We are currently trialling our new-look independent.co.uk website - please send any feedback to beta@independent.co.uk

Commonwealth Games

Commonwealth Games 2014: Daniel Wallace admits being arrested for urinating on a police car changed his life after winning gold

Wallace admitted the incident in Florida was 'a wake-up call' from his rock star lifestyle

Daniel Wallace bellowed like Hollywood actor Mel Gibson as he won gold at Glasgow 2014 - but acknowledged his rock-star lifestyle almost cost him his moment of glory.

The 21-year-old copied Gibson's line from Braveheart as he shouted 'for freedom!' after claiming Scotland's third pool gold in the 400 metres individual medley.

He admitted he his roar was inspired by the Oscar-winning William Wallace biopic - but also revealed his relief following a brush with the law earlier this year.

The University of Florida student feared at one point that he would be axed from Team Scotland after he was arrested in the United States for urinating on a police car.

He said: "I was very close to not making the team. I got to the point in my life where I had re-evaluate which path I wanted to take and I chose the right one and it ended with a gold medal for me and the whole of Scotland, so I am very happy.

"(Being arrested) was a wake-up call. I was living the life of a rock star, but still trying to perform in the pool.


"You can't do both. I was a student, I was away from my parents, I had a lot of freedom but I have learned to deal with that and channel it the right way.

"Hopefully this is what I will be remembered by."

The anthropology student survived a tough test of his character in his final but passed with flying colours as he stormed past rival Thomas Fraser-Holmes in the final 50 metres to claim victory.

He added: "I watched Braveheart just last week to get ready for this. It is such a Scottish thing and it warms my heart."

Wallace's victory was his nation's third gold of their home games, following the Saltire successes recorded by Hannah Miley and Ross Murdoch on day one.

Meanwhile, Ben Proud and Chris Walker-Hebborn finally ended England's wait for victory in the pool.

First Londoner Proud beat former Olympic and world champion Roland Schoeman with a new Commonwealth Games record time of 22.93 seconds in the 50m butterfly final.

Walker-Hebborn set a new Games best time for the 100m backstroke in his heat - then beat it with his 53.12secs effort in the final.

The 24-year-old from Enfield only switched down from the 200m backstroke event last year but declared his gold medal was proof he had made the right call.

He said: "This is for my mum and my dad because they stood by me through my rubbish years. I changed event last year and a lot of people questioned it because obviously I am not as big as some of the other guys.

"I was tired of the 200, to be fair. Not many people believe in you after swimming rubbish for that long, so to come up with a win kind of sticks two fingers up, doesn't it?"