Chris O’Hare admits getting back to running for fun has given him a major lift after he scored a brilliant victory at the Adidas Boost Games in Boston.
The 26-year-old from West Linton, now restored to full fitness following the knee injury that ruined his Olympic ambitions, burst forth on the final lap of the 1500 metres to leave Kenyan duo Edwin Kiptoo and Charles Simotwo in his wake and win in 3:39.31.
And with the standard for August’s world championships in London already secured, O’Hare claims he’s now got the green light to get back to what he does best, which is to graft and compete.
“After getting the qualifying time the season’s been about trying to race,” he said. “I had a hard time (at the Diamond League) in Eugene with the allergies. I passed out. But I’m getting back to raw racing. It’s what I enjoy doing. I didn’t even need to look at the clock. I was just waiting until 150 to go to open up and it worked.”
His Edinburgh AC club-mate Jake Wightman lowered his 800 metres personal best for the second time in a month by taking fifth place in 1:46.07, the seventh-quickest time ever by a Scot. Edinburgh’s Lynsey Sharp was fourth in the women’s 800m in 2:01.13.
Elsewhere, Edinburgh pair Zoey Clark and Alisha Rees delivered quick efforts over 200 metres rankings in the British Women’s League match at Eton. Rees ran a wind-assisted 23.30 seconds with Clark recording a personal best of 23.14 before running 53.33 in the 400m as Edinburgh came third in the match.