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Sammi shines at Hampden and Euan Burton in the house

Team HM at the Games Blog - Day 8

It's hard to put into words how proud we are of Sammi Kinghorn.

Our 18-year-old athlete ambassador lined up in the women's T54 1500m final at Hampden last night, and came of age as an international athlete.

Watching her compete on a home stage was thrilling, terrifying, wonderful and almost unbearable all at the same time. We can only imagine how she felt in the build up, and how her coach Ian Mirfin and family - mum and dad Elaine and Neill, and brother Christopher - and all her friends and other supporters in the stadium must have felt.

As the rain came down on the national stadium, Sammi took the acclaim of the crowd from her tough outside draw at the start (she wasn't even on the track).

Sammi had already achieved her goal by reaching the final. But we know what she's like. Sammi leaves everything out there on the track, and with the eyes of the Scotland and the world upon her that's exactly what she did.

It was a tough, tactical race, featuring five of the six fastest in the world, including the current world record holder. Sammi kept herself in contention throughout, leaving more fancied competitors including Shelly Woods, a former Paralympic silver medallist in this event, behind her to finish an impressive fifth behind the winner, Australia's former world champion Angela Ballard.

It was a fantastic performance and result, far outstripping what she imagined possible when she first realised competing at Glasgow 2014 was a realistic ambition.

Hampden Park roared her and team-mate Meggan Dawson-Farrell on, as they have done for all the competitors throughout this competition. No Team Scotland athlete will experience this home crowd atmosphere again - it truly is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion. What a way to start your career.

We were able to congratulate her personally when we caught up with her and her family later on at Hampden.

Of all the moments that we'll remember from our whole Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games experience, this will always be number one.

Of course, Sammi won't be stopping to enjoy the moment, not for long anyway. The Commonwealth Games have been a wonderful event, not least the way para-sports have been fully integrated in the programme. However the race itself was not in Sammi's classification or over her favoured distance. From 18-23 August she'll be competing at the European Championships in Swansea, in the T53 category and over 100m, 200m and 400m. We can't wait to see how she gets on.

We're pretty sure there was lots more going on at Glasgow 2014 yesterday, but we had to check to find out.

For Team Scotland, Eilidh Child prompted a 40,000 strong karaoke version of 500 miles after claiming silver in the 400m hurdles, making light of the hype and pressure to deliver a great performance.

Earlier in the day, our gymnasts delivered another two medals, Dan Keatings landing individual gold on pommel horse and Dan Purvis a bronze on the rings.

Wheelchair racing legend David Weir followed Sammi's race in the men's T54 1500m, and in slightly better weather destroyed the field to take gold.

And in the sprints, Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare completed the double with gold over 200m, while Jamaica scored a 1-2-3 in the men's race.

Euan Burton in the house

There was one other highlight for Team HM yesterday, away from the arena. As Legal Advisers to Glasgow 2014, and Proud Supporters of Team Scotland, we were delighted to welcome representatives from Judo Scotland, Scottish Cycling and Scottish Swimming to our Glasgow offices.

As Scotland's leading sports law practice, we advise a host of sports governing bodies in the country through sportscotland, and it was great to have the chance to congratulate them at such a magical time.

Among the party was none other than Team Scotland flag bearer and gold medal winner judo player Euan Burton, resplendent in his Team kilt.

Sammi at Hampden and Euan Burton in the house, what a day.