Lynsey Sharp determined to taste real thing after ‘upgrading’

Lynsey Sharp was eventually presented with her gold medal in Glasgow by her father, Cameron Sharp
Lynsey Sharp was eventually presented with her gold medal in Glasgow by her father, Cameron Sharp
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Reigning European champion Lynsey Sharp doesn’t want to have to wait a year this time to get her hands on a gold medal.

The Edinburgh-born 800 metre runner arrives at Stadion Letzigrund in Zurich as defending champion, but she only received that title a year on, having been upgraded from second in Helsinki following a two-year doping ban for winner Yelena Arzhakova of Russia.

“That’s the thing,” Sharp, who was due to compete in the heats this morning (11.50am), said. “When everyone says about the last one it is, ‘well, it was like it was upgraded’. It would be nice to do it properly and experience the full thing rather than it being a year and a bit later.”

Regardless of how it happened, that gold – her first major senior medal – meant Sharp became Britain’s first female European outdoor 800m champion since Lillian Board in 1969.

Having been unable to celebrate her European crown to the fullest, she made no mistake after her remarkable silver at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last month.

“It feels like a long time ago now, but I thought it was really important after Glasgow to enjoy the moment because I’m never going to have that moment again after everything I’ve been through,” she said.

“Now I feel like I’m back to the normal routine but I’m glad I enjoyed it because I’ve drawn a line under it.”

Fellow Scot Eilidh Child was very impressive in her 400m hurdles heats in Zurich this morning. She was quick out of the blocks, controlled the race from the front and had plenty in reserve as she crossed the line in 55.32 seconds.

The Swiss city was captivated last night by the sight of 40-year-old mother of two Jo Pavey, pictured, winning gold in the 10,000m.