Scotland hoping to boost medal tally on final day in Birmingham

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Scotland hoping to boost medal tally on final day in Birmingham

The 2022 Commonwealth Games comes to an end on Monday, but there are still a final few chances for Team Scotland to add to its medal tally.

Swimmer Duncan Scott has added five of those 36 medals, and it is back in the pool where the first chance of a podium lies on Monday morning.

Diver James Heatly has finished fourth three times at the 2022 Games but will hope to go at least one better in the mixed synchronised 3m springboard final with Grace Reid.

The action kicks off at 10.05am at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre, where the duo will look to spoil England’s party.

The host nation has dominated from the springboard and platform so far in 2022, but Scotland will be looking to end on a high, as youngsters Danny Mabbott and Clara Kerr also compete.

Reid claimed gold in the women’s 1m springboard at the 2018 Gold Coast Games and Heatly took bronze in the men’s event: both will be looking to ensure they do not leave Birmingham empty-handed.

Heatly finished his 3m springboard campaign with a strong dive and is fed up with finishing fourth but knows there is more to come from himself.

“I’m actually pretty happy with the performance,” said Heatly afterwards. “The scores all increased as the rounds went on and it’s been an extremely tough year, so I’m happy with the fightback.

“I’m just annoyed with the finishing position. Fourth is just a bit tough to swallow but there are more positives than negatives.

“I definitely was a lot more like myself again in that competition.”

This summer, Team Scotland, supported by funding raised by National Lottery players, compromises of over 250 athletes, all vying for medal success.

The other chance of a Scottish medal lies inside the glass walls of the squash court.

Greg Lobban and Rory Stewart will go for bronze in the men’s doubles at 11am, where they will face Malaysia’s Yow Eain Ng and Chee Wern Yuen.

Lobban and Stewart were beaten 2-1 by English pair Adrian Waller and Daryl Selby, and Lobban will be hoping to go one better after coming fourth in 2018.

It has been a case of near misses for both players so far in Birmingham, with both reaching the quarterfinals of the singles before losing, with Stewart ultimately defeated in a titanic battle with England’s James Willstrop.

Should they take bronze, it will be Scotland’s first squash medal at a Commonwealth Games since Peter Nicol took gold in the singles in 1998.

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