Lynsey Sharp wins gold after commentators fuel her fires

Lynsey Sharp celebrates. Pic: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Lynsey Sharp celebrates. Pic: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
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After an injury-ravaged 2013, Edinburgh 800m runner Lynsey Sharp demonstrated just why she’s the best in the UK as she claimed gold at the Sainsbury’s British Championships

The next two months promise to be incredibly exciting for the young Scot; first she will compete for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, before representing Team GB at the European Championships in Zurich in August.

Her victory in Birmingham confirmed her appearance at the European Championships – and Sharp admitted the win was fuelled by the BBC commentary team that failed to mention her recent battle with injury during the televised European Team Championships this month.

Sharp clocked 2.01.40 minutes – she thought she had run faster as well after the clock in Birmingham prematurely stopped early in the final of the 800m – as she beat Alison Leonard into second and veteran Brit Jenny Meadows into third.

“I wanted it so badly and so I just didn’t want to let it go especially considering some difficult times I have had over the last 12 months,” said Sharp, who hopes to compete throughout the Summer Series – events proudly backed by long-term supporter Sainsbury’s.

“I was told the clock had stopped early but I wasn’t bothered. I was just pleased to win the race especially after missing last year.

“Last week during the European Team Championships the commentators kept talking about Jenny Meadows and how she had come back from injury and they just ignored my problems and what had happened to me.

“That really just fuelled my fires. I know it shouldn’t bother me, but it does and that’s why it just meant so much to me.

“I think I’ve got a faster time in me this season – all week I was undecided about whether I was going to run or not.

“I didn’t want to put myself on the line and not be able to do myself justice if I was ill. Although I still don’t feel 100 per cent now, I have been getting better and better all week.”

Hammer thrower Andy Frost was also in action at the Alexander Stadium, finishing just outside the medals in fourth with a throw of 70.38m.

Middle-distance runner Laura Muir claimed silver in the women’s 1500m as she ran a time of 4:10.01 to finish just behind Laura Weightman.

And having got to so close to her main rival for the Commonwealth Games, Muir insists things are looking really positive for her right now.

“It was a really good race and I really enjoyed it,” Muir said. “I knew Laura [Weightman] was going to be strong so I just didn’t give up.

“In the last 100 metres I just got on her shoulder and ran as hard as I could, but she had that little bit extra. I’m really pleased overall.

“We’re training quite hard and looking to peak at the Commonwealths, so I’m running a wee bit tired in some of the races, but I obviously ran really good here and we’re looking forward to the future.”

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