Photo by Chris Cooper (in 2020)
The USATF Golden Games in the Continental World Tour was billed as the biggest meet of the season so far – and Jemma Reekie and Laura Muir lived up to the label in a terrific 800m showdown.
Jemma took the win with a new outdoor PB of 1:58.27 as Laura closed in for second place with 1:58.46 for a superb Scottish 1-2 for the duo and coach Andy Young.
It was a stacked field, too, with top American and Canadian opposition with those runs landing Olympic qualifying marks for Jemma and Laura.
Canadian athlete Melissa Bishop-Nriagu was pushed back into third in 1:58.62 by Laura’s strong finish in a race which also saw an Olympic qualifying time for GB’s Adelle Tracey at 1.59.50 in fourth place.
Eilish McColgan took fourth with a strong 1500m run at 4:03.89 – to again land an Olympic qualifying mark.
Josh Kerr was fifth in the men’s 800m in 1:45.74 with that run inside the qualifying standard asked for by Team Scotland for Birmingham 2022. Guy Learmonth eighth in 1:46.85.
There was another Commonwealth Games standard to come for a Scot, as Steph Twell returned to track action in the Women’s 5000m. Steph, selected for the Olympics in the marathon, clocked 15:36.07 to take seventh place. Jess Judd was fourth in 15:06.02 to land an Olympic standard.
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