Lynsey Sharp runs 800m World Champs qualifying time

Lynsey Sharp. Picture: Neil Hanna
Lynsey Sharp. Picture: Neil Hanna
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Edinburgh’s Lynsey Sharp ran an 800m qualifying time for the World Championships in China later this season finishing in 2:00.61 in the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meeting in Eugene, Oregon, US.

The 24-year-old described it as a “crazy fast race”. as she shaved another second off her season’s best.

Kenya’s Commonwealth champion Eunice Sum won narrowly in 1:57.82 from American pair Ajee Wilson (1:57.87) and Brenda Martinez (1:59.06) with top European Abebe Aregawi (Sweden) fourth in 1:59.98.

Sharp, who now moves on to Boston for two weeks training with her American coach before the New York Diamond League meeting, joins Jenny Meadows and Alison Leonard who have already posted UK qualifying times for Beijing.

Clubmate Jake Wightman also ran in Eugene in the mile but faded to a 4:05.19 in a race won by Ben Blankenship (USA) in 3:55.72, with British internationalist Charlie Grice eighth in 3:57.80.

GB star Hannah England was also out of sorts, finishing in 13th in the women’s 1500m in 4:19.26 with victory going to Jenny Simpson (USA) in 4:19.26.

Josh Kerr, the 17-year-old EAC hope, posted a personal best of 3:44.12 for 1500m, two seconds better than his previous best, in winning a British Milers Club race at Manchester’s Sports City on Saturday.

Another young Edinburgh Athletic Club star, Cameron Tindle, gave an outstanding display in winning the 90m sprint at the Earlston Border Games on Saturday.

After winning his heat in 9.8 seconds, the 16-year-old clocked 9.6 secs in both semi-final and final, overhauling both Greg Turnbull and Dylan Ali, who were off three metres.