Guy Learmonth geared up for Glasgow international

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Guy Learmonth (Lasswade) is back from two weeks intensive training with coach Henry Gray in Tenerife and raring to go for Scotland in the 800 metres in the Sainsbury’s Glasgow International Match at the Emirates Arena tomorrow.

Learmoth burst on to the international scene at this meeting last year with a record-breaking run in a special 600m and went on make the Commonwealth Games 800m final.

This is only the second occasion that Scotland have fielded a separate team from Great Britain and Northern Ireland in this indoor meeting which this year also features teams from France and Germany.

Learmonth will face James Bowness (GB&NI), Robin Schembera (Germany), indoor best of 1:46.35, and Paul Renaudie (France), indoor best of 1:48.36.

“Training went extremely well, I did a lot of speed work and I’ve not been this strong before but the main thing tomorrow is to win,” said Learmonth who is targeting the European Indoor Championships in Prague in March.

New Year Sprint winner Cameron Tindle (Edinburgh AC) makes his full senior debut at the age of 16 in the 60m where he will face GB&NI’s Richard Kilty, the World Indoor Champion from Sopot last year.

“I’m hoping he’ll be pulled to a new personal best,” said coach Henry Gray, who missed seeing Tindle win the National Open at the Emirates last Saturday in a new best of 6.91 seconds.

At the same meeting Sarah Warnock (EAC) equalled her indoor long jump best of 6.20m to clinch her place tomorrow and she will have a formidable field against her: Eloyse Lesueur (France), the World indoor champion, best 6.91m, Melanie Bauschke (Germany), 2009 under-23 European champion, best 6.83m, and Jazmin Sawyers (GB&NI), best 6.67m.

Ray Bobrownicki (Edinburgh University) is in the high jump.

Lasswade runner Greg Louden is reunited with his fellow Scottish 4x400m record-breaking relay squad while Kathryn Christie (EAC) is named for both the 60m and 4x400m relay.

Tickets are still available from britishathletics.org.uk.