Lynsey Sharp smashes personal best in Berlin

Lynsey Sharp says she had a point to prove. Picture:  AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
Lynsey Sharp says she had a point to prove. Picture: AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
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Lynsey Sharp ended her season on a huge high last night with a victory in Berlin that smashed her own Scottish 800 metres record.

The 25-year-old, still disappointed after failing to reach the final of the recent World Championships, delivered a pitch-perfect display in poor conditions at the IAAF World Challenge meeting to win in a time of 1:57.71, with Beijing gold medallist Marina Arzamasova back in third.

It moved Sharp into third place in the UK all-time list, behind Kelly Holmes and Kirsty Wade, and she has now vowed to regroup over the winter and make a concerted tilt at next summer’s Olympic Games.

“I told myself I wanted to finish with a better time than I showed so far,” she said. “So I was very determined to go fast from the beginning. It did not work out well for me in Beijing but I knew I was well-prepared and in a good shape.

“I was last here competing in 2012 so I knew this track is fast. This weather was very similar to my home, I train in such weather so I liked it. My goal for the next season is getting into the final in Rio and then fighting for a medal.”

Elsewhere, Guy Learmonth was fifth in the 600m at the Flame Games in Amsterdam in a personal best of 1:16.70 with the Scot now setting his sights on improving his time before the year’s end. “I’ve got one last big one over 800m in Italy next week,” he said. “It’s all or nothing.”