Glasgow 2014: Dan Wallace fights back for gold

Dan Wallace celebrates his win. Pic: Getty
Dan Wallace celebrates his win. Pic: Getty
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Edinburgh’s Daniel 
Wallace demonstrated all his battling qualities as he roared to Commonwealth Games gold in the 400 metres individual medley at Tollcross.

The 21-year-old looked to be in trouble in the middle part 
of the race, but produces two searing breast-stroke and 
freestyle legs to claim victory.

Fraser-Holmes had already snatched the 200m freestyle title from Wallace’s compatriot Robbie Renwick earlier in the night, but the man nicknamed Starshark restored national pride as he gobbled up the tiring Australian’s lead in the final stretch to win in 4:11.20.

Sebastien Rousseau of South Africa, meanwhile, held off England Roberto Pavoni to claim the bronze.

Wallace’s victory was his nation’s third gold of their home games, following the Saltire successes recorded by Hannah Miley and Ross Murdoch on day one.

However, there was more pain for Glasgow 2014 poster boy Michael Jamieson as he crashed out of the Games after losing to Murdoch for the fourth time in just 48 hours.

Having been beaten in both the heats and the final of his favourite 200m breaststroke event, he sank again in the 100m semi-final after finishing behind Murdoch in the heats too.

He slumped to fifth in 
his semi with a time of 1:02.04, to leave him 11th overall.

Murdoch’s victory in the first semi saw him qualify second behind England’s Adam Peaty, fastest overall with a time of 59.16 secs.

The home nation have 
found the Tollcross pool 
paved with gold so far but Ben Proud and Chris Walker-
Hebborn finally ended England’s wait for victory. First Londoner Proud beat former Olympic and World champion Roland Schoeman with a new Commonwealth Games record time of 22.93s in the 50m butterfly final.

Walker-Hebborn then recorded another Games best time of 53.12 seconds in the 100m Backstroke final, holding off Australian Mitch Larkin. Exeter’s Liam Tancock and another Australian, Josh Beaver, had to share the bronze after both finished on 53.75 seconds.

In the women’s one-length butterfly contest, Scotland’s Corrie Scott continued her nation’s fine start to the swimming action with a bronze of her own.

Twelfth four years ago in Dehli, the 20-year-old from Bellshill stormed onto the podium with a time of 30.75 seconds as Australia’s Leiston Pickett beat Alia Atkinson of Jamaica to the gold.

The delighted Scott said: “If someone had told me this time last year that I would get a bronze medal, I would have laughed in their face and said no way.

“I can’t believe it.”

Renwick, meanwhile, never came close to reproducing the magic which won him the gold in Delhi in 2010 as he trailed home in sixth place in the four-length freestyle contest.

Instead, it was Fraser-Holmes who produced a breathtaking finish to claim his second 
Commonwealth title.