Eilidh Child celebrates silver with ‘5-1’ gesture

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Hurdler and Hearts fan Eilidh Child was pictured giving the infamous 5-1 gesture as she celebrated during a lap of honour after striking Silver in the 400 metres event at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

And rather predictably, social media was soon set alight with fans on both sides of the city wading in on Twitter.

Eildh Child celebrates. Picture: Fraser Pollock

Eildh Child celebrates. Picture: Fraser Pollock

But the highlight of what the 27-year-old pin-up of Scottish athletics described as “the greatest day of her life” was slightly tempered.

She took her lap of honour to the strains of the Proclaimers “I’m Gonna Be” ( 500 miles) -The Reid brothers being massive Hibs fans.

Eilidh joked: “It’s not my favourite song, but I think I’ll grow fond of it now.”

Her beloved Jambos beat Hibs 5-1 in the 2012 Scottish Cup final at the same venue.

Eilidh Child's 5-1 gesture after winning Commonwealth Games silver. Picture:comp

Eilidh Child's 5-1 gesture after winning Commonwealth Games silver. Picture:comp

Child, whose pictures are plastered on billboards across the city, was beaten to the title by Kaliese Spencer, the favourite, but there was only delight that she was able to deliver on the expectation.

She was greeted by deafening cheers from a packed crowd amid a sea of Saltires inside Hampden Park, as she took silver.

“The first emotion is relief,” she said after the race.

“I’m delighted to come away with a medal, I’m over the moon.”

Eilidh Child wins the silver medal. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Eilidh Child wins the silver medal. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Child said: “I put down a really good race, I stepped off that track knowing I had given it everything and I’m just delighted to come away with a silver medal.

“I knew if I executed my race right I could come away with a medal, I didn’t know which colour.

“I knew I would have to be on my A game to beat Kaliese and she ran faster than my best there so I think the right lady won, but I’m just so happy with how I ran.

“I’m so happy. I think I said after the Olympics I came off thinking I could have done more.

“I came off that line and my legs were gone, they were gone at that finishing line, I couldn’t give any more.

“I put on a good performance. It was not enough for gold, but I will cherish my silver medal. That’s one of my best moments ever.”

The former Edinburgh University student, who sported a Jambos armband as she whizzed around the track, had family members scattered around the stands cheering her on. Running from lane six, with Spencer three inside her, Child knew she had to go out hard.

The tension was increased when, with the athletes in their blocks, a sudden noise inside the stadium prompted laughter and the athletes had to stand up.

Despite winning Commonwealth silver in Delhi four years ago, Child, from Perth, has spent her career largely in the shadow of Perri Shakes-Drayton.

The Londoner beat her to the British title in for three years running from 2011 before Child finally upgraded to top spot this year, in the absence of her injured rival.