Glasgow 2014: Boxer Josh Taylor wins gold

Josh Taylor celebrates clinching the gold. Pic: Lisa Ferguson
Josh Taylor celebrates clinching the gold. Pic: Lisa Ferguson
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BOXER Josh Taylor has won the gold he desperately craved at the Commonwealth Games.

The Prestonpans fighter survived a torrid final round to win against Namibia’s Junias Jonas in the men’s light-welterweight category.

Taylor was overcome with emotion as Flower of Scotland rang round The Hydro.

“I almost couldn’t sing it, I couldn’t hold my emotions together,” said Taylor, who won silver in 2010. “Tears of joy, not tears of disappointment this time, thank God.

“I imagined it being amazing and everybody singing, but that was just surreal. It was a thousand times better.

“I could only sing it in bits because I would have broken down in tears. My body feels numb right now, I can’t believe it.”

Scotland is celebrating passing the 50-medal mark at the Games.

Taylor and Charlie Flynn’s golds in the ring took Team Scotland’s medal total to 51.

This was followed by bronze medal success in mixed doubles badminton for Imogen Bankier and Robert Blair - meaning the host’s of Glasgow 2014 now have 52 medals.

Kirsty Gilmour also produced a powerful finish to reach the final of the women’s badminton singles - guaranteeing at least one more medal for Scotland.

The boxing successes at the Hydro arena take the host nation’s gold medal tally up to 19 on the penultimate day of the Games.

A further 14 silvers and 19 bronzes have helped to ensure the best-ever Games for Scotland, surpassing the total of 33 won at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh in 1986.

Scotland’s Sport Secretary Shona Robison said: “The efforts from everyone in Team Scotland - athletes, coaches and support staff - has been superb throughout the Games.

“To pass the previous record from 1986 on the sixth day of competition was a great achievement and the medal haul has continued.

“The brave efforts and tremendous skills shown from Charlie Flynn and Josh Taylor typified the spirit and commitment of the whole team.

“The people of Scotland and their enthusiastic backing for all of the competing athletes has been a highlight of the Games.

“This is the penultimate day of competition and we’re approaching the end of the Games, and I’m sure the terrific atmosphere in Glasgow will continue.”