Glasgow 2014: Scots athletes target record medal haul

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Team Scotland is aiming to surpass its best medal tally when its athletes compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Officials are hopeful that more than 200 athletes will perform across 17 sports in July next year.

Scotland amassed 29 medals, including 11 golds at the 2006 Melbourne Games.

Jon Doig, head of Team Scotland, said: "Competing for Scotland at a Commonwealth Games is a highlight of any athlete's career."

The selection period for athletes wanting to represent Scotland opened at the start of the month and closes on 15 May next year.

And Doig said Team Scotland would be aiming for a record medal haul on home turf.

"We're looking at 33 plus medals, that would beat our total in Edinburgh in 1986; 11 plus in the gold medal tally would beat that fantastic Games we had in Melbourne in 2006," he told BBC Scotland.

"And more than 202 athletes would be our biggest-ever team, importantly meeting the standards which we've already set.

"This isn't just about: 'there's a place there, let's get somebody in,' it's about every athlete being there and performing next to their teammate."

Swimmer Craig Benson, 110m breast-stroke semi-finalist, said excitement was building for Scots hoping to shine at the Games.

"I'm aiming for gold; it would be something spectacular but I know it's not going to be easy with the current world record holder and Olympic champion so it's going to be a world class event," he said.

Kirsty Gilmour, Team Scotland, Badminton, added: "A medal is on everyone's minds no matter which sport you're in. Everyone's hoping for that, but you just have to put in the performances to get there."

Marathon runner Derek Hawkins said Glasgow should be proud of hosting the Games, adding that he expected "a really good, supportive atmosphere".

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