Scotland's most successful 'away' Olympics as rowers rock Rio


Scottish sporting leaders are celebrating a record Olympic medal haul at a Games outside of the UK after rowers Polly Swan and Karen Bennett helped the women's eight team claim silver in Rio.

Scots won a total of 13 medals at London 2012 but the previous record at an "away Games" was seven at Sydney 2000.

The silver for the British team in the women's eight rowing means athletes supported by sportscotland have contributed to eight medals so far.

Swimmers Stephen Milne, Duncan Scott and Dan Wallace were the first to claim a medal with silver in swimming's 4x200m freestyle relay, quickly followed by a bronze for Sally Conway in judo.

Silver has also been won by canoeist David Florence, rugby players Mark Bennett and Mark Robertson and rower Katherine Grainger - making her Britain's most decorated female Olympian.

Young cyclist Callum Skinner help Team GB to gold in track cycling's team sprint while Heather Stanning also took gold in rowing's women's pairs with Helen Glover.

Sportscotland performance director Mike Whittingham believes more medals can be won by Scottish athletes over the next week with Andy Murray aiming to defend his 2012 title and further success in the velodrome expected.

Mr Whittingham said: "Congratulations to the Scots Polly Swan and Karen Bennett along with their colleagues for winning silver in the Women's Eight.

"It's the first time in Olympic history that a British team has won a medal in this discipline, and it was a wonderful performance by the team to finish in second place behind the imperious USA crew.

"It's the third Scottish medal in rowing after Katherine Grainger's silver and Heather Stanning's gold, and I'm absolutely delighted for them.

"Rio is now the most successful 'away Games' ever for Scottish athletes with eight medals already won. There are many other medal opportunities for Scottish athletes still to come and I'm certain we will add to that medal toll.

"It's testament to all the hard work by the athletes, sports, coaches and the collaboration between UK Sport and the sportscotland institute of sport that Scottish athletes are delivering record-breaking performances on the Olympic stage."