Daniel Wallace ‘freedom’ yell not for independence

Daniel Wallace celebrates his win. Pic: Jane Barlow
Daniel Wallace celebrates his win. Pic: Jane Barlow
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SWIMMING hero Daniel Wallace made an almighty splash as he claimed Scotland’s third gold medal in the pool – before seemingly wading into the independence debate.

The Capital-born athlete yelled “For freedom” as he touched the wall to seal victory in the 400 metres individual medley at the Commonwealth Games.

His primal scream may be seized on by Yes supporters as an endorsement of their cause, however Wallace – who almost missed the Games after being arrested in the United States – later poured cold water on the idea.

Hours after his incredible win last night, he tweeted that he was merely mimicking a scene from the film Braveheart and had no view to share on the country’s future.

He wrote: “FOR FREEDOM – as in the Braveheart movie...not Scottish independence...can’t even vote...live in Florida! Love you all SCOTLAND”.

The win was a moment of redemption for the University of Florida student, who feared at one point this year that he would be axed from Team Scotland after he was arrested in the US for urinating on a police car and suspended by his American swim team.

He said: “I just yelled at the top of my lungs ‘for freedom’ because being here, the home crowd has really brought out the Braveheart and Scot inside of me and I just soaked up the moment.

“I watched Braveheart just last week to get ready for this. It is such a Scottish thing and it warms my heart.”

There was further success for Capital-reared competitors yesterday as fellow swimmer Corrie Scott, who attended Edinburgh University, claimed bronze in the women’s one-length butterfly contest.

She 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. I need to watch it back. My swimming is my good bit, my dive and my finish are not so good there is always stuff to work on.”

There was also joy for Sarah Clark, who clinched gold in the judo under-63kg division when she beat Helene Wezeu Dombeu of Cameroon.

The 36-year-old – a former ­European champion who won silver when judo was last in the Commonwealth Games at Manchester 2002 – claimed a third judo gold for Scotland after the Renicks sisters’ success at the SECC on Thursday.