Team HM at the Games blog - Day 5
Less than halfway through the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, and already Team Scotland have broken all manner of medal records. The current tally of 13 gold medals is the most ever, and the total of 33 medals is a Games record too, matching the haul from Edinburgh in 1986, an event boycotted by 32 nations.
The 100m finals, men's and women's, are always the blue riband event of any athletics event, but with para-sport fully integrated in the programme at Hampden, it was another final which earned the biggest Hampden Roar. Libby Clegg, the 24-year-old visually impaired sprinter who runs with guide Mikail Huggins, won Scotland's first athletics gold in the T11/12 100m in a season's best time of 12.20.
Watching her take the acclaim of the stadium on an extended lap of honour was a tremendous moment for everyone lucky to be in Hampden, and hearing Flower of Scotland played as the flag was raised a rare occasion at a major athletics event.
The finals of the men's and women's 100m were also spectacular. England's Adam Gemili claimed a great silver in a tight race, but it was Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare, the women's champion, who could be the biggest star of the athletics. With 200m and long jump to come, won gold with something to spare, set a Games record and looked a class apart.
Judo has been one of Team Scotland's great successes of the Games, but Kenny MacKinnon of Harper Macleod's IT Department found out that it's not as easy as it looks. Kenny, one of the 15,000 Clyde-siders who are helping to make the event such a success, got a close look at the mat at the SECC when he was given an impromptu match against one of Team Scotland's coaches. The result was predicable – Kenny ended flat on his back (or Ippon, as a nation of judo experts now knows!)
Lawn bowls, being held at Kelvingrove Park, is a little more mundane than some other events, but traditionally a strong event for Scotland. Alex Marshall and Paul Foster started the ball rolling with gold in the men's pairs event – the medal that saw Team Scotland hit the 12-gold mark.
Harper Macleod, Legal Advisers to Glasgow 2014 and Proud Supporters of Team Scotland, had a prime viewpoint for one of the most spectacular events of the entire swimming meet at Tollcross International SwipARK mming Centre. Our Chairman and co-founder, Professor Lorne Crerar, was asked to take part in the medal presentation ceremony for the men's 50m breaststroke. There were three Scots in the final, including Ross Murdoch – already with two medals to his name. But it was Team Scotland's Mark Tully who came closest to a medal, just missing out in fourth as world record holder Cameron van der Burgh took gold ... and a wooden quaich from Lorne.
That was day five, but already we're looking forward to one of the highlights of the Games for Team HM. This morning, at around 11.30am, our Athlete Ambassador Sammi Kinghorn takes to the Hampden track on her chair Poppy for the heats of the women's T54 1500m wheelchair racing.
Aged 18, this is Sammi's first major international event. We can't wait to see her take the acclaim of the Hampden crowd – Go Sammi!