biggest at an overseas Games – to 41. The country’s biggest total came four years in Glasgow when, as hosts, the team won 53 medals.last_img

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