Rio Olympics 2016: Scottish Olympians savour best overseas Games

Callum Skinner competes in the men's sprint semi-finals
Callum Skinner has one gold in the team sprint and will win another medal in the individual event

Scottish Olympians in Rio are celebrating the country's best ever medal haul from an overseas Games.

Gold for cyclist Katie Archibald as part of Great Britain's women's team pursuit quartet and silver for swimmer Duncan Scott in the men's 4x100m medley relay on Saturday brought the Scots' medal tally to 10.

That surpassed the previous best of eight from the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, and justified the pre-Games prediction of Mike Whittingham, performance director for national agency Sportscotland, that "we can get 10".

Two more medals followed on Sunday when Andy Murray beat Juan Martin del Potro to retain his men's singles tennis title from 2012, and cyclist Callum Skinner took silver behind GB team-mate Jason Kenny in the men's sprint final.

That brought the Scottish tally to 12, including four golds.

One more medal in the final week of the Games would equal Scotland's best ever tally of 13 (including seven gold) that they contributed to Team GB's haul of 65 at London 2012.

There are 50 Scots - the largest ever contingent in a Great Britain team for an overseas Olympics, surpassing the previous record of 31 in Beijing in 2008 - competing in 15 of the 42 sports in Rio.


Heather Stanning (Rowing, women's pair).

Gordonstoun-educated Stanning, who lives in Lossiemouth, and partner Helen Glover were unbeaten in the women's pair since 2011, and led the final from start to finish to successfully defend their Olympic title.

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Stanning and Glover win rowing gold

Callum Skinner (Cycling, team sprint)

Glasgow-born Skinner, 23, who started cycling at Meadowbank velodrome when his family moved to Edinburgh, was under pressure to justify his place in the men's sprint team but claimed a superb gold alongside Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny.

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GB's men's team sprint wins gold for third successive Games

Katie Archibald (Cycling, team pursuit)

Archibald, 22, from Milngavie, near Glasgow, joined Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell-Shand and Elinor Barker to set a new world record as they beat the United States in the final.

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GB smash world record (again) and win gold in women's team pursuit

Andy Murray (Tennis, men's singles)

The two-time Wimbledon champion, 29, completed another memorable double when he became the first tennis player to win two Olympic singles titles with a thrilling four-set victory over Argentine Juan Martin del Potro.

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Magnificent Murray takes gold


Stephen Milne, Duncan Scott, Dan Wallace, Robbie Renwick (Swimming, 4 x 200m freestyle relay)

Milne, 22, from the Perth City Swim Club, Edinburgh-born Wallace, 23, a member of the Warrender Baths Club, 19-year-old Scott and University of Stirling team-mate Renwick, 28 - who swam in the heat before James Guy took over for the final - finished strongly to claim silver behind the United States.

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James Guy celebrates GB silver medal relay win

David Florence (Canoeing - C2 double)

Aberdonian Florence, 34, and partner Richard Hounslow had to settle for silver for the second successive Games in the canoe double, a third for Florence after a C1 silver in Beijing in 2008.

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GB edged into Olympic canoe slalom silver

Mark Bennett & Mark Robertson (Rugby sevens)

Glasgow centre Bennett, 23, and Scotland sevens specialist Robertson, 31, both played key roles in a GB squad that squeezed past Japan and New Zealand in tense pool games before even tighter knock-out matches against Argentina and South Africa, only to be beaten 43-7 by favourites Fiji in the final.

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Dominant Fiji crush GB to win sevens gold

Katherine Grainger (Rowing, double sculls)

Glasgow-born Grainger, 40, became Britain's most decorated female Olympian by winning a fourth Olympics silver medal with Victoria Thornley in the double sculls, four years after striking gold in London.

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GB's Grainger and Thornley take double sculls silver

Polly Swann & Karen Bennett (Rowing, women's eight)

Edinburgh-born Bennett, 27, and 28-year-old Swann, raised and educated in the Scottish capital, helped Britain win a first Olympic medal in the women's eight, alongside Katie Greves, Melanie Wilson, Frances Houghton, Jessica Eddie, Olivia Carnegie-Brown and Zoe Lee.

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GB's women's eight win historic silver

Duncan Scott (Swimming, 4x100m medley relay)

The Glasgow-born 19-year-old won his second silver of the Games, joining Adam Peaty, James Guy and Chris Walker-Hebborn in helping Britain to a sixth medal in the pool.

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Gold for Phelps in Olympic swansong as Britain take silver

Callum Skinner (Cycling, men's sprint)

The 23-year-old, already dubbed 'the new Chris Hoy' in some quarters, cemented his burgeoning reputation by reaching the final of the individual sprint, having already won gold in the team event, but had to play second fiddle to more experienced GB team-mate Jason Kenny.

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Kenny beats Skinner in Olympic final


Sally Conway (Judo, women's -70kg)

Conway, 29, who won bronze for Scotland at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and trains at Judo Scotland's Edinburgh headquarters in Ratho, scored a single yuko to beat Austria's Bernadette Graf in the bronze medal match, after earlier beating world champion Gevrise Emane.

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Conway takes 70kg Judo bronze

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