Turriff’s Evans earns double medal glory at Gold Coast Games

Scotland's Neah Evans celebrates with her silver medal.
Scotland's Neah Evans celebrates with her silver medal.

Cyclist Neah Evans was delighted after the atmosphere in the Anna Meares velodrome spurred her to double Commonwealth Games medal glory.

It was a great weekend for the North-east as Scotland’s medal haul Down Under increased to 23.

On Saturday, both Aberdeen’s Neil Fachie and Turriff’s Evans picked up cycling medals.

Fachie took his second Gold Coast title with pilot Matt Rotherham in the men’s tandem B&VI sprint, setting a world record along the way, while Evans took bronze in the women’s 25km points race and then silver in yesterday’s 10km scratch race.

Evans, 27, who gave up her career as a vet to focus on cycling, said: “I knew it was going to be a big atmosphere, the Aussie crowd is always huge and there’s a huge Scottish contingent too.

“They got behind us, which always helps you when you’re flagging a bit. I’m delighted with the result.”

She added: “I’m really happy. (If you’d offered me silver and bronze) I’d have been delighted.

“I was a little bit disappointed with how I rode the points race whereas I feel I rode the scratch race much better so I’m really happy with that.”

In the men’s points race yesterday, Mark Stewart’s gold put Scotland second in the final track cycling medal count.Meanwhile, Alford’s Izzy Tolometti, an 18-year-old Robert Gordon University sports scholarship student, said she was “proud” to have helped Scotland to fifth in the women’s team final, including the team’s best score on the uneven bars – her speciality,

She said: “It’s been amazing experience – a lot different from what I expected but in a good way. I’ve enjoyed it.

“It was really exciting to finally compete. The atmosphere in the gym and in the arena was amazing.

“To compete with that crowd was overwhelming almost.

“You were excited but nervous, but once the crowd got you going it was an amazing feeling. I feel quite proud.”

Tolometti, who can now relax and watch her Scots team-mates across the Games, added: “Overall I’m happy with my performance, there were some minor errors here and there, but overall I’m proud with how everything went.

“I‘ve had a lot of messages of support from back home. My mum and dad are here so they’ve given me support.

“I’ve got a lot of friends from uni and back home who’ve been messaging me, congratulating me and wishing me luck. I really appreciate it.”

Elsewhere, Aberdeen’s 14-year-old swimmer Toni Shaw finished fifth in the women’s S8 100m freestyle yesterday to follow up her sixth place in Saturday’s SM9 200m individual medley. She was set to go again today in the SB9 100m breaststroke.

Inverurie’s women’s 400m IM silver medallist Hannah Miley finished sixth in the 200m discipline yesterday.

Also in the pool, Peterhead’s Mark Campbell was sixth in his semi-final in the men’s 50m breaststroke, but Aberdeen’s Euan Inglis made it through to today’s final, to face off against, among others, Adam Peaty.

Byron Boxing Club’s John Docherty progressed into the quarter-finals of the men’s 75kg event with a unanimous decision over Cyproit Andreas Kokkinos.

Aberdeen’s Claire Brownie was set to lead her Scots netball team against New Zealand in the pool matches today, after beating Wales 51-47.

Ex-North-east student Jen McIntosh was also set to get her Games under way in the women’s 10m air rifle.