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The cry is For Freedom as Team Scotland's gold medal winning streak continues

TEAM Scotland have continued their winning streak with more success in the swimming pool, at the velodrome and on the judo mat.

Dan Wallace
Dan Wallace

After a spectacular start that included four gold medals on the first day of competition, another three were secured yesterday - taking the total number of medals to 15.

Edinburgh's Daniel Wallace won Scotland's third pool gold, in the men's 400 metres individual medley, and swiftly caused a social media furore by shouting "for freedom!" as he celebrated his success in the water.

He later said: "I just yelled at the top of my lungs 'for freedom' because being here, the home crowd, has really brought out the Braveheart and Scot inside of me and I just soaked up the moment."

Wallace, who moved to the US in 2012 after his parents sold their home to fund the move, hit the headlines recently when he was arrested in Florida for urinating on a police car. He later said he had made a "poor decision" and would use "the negative experience to help me grow as a person and as a swimmer".

His celebratory shout last night, picked up on the live ­coverage of the final, was being hailed by some on Twitter last night as a "nice wee coup for the Nats", while others on the social networking site commented on the fact that because he lives in the US, Wallace will be unable to vote in the independence referendum.

Earlier, Neil Fachie and Craig MacLean won the host nation's first medal of the day, taking gold in the men's 1,000 metres time trial B2 tandem at the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome.

Partially sighted Fachie and partner MacLean were roared on by a capacity crowd including Sir Chris himself and comedian Billy Connolly, and powered to victory in one minute 2.096 seconds.

As they completed their lap of honour around the track, Fachie unfurled a Saltire and held it aloft - seemingly hoisting it in the direction of the man who leant the velodrome his name, with Sir Chris clapping his approval from a television gantry.

MacLean later joked: "It's nice to do it in a velodrome named after some old bloke who used to ride a bike."

Fachie won gold and silver at London 2012 and added: "We've both stood on top of the podium many a time, but to do it for Scotland in Scotland is something that most athletes can only dream of. It was a nice moment that we'll never forget.

"London was phenomenal. The crowd there was slightly bigger, but the noise level was just as loud here and if it hadn't been for that crowd cheering us on at the end I'm not sure we would have made it round.

"We were going so slow at the end, we were hurting badly, but the crowd kept us going. I can't thank them enough."

Louise Martin, chairwoman of sportscotland, said: "It was absolutely fantastic to see Neil and Craig secure Team Scotland's fifth gold medal of the Games. The atmosphere in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome was electric and I'm sure the roar of the home crowd gave them an extra edge in the final.

"They will now be aiming to come back in the sprint event and claim another spot on the podium."

Sarah Clark won Scotland's second gold of the day in the judo under-63kg division when she beat Helene Wezeu Dombeu of Cameroon.

The 36-year-old - a former European champion who won silver when judo was last in the Commonwealth Games at Manchester 2002 - claimed a third judo gold for Scotland following the Renicks sisters' success at the SECC venue on Thursday. Sally Conway won bronze in the in the under-70kg division.

Yesterday's medals add to the haul of 10 that Scotland amassed on Thursday - four golds, three silvers and three bronzes.

In the women's one-length butterfly contest, Scotland's Corrie Scott continued her nation's fine start in the pool by claiming bronze. The 20-year-old from Bellshill claimed a podium place with a time of 30.75 secs as Australia's Leiston Pickett beat Alia Atkinson of Jamaica to gold.

First Minister Alex Salmond later tweeted his congratulations on the "brilliant" bronze wins.

Ross Murdoch fuelled the hopes of further success in the swimming pool by winning the first semi-final in the 100m breaststroke, with his teammate Craig Benson in third place. Michael Jamieson, who was pipped into second position by Murdoch in Thursday night's 200m breaststroke, came in fifth.

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