Plenderleith sprints Scotland to Commonwealth relay final

Grant Plenderleith helps Scotland qualify in seventh place with a new national record of 3:03.94
Grant Plenderleith helps Scotland qualify in seventh place with a new national record of 3:03.94

Grant Plenderleith is another Falkirk finalist in the Commonwealth Games after an incredible sprint finish in the 4x400m relay.

The former Stenhousemuir footballer, from Polmont, ran fourth in the Scottish team and closed the gap on England and Jamaica ahead of him in the final lap of the Hampden track.

It secured Scotland a national record, beating the existing 4x400m time which has stood for almost a quarter of a century, and edged them into the final.

The top two finishers from each relay qualify for the final tomorrow night, plus the fastest two teams outwith the top places in each heat. Scotland, with Kris Robertson, Jamie Bowie, Greg Louden and Plenderleith made it via the fastest finishers route.

Now Plenderleith will share the bill with usain Bolt for the second night, with the Jamaican superstar in action later this evening and - probably - tomorrow night too.

Falkirk has supplied several finalists to team Scotland for these Games with Myra Perkins, Jen McIntosh, Ron McArthur, Ross Muir, Kieran McGuckin and Duncan Scott all reaching the final stages of their events. Only Jade Nimmo and Jayne Clason, who each exited in the space of ten minutes on Wednesday morning, have been eliminated prior to their events’ final stages.