Bronze for 13-year-old Erraid Davies

22:46, Jul 27 2014
Erraid Davies
WINNING SMILE: Scottish teenager Erraid Davies of Scotland shows off her bronze medal.

With a smile as wide as the River Clyde, Scottish 13-year-old para-swimmer Erraid Davies climbed from the pool to thunderous applause after winning a bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke SB9 on Sunday night.  

Davies, the youngest person competing at this Commonwealth Games and Scotland's youngest ever competitor, had not even told her schoolmates she was competing in Glasgow - the first they would have known was when the diminutive youngster climbed on to the blocks at the start of the race.

It took just 1min 22.08s for everyone watching at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre to sit up and take notice after Davies powered home to secure bronze, all while looking across and pushing for the silver that was claimed by Australia's Madeleine Scott.

"I'm really happy," Davies told the BBC afterwards. "It's another PB and I could really hear the crowd in the last 25 metres. Mum and Dad are here to watch and I'm not sure what we'll do to celebrate later."

Sophie Pascoe of New Zealand won the race in 1:19.36.


Sydney Morning Herald