Scotland’s terrier with a baton Kirsten McAslan produced another fighting display to anchor Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the gold medal in the 4x400 metres relay at the European Under-23 Championships in Tallinn, Estonia yesterday.
Just as she had done at the same venue in the 2011 European Junior Championships, the Glasgow 2014 rep, whose athlete parents Fiona and Ewan are both from Edinburgh, produced an inspiring final lap of 52.0 seconds to hold off Poland and bring home GB to victory in 3:30:07.
Welsh star Seren Bundy Davies had given GB the lead after the first leg with Scotland’s Zoey Clark holding the advantage on stage two and Victoria Ohuruogu handing over a two metre lead to McAslan, who had finished fifth in the individual event two days previously after setting a personal best of 52.13 secs.
Meanwhile, British champions Edinburgh Athletic Club slumped to a disappointing seventh place in the second of the season’s three UK Women’s League matches at Birmingham yesterday.
Severely under strength, especially on the track, EAC managed only two ‘A’ string winners, Gillian Cooke taking the long jump with a leap of 5.74 metres and Susan McKelvie winning the hammer with a throw of 61.57m.
New recruit Kathy Hetherington also won the ‘B’ discus with a throw of 41.75m.
n Athlete Richard Buck has announced he is retiring from athletics to pursue a career as an actor. The international 400m runner from York was part of Great Britain’s gold-medal-winning relay team at the European Indoor Championships in 2013.