Daniel Wallace hopes his hat-trick of Glasgow 2014 medals can propel him towards sporting superstardom.
The 21-year-old from Edinburgh followed up gold in the 400 metres individual medley and 4x200m freestyle silver with another second-place finish in the 200m IM.
After celebrating his Commonwealth Games victory by bellowing out “For Freedom”, the patriotic Scot had the home crowd roaring with approval yesterday evening as he strode out to the Tollcross pool wearing a kilt. Now he hopes to cement his growing popularity by qualifying for the Rio Olympics in two years’ time.
He said: “I just love the support I’ve been getting. There are so many people I have never met before but they are still supporting me and it’s such a great feeling. My dream is to one day be famous so I hope this is the start of it.
“Every day I wake up and I’ve got hundreds and hundreds of messages. People look up to me and say I inspire them. It really does warm my heart.”
Wallace is ranked just 28th in the world over 200m but his performance in winning the 400m propelled him up to joint fourth over that distance, and he believes such form can make him a medal prospect for the 2016 Olympics.
He said: “After this week, I’m definitely in contention for Rio. Swimming in Great Britian is so strong right now. Once you make the team the expectations are a lot higher.
“You have got to get on the podium and make finals. But we are all capable of that and the next couple of years for British swimming are going to be pretty special.”
Wallace found himself in last place midway through the medley final, 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 to go into the last 50m in real contention and he beat Le Clos to silver, finishing behind Australian Daniel Tranter who set a Games record of one minute 57.83 seconds.