An extraordinary night at Hampden for both the enormity and abundance of Scottish talent on display…
The undeniable highlight was a stunning silver medal run for Lynsey Sharp in the final of the 800m. Despite being so unwell last night that she was on a drip in hospital, Lynsey stormed her way down the last 100m to steal silver on the line in a time of 2:01.34. Obviously emotional during her lap of honour, the message of “Get Out Strong Commit” written on the back of her hand did the job, it seems, and brought her the much-deserved podium place.
There was also glory for the Men’s 4x400 Relay team, with Kris Robertson, Jamie Bowie, Greg Louden and Grant Plenderleith bringing in a new National Record of 3:03.94 – as well as the all-important place in tomorrow’s Final – third in their heat, but fourth overall and clear winners of a ‘next fastest’ qualification spot.
The Women’s 4x400 team were desperately unlucky, 4th in their heat, and with a run of 3:33.91, just missing out by a mere whisker on a spot in the Final, in 9th place overall – there was some consolation in the news that they had set a new Native Record, stripping eight seconds off the 3.41.45 mark set in 2001.
In the 1500m, a finals spot was booked by Chris O’Hare who finished in 4th with a 3:40.80 run. Jake Wightman and David Bishop both finished 8th in their respective heats – David in 3:43.10 and Jake in 3:43.87; their overall placings – Chris 9th, David 15th and Jake 16th.
There were distinguished runs in the Men’s 10,000m with a 12th place and Season’s Best from Andrew Lemoncello in 28:36.63 and at PB for Luke Caldwell in 14th place with 28:47.39; Callum Hawkins was 20th in 29:12.52.
A sterling performance by Jax Thoirs in the pole vault was not quite enough for a medal place – after a strong start and making it over 5.45 he just failed to clear 5.55 and finished 4th. Gregor MacLean went out with no height after missing 4.80.
Stephen Lisgo in the 3000m Steeplechase finished in 8th with a run of 9:05.13.
In the High Jump final Jayne Nisbet cleared 1.78 on her first attempt but couldn’t make 1.82 and finished equal 10th.
Kirsty Law threw 52.33 in the Discus final, finishing on 11th, and there was disappointment for James Campbell in the javelin qualifiers – his 70.78 throw looked set to get him through to the finals in 12th, until the very last throw of the competition saw him bumped down to 13th, and out of the running. ...