Team Scotland have set a new record medal haul at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games - on a day that saw local competitors add more silver to the tally.
Livingston PE Teacher Adam Cox was part of the men’s gymnastics team which claimed silver today.
And Edinburgh-born Jen McIntosh secured a landmark medal for Scotland, as her silver ensured Scotland surpassed their previous best medal haul of 33 to make it the country’s most successful Commonwealth Games.
The 23-year-old followed up Monday’s bronze in the 50m rifle prone with silver in the three positions event, making her Scotland’s most decorated female Commonwealth athlete with five medals - beating her shooter mother Shirley’s record of four in the process.
“That’s an incredible accolade to have at 23,” she said. “And it’s about time mum’s record went!
“The whole Scotland team has been absolutely fantastic. It’s our biggest team and the best prepared team we have ever had.
“We came here to break records and that’s what we’ve done. And for me personally it’s pretty special. It was one of the most exciting experiences of my life.”
There was more joy in the pool as well, with Dan Wallace claiming his third medal of the Games by finishing second in the 200m individual relay.
Wallace, who took gold in the 400m and silver in the 4x200 freestyle relay, followed his Braveheart-style celebration by entering the arena wearing a kilt before stripping to his trunks.
The 21-year-old whipped the crowd into a frenzy by waving his arms and clapping his hands on the starting block but found himself in last place midway through with South Africa’s Chad le Clos so dominant that he was a full second ahead after the first butterfly leg.
But Wallace fought back magnificently thanks to a sensational breaststroke length to go into the last 50m in real contention and he beat le Clos to silver behind Australian Daniel Tranter, who set a Games record of 1:57.83.
That takes Scotland’s medal tally to 13 golds, 11 silvers and 12 bronzes - a total of 35 with more than five days of action still remaining.
And Edinburgh boxer Josh Taylor is guaranteed at least a bronze medal after a stunning performance in the Light Welterweight saw him completely outclass his Welsh opponent Jack Davies.
For Cox the achivement means he will have something extra special to show his students when he returns to work for the new term.
He came out of retirement in order to challenge for Glasgow honours, and the hard work paid off when he and his team-mates finished second to England in the men’s artistic team competition.
Until now the 27-year-old had been trying to convert his students about gymnastics through a series of blogs, but now has something more tangible to show off when he returns to the classroom.
“The kids will love this,” he said. “I have been working really hard to show them what gymnastics is. I have been doing a video blog over the last two years showing them the highs and lows of competitive sport.
“I’ve been showing them what you have to put your body through to be successful. This medal will beat any of that, that’s for sure.”
Cox - who says his time at the Games has so far been amongst the best of his life - will return to full-time teaching in September.
He still has plenty on his plate, though.
“Once I leave the Games I am going to Poland because my best friend is getting married there,” he added.
“My wife is also expecting and the baby is due in January so it’s all go, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
“To me, this means everything. I came back out of retirement for this and was holding down a full-time job, so this was a big risk. I had just got married and had to throw myself back into the gym.
“Silver was one of our main goals. Our aspirational target was a gold but we always said that silver would be great and we are just happy to be on the podium. Silver is great. We did a brilliant job, went out and did what we needed to. It was one of the best experiences of my life.”
Scotland’s First Minister described the medal haul as “phenomenal” and paid tribute to the home crowd which has spurred the sports men and women on since the 20th Games kicked off on Thursday.
Alex Salmond said: “This fantastic achievement is testament to the hard work of the Team Scotland athletes, coaches and support staff, and their preparation and dedication is inspiring the whole nation.
“The Commonwealth Games XX team is surely among the best-prepared in history and the world has watched extraordinary performances from our athletes.
“That includes both established stars such as Euan Burton and Libby Clegg, and new stars such as judo sisters Kimberley and Louise Renicks and 13-year-old Erraid Davies.
“From day one Team Scotland has had the full backing of the home crowds. They have turned up in their thousands and have played their part in cheering Team Scotland on to personal bests and a record number of medals.
“With half of the Games still to go it is very likely that Scotland’s medal avalanche will continue.
“Team Scotland of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games have set the bar for Scotland teams of the future and their phenomenal achievements will have a fantastic knock-on effect for the next generation of young Scots athletes.”