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Scots vie for top spot in the 'real' Games medal table

THE Saltire is flying high in a "real" medal table which measures Commonwealth Games success in terms of a country's population.

Sir Peter Heatly: Grandson James is competing in Games.
Sir Peter Heatly: Grandson James is competing in Games.

While two Scots secured further pieces of history for Team Scotland with the country's first individual all-round gymnastics medal and a first wrestling medal in 20 years, a population-based medal analysis shows New Zealand and Scotland neck-and-neck at the top.

The traditional medal table based on gold medal success is currently topped by England while Scotland is fourth. The unofficial table which shows the number of golds per million of population, reveals that as of 8.30pm yesterday, New Zealand are top with 2.47 golds, Scotland narrowly behind with 2.45 and Jamaica third with 1.81.

Official table-toppers England (0.62) with a 53.5m population only come eighth in the table compiled by statistical experts in New Zealand, while second placed Australia (1.48) with 23.05m people is fifth.

When it comes to the overall medal-strike rate, the Isle of Man tops the list as their solitary silver equates to 11.76 medals per million of population, Samoa (10.58) are second, Grenada (9.52) are third, Wales (8.78) are fourth and Scotland (6.96) are fifth.

Daniel Keatings' reputation as the poster boy of the gymnastics team, was underlined after he won all-round silver, sparking a flurry of online admirers on social networks.

The 24-year-old, from Northamptonshire, who opted to represent Team Scotland eight years ago, was pipped to gold by England's Max Whitlock at the SSE Hydro.

It is his second silver medal of Glasgow 2014, after he helped the host nation to second place in the men's team event on Tuesday.

He said: "It feels amazing especially when considering how much I have been plagued by injury. I haven't done a major international all-round for over two-and-a-half years now. It's great to come back and get a medal in front of a home crowd.

"I was hoping to come in the top five in all-round and I came second.. I don't think I will ever forget this."

Scottish Gymnastics chairman Scott Harper added: "Daniel's individual all-round silver medal marks the greatest achievement for a Scottish gymnast at a Commonwealth Games."

Scotland picked up its second medal of the day at the SECC, thanks to a Moldovan asylum seeker.

Viorel Etko who arrived in Britain 16 years ago, and now lives in Aberdeenshire, secured the first wrestling Common-wealth Games medal in 20 years with a bronze in the 61kg category.

To the deafening cheers, he celebrated in style, falling on his back after securing his medal, before rising to punch the air, complete a double flip then run victoriously across the mats with the Saltire floating like a cloak behind him.

"I am probably the proudest parent here, because I have my nine-year-old son Leon here watching. I wanted to give him and all the other little kids a gift, all who are future Scottish athletes," said the 36-year-old who finished fifth in Delhi.

"I am fortunate to be the person who has done this. I thought I could make some history in Scottish wrestling."

He added: "Scotland is my adopted home. This is where my family live, and where I see my future.

"My first impressions was always a warm welcome, even if it is a cold country! If it had not been for that, I probably would not have stayed."

Eilish McColgan, daughter of Liz McColgan-Nuttall, who won the 10,000m at the 1986 Edinburgh Games, finished sixth at Hamp-den Park in the 3,000m steeple-chase after suffering from a virus, food poisoning and then heart palpitations earlier this year.

"I didn't think I'd even be here with the illness problems I've had so just to be racing, I couldn't be any happier," she said.

Meanwhile the diving contest started at the Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh. Scottish diver James Heatly, 17, - grandson of five-times Games diving medalist Sir Peter Heatly - finished ninth in the men's 1m springboard.

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