Capital hero Lynsey Sharp (Edinburgh AC) reasserted her position as Britain’s top two-lap runner with a well-judged season’s best of 2:00.37 in the 800 metres at the Diamond League meeting in New York on Saturday.
The 24-year-old Commonwealth silver medallist, who at one stage last week was a doubtful starter after sustaining minor injuries in a fall doing warm-up drills in Boston, was content to sit at the back of the field for much of the race.
Sharp was second last at the bell, reached by the pacemaker in 57 seconds, then gradually worked her way forward before swinging wide coming off the last bend. Though there was no catching the top American, Ajee’ Wilson, who won in 1:58.83 from Kenya’s Janeth Jepkosgei (1:59.37), Sharp came through strongly to finish sixth, two places ahead of fellow Briton Jenny Meadows.
It also restored Sharp to the top of the Scottish rankings ahead of Milnathort’s Laura Muir, who has a recent best of 2:00.42.
Meadows, a former World Indoor champion, was also pleased with her time in eighth place, in 2:00.55, also a season’s best.
The two will clash again in the British World Championship Trials in Birmingham at the beginning of next month.
Scotland’s best male 800m runner, Guy Learmonth, (Lasswade) was beaten in a low-key race in Loughborough by Scottish team-mate Jake Wightman (EAC). Wightman won in a season’s best of 1:48.54, but Learmonth is confident he will be fully fit to represent GB in next weekend’s European team Championships in Russia.
Josh Kerr (EAC) duly delivered in the Scottish Schools Championships at Grangemouth on Saturday, winning the senior 800m in 1:54.41 from Stornaway’s Connor McLean (1:55.50) while Lasswade’s Cameron Steven (1:54.44) was a close second to the outstanding Ben Greenwood (Perth), (1:53.13) in the under-17 800.
Sandy Wilson (EAC) came back from his bronze in the 400m to win the 200m into the wind while Corstorphine’s Anthony Addison beat Joe Arthur (EAC) in the under-17 1500m.
There was a high jump win for South Queensferry HS when Kieran Swanson took the under-15 title with a leap of 1.75m and had a close fail at a record 1.81m.