Edinburgh runner Lynsey Sharp seeks career kick-start after disappointing year

Lynsey Sharp will bid to reset her career following 12 months of disappointment, starting with Friday night’s opening Diamond League leg in Doha.

Friday, 3rd May 2019, 6:30 am
Lynsey Sharp is based back in the United Kingdom

The 28-year-old Edinburgh runner has radically revamped her routine after missing out on a medal at last summer’s European Championships and failing to earn a spot on the British team for March’s Euro Indoors in Glasgow.

After splitting with her San Diego-based coach Terrence Mahon, it has been confirmed that the 2012 European 800m champion is linking up with British Athletics in-house mentor David Harmer in a return to her previous base in Loughborough.

The Scot has sweated out at a training camp in Portugal ahead of a summer opener that pits her against Olympic silver medallist Francine Niyonsaba and American rival Ajee Wilson.

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And she acknowledged that, in a campaign that will culminate with the world championships back in Doha, ending a five-year medal drought has become the priority.

“That is what is important at the moment,” Sharp said. “There is no point being in making teams just to be there. I want to be there to compete in medals.”