Samantha Kinghorn, Freya Anderson and Andrew Pozzi learn at Commonwealth Games
By Mark Ashenden
Last Updated: 19/04/18 10:14am
The Commonwealth Games proved to be an emotional roller-coaster ride for the three Sky Sports Scholars on the Gold Coast.
Swimmer Freya Anderson impressed with two bronze medals in her maiden Games, wheelchair racer Samantha Kinghorn just missed out on the podium in the 1500m and marathon, while Andrew Pozzi was sixth in the 110m hurdles final.
It was a stunning effort by Scotland's Kinghorn who started her campaign with fourth in the T54 1500 metres, before shining in the marathon having moved up in distance from her usual sprinting events.
The 22-year-old from Melrose had been in the leading group but the pace proved too much as Australia's Madison de Rozario powered to victory ahead of team-mate Eliza Ault-Connell and England's Jade Jones.
Kinghorn, who only made her marathon debut in Chicago in October, said: "The Games in Australia were an unforgettable experience.
"As a para athlete, I felt completely included and I'm so pleased with fourth in both of my events but I'll be glad to get back to sprinting!"
The double medal haul was a shock for 17-year-old Anderson who had earned her Games place after becoming British 100m freestyle champion and making her senior debut at the World Championships last year.
Anderson clocked an impressive 54.95 seconds for the second leg in the 4x100m freestyle relay as she linked up with former Scholar Siobhan-Marie O'Connor to win bronze.
Australia and Canada remained dominant in the women's relays as Team England settled for third again in the 4x200m freestyle. In the individual 100m freestyle, Anderson just missed out on making the final.
"It was such an amazing Commonwealths," said Anderson who has been struggling with a niggling back injury.
"I didn't expect the medals with the year I've had. They were a big bonus. I went for the atmosphere and experience and I got that with the Australians screaming so loud but it was all really fun."
There was disappointment for Pozzi who arrived Down Under with big expectations after being crowned World indoor 60m hurdles champion in Birmingham.
The 25-year-old from Stratford-upon-Avon qualified fastest (13.29 seconds) but hit the opening hurdle in the final to finish sixth as Jamaica's Ronald Levy won gold in 13.19s.
"It was an untidy race with mistakes," Pozzi said. "We can sit and overthink things but you plough into hurdle number one and you are asking for trouble.
"It doesn't take a brain surgeon to see that I should have been fighting for the medals here.
"I think I was easily good enough to win a medal. And these opportunities do not come around very often - I will have to wait another four years now and that just wasn't good enough."