Published: 29/07/2014 09:25 - Updated: 29/07/2014 09:36

Dry prepares to 'give it everything' for Team Scotland

Written byCraig Christie

A DELIGHTED Mark Dry is ready to give it all for Team Scotland is his quest for Commonwealth Games gold tonight (Tuesday).

Mark Dry hopes a partisan Hampden crowd can cheer him to Commonwealth hammer gold.
Mark Dry hopes a partisan Hampden crowd can cheer him to Commonwealth hammer gold.

The Moray hammer ace will do battle with 11 throwers all vying for glory in the final at Hampden Stadium, which gets underway at 8.40pm.

Dry, 26, from Burghead, won qualifying group B on Monday in front of a partisan home crowd, needing just one throw to beat the 70 metre mark needed to reach the final.

"Obviously I’m really happy," he told the Northern Scot. "Just relieved to get that out of the way and getting a feeling for the crowd and circle.

"Now I just want to get going tomorrow night and give it everything for my country."

Among Dry’s rivals for the medal positions is Englishman Alex Smith, the athlete who pipped him to a place in the London Olympics two years ago.

Smith was second highest qualifier behind team mate Nick Miller, with Dry’s single throw of 71.62 metres just behind in third.

His Scotland team-mates Andy Frost and Chris Bennett also made it to Tuesday night’s final, meaning the home trio will get a strong backing from the ‘Hampden roar’ inside the stadium.

Dry’s message to the Scotland fans on Monday was: "Thanks again for the support, been a crazy busy day here."

Canadian Jim Steacy was fourth-placed qualifier on Monday, while Tim Driesen (South Africa), Amir Williamson (England), Chandrodaya Singh (India), Dempsey McGuigan (Northern Ireland), and Cypriot duo Alexandros Poursanidis and Konstantinos Stathelakos.

Meanwhile Scottish cyclist David Millar, who was brought up in Forres, goes for gold in the men’s individual time trial on Thursday and men’s road race on Sunday.

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