Capital hope Lynsey Sharp, whose coach Terrence Mahon insisted has another race after getting her tactics wrong at the Sainsbury’s Grand Prix at Hampden, came good with a splendid run in the 800 metres at the World Challenge Meeting in Madrid on Saturday night.
Sharp pulled away from a star-studded field to win in 1:59.72 secs, only .05 sec slower than her best and only her second ever sub-two minutes performance.
Mahon had been annoyed at the 24-year-old Edinburgh AC star for not being in the first three at the bell in Glasgow but Sharp grabbed the initiative in the Spanish capital, going through the 200 metres in 26.8 secs and completing the first lap in 56.9 secs with only the pace-maker (56.0) in front of her.
With 300 metres to go she was out in front and she went on to finish well clear of the American Charlene Lipsey (2:00.91) with three more Americans behind her and former GB rival Jemma Simpson seventh in 2:02.56.
“That hurt but I’m really happy with that,” said Sharp, who will have no more races before the first round of the Glasgow 2014 800m at Hampden a week on Wednesday.
Though taking a lot of confidence from the race, Sharp will not allow herself to be complacent about her medal prospects as two of her main Commonwealth rivals, the Kenyans Eunice Sum and Janeth Jepkosgei, had run significantly faster in the Monaco Diamond League meeting in Monte Carlo the night before.
Sum won in 1:57.92 with Jepkosgei second in 1:58.70, both season’s bests, while England’s Jess Judd was eighth in 1:59.99.
Scotland’s men’s 4x400 metres relay squad were looking lively in individual outings at LEAP, the Loughborough European Permit Meeting on Saturday.
Edinburgh-based Jamie Bowie clocked the fastest by a Scot this season of 46.18 secs in winning his race with fellow squad member Kris Robertson chasing him home in 46.84 secs.
Greg Louden (Lasswade), another squad member, set a personal best of 46.96 secs in another race, the first time he has dipped under 47 seconds.