Commonwealth Games: Scot Neil Fachie wins historic fourth gold

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Scotland’s Fachie wins second gold of Games
2018 Commonwealth Games
Venue: Gold Coast, Australia Dates: 4-15 April
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Track cyclist Neil Fachie won his second gold medal on the Gold Coast to equal the Scottish Commonwealth Games record of four golds.

The 34-year-old took victory in the men’s B&VI sprint final along with his pilot Matt Rotherham.

Fachie equalled the record of sprinter Allan Wells and bowler Alex Marshall.

His feat came on a day when Scotland added two more silver medals and two bronzes to take their tally to 15, leaving them sixth in the medal table.

Fachie won Scotland’s first gold of these Games, in the 1,000m time trial, on the opening day of competition, adding to two golds from Glasgow 2014.

“I’m so happy with this, it’s a dream come true to defend these titles,” Fachie told BBC Scotland after his record-equalling ride.

“Our training has been great and we were in the form of our lives.”

James Ball and Peter Mitchell of Wales took silver behind Fachie and Rotherham.

Scotland’s Katie Archibald, 24, and Neah Evans, 27, completed an all-British podium with silver and bronze in the points race behind Wales’ Elinor Barker.

It was Archibald’s second medal of the Games after her individual pursuit gold medal on Friday.

Jack Carlin claimed Scotland’s seventh cycling medal when he took silver in the men’s sprint, losing the gold-medal contest with New Zealander Sam Webster.

Webster took the first race comfortably but only edged the second in a photo finish to defend his title.

Sam Webster wins gold for New Zealand in men’s sprint final

But it was further confirmation of the burgeoning Carlin’s progress, as the 20-year-old from Paisley added to his two World Championship silver medals last month.

“It was a tough day; I struggled in the heat a bit,” he told BBC Scotland. “I am disappointed a little at the moment. You don’t go for second, you go for the win.

“But if I had told myself yesterday I was going to get a silver medal, I would have taken it, so I am pleased enough.

“It gives me something to strive for and push for in the future, so I can’t complain. Tokyo [2020 Olympics] is the main aim and everything until then is experience. If you can pick up medals on the way it’s a bonus.

“To get a medal for Team Scotland is special. I have always wanted to do that. I was sat in the stands four years ago [in Glasgow] and I thought ‘I want to be there one day’. Now I am, and I have got a medal to show for it.”

Callum Skinner, who won Olympic silver in the individual sprint in Rio, was forced to withdraw from the event on the Gold Coast after feeling unwell overnight. Skinner is also scheduled to compete in the 1,000m time trial.

Scotland’s Aileen McGlynn and pilot Louise Haston finished third behind England’s Sophie Thornhill and pilot Helen Scott in the women’s blind and visually impaired 1,000m time trial, but as there were only three competitors, only gold was awarded.

Swimmer Duncan Scott won his third bronze of the Games in the men’s 200m butterfly, taking Scotland’s tally in the pool to six medals.

Commonwealth Games: Duncan Scott revels in butterfly bronze

Scott, 20, finished strongly in 1:56.50 to claim the final medal behind South Africa’s Chad le Clos and Australia’s David Morgan.

It was his second individual medal of these Games, after bronze in the 200m freestyle on Friday, before taking another in the 4x100m relay.

Scott later progressed to his fourth final on the Gold Coast, qualifying fourth fastest for Sunday’s 100m freestyle final.

Ross Murdoch and Craig Benson finished fifth and sixth respectively in the 100m breaststroke final, with England’s Adam Peaty and James Wilby taking gold and silver.

Scotland also secured success on court on Saturday, with the women’s netballers beating Wales 51-47, while the men’s basketball team made it two wins from two matches with a 63-52 triumph over Cameroon.

Team Scotland’s target is to beat their previous best overseas Games in 2006, when they won 29 medals in Melbourne.



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