Scotland prepares to take largest ever group to overseas Olympics

first_imgLuke Patience won a silver medal at London 2012, but had to requalify for this summer’s games after his partner Elliott Willis was diagnosed with bowel cancer. Patience will now compete with Chris Grube. Athletics PARowing PASwimming PAOther PA Rowers Katherine Grainger and Heather Stanning also have gold medals to defend, with Grainger competing at her fourth Olympic games after success in London four years ago.Michael Jamieson missed out in qualification for the breaststroke, but Ross Murdoch, Robbie Renwick and Hannah Miley will all compete in the pool for Team GB in Rio de Janeiro this summer.Hurdler Eilidh Doyle has enjoyed a successful year so far, setting a new personal record in the 400m race at the Diamond League event in Monaco earlier this month.Colin Fleming will also compete in the men’s doubles tennis along with fellow Scot Jamie Murray, who will be looking to add an Olympic medal to his collection of Grand Slam titles. Scotland has already broken records at the 2016 Olympics and that’s before the games have even started.A record contingent of Scots will be travelling to Rio de Janeiro for next month’s games, with 50 going to South America as part of Team GB.That contingent will surpass the previous record of 31 athletes sent by Scotland to an overseas game since the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, with a number of Scots hoping to pick up medals in Brazil.Andy Murray will attempt to defend the gold medal he won in the men’s tennis in London four years ago, with the world number two and reigning Wimbledon champion focusing on delivering more Olympic glory.last_img read more

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