Swimming Times magazine’s special Commonwealth Games issue
20 August 2014
Re-live the spectacle of the Commonwealth Games from the quaint and quirky opening ceremony to the collection of medals, PBs, season bests and records in the swimming and diving pools.
Wales enjoyed their finest-ever Commonwealth Games in the pool while England and Scotland were close to their best results. In this special issue, Roger Guttridge reports from Glasgow including a day-by-day commentary on all the swimming events.
“When Scotland’s Dan Wallace cried ‘For freedom!’ after winning the 400m IM, he was providing one of the iconic moments of Glasgow 2014 – albeit one of many. Four days later he provided another, stepping on to the podium to collect his 200m IM silver medal clad in a kilt in the Team Scotland tartan. In both cases, he was making a statement about national identity – a very public one in his case, but behind the scenes this subject had been exercising the minds of coaches for some time. Some more than others.
“As the Games swimming programme drew to a close, England head coach Jon Rudd explained that identity was one of the topics his team focused on in the run-up to Glasgow 2014.”
The team spirit was also evident throughout the Games: “but no more so than during those thrilling three-and-a-half minutes at the very end, when the team of Walker-Hebborn, Peaty, Barrett and Brown won the men’s medley relay gold for England for the first time in 64 years” says Guttridge.
The September issue of Swimming Times also reports on the tremendous success of the English divers.
View reports, pictures, comments and results from Glasgow 2014 in the September issue of Swimming Times
The editor, Peter Hassall, reflects how: “redolent with the faces and medallists of two previous Commonwealth Games, having been built for the 1970 edition, and then used again in 1986, the triple flat-roofed Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh became, after its recent refurbishment, the only venue in Commonwealth history to be used at three Games.
“Overlooked by Arthur’s Seat, the remnants of an old volcano, there was plenty of red-hot diving action and, though we must not get carried away (a few too many straight finals and the European championships around the corner), great praise must go to England’s table-topping medallists, particularly Jack Laugher with two gold medals and a silver and the irrepressible Tom Daley, who retained his 10m title and won silver in the synchro.”
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