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Harrogate athletes shine at Glasgow 2014


Published at 9:07am 29th July 2014. (Updated at 10:45am 29th July 2014)

Harrogate swimmer Sophie Taylor has tweeted to say she "couldn't be happier" after taking gold at the Commonwealth Games.

18-year-old Sophie, who trains in Leeds, caused an upset in the pool, coming from behind to take the lead in the home straight of the 100m breaststroke.

The victory saw her come from third place going into the home straight.

She tweeted her delight after taking the title:

It topped a successful day in Glasgow for Harrogate athletes, with James Willstrop taking silver in an epic men’s squash final.

The 30-year-old eventually lost out after an hour and 40 minutes to British teammate Nick Matthew, who called the game "an emotional rollercoaster".

Elsewhere, in the women’s squash, Harrogate’s Jenny Duncalf was knocked out at the quarter-final stage.

Pateley Bridge markswoman Geri Buckley finished 8th in the 25m pistol in her debut Games.

Meanwhile, the first medals are handed out in the diving programme from Wednesday, with Ripon’s Jack Laugher and Harrogate’s Oliver Dingley both in action.