Wallace raises the Tollcross roof

  • Last Updated: July 25 2014, 21:54 BST

Edinburgh's Daniel Wallace demonstrated his Braveheart spirit as he roared to Commonwealth Games gold in the 400 metres individual medley at Tollcross.

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The 21-year-old bellowed 'for freedom!' after touching home to claim Scotland's third pool gold of Glasgow 2014.

It was a moment of redemption for the University of Florida student, who feared at one point this year that he would be axed from Team Scotland after he was arrested in the US for urinating on a police car and suspended by his American swim team.

He said: "I just yelled at the top of my lungs for freedom because being here, the home crowd has really brought out the Braveheart and Scot inside of me and I just soaked up the moment."

He added: "I watched Braveheart just last week to get ready for this. It is such a Scottish thing and it warms my heart."

The anthropology student survived a tough test of his character in his final but passed with flying colours as he stormed past rival Thomas Fraser-Holmes in the final 50 metres to claim victory.

The cheers which greeted his win was music to Wallace's ears, but he admitted he would never have reached his moment of glory had he continued on with his rock and roll lifestyle.

"I was very close to not making the team," he said. "I got to the point in my life where I had re-evaluate which path I wanted to take and I chose the right one and it ended with a gold medal for me and the whole of Scotland, so I am very happy.

"(Being arrested) was a wake up call. I was living the life of a rock star but still trying to perform in the pool.

"You can't do both. It is all about moderation and I have learned from my experiences and it has paid off now. I was a student, I was away from my parents, I had a lot of freedom but I have learned to deal with that and channel it the right way.

"Hopefully this is what I will be remembered by."

Fraser-Holmes had already snatched the 200m freestyle title from Wallace's compatriot Robbie Renwick earlier in the night but the man nicknamed Starshark restored national pride as he gobbled up the tiring Australian's lead in the final stretch to win in 4:11.20.

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

Wallace's victory was his nation's third gold of their home games, following the Saltire successes recorded by Hannah Miley and Ross Murdoch on day one.

However, there was more pain for Glasgow 2014 poster boy Michael Jamieson as he crashed out of the Games after losing to Murdoch for the fourth time in just 48 hours.

Having been beaten in both the heats and the final of his favourite 200m breaststroke event, he sank again in the 100m semi-final after finishing behind Murdoch in the heats too.

He slumped to fifth in his semi with a time of 1:02.04, to leave him 11th overall.

Murdoch's victory in the first semi saw him qualify second behind England's Adam Peaty, fastest overall with a time of 59.16 secs.

The home nation have found the Tollcross pool paved with gold so far but Ben Proud and Chris Walker-Hebborn finally ended England's wait for victory.

First Londoner Proud beat former Olympic and World champion Roland Schoeman with a new Commonwealth Games record time of 22.93s in the 50m butterfly final.

Walker-Hebborn then recorded another Games best time of 53.12 seconds in the 100m Backstroke final, holding off Australian Mitch Larkin. Exeter's Liam Tancock and another Australian, Josh Beaver, had to share the bronze after both finished on 53.75 seconds.

In the women's one-length butterfly contest, Scotland's Corrie Scott continued her nation's fine start to the swimming action with a bronze of her own.

Twelfth four years ago in Dehli, the 20-year-old from Bellshill stormed onto the podium with a time of 30.75 seconds as Australia's Leiston Pickett beat Alia Atkinson of Jamaica to the gold.

The delighted Scott said: "If someone had told me this time last year that I would get a bronze medal, I would have laughed in their face and said no way.

"I can't believe it."

Renwick, meanwhile, never came close to reproducing the magic which won him the gold in Delhi in 2010 as he trailed home in sixth place in the four-length freestyle contest.

Instead, it was Fraser-Holmes who produced a breathtaking finish to claim his second Commonwealth title.

The 23-year-old Gold Coast swimmer - a winner in the 4x200m freestyle relay in Delhi - was left in the wake of compatriot Cameron McEvoy for much of the race but sped past the double World Youth Champion in the final 50m to snatch victory.

Callum Jarvis of Wales just edged out David McKeon to take bronze and prevent an Australian clean sweep of the medals.

Canadian Katerine Savard's new Games record of 57.40 seconds was all that denied Siobhan-Marie O'Connor of England in the women's 100m butterfly final, while her countrymen Adam Brown, James Disney-May, Adam Barrett and Proud could only come in third as they lost out to Australia and South Africa in the 4x100m freestyle relay.