Chris O’Hare claims it’s full steam ahead for London after taking third place in the 1500 metres at the Oxy Classic in Los Angeles.
The Olympic semi-finalist, who sat out the entire indoor season, led off the final bend but was overtaken in the sprint for home as Rio 2016 gold medallist Matt Centrowitz edged out Mo Farah for victory with the Scot just behind.
But O’Hare was left with the huge consolation of a time of 3:34.35 which was inside the world championship standard.
“I’m fit, healthy and happy,” the Capital star said. “It’s nice to come away with a world champs qualifying time. One step closer to London 2017.”
Edinburgh AC club-mate Lynsey Sharp’s uncertain start to the summer continued when she failed to finish the 800m, with British prospect Adelle Tracey coming second to the USA’s Brenda Martinez.
Elsewhere, University of Edinburgh’s Mhairi MacLennan will be among the hopefuls bidding for a place in the 10,000 metres in London this summer via this evening’s world trials at Highgate.
Emma Nuttall begins her comeback from injury in the women’s high jump. “I don’t want to make any massive predictions,” she said. “It’s going to take a while to get back to where I was.”