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on Sunday, 15 July 2012.

David Wilkie

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David Wilkie was only 16 when he won his first major medal, a bronze for Scotland in the 200 metres breaststroke at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Games. He went one better two years later, taking 200m breaststroke silver behind American John Hencken at the Munich Olympics and, as a result, landed a sports scholarship at the University of Miami.

Hencken's 200m breaststroke world record fell to Wilkie at the 1973 World Championships in Belgrade, as the Scotsman won in two minutes 19.28 seconds - 1.24secs inside Hencken's best. Wilkie's gold rush continued the following year as he won the 200m medley and 200m breaststroke at the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch and the same two events at the European Championships in Vienna.

World Double

At the 1975 World Championships in Cali, Colombia, Wilkie retained his 200m world crown and added the 100m title.

Hencken lowered his own 100m breaststroke world record to 1:03.11 at the Montreal Olympics in 1976 to edge Wilkie into second place, but Wilkie was in a class of his own in the 200m breaststroke. He was the only non-American man to win a swimming gold in Montreal - with the USA first in the other 12 events - and did so by shattering Hencken's world record by 3.10secs in 2:15.11.

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on Sunday, 15 July 2012.

Ellen King 1909 - 1994

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Ellen King was an outstanding swimmer who won six British swimming championships, two world records and two silver medals in the 1928 Olympics.

Born in Renfrew, she spent most of her life in Edinburgh. A member of Warrender Baths Club, she represented Britain at the 1924 Olympics in Paris, finishing 6th in the 100 yards backstroke. She went on to win two silver medals in the Amsterdam Olympics in 1928, for the 150 yards backstroke and the ladies relay race.

She won all Scottish Championship titles from 50 to 440 yards, and won six British Championships during her career. She broke the world records for the 220 yards breaststroke and the 150 yards backstroke in 1927 and 1928.

After her amateur career, King taught swimming in Edinburgh schools. She continued to swim until after her 80th birthday.

She was posthumously inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Scottish Swimming Hall of Fame in 2010.

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on Saturday, 14 July 2012.


Olympic Memories

Self-taught Scottish diver Peter Heatly was 24 when he was called up to the Great Britain team for his first major international event.

He recalls the mood surrounding the 1948 Games as one of excitement and wonder.

"Everyone was fascinated with the fact they were being held in London," he says. "It felt like a new start after the war. The world had taken a better turn.

"Everything is so sophisticated nowadays but the great thing in 1948 was just to have been there.

"I can remember the Wembley pool very well and the great capacity audiences.

"I suppose I was a bit of a celebrity but I never thought of it that way. I was too busy trying to do well and I was so absorbed by meeting so many people from all over the world. The whole thing was a great excitement."

Heatly, who is now 88, came fifth in the highboard diving in 1948 and went on to win gold medals for Scotland in the 1950, 1954 and 1958 Commonwealth Games.

He was chairman of the Commonwealth Games Federation from 1982 to 1990, was knighted in 1990 for his services to sport and was inducted into the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame in 2002 .

Despite his status, Heatly is well aware that when he turns up to watch the men's diving at London 2012, someone else will be hogging the limelight.

"I've met Tom Daley before and he is a delightful young fellow," says Heatly. "He has done very well so far and has a great chance."