Published: 29/07/2014 23:32 - Updated: 29/07/2014 23:42

Commonwealth medal glory for Moray athlete

Written byCraig Christie

BURGHEAD hammer thrower Mark Dry has won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Hammer thrower Mark Dry shares his Olympic dream.
Moray has a Commonwealth Games medallist in hammer bronze hero Mark Dry.

 

The Moray athlete did Team Scotland proud with a throw of 71.64 metres to pip English rival Alex Smith to third place.

Canadian Jim Steacy dominated Tuesday night’s competition at Hampden Stadium, winning gold with his second throw of 74.16 metres.

Silver went to England’s Nick Miller (72.99) while Dry took the glory of winning bronze and taking the acclaim of the capacity home crowd on the podium.

The 26-year-old was brought up in Burghead, where his parents Angie and Mick still live.

He trained with the Elgin Amateur Athletics club as a youngster, and later moved south to Loughborough where he benefitted from better training facilities.

Dry finished sixth in the Commonwealth Games in Delhi four years ago, and was determined to make up for the heartache of missing out on the London Olympics by grabbing a medal on home soil this year.

His place in Team GB two years ago was taken by rival Smith, the man he beat to claim his Hampden bronze.

The Moray powerhouse was placed fourth after the first round of throws, with Smith’s opening 70.48 pushing him into third ahead of Dry’s 69.73.

But the Scot’s next effort went almost two metres further, and was to end up giving him his greatest sporting achievement.

Don’t miss Mark Dry’s reaction to his Commonwealth Games glory in Friday’s Northern Scot.

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