Amid widespread praise for the seven Scots who have been chosen for the GB team to compete in the European Championships in Zurich next month comes a real pat-on-the-back for Edinburgh AC and the Meadowbank track.
Three EAC members: Lynsey Sharp, Chris O’Hare and Jake Wightman will join fellow Scots Eilidh Child (Pitreavie), Laura Muir (Dundee Hawkhill), Beth Potter and Jax Thoirs (both Glasgow) in a GB squad of 74 to contest the event from August 12 to 17.
Sharp, who will defend the 800 metres title she won in Helsinki in 2012 after a drug cheat was belatedly disqualified, Muir and Potter had already made certain of their places by their performances in the British Championships last month.
But O’Hare, who had missed the British through injury, and Wightman, staked strong claims to be added following their displays in the Diamond League 1500 metres at Hampden last Saturday, while Thoirs was also in form there in the pole vault.
“It’s another hugely encouraging representation from Scottish athletes and with six of those selected aged 24 or under the future looks bright,” said Scottish Athletics director of coaching Stephen Maguire.
“Jake only turned 20 last week and Lynsey has already shown what she can do in European terms. Child, Sharp, O’Hare and Thoirs all set Scottish Native records at Hampden and Muir had already set a Scottish National 1500m record in Lausanne.”
Wightman, a former Edinburgh Schools champion for Fettes College, said: “I’m very pleased to have been picked for a European senior team just 12 months after running at the European Juniors [where he won the 1500m] and I’m particularly proud of the contribution that Scotland, Edinburgh AC and Meadowbank training sessions have made to the middle distance part of the GB team.”
“I was often down at Meadowbank at the same time as Chris and Lynsey on Tuesday nights over the years.”