Whatever happens on the track in Saturday’s Sainsbury’s Glasgow International at the Emirates Arena, one Capital athlete will mount the podium to receive a gold medal.
Lynsey Sharp (Edinburgh AC) will at last receive her 800 metres gold medal for the European Championships in Helsinki in August 2012 which she was awarded last year after the apparent winner Yelena Arzhakova of Russia was later disqualified for a doping offence. Though robbed of the chance to hear the national anthem in the famous Helsinki Stadium at the time, Sharp is pleased that at least the much-delayed ceremony will be on home soil.
She said: “It will be a very special moment for me, my family and my support team when I’m presented with my European medal. I’m aiming to be fully fit for the Commonwealth Games and to defend my European title in Zurich.”
Sharp, whose sprinter father Cameron won a European silver in the 200m in Athens in 1982, missed out on the World Championships in South Korea last year due to a foot injury which required surgery.