Is Murray’s achievement the greatest ever?

Andy Murray: Can anything top Wimbledon win in Scottish sport? By Kenny Crawford BBC Sport Scotland   “It’s the greatest, eh?” The question of whether Andy Murray’s Wimbledon triumph ranks as Scotland’s greatest ever sporting achievement is undoubtedly being asked in living rooms, offices, pubs and streets throughout the country. Murray’s straight-sets victory over world number one Novak Djokovic ended Britain’s 77-year wait for a men’s champion at SW19. Not only the fantastic result, but the convincing manner of his win astounded audiences everywhere as he became the first Scottish men’s singles title victor at the All England Club since Harold Mahony in 1896. But before we jump into a ‘yay’ or a ‘nay’ in response to the question posed earlier, let’s look at a selection of some of the other great Scottish sporting achievements which could potentially rival Murray’s victory. SIR CHRIS HOY With six gold medals, Sir Chris Hoy is the most successful British Olympian of all time. Sir Chris Hoy with one of his six Olympic gold medals The Edinburgh-born track cyclist, who announced his retirement in April, spread his gold medal haul over three consecutive Olympic Games. His single gold in Athens in 2004, his triple gold capture in Beijing in 2008 and, perhaps most likely, Hoy bagging double gold during his home Olympics in London in 2012 could all be considered as Scotland’s greatest ever sporting achievement. While he won’t feature at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, several of the 17 events will take place at the velodrome named after the 37-year-old. ALAN WELLS MBE Jamaica’s Usain Bolt may deservedly be the talk of men’s sprinting in the present time, but youngsters of today should note the Olympic 100m crown rested on the head of a Scot in 1980. Alan Wells’s 10.25 seconds run at the Moscow Olympic Games is definitely up there as one of the greatest Scottish sporting achievements of all time. Alan Wells reaches the finish line marginally ahead of Silvio Leonard Now aged 61, but 28 at the time, Wells overcame pre-race favourite Silvio Leonard of Cuba in a tight photo-finish. Wells was judged to cross the line just three inches in front of Leonard. Much was made about the credibility of Wells’s victory, given that the American Olympic team had boycotted the Moscow Games.
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