GLASGOW 2014: Daniel Wallace comes from behind to win gold

Daniel Wallace celebrates after touching home in first place. Picture Michael Gillen/JP
Daniel Wallace celebrates after touching home in first place. Picture Michael Gillen/JP

Berwickshire swimmer Dan Wallace had Tollcross rocking as he came from behind to win Scotland’s third pool gold of the Commonwealth Games.

The 21-year-old anthropology student from Chirnside survived a tough test of his character in the 400m individual medley final but passed with flying colours as he stormed past rival Thomas Fraser-Holmes in the final 50 metres.

The Australian had already snatched the 200m freestyle title from Wallace’s compatriot Robbie Renwick earlier in the night, but the man from Berwickshire nicknamed ‘Starshark’ restored national pride as he gobbled up Fraser-Holmes’ lead in the final stretch.

His winning performance – timed at 4.11:20 – was a perfect demonstration of patience, the former Duns Amateur Swimming Club competitor waiting for the right moment to pounce on his tiring opponent.

“I knew where I had to be at the 200m mark and knew I had the best breaststroke left in the field,” said Wallace. “So I just had to keep my nerve and believe that I was going to pull through.”

Sebastien Rousseau of South Africa, held off England Roberto Pavoni to claim the bronze.

Earlier in the day, Wallace finished five seconds clear of his nearest rival in his heat. His time of 4.11:04 broke a British record which had stood since 2009.