Glasgow 2014: Heartache once again for Harry Leitch

Alan Clyne plays a shot with Harry Leitch, right. Pic: Ian Rutherford
Alan Clyne plays a shot with Harry Leitch, right. Pic: Ian Rutherford
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Edinburgh squash star Harry Leitch is preparing to return to the day job in stem cell research after coming close to a medal for the second successive Games along with doubles partner, Alan Clyne.

As in Delhi four years ago the pair lost the bronze medal match, this time 9-11, 7-11 to England’s James Willstrop and Daryl Selby.

Leitch said: “It was tight, I never felt out of it at any stage right up until the end but they played some of the big points better than us and a few things went their way.

“But we tried to play positively, we tried to attack and at the end of the day they just came through. But it was tiny margins. We came fourth last time, we have put in four years of incredibly hard work and it’s absolutely gutting.”

Clyne added: “The crowd has been fantastic. A great arena, a fantastic atmosphere, a great place to play and I don’t know if I will be able to play again in somewhere like this. I definitely won’t with this level of support. (My) overwhelming feeling is disappointment not to be able to get that medal in front of them.”

There was physical pain as well as mental anguish for Clyne who was struck by a follow through from Selby though, fortunately, protective eye guards are worn.

“It didn’t affect me as the eyewear did its job. I just had to change it and when I got back on I didn’t really think about it at all,” said a stoical Clyne.

The doubles title went to Australia’s Cameron Pilley and David Palmer beating English pair Nick Matthew and Adrian Grant.

Earlier Palmer and Rachael Grinham defeated England’s Alison Waters and Peter Barker to the mixed doubles gold with the bronze going to Pilley and Kasey Brown.

Tragically for Scottish squash the glass “cube” which formed the show court will now be dismantled and shipped off.

“We just hope Scotland will buy itself one, build a proper squash arena and give all these fantastic athletes, these young guys coming through, the impetus they need to get us that elusive medal next time,” said Leitch.