Scotland’s Eilidh Child expressed delight with her early-season form when she finished third in the 400 metres hurdles in a top-class field at the International Federation’s Diamond League meeting in Doha last night.
Child was timed at 55.43 secs, her fastest-ever start to the season which put her just behind Commonwealth rival Kaliese Spencer (Jamaica), the 2013 World silver medallist, who was timed at 55.05 secs, with victory going to Kemi Adekoya of Burundi, who set a national record of 54.59 secs.
Scottish record-holder Child, whose best is 54.22, took several notable scalps including that of Lashinda Demus (US), the 2011 World champion who was fourth in 55.67.
“I’m really happy with that – it was a good start for me,” said the 27-year-old Kinross star.
“I just wanted to be in the mix and that was hard from lane seven.”
Fellow Briton Jenny Meadows was seventh in the 800 metres in 2:00.91.