Borders athletes have been doing the region proud at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this week, none more so than Copshaw’s Libby Clegg who took gold in the T12 100m sprint.
Clegg and her guide runner Mikail Huggins stormed out of the blocks in Monday night’s final and the noise in a packed Hampden stadium reached deafening proportions when the pair crossed the line first in 12.20 seconds.
After winning a silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics, the 24-year-old, who is registered blind, admitted to being extremely disappointed, but that was well and truly wiped out this week.
After the race, she said: “That was just amazing.
“I thought we were in the lead, but wasn’t sure where everyone else was. The crowd let me know, though, they carried me down the track.”
So appreciative of the support was Clegg that she and Huggins carried out a 45-minute lap of honour to thank their supporters.
Tonight sees Gordon wheelchair racer Samantha Kinghorn competing, the final of the Women’s T54 1,500m after coming third in her heat.
Also on the track, Guy Learmonth (Berwick) has qualified for the 800m semi-final, while West Linton’s Chris O’Hare begins his quest in the 1,500m event tomorrow.
Peebles mountainbiker Grant Ferguson was the best-placed Scot (fifth) in the men’s race at Cathkin Braes.
Last weekend, the Scotland rugby sevens squad were in action, with Borders trio Lee Jones, Scott Wight and Stuart Hogg all making a valued contribution, before the team were put out in the quarter-finals against eventual winners South Africa.
In the pool, Hawick’s Jak Scott and Kelso’s Lucy Hope both swam well in the sprint relay heats, helping Scotland to the finals in both the mens and women’s events.
There was disappointment for Selkirk hockey star Sarah Robertson when the Scots went out in the pool stages following an agonising 2-1 defeat to England.
At the time of going to print, the netball competition was still ongoing, but the Scottish team, including Peebles’ Jo Pettitt, were out of the running, having played four and only won one match in their group.