Commonwealth Games: Georgia Davies claims gold for Wales, Ben Proud stars for England
Last Updated: 29/07/14 10:54pm
All the latest from day 6 of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
After waiting 40 years for their second female swimming gold medallist in the Commonwealth Games, Wales had their third 24 hours later when Georgia Davies touched home first in the 50 metres backstroke.
Davies followed the example set by Jazz Carlin to edge home in 27.56 seconds, breaking the Games record for a third time in 36 hours and beating her own British record in the process. England's Lauren Quigley took silver, 0.13 seconds behind Davies, with Canada's Brooklynn Snodgrass landing bronze.
English teenager Ben Proud earlier claimed his second gold medal of Glasgow 2014 after edging out a strong Australian challenge in the 50m freestyle final, while Carlin began the last night of Tollcross action by taking silver in the 400m freestyle.
Carlin began the night looking for a gold medal double but New Zealand's Lauren Boyle turned the tables on the Swansea athlete following the 800m on Monday night. Boyle set a Games record of four minutes 4.47 seconds to come in 0.69 seconds clear.
Scotland's Hannah Miley just missed out on her third medal of the Games in her sixth final and 12th race in total. Miley finished fourth, 0.19 seconds behind Australia's Bronte Barratt.
Proud then upset the Australian challenge by coming home in 21.92 sec in the freestyle sprint - eight hundredths of a second in front of Cameron McEvoy, whose team-mate James Magnussen took bronze.
The Plymouth 19-year-old had already won the 50m butterfly as well as a 100m freestyle relay bronze at Glasgow 2014.
The home crowd had a Scottish record to cheer in the backstroke as 16-year-old Kathleen Dawson improved on her semi-final display by finishing fifth in 28.47, one place ahead of England's Lizzie Simmonds.
But the next race produced an even bigger ovation as Daniel Wallace claimed his third medal of the Games by finishing second in the 200m individual medley.
Wallace, who took gold in the 400m and silver in the 4x200 freestyle relay, followed his Braveheart-style celebration by entering the arena wearing a kilt before stripping to his trunks.
The 21-year-old whipped the crowd into a frenzy by waving his arms and clapping his hands on the starting block but found himself in last place midway through with South Africa's Chad le Clos so dominant that he was a full second ahead after the first butterfly leg.
Superb finish from Wallace
But Wallace fought back magnificently thanks to a sensational breaststroke length to go into the last 50m in real contention and he beat le Clos to silver behind Australian Daniel Tranter, who set a Games record of 1:57.83.
Davies' medal was a record sixth for Wales in the Commonwealth Games pool and they went one better when 18-year-old Daniel Jervis knocked more than 11 seconds off the personal best he had set in the heats to claim bronze in the 1500m freestyle.
Jervis had a lot to do to race down Jordan Harrison and spent all but the last five metres outside the medal positions before edging past the Australian by 0.38 seconds.
Jervis, who recorded a time of 14:55.33, trailed Canada's Olympic silver medallist Ryan Cochrane, who finished almost five seconds ahead of Australia's Mack Horton in 14:44.03.
Perth teenager Stephen Milne had pushed Cochrane all the way in his heat but the Scot had to settle for fifth ahead of English pair Jay Lelliott and Daniel Fogg.
England's men brought the action to a close in fittingly dramatic style by denying Australia a relay clean sweep.
Chris Walker-Hebborn, Adam Peaty, Adam Barrett and Adam Brown were the gold medal heroes as they dominated against the Australians, who had won seven of the last eight 4x100m medley relays.
Le Clos helped South Africa to a bronze to claim his record-breaking seventh medal of the Games.
Siobhan-Marie O'Connor had shared the previous record for a matter of minutes after helping England to silver in the women's medley relay.
The 18-year-old, who won gold in the 200m IM, pushed Australia all the way but Cate Campbell held off the challenge of Fran Halsall in the final leg to win by seven-thenths of a second in a new Games record of 3:56.23.
Davies and her Welsh team-mates were disqualified after coming in just behind bronze-medallists Canada, with Scotland elevated to fourth spot.