Sprinter Beth Dobbin excited by World Cup appearance

Beth Dobbin broke her own Scottish record to win the British 200 metres title two weeks ago
Beth Dobbin broke her own Scottish record to win the British 200 metres title two weeks ago
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Sprint star Beth Dobbin admits her career has accelerated faster than she could ever have hoped for as she prepares to make her debut for Great Britain and Northern Ireland at this weekend’s Athletics World Cup in London.

The Edinburgh AC hope, 24, earned her slot in the inaugural edition of the showpiece by breaking her own Scottish record to win the British 200 metres title two weeks ago.

Now she’ll line up against some of the world’s quickest women in the 2012 Olympic Stadium at an event which features the eight leading countries in the sport over two days with a £1.4 million prize pot on the line.

And Dobbin, who was a virtual unknown two months ago, plans to take the occasion in.

“I never actually believed I could go under 23 seconds,” she said. “But it’s amazing that it’s now brought me my first GB vest. And I just want to take any opportunity that comes along. It’s exciting for me and I’ll want to go out and do well.”

Lynsey Sharp delivered her quickest time of the season last night but still ended up seventh in the 800 metres at the Diamond League meeting in Rabat.

The former European champion ducked under two minutes for the first time in 2018 for a time of 1:59.87 but was still well behind Olympic medallist Francine Niyonsaba, who matched last week’s victory in Lausanne.

Alisha Rees was left fuming after missing out on the 200 metres final at the IAAF world junior championships in Tampere by one-hundredths of a second in taking third place in her semi-final in 23.67 secs, slower than her time in the morning’s heats.

“I’m gutted,” the 19-year-old said. “I thought I ran really well so I don’t know why the time was so bad. I knew I wasn’t going to make it when I saw the time.”

British team-mate Jake Norris claimed gold in the hammer with Niamh Emerson winning the heptathlon and Jona Efoloko landing the 200m title.

Meanwhile, Capital star Libby Clegg has been added to the British squad for next month’s para European championships in Berlin.

The double Paralympic champion will be joined by new guide runner Tom Somers after injury ruled Chris Clarke out for the rest of the season.