Glasgow 2014: John Buchanan signs off with a bronze medal

John Buchanan celebrates his win. Photograph: SNS
John Buchanan celebrates his win. Photograph: SNS
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Broxburn judoka John Buchanan belatedly added a bronze medal to the family collection in front of a partisan crowd in Glasgow last night.

Buchanan, who competed in Manchester 2002 when judo was last in the Games, came out of retirement to compete in his home country.

The World Championship bronze medallist missed out on a podium place in Manchester but his wife Clare won a silver medal under her maiden name of Lynch. He was tempted to go for London 2012 but, with three children, could not make the commitment.

Competing in an event at Crystal Palace last year encouraged him to try out for the Scottish team and, after success in European Opens, he made the Scottish team at Under-60kg.

He clinched his medal last night after Kimberley Renicks had won Scotland’s first gold of the Games in the Under-48kg event. “Kimberly Renicks was a tough act to follow!” he beamed, “It was definitely the right decision to come out of retirement and go for a medal. Without a doubt, THE best atmosphere I have ever fought in.

“This is definitely the last time. I’m done.”

Buchanan lost to England’s Ashley McKenzie in his group but came through the repechage to claim a medal.

Sisters Kimberley and Louise Renicks helped deliver Scotland’s first golds of the Games as the home nations dominated the judo at the SECC.

Their father Thomas, founder and sensei at the Kanokwai Judo Club in Strathclyde, watched from the stands with other family members as younger daughter Kimberley, 26, beat India’s Sushila Likmabam with an ippon throw in the final of the under-48kgs, and the partisan crowd were on their feet again when 31-year-old Louise edged past Kelly Edwards in the under-52kgs gold contest, the English fighter disqualified after collecting four penalties.

With Hannah Miley also winning 400m individual medley gold at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre, it was the perfect start for the hosts to the 20th Commonwealth Games.

“I watched a bit of my sister’s fight, where she won and then got her medal, but I had to keep myself focused,” said Louise. “We understand that the thing about judo is you can win today and then lose tomorrow, but what we said to each other personally whoever got the gold quickest would be the winner and she got it quicker, the wee git that she is!

“My mum and dad are here, and it is a really emotional moment. I was a bit upset when I came off the mat, but once I see them, I know I am going to be an emotional wreck.

“I feel really proud with us getting the first gold medals for Scotland and there is much more to come.”

All six of Scotland’s fighters came away with a medal including Fauldhouse’s Connie Ramsay, who claimed bronze in the Under 70kgs category.

Colin Oates, who fights out of the Edinburgh Ratho club, delivered gold for England at under-66kgs.

Scotland won another bronze when James Millar defeated Mathews Bpunza of Zambia.