EVESHAM swimmer Cameron Brodie produced two sensational performances to clinch a fourth placed finish in the men’s 200m butterfly at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Representing Scotland, the 21-year-old managed to beat South Africa’s Olympic champion and multiple Glasgow medallist Chad le Clos and the rest of the field in heat two as he took a first length lead in the Tollcross pool and did not look back in winning the Saturday morning heat in a personal best time of 1:57.28.
This superb effort booked a place in the final for Brodie – originally from Inverurie and now training at the University of Stirling – and a clearly buoyant Brodie believed he could stun his rivals by winning an unexpected medal.
The Saturday evening final saw Brodie – roared on by a passionate home crowd – again set a new personal best of 1:56.59, but this time le Clos was not to be denied as he clocked a brilliant 1:55.07 to win the gold medal, ahead of Australian silver medallist Grant Irvine and another South African Sebastien Rousseau who claimed bronze, just 0.16 seconds ahead of Brodie.
The future is clearly bright for Brodie, who earlier this year won the gold medal in the 2014 Scottish Gas National Open Swimming Championships 200m butterfly in a time of 1:58.18.