Kirsten McAslan smashes long-standing Scots record

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A Scottish record set by 1980 Olympic 400 metres finalist Linsey MacDonald (Pitreavie) over 33 years ago was broken in Manchester yesterday.

Kirsten McAslan, who represented Scotland in the 4 x 400 metres relay at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, recorded a time of one minute 26.22 seconds for the 600 metres at Sale Harriers Indoor meeting at Sportscity.

That easily beat MacDonald’s time of 1:27.4 set on December 12, 1981 at RAF Cosford and she did it without any pace-maker.

McAslan, a former Scottish 400 metres champion who has strong Capital connections – her Edinburgh mother Fiona (nee Hargreaves) represented Scotland in the 400 metres and 4 x 400m relay in the 1986 Commonwealth Games – had previously recorded 1:28.92 for the rarely run distance on January 8, 2012.