Scotland’s Jamie Bowie and Eilidh Child both won relay medals in the final session of the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Sopot, Poland, yesterday.
The success make partial amends for the disappointment of fellow Scots Chris O’Hare and Laura Muir failing to progress from their heats in the first session on Friday.
With Team GB ending up with six medals, including a surprise gold from Gateshead’s Richard Kilty in the 60 metres on Saturday night, officials were able to reflect on a successful meeting.
Tiffany Porter’s 60 metres hurdles bronze was followed by a silver in the long jump from the remarkable all-rounder Katarina Johnson-Thompson, who added the senior World title to the junior one she had previously won, with a jump of 6.81m, just one centimetre further.
Andrew Osagie completed the haul with a bronze in the 800m courtesy of the disqualification of the Pole Marcin Lewandowski for an infringement Osagie himself had spotted and reported.
Edinburgh-based Bowie, whose place in the final quartet of the men’s 4 x 400m was in some doubt despite a 46.5 secs individual split in Saturday’s heats, fully justified his relay selection by holding on to second place after Conrad Williams had opened strongly.
Luke Lennon Ford and Nigel Levine were able to bring the GB team home ahead of Jamaica for the silver medals in 3:03.49, one of the fastest times ever by a British team indoors.
Winners USA actually broke the official world record with 3:02.13 and the Jamaicans broke their own national indoor record with 3:03.69.
As in their heat the day before, Eilidh Child again ran a brilliant first leg in the women’s 4 x 400m despite a harrowing wait to get started after one of her rivals’ starting blocks proved faulty and had to be replaced.
“I tried to switch off from everything that was happening,” explained the Pitreavie club member. “In fact, I didn’t know what was happening.”
Child’s time of 52.2 secs was almost identical to her first run but she had to beat off fierce competition from the Jamaican runner as they broke from lanes.
Shana Cox (51.7), Margaret Adeoye (51.4) and Christine Ohuruogu (52.4) brought the British team home third in 3:27.90 behind USA (3:24.83) and Jamaica.
n Rhona Auckland (Edinburgh University) was third in the British Inter-Counties cross country championship in Birmingham on Saturday. “I’m very pleased,” said Auckland.