Great Scots in sports

Andy Murray lit up New York when he won his maiden grand slam title at the fifth time of asking, seeing off Novak Djokovic at the US Open.

But Murray won the second set. Is that a smile?

Despite being a British sporting hero, Murray remains a Scot at heart and joins a pantheon of greats from his home country.

Here is a look at more great sporting Scots.

SIR CHRIS HOY (CYCLING)

Became Scotland's greatest Olympian after the track cyclist picked up three gold medals at the Beijing Games to add to the one he won in Athens in 2004. At London 2012 he added a fifth with victory in the team sprint and a sixth in the keirin, making him Britain's most successful Olympian.

KEN BUCHANAN (BOXING)

The first British boxer to be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, Buchanan just edges out Jim Watt. Became the first British lightweight champion of the world in 53 years in 1970 when he beat Ismael Laguna on a sweltering September night in Puerto Rico. Defended his title twice.

JACKIE STEWART (MOTOR RACING)

The bare statistics tell you how great a driver 'the Flying Scot' was - three Formula One world championships in five years between 1969 and 1973 and 27 victories from 99 grand prix races. Perhaps his greatest legacy, however, lies in his strident efforts to improve driver safety.

KENNY DALGLISH (SOCCER)

Wins a place as Scotland's greatest footballer despite stiff competition from the likes of Denis Law and Jim Baxter. Scored 172 goals in 511 appearances with Liverpool and 30 goals in 102 appearances for Scotland. Won multiple league titles north and south of the border and netted the winning goal for Liverpool in the 1978 European Cup final.

SHIRLEY ROBERTSON (SAILING)

Two-time Olympic gold medallist Shirley Robertson merits her place on the list. Her first medal - at the Sydney Olympics - was the reward for a tenacious performance but her second at Athens was so comfortable she could afford to take the final day off.

STEPHEN HENDRY (SNOOKER)

Perhaps the greatest snooker player of all time. Hendry won the World Championships seven times, a record for the modern era. Made 11 147s in championship play before retiring at the Crucible this year.

BOBBY THOMSON (BASEBALL)

The only entrant on the list better known in the United States than in the country of his birth. 'The Staten Island Scot' - he was born in Glasgow and emigrated aged two - hit baseball's most famous home run on October 3, 1951 - 'the shot heard round the world' - which won the National League pennant for the New York Giants.

JOCK STEIN/SIR MATT BUSBY/BILL SHANKLY/SIR ALEX FERGUSON (SOCCER)

Included on the list in recognition of Scotland's unique contribution to football management. For a country with only five million people to have produced four men who have had such a significant impact on the world's favourite game is extraordinary. Impossible to choose between them.

FINLAY CALDER (RUGBY UNION)

An inspirational flanker who just about gets the nod ahead of Gavin Hastings and the mighty GPS Macpherson, Scotland's first grand slam-winning captain. Calder personified Scotland's efforts in their epic Grand Slam decider against England in 1990. A year earlier he captained the British and Irish Lions to their first series win in 25 years.

ERIC LIDDELL (ATHLETICS)

Probably Scotland's greatest track athlete, he achieved fame at the 1924 Olympics. Missed out on a medal in the 100 metres, his best event, because his Christian convictions prevented him from competing on a Sunday, but went on to win a gold in the 400m and bronze in the 200m.



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