Commonwealth Games 2014: Harrogate’s Sophie Taylor bids for swimming gold in Glasgow

Swimmer Sophie Taylor  Picture by Tony Johnson
Swimmer Sophie Taylor Picture by Tony Johnson

Harrogate swimmer Sophie Taylor will go for gold in the women’s 100m breaststroke on Monday night.

Taylor qualified as second fastest from Sunday night’s semi-finals after winning her race in 1.07.20.

Jamaican swimmer Alia Atkinson qualified fastest for the final in 1.06.87 and will be the City of Leeds swimmer’s main rival for gold.

Taylor was agonisingly close to gold in the 50m breaststroke but she missed out on a podium position by 23 hundredths of a seconds.

Her time of 31.08 saw her finish fourth behind Australia’s Leiston Pickett (30.59), Atkinson (30.67) and Scotland’s Corrie Scott (30.75).

However, Taylor had swam a British record of 30.56 in the 50m heats and that would have been enough for gold in the final. She also went quicker than her final time in the semis.

The 18-year-old then suffered disappointment in the 200m breaststroke earlier in the competition when she failed to make the final.

However, she has shown she is a dominant force in the 100m by winning both her heat and her semi-final.

Her final will take place at 8.26pm on Monday.

Meanwhile, Harrogate squash players Jenny Duncalf and Chris Simpson both exited their respective singles competitions in the quarter-finals.

Duncalf lost three games to one against world number one Nicol David on Saturday. Simpson was knocked out by English world champion Nick Matthew 11-7, 11-8, 11-9.

Harrogate resident James Willstrop, however, has guaranteed at least a silver medal after reaching the men’s final. He will play Matthew on Monday.

In shooting, Pateley Bridge star Geri Buckley reached the semi-finals in the 25m pistol, finishing eighth overall.

Buckley also came 17th in the 10m Air Pistol event.