Lynsey Sharp steps in for injured Eilidh Child

Lynsey Sharp is the Scotland captain
Lynsey Sharp is the Scotland captain
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Capital athlete Lynsey Sharp has stepped in to captain Scotland in Sunday’s Loughborough International following the withdrawal through injury of Eilidh Child (Pitreavie).

So it is one Commonwealth silver medallist for another at the head of what is a mainly young Scottish team for the annual representative pipe-opener in the English midlands between England, Scotland, Wales, the GB Juniors, British Universities and Loughborough Past and Present.

Sharp, pictured below, will run only the 4x400 metre relay as it is early days yet for her to tackle her main event the 800m.

“I’m delighted to captain Scotland and will support my team-mates in any way I can,” said the 24-year-old Edinburgh AC member.

“There are a few young athletes involved this year and if any of them need a word of advice or encouragement then I’ll try to help them out.”

At one point Child was down to run both the individual 400m and the 4x400m relay but a slight back strain has caused her to pull out and, with Scotland’s European indoor relay silver medallist Kirsten McAslan deciding her final exams at Bath University must take priority, another Glasgow 2014 relay rep, Zoey Clark, moves up from the 200m.

Replacing Clark in the 200m will be fellow Aberdonian Alisha Rees, training partner of Kathryn Christie (EAC), who runs the 100m on Sunday, while another EAC member, Emily Dudgeon, makes her first appearance of the season in the 800m. Two more female EAC clubmates, Sarah Warnock (long jump) and Kirsty Yates (shot), are also in the side.

The youngest member of the team will be 16-year-old Cameron Tindle (EAC) who opened the year in such dramatic fashion by winning the New Year Sprint at Musselburgh.

Tindle goes in the 200m where he faces tough opposition from English star Chidi Ujah, who has run under ten seconds in the 100m and whose best 200m is 20.63.

Pitreavie’s Jack Lawrie, who is coached by the remarkable octogenarian John Macdonald, goes for the GB Juniors in the 400m hurdles.

Guy Learmonth (Lasswade) is giving Loughborough a miss to concentrate on his first 800m of the season in the Netherlands a week on Sunday.