Crowd roars Falkirk’s McGuckin to another record

Kieran McGurkin. Pic by Michael Gillen
Kieran McGurkin. Pic by Michael Gillen

Kieran McGuckin and Duncan Scott smashed two national records in the 4x100m freestyle relay.

McGuckin grew up in Falkirk and progressed through the Falkirk Otters scheme to reach the Commonwealth Games and after an excellent heat where the Scots won and broke the national record, they did it again - though just missed out on the podium places in the final.

25-07-2014. Picture Michael Gillen. GLASGOW. Tollcross. Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Swimming, Day 2. Finals night. Men's 4x100m freestyle. Kieran McGurkin.

25-07-2014. Picture Michael Gillen. GLASGOW. Tollcross. Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Swimming, Day 2. Finals night. Men's 4x100m freestyle. Kieran McGurkin.

McGuckin swam third behind Robbie Renwick and Richard Schafer with the last leg from Duncan Scott who travels to Grangemouth from Clackmannanshire for training.

They finished fourth and McGuckin told www.falkirkherald.co.uk he was “happy”

“We broke the record in the morning and did it again in the final.

“It was an overall team performance and I’m happy with my own split - I did as good as I could.

“It was brilliant having that crowd behind you down the last 15 metres or so when you’re hurting really bad. They made you just want to bring it home.

“The crowd was nothing I’ve ever experienced before.”

Hear more from the Commonwealth Games finalists this weekend on www.falkirkherald.co.uk.