Tollcross Tales - 2014 Commonwealth Games – LEN


A strong British team will contest the LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships in Glasgow, featuring four recently-crowned world champions. Here’s our one-stop-shop for getting to know your home heroes that will descend on Tollcross and compete for medals with Europe’s best. Freya Anderson: a Scouse sensation whose inexorable rise shows no signs of slowing. IG – […]
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Swimmer Profile – Brodie Williams

Momentum can be a powerful psychological advantage in sport – and it is something Brodie Williams has in spades ahead of the LEN European Short Course Championships. The Millfield School pupil has made major strides in the backstroke over the summer, delivering a 1:56.26 200m clocking in the 2019 Sette Colli Trophy in June. That […]
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Swimmer Profile – James Wilby

Loughborough-based James Wilby will be chasing a maiden podium place on the Short Course stage when he arrives in Glasgow for the European Championships. Having begun competitive swimming at the age of nine at York City Baths Club, the 26-year-old burst on to the international scene at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, where he competed in […]
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Wednesday at EuroSwim: Kolesnikov set to star

The LEN European Short Course Championships look set for a roaring start on opening day as Europe’s top stars descend on Tollcross desperate to dominate early headlines. A partisan Glasgow crowd will be thrilled by morning heats and evening finals for five days of top-class competition in the pool.  Eight individual events will kick off […]
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Tollcross Tales – 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships

A year after the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow and Tollcross International Swimming Centre played host to another star-studded event. The 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships came to town as nearly 600 athletes from approximately 70 countries experienced the seven days of breath-taking action. Great Britain took home a total of 32 medals made up of […]
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Great Scot – David Wilkie

One of Scotland’s most well-known swimming stars David Wilkie saw the height of his career include medals at European, World and Olympic level. The original Scottish breaststroker had an unbeaten streak of winning races between 1972 and 1976 which culminated in Olympic glory in Montreal. Wilkie was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka where his Aberdeen […]
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Swimmer Profile – Joe Litchfield

He’s not the only member of his family competing in the British team but Joe Litchfield will be eager to make a name for himself at the LEN European Short Course Championships next month. Joe and his brother Max will make up one ninth of the home contingent in Scotland, with Max representing the senior of the duo but […]
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McLay relishing home crowd advantage in Glasgow

Watching on from the crowd as his idols enjoyed success at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Scott McLay just couldn’t wait to get his own turn to wow the Scottish crowds.  Fast forward five years and that dream is on the brink of coming true, with the Perth-born swimmer set to make his senior Glasgow debut at the LEN European […]
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Miley hopes Scots will be at heart of British success

Scotland’s most successful female swimmer Hannah Miley knows what it takes to win medals in Glasgow, and she is backing the Scots to lead the charge at next month’s LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships. Triple Olympian Miley, who won 400m medley gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, will miss the event as she continues her recovery from […]
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Swimmer Profile – Kayla Van Der Merwe

It’s her 17th birthday today and what better present could Kayla Van Der Merwe wish for than a high-flying debut at the LEN European Short Course Championships in Glasgow next month. Van Der Merwe represents the youngest member of the British team participating in the competition, bringing youthful exuberance to the Scottish water to accompany […]
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Great Scot – Ian Black

Still the youngest winner of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, Ian Black is one of Scotland’s finest ever swimmers. In 1958, the 17-year-old from Inverness won three gold medals at the European Championships in Hungary, followed by a gold and two silver medals at the Commonwealth Games. This made him the first-ever […]
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Tollcross Tales – 2014 Commonwealth Games

Athletes from the all corners of the globe descended on Glasgow in 2014 as the eyes of the swimming world turned to the city for the 20th edition of the Commonwealth Games.

Tollcross International Centre was the venue for the swimming and saw 426 athletes from 49 nations compete in the Glasgow pool.

Scottish stars lived up to their billing putting in some standout performances across the competition in front of a raucous home crowd.

Hannah Miley set the tone for the Scots, earning the first gold medal in the pool at the Games by smashing her own Commonwealth Games record in the 400m Individual Medley.

That was just the start for team Scotland, as Ross Murdoch beat poster boy Michael Jamieson in the 200m Breaststroke as the crowd erupted at the one-two.

But that wasn’t the end for Miley and Murdoch, who all sealed further medals in the 200m Individual Medley and 100m Breaststroke respectively. 

Scotland claimed a trio of gold medals, topped off by Daniel Wallace clinching top spot in the men’s 400m Individual Medley, who also took silvers in the 200m edition and as part of the 4x200m Freestyle Relay. 

Two further medals for the home team came by the way of Carrie Scott who claimed bronze in the 50m Breaststroke.

While Erraid Davies, who became the youngest person to compete for Scotland in the Commonwealth Games at the age of 13, secured bronze in the 100m SB9 Breaststroke.

Tollcross was buzzing and the pool was fast with world records aplenty from the Australian team, as Rowan Crothers set a new best in the men’s 100m Freestyle S9, Maddison Elliott did the same in the women’s 100m Freestyle S8 and the women’s 4x100m Freestyle posted the best time in the world.

Glasgow saw the emergence of England’s Adam Peaty winning his first international crown as he set a Commonwealth Games record in the 100m Breaststroke.

England’s stars flourished north of the border as Chris Walker-Hebborn, Ben Proud, Ollie Hynd, Fran Halsall, Sophie Taylor and Siobhan-Marie O’Connor all clinched gold, whereas, Jazz Carlin and Georgia Davies both triumphed for Wales.

It wasn’t only the home stars who enjoyed the bouncing atmosphere of Tollcross as international talents like Chad le Clos, Cate Campbell and Ryan Cochrane all thrived.

The 2014 Commonwealth Games truly put Tollcross on the map as an elite venue for swimmers from all over the world to compete at the highest level.