Edinburgh Athletic Club’s Chris O’Hare took a superb bronze medal in the 1500m at the European Championships in Zurich after admitting his year had been a “bit of a mess”.
O’Hare, 23, clinched third place in three mins 46.18 secs in a race won by Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad, the Frenchman stripped of his steeplechase crown earlier in the week after removing his top as he entered the home straight and sticking it in his mouth as he crossed the line.
“I think I could have challenged Mekhissi-Benabbad if I’d been closer to him in the final 200m,” O’Hare said.
“His 3000m steeplechase disqualification was silly regardless of his behaviour – he ran a superb race against a great field here so fair play to him.
“This year’s been a bit of a mess so this medal is a great outcome for me. I’m done with my season now, I’ll have a few days off now and then get ready for the cross country season.”
Pitreavie’s Eilidh Child, meanwhile, is the 400m hurdles champion of Europe – just two weeks after missing out on gold at the Commonwealth Games.
The 27-year-old and Lynsey Sharp were the poster girls of Glasgow 2014, with both winning silver medals in a Scottish vest at Hampden Park.
The British pair were back in the medal hunt on the penultimate day of the Championships, although only one would top the podium in Zurich.
Sharp was first up at the Stadion Letzigrund and just fell short of retaining her 800m crown, missing out to Maryna Arzamasova despite setting a new personal best.
It looked like Child may also have to settle for silver as her rivals began to gain down the home straight, but she held firm to cross the line in 54.48 seconds to win the 400m hurdles title. The Pitreavie star bagged another medal yesterday after helping the women’s 4x400m relay team to bronze.
Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford also starred in a record-breaking European Championships, with Great Britain topping the medal table after winning five golds on an incredible last day.
The British haul of 23 medals surpasses the previous record of 19 from Barcelona four years ago, while the 12 golds blew away the previous best of nine set in Budapest in 1998. There were eight British medals in all on the final day, five of which were podium-topping displays as the team finished top of the medal list for just the third time in the championships’ history.
The men’s 4x400m relay team got the ball rolling, before Farah in the 500m and Rutherford in the long jump triumphed either side of the men’s 4x100m team. Asha Phillip, Ashleigh Nelson, Jodie Williams and Desiree Henry added a fifth gold of a wonderful Sunday for the British team, romping to victory in the women’s sprint relay in 42.24 seconds - breaking the national record in the process.