commonwealth games

Michael Jamieson after winning silver
Michael Jamieson after winning silver

A shocked Michael Jamieson found himself second best last week - after fellow Scot Ross Murdoch landed gold in the 200m breaststroke final.

And worse was to come for the Commonwealth Games poster boy when he crashed out of the 100m breast stroke competition at the semi-final stage.

To add insult to injury the Olympic silver medallist, who trained at Bishopbriggs Leisuredrome, also saw his British record fall to the previously unheralded Murdoch, with a silver medal offering scant consolation.

As the Games reach their half way point there’s a few other local faces to cheer for.

Kris Robertson and Diane Ramsay will both compete for medals at the Games - taking part in 4x400m relay events.

Both Kris and Diane received backing from East Dunbartonshire’s Elite Performer Support Programme - helping them to develop as athletes.

Both East Dunbartonshire Council and the Leisure and Culture Trust have wished them both well as they compete in their respective heats on Friday (August 1). The 4x400m finals will be run on Saturday (August 2).

Kris (26), from Bishopbriggs, said, “I am very excited about being part of a home Games. It will be great to hear the Glasgow roar and be in the stadium on the track alongside some great athletes. My aim is always to medal - I wouldn’t do it if that wasn’t the goal.”

The former Bishopbriggs High pupil added: “My local council and club, Kirkintilloch Olympians, have been very supportive over the years.”

Diane (21) grew up in Milton of Campsie and attended St Machan’s Primary School, Lennoxtown, and then St Ninian’s High School, Kirkintilloch.

She said: “I started athletics in primary seven after being determined to win my last flat race at sports day.

“I trained and competed for Kirkintilloch Olympians with Jim Docherty, of Twechar, as my coach.

“I had to move to another club, Victoria Park City of Glasgow, to be able to compete in higher level competitions.

“I don’t know if Kris remembers this, but when I first started out in athletics, I went to a Star Track camp in the Leisuredrome and Kris was the coach. I am really looking forward to the Games.”

Scott Hill, chairman of East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust, said: “I wish all our homegrown sportsmen and women the very best of luck in their adventures at the Glasgow Games.”

He added:“I am delighted that both Kris and Diane benefited from the Elite Performer Support Programme and I hope they achieve their potential.”