Lasswade Athletics star Guy Learmonth was thrilled after he booked his spot at the European Championships with a solid 800m performance in the Sainsbury’s Indoor Grand Prix at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena.
Learmonth went into the event full of confidence after being crowned national champion in Sheffield last week.
He was able to keep that momentum going as he set an indoor personal best of 1:47.38 and, in the process, hit the qualifying standard for the European Indoors in Prague next month.
The 22-year-old breathed a sigh of relief as he realised he had hit the required time. “The aim was to get the time, I have done that and I am on my way to Prague, so I am delighted with that,” said Learmonth.
“It is an indoor PB for me, so I cannot complain. I am full of confidence, it has been a good start to the year, winning the nationals last week and then running an indoor PB this week. I will go away, have a solid couple of weeks and then move on to Prague.
“The whole of my training has been geared towards the European Championships so I had to make sure I got there. I have done that now, so I can get back to training for a fortnight and get ready to go.”
Elsewhere, Chris O’Hare struggled in the 1500m and finished last while Kirsten McAslan was third in the 400m. In the high jump, Scotland’s Allan Smith took victory with a jump of 2.26m – one week after being crowned national champion.
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