"You Should Witness the Games" Says Allan Wells

Date: 19/08/2013

At the turn of the 1980s, there was one man on the track intent on cranking up the pace and taking on the world. Allan Wells flew to Russia for the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games aged 28 and full of confidence, but nobody could have predicted what was about to unfold.

Allan took Olympic gold in the 100m (in 10.11s) and then silver in the 200m (20.21s); setting Scottish records that still stand today. He is also the last white man to hold the Olympic 100m title, a fact that looks unlikely to change anytime soon.

This huge feat came sandwiched between multiple medals in the 1978 and 1982 Commonwealth Games - 4 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze; a tally which sees him still ranked as the most successful Scot of all times in the Commonwealth Games.

Now aged 61, Allan spends his days in Surrey with his wife and fitness expert, Margot, but  still keeps in touch with events north of the border. Last week he was named as a Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Ambassador and had the privilege of unveiling the Queen's Baton, live on BBC's One Show.

"I live 400 miles away, so this is my way of helping. The general atmosphere in Glasgow will be phenomenal next summer and hopefully for Glaswegians it will last a long time after the Games. This is going to be a fantastic time, it really is!"

The Commonwealth Games is special for so many Scottish athletes because it is one of the rare occasions they get to represent Scotland instead of Great Britain.

"There is a wee bit more passion and team spirit in the Scottish team. The GB vest is not quite as personal. Everyone wants to win still, but there is just a little more character around that Scottish vest."

Still keenly following the sport that he dedicated so much of his life to, Allan rates highly Team Scotland's chances going into Glasgow 2014 and Eilidh Child especially, has caught his eye.

"She did extremely well at the World Champs, very gutsy, but technically she still has a bit to go. That says a lot about the personality and character of the person, being fifth in the world but still prepared to focus on things where she can make improvements."

Tickets for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games go on sale today and the legendary sprinter is encouraging everyone to come along and witness the Games in person.

"It will be interesting for people to see world class sport. To get a feel for what the Games are all about and support Glasgow in trying to make them a huge success."

You can order your tickets here.