TOP 5 | Scottish sporting triumphs on home soil
To celebrate the fact that today is St Andrews Day and that there are less than 250 days to go until Glasgow 2018, we thought we’d look back at some memorable performances from Scottish athletes on home soil over the past few years.
Next year’s Glasgow 2018 European Championships will see over 3000 athletes going for European glory across our six sports of Aquatics, Cycling, Golf, Gymnastics, Rowing and Triathlon. European Championship co-hosts Berlin will stage Athletics, another event which could see Scottish athletes in the hunt for medals.
Here are five occasions when Scottish athletes have fed off the home support and achieved major success in Scotland:
ROSS MURDOCH - GLASGOW 2014 COMMONWEALTH GAMES – TOLLCROSS, GLASGOW
Where else to start but with our very own Glasgow 2018 sporting ambassador Ross Murdoch. The Balloch swimmer was already making waves in Scotland by the time the 2014 Commonwealth Games rolled into Glasgow three years ago but shot to national and worldwide fame thanks to a storming performance in the 200m breaststroke final. Sure to go down as one of the most memorable races ever at Tollcross International Swimming Centre, where Ross will be hoping to achieve further glory in front of his adoring home fans at Glasgow 2018.
PAUL LAWRIE - 1999 OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS – CARNOUSTIE GOLF LINKS, ANGUS
Still one of the most dramatic finishes ever witnessed at a sporting event in Scotland, we all remember where we were when Aberdonian Paul Lawrie clawed back a ten-stroke deficit to win the 1999 Open Championships via a play-off at Carnoustie Links. Up against Frenchman Jean van de Velde and American Justin Leonard, Lawrie managed to hit within four-feet from the hole for a winning birdie putt and as the home crowd waited nervously, he successfully sank the putt to become the first Scots Open winner since Sandy Lyle in 1985.
EILIDH DOYLE - 2014 COMMONWEALTH GAMES – HAMPDEN PARK, GLASGOW
Another amazing success story for Team Scotland at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Eilidh was selected as team captain for the games and - roared on by a passionate Hampden crowd - clinched her second successive silver medal in the 400m hurdles, a memory which will stay with the two-time European Champion for a long time. One of the defining images of the Commonwealth Games is the Perth-born athlete thanking the home support with a saltire wrapped around her whilst the Proclaimers played in the background! Another athlete who will have one eye on the European Athletics Championships in Berlin next August.
JACK CARLIN – 2016 TRACK WORLD CUP – SIR CHRIS HOY VELODROME, GLASGOW
Not many people get the chance to win a gold medal at the venue they learnt their trade on, but Jack Carlin is one such athlete. The track star was just 19-years-old when he clinched gold in the team sprint with the British Cycling team at the 2016 Track World Cup stage in Glasgow. Alongside teammates Ryan Owens and Joe Truman, Jack fed off the home cheers to help his team beat France by almost a second at Glasgow 2018 host venue Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome – the same place he began his track cycling career on just a few years previously. Already has one eye on Glasgow 2018 which he says is a huge step forward for the sport.
CALLUM HAWKINS – 2017 GREAT EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY – EDINBURGH
The Scottish distance runner is somewhat of a specialist at cross country events, having won three European titles – at junior, under-23 and senior level - since 2009. He achieved top 10 finishes in the half-marathon at both the 2016 European Athletics Championships and 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Competing at this year’s Great Edinburgh International Cross Country, Hawkins finished runner-up and became the first Brit to beat Mo Farah in any race for 7 years. Could be one of the stand-out performers at next year’s European Championships, where he’ll be looking to compete in the half-marathon in Berlin.
CARLY BOOTH – 2012 LADIES SCOTTISH OPEN – ARCHERFIELD LINKS, EAST LOTHIAN
Another great Scottish golfing win on home turf, Carly Booth became only the fourth Scot to win the Ladies Scottish Open with her maiden Ladies European Tour win in 2012. Playing at the Archerfield Links course in East Lothian, the then 19-year-old Carly finished on four under par after battling freezing conditions during the opening rounds. Could be another name to watch for during the European Golf Team Championships at Gleneagles at Glasgow 2018, where she’d relish the chance to win in front of a Scottish crowd again.
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