Chris O’Hare today warned his world indoor rivals that he’s ready for battle after another stunning Stateside run in Boston.
The 27-year-old broke his own Scottish record at the New Balance Grand Prix, winning the 1500 metres in 3:37.03.
For the second straight weekend, he was pushed to the line by a Capital rival with Jake Wightman bursting into action following three weeks of training in South Africa to give O’Hare a run for his money.
“I remembered my coach telling me ‘when you make a move make it decisive’,” O’Hare revealed. “I wasn’t decisive enough. I kicked on again and that was enough of a gap over Jake and I could hold him off. But you can’t overlook him. Scotland is killing it at the moment. To have the Scottish record is something pretty special.”
Both now have the qualifying time for March’s world indoor championships with O’Hare fully-prepped ahead of their planned rematch at next weekend’s trials in Birmingham.
“Now we’ve covered the strength side and the speed side,” he said. “Hopefully, I can cope with whatever these guys throw at me.”
Wightman will be waiting for him in Brum – and at the Commonwealth Games – but the 23-year-old has revealed plans to attempt an 800 and 1500m double on the Gold Coast in April.
“The 800 is first so that will at least give me a couple of warm-up races before the 1500,” said Wightman.
“But I don’t know how it would work out if I got a medal in the 800. It might be tough to keep the motivation up. But I think indoors will help me for Commonwealths.
“I know I got better tactically last summer but there were still things I did wrong when I shouldn’t have.”
Elsewhere in Boston, Lynsey Sharp was squeezed into fourth place in the 800 metres with the ex-European champion – in her third indoor outing of 2018 –sitting second with a lap to go but losing out as Jenna Westaway took victory.
Meanwhile, Capital high jumper Emma Nuttall has been forced to pull out of Scotland’s team for the Commonwealths. The former British high jump champion has failed to recover from a knee problem in time.
“Hopefully, I will be back competing in the latter half of the summer season,” she said.