Commonwealth Bronze for Moray hammer-thrower Dry

A Moray athlete has added to a record-breaking performance by Scotland at the Commonwealth Games when he won Bronze at Hampden last night.

Burghead hammer-thrower Mark Dry was inspired as he took his medalĀ in dramatic fashion, his opening throw placing him just out of the medals – but at the second attempt he produced a 71.65m throw that put him in the bronze medal position.

Alex Smith of England was pushing the Moray athlete all the way but that second round throw was enough to secure the medal for Scotland.

Smith’s team England colleague Nick Miller took the silver medal with a throw of 72.99m while Jim Steacy of Canada took gold with 74.16m.

Dry’s medal is just reward after he was controversially left out of the UK team for the 2012 Olympic Games in London – Alex Smith having been selected in his place.

Mark finished sixth in the 2010 Commonwealth Games with a throw of 67.41m.

26-year-old Dry was brought up in Burghead where his parents still live. He was with Elgin Amateur Athletics Club before later moving to Loughborough to take advantage of better training facilities.

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