Glasgow 2014: Golden success for Craig MacLean

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Scotland’s Neil Fachie and his City of Edinburgh pilot Craig MacLean were victorious in the 1000 metres time trial B2 tandem as they took gold.

Partially-sighted Fachie, 30 and partner MacLean, 42, were the last of five teams to go and, roared on by a capacity crowd, including Hoy himself and comedian Billy Connolly, the pair powered to victory in one minute 2.096 seconds.

The duo led Australian pair Kieran Modra and Jason Niblett by more than a second at the halfway mark, but needed to fight all the way to the line, crossing it with only 0.148seconds to spare.

As the pair completed their lap of honour around the track, Fachie unfurled a Saltire and held it aloft – seemingly hoisting it in the direction of the man who leant the velodrome his name, with Hoy clapping his approval from a television gantry.

MacLean, left, joked: “It’s nice to do it in a velodrome named after some old bloke who used to ride a bike.”

Fachie, whose parents and sister were in the crowd cheering him on, said: “We’ve worked really hard for this. That ride was the most painful experience of either of our lives, we deserve this medal. I wanted to celebrate it with the crowd, because they’ve been fantastic.”