Lynsey Sharp will run in the Diamond League meeting in New York tomorrow night despite sustaining a grazed side, bruised ribs and damaged elbow tendons when she tripped doing training drills in Boston.
Edinburgh’s Sharp set a season’s best of 2:00.61 for the 800 metres – a World Championship qualifying time – in Eugene, Oregon, last week and she will be hoping the cuts and grazes do not affect her.
Sharp and fellow British runner Jenny Meadows face a field containing no fewer than five American women who have broken two minutes including Ajee Wailson, best of 1:57.67 and only marginally slower in the recent Eugene (Oregon) Diamond League meeting, and Brenda Martinez, who has a best of 1:57.91.
Kenya’s former World champion Janeth Jepkosgei, best of 1:56.04, is also entered though she is nowhere near that form so far this year.
Meanwhile, Capital middle-distance prospect Josh Kerr (Edinburgh AC) is bidding to put the seal on a distinguished career in schools athletics when he runs the A group 800m in the Scottish Schools Championships at Grangemouth Stadium tomorrow.
The 17-year-old George Watson’s sixth year pupil had an outstanding double, winning both 800 and 1500, at the championships last year when they were held at Hampden Stadium as a warm-up event for the Commonwealth Games.
Bizarrely Kerr will be running on the same track again tomorrow because the Games track has been uplifted from Hampden and relaid at Grangemouth as part of the legacy programme. Kerr was Scotland’s 2014 Under-17 Athlete of the Year and has already opened his 2015 account impressively with a personal best of 1:51.18 in last month’s East District Championships at Grangemouth.
EAC teammate Dominic O’Hare will probably attempt an 800/1500 senior double at Grangemouth.
Eilidh Child (Pitreavie) finsixth in the 400m hurdles in 55.97 in last night’s Oslo Diamond League Meeting, more than a second down on her recent season’s best.