Capital middle distance star Lynsey Sharp is today celebrating after breaking the two-minute barrier for the 800 metres.
The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games choice achieved her long-sought landmark time in the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Lausanne last night where, up against a strong field, she finished fifth in 1:59.67, a personal best by 0.42 seconds and the second fastest time ever by a Scot.
“I’m really, really happy – I knew I just had to race it on the second lap and that’s what I did,” said the 23-year-old Edinburgh Athletic Club member, who went through the bell in around 58 seconds after the pace-maker had led in a far too ambitious 54 seconds. The winner was the Diamond League leader Eunice Jepkoech Sum of Kenya in 1:58.48, but Sharp was the next Commonwealth runner, beating Janeth Jepkosgei of Kenya.
Glasgow’s Susan Scott still holds the Scottish National record of 1:59.02 which she set in finishing fourth in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.
Sharp’s next outing will be in the Sainsbury’s Grand Prix meeting at Hampden on July 12.
Champions EAC are off to Windsor tomorrow for the final meeting of the UK Women’s League with every chance of retaining their title as they trail Birchfield by just one league point and have a better match points aggregate. “If we pull it off – great, but if not we’ve still had a great season,” said team manager Anne Scott., who hopes to have at least four of the club’s Glasgow 2014 picks available, Sarah Warnock (long jump), fresh from a personal best of 6.42 metres in the British Championships, Jayne Nisbet (high jump), Kirsty Yates (shot) and Susan McKelvie (hammer).
Laura Dunn, who ran a new best of 4:21.46 in the British 1500m final, goes in that and the 3000m, while Stacey Downie will leave her graduation celebrations early to tackle both sprints along with Scottish number one Kathryn Christie.