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Golden double for Shropshire's Danny Williams and Chris Walker-Hebborn

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Shropshire's Danny Williams and Chris Walker-Hebborn produced a golden double for the county at the Commonwealth Games.

Williams today revealed his shock after claiming judo gold just days after he was called into Team England, while Ellesmere College Titans swimmer Walker-Hebborn is celebrating victory in the 100m backstroke final.

Williams, 25, beat New Zealand's Adrian Leat by Waza-ari in the -73kgs final at the SECC Precinct last night. It is his first major tournament win after he shocked Leat in a fight which lasted the whole distance.

Williams was only called up to compete in Glasgow after Reading fighter Ben Fletcher suffered a knee injury.

He got the confirmation on Saturday leaving him just five days to prepare for one of the biggest competitions of his life.

"This feels incredible, the crowd were phenomenal, we could have been in England, everyone seemed to get behind us," he said.

"I was nowhere near fighting weight and it has been a very hard six days. I don't think people see that part of the sport, because if you don't make the weight you don't fight.

"Most people would have probably cried if they had been the weight I was a week out from fighting.

"My carbohydrate intake was almost zero, I was having one meal of carbs every three days and six tiny little saucepans of food.

"This was drastic because I did not know I was coming, now I just want to have a Guinness."

Walker-Hebborn clocked a new Games record of 53.12secs at the Tollcross National Swimming Centre and said afterwards: "I'm over the moon and speechless. It helps when you see your squad doing so well and I'm buzzing."

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