Christie and McLean win medals for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games

Christie and McLean win medals for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games

Louise Christie’s shocking silver secured Scotland’s first Rhythmic Gymnastics Medal at the Commonwealth Games in nearly three decades.

Joanne Walker was the last to reach the podium when she won bronze in Victoria and an incredulous Christie followed her lead in the tape event.

21-year-old Aberdonian – also the first Scottish woman to compete in an apparatus event since 1994 – performed a sensational routine and held the lead until the last competitor, when Malaysian Joe Ee Ng snatched gold.

“That waiting felt like a lifetime,” said Christie, who trains at Aberdeen’s Beacon Rhythmic Gymnastics and was watched by a strong cheering team from home at Arena Birmingham.

“It’s just great, it will take a long time to sink in, but I have a medal around my neck.

“I was a bit disappointed with the tape over the past couple of days because I knew I could have done a lot better than I did in qualifying.

“I just got out and left everything on the floor. I deliberately choose an upbeat routine because I wanted to enjoy it and feed on the crowd ”.

This summer, Team Scotland, backed by funding raised from National Lottery players, compromised over 250 athletes, all vying for the gold medal.

There has also been success in bowls as Iain McLean took bronze in the men’s singles to finish the Games at Leamington Spa.

McLean was one of the favorites for the title ahead of the Games, but lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Aaron Wilson.

But the 38-year-old bounced back to claim a comfortable win over Malaysian Fairul Izwan Abd Muin to earn his first Commonwealth medal at his debut Games.

It’s great, “said McLean.” It was a tough game at the start of the day to get over and come back again.

“I am happy to have played the bronze game well and to have won a medal.

“I took a lot of confidence from my games at the beginning of the week.

I had a mistake this morning, I didn’t play well, but I turned my mind off, remembered the good things that happened during the week and focused on them.

It was a stacked field in the men’s singles, with defending champion Aaron Wilson once again winning gold.

McLean was the bookies’ favorite before the Games, but revealed he doesn’t feel any extra pressure.

“It was a nice little push, it’s a shot in the arm,” McLean said. “It reflects what the bettor believes, what the fan believes.

“It is a tough competition and it has shown that I am just happy to have passed everything.

“It was a great experience to play in front of that audience, for me it’s right there.

“I went out and looked up and there’s a whole stand there wearing blue flags or waving blue flags.”

Elsewhere, James Heatly saved his best dive to the last, but it wasn’t enough for a medal in the men’s 3m springboard, finishing in fourth place as England clinched the podium.

The 25-year-old, competing for his third edition, finished with a total of 460.40 losing the bronze by just 1.9 points, while Ross Beattie finished 11th with a score of 365.00.

“I’m actually quite happy with the performance,” Heatly said. “The scores have all increased as the rounds went on and it has been an extremely difficult year, so I’m happy with the comeback.

“I’m just bothered by the final position. The fourth is just a little hard to digest, but there are more positives than negatives. I was a little shaky at first, it’s always hard on the nerves.

“I’m definitely going to become a lot more like myself in that competition.”

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