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Scotland is on the verge of recording its finest Commonwealth Video games outdoors Glasgow 2014 after profitable six medals on Saturday in Birmingham 2022.
Rhythmic gymnast Louise Christie took a historic silver within the ladies’s ribbon ultimate to begin the day, earlier than Jake Wightman (1500m) and Laura Muir (800m) took bronze on the observe.
Iain McLean did the identical in bowls singles, whereas bantamweight Matthew McHale and welterweight Tyler Jolly additionally had bronze medal affirmation after shedding the semifinals.
Scotland have now gained 41 Olympic medals: eight gold, 9 silver and 24 bronze.
That leaves them simply three lower than Gold Coast’s whole 4 years in the past, which was the best yield other than Glasgow 2014 – with three extra boxing medals assured.
Middleweight Sam Hickey stopped England’s Lewis Richardson in Saturday’s semifinals, earlier than mild heavyweight Sean Lazzerini did it for Tanzania’s Yusuf Lucasi Changalawe. Then Reese Lynch took care of Canadian Wyatt Sanford within the mild welterweight division.
All three will battle for gold on Sunday. Within the worst case, they are going to add silver to the tally.
McHale and Jolly could not match them, although. Each thought they’d carried out sufficient in opposition to Dylan Eagleson of Northern Eire and Ioan Croft of Wales respectively, however the judges thought in any other case.
There was additionally a semi-final disappointment for McLean within the Victoria Park garden bowls at Leamington Spa.
After passing the competitors, he misplaced a spot for the gold medal to Australian Aaron Wilson earlier than recovering and beating Malaysian Fairul Izwan Abd Muin to take the bronze.
Belter of a routine makes historical past
Aberdonian Christie – the primary Scottish girl to compete in an equipment occasion since 1994 – carried out a sensational routine to carry the lead till the very finish, when Joe Ee Ng of Malaysia snatched the gold.
Phrase was that the 21-year-old’s routine – invented simply over a month in the past – could be “a belt” and it did not disappoint. It was partly conventional Scottish music, partly Insomnia, partly Sister Bliss however 100% magnificent.
And for a very long time it appeared prefer it would possibly simply be sufficient to provide Scotland the ninth gold in these Video games and match the rating set in Australia final time round.
Christie – her ribbon embroidered with the phrases ‘Scotland the Courageous’ – jumped to the highest of the chart with 4 rivals left to go. One didn’t match it. Then a second faltered. One in all her medals was hers. When even a 3rd approached, a barely plausible silver was round her neck.
Might 16-year-old Ng deny her gold? The Malaysian – who had gained gold within the ball earlier within the day – carried out a high-fare efficiency, which was mirrored within the time it took the judges to deliberate on her rating. The years appeared to go as everybody within the silent space stared on the scoreboard.
The cameras have been geared toward Christie and Ng. Then the end result appeared. No gold, however it could be arduous to argue that it was something apart from a hit because the Scot wasn’t even born the final time considered one of her compatriots was even in considered one of these finals.
“Ready for the ultimate rating to return was a lifetime, however having a medal round my neck was all I wished,” he advised BBC Sport Scotland. “Mainly, I knew it was potential to get a medal, however I feel it can take a very long time to sink.”
Boxers solely have eyes for gold
Scottish boxers could also be noisy, however they’re quietly turning into one of many tales of the Video games. Hickey and Lazzerini will win at the least silver on Sunday and the eight-man staff will begin with 5 medals.
Hickey triggered an upset by crushing Crew GB teammate Lewis Richardson within the second spherical to rearrange a ultimate with Callum Peters of Australia (11:45 BST).
“It was a stroke of luck,” mentioned the European gold medalist of the candy proper hand he made for the Englishman. “We might have fought 10 occasions and gained 5 every, however I used to be simply higher that day.
“I placed on an ideal efficiency and confirmed those that I am solely right here for the gold medal.”
Lazzerini is of the identical thoughts. He’ll face Taylor Bevan of Wales (12:15 BST) with glory at stake.
“Everybody has given up on me in the previous couple of years as a result of I have been scuffling with accidents, however tomorrow I’ve one other scalp to take,” he mentioned. “Tune in if you wish to see somebody knocked out.”
Lynch, in the meantime, regarded unmatched all through the spherical in Birmingham, regardless of a troublesome draw.
His Canadian opponent did not trigger him any actual misery, as evidenced by the best way Fauldhouse’s boxer made it by way of the ultimate spherical. Louis Colin of Mauritius is now on his method (15:15 BST).
“I’ve handled three or 4 prime guys and I am simply having enjoyable on the market,” he advised BBC Sport Scotland. “I need not dream of a gold medal as a result of tomorrow I am going to see it hanging round my neck”.