GLASGOW 2014: Borderer Libby Clegg wins gold

Newcastleton's Libby Clegg and her guide celebrate with their gold medals following the Women's 100m T12 Final at Hampden Park. Picture: PA
Newcastleton's Libby Clegg and her guide celebrate with their gold medals following the Women's 100m T12 Final at Hampden Park. Picture: PA

Borders sprinter Libby Clegg produced a thrilling home gold medal moment on the track.

The visually impaired 24-year-old from Newcastleton secured Scotland’s first athletics gold of Glasgow 2014 in style by tearing to T11/12 100 metres victory.

Scotland's Libby Clegg (centre) wins the Women's 100m T12 Final at Hampden Park, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 28, 2014. See PA story COMMONWEALTH Athletics. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No video emulation.

Scotland's Libby Clegg (centre) wins the Women's 100m T12 Final at Hampden Park, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 28, 2014. See PA story COMMONWEALTH Athletics. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No video emulation.

Clegg and English guide Mikail Huggins, who together won silver at London 2012, crossed the line in 12.20 seconds, as the Hampden crowds roared their approval.

Loughborough-based Clegg finished over a second clear of nearest rival Maria Elisa Muchavo of Mozambique, with Lahja Ishitile of Namibia third.

Visually-impaired Clegg, a silver medallist in the London 2012 Paralympics, milked the applause of the near-capacity 40,000 crowd.

“I was totally aware of the crowd beforehand and it was so uplifting,” said the 24-year-old full-time athlete.

“I didn’t feel any huge pressure over the past couple of years, to win this medal but I was definitely a little bit nervous.”

Yvonne Murray was the last Scot to win track-and-field gold at the Games, in the 10,000m in Victoria, in 1994

“I didn’t realise it was the first gold medal since Yvonne won in 1994 – wow, that’s a big thing,” said Clegg.

“Loads of people came to congratulate me [after the race]. I met two people from school, my mum, my boyfriend, my dad, sponsors. I saw my boyfriend’s uncle Tommy, who comes to every race. Mikail had all his family and loads of his friends here.”