Lynsey Sharp today insisted she’s primed and ready to go for her Commonwealth Games challenge Down Under in April after a quick detour home.
The Capital ace came second in the 800 metres at yesterday’s Muller Grand Prix in Glasgow in her final indoor warm-up of the winter.
The former European champion now plans to jet back to her base in California this week – missing the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham – and then compete in two last races in Australia before the Games.
But the 27-year-old insisted the appearance at the Emirates Arena, where fellow Scot Mhairi Hendry came sixth in a race won by Latvia’s Liga Velvere, had been worth the trans-Atlantic dash.
“I’m glad I came back,” she said. “It meant so much to me, to come back and race here. But it just felt a bit flat. And I didn’t make the right moves on the last lap.
“I’m still learning indoors, a little bit, and I was lacking a bit of competitive sharpness. That’s what it was all about. I would have loved to have done the World Indoors – but I’m not quite there yet.
“It always takes me like 20 races to get into a season. It was just about getting races in ahead of the Commonwealth Games.”
Meanwhile, Jake Wightman reckons he’s running into the kind of form that could bring him a medal at the Commonwealths – and potentially, the World Indoors which begins on Thursday.
The 23-year-old ripped more than two seconds off his previous best in coming third in the 800m in 1:47.69 behind three-time world silver medallist Adam Kszczot and former European champion Marcin Lewandowski.
And the Capital race will now gear up to join Chris O’Hare in the 1500m with his status at an all-time high.
“I’ll only have had three proper 1500s and miles indoors,” he said. “I feel like I have to run indoors as much as I should. At the worlds, the heats will be a challenge.
“But I should be able to get through them. I know that, outdoors, I need to get through rounds and see how I go from there. I always run to win so I will give it a go.”
O’Hare was forced to sit out Glasgow but British Athletics chiefs have confirmed he will be good to go for Birmingham after coming through a weekend trial run in Loughborough unscathed.