Tokyo photo by Garry Bowden Sport in Pictures
The latest IAAF World Athletics event rankings were issued last week – and Scotland’s very own Jemma Reekie is right at the top of the Women’s 800m list.
Under a points system based on a number of races, Jemma’s tally is just clear of England’s Keely Hodgkinson, who is placed second.
The pair meet again in Diamond League action from Oregon this weekend when they also face new Olympic gold medallist, American Athing Mu.
In the Women’s 1500m on the IAAF World Athletics rankings, Laura Muir is currently ranked No 2 to Olympic champion Faith Kipyegon.
Well done to both Jemma and Laura and to their coach, Andy Young, on putting athletics in Scotland right up in lights around the globe.
Nick Percy and Adam Thomas
Sprinter Adam Thomas has been in good form this season and he has now posted a Commonwealth Games standard for Birmingham 2022.
Adam was in action at the Welsh Athletics Senior Champs last weekend and won the A final with run of 10.22 (legal wind) for a new PB. That’s inside the 10.23 being asked for under the Team Scotland selection policy for Birmingham.
Krishawn Aiken won the B final with 10.47 and Alyson Bell was sixth in her race with 11.76.
A Scotland men’s 4x100m team of Thomas, Stephen Dunlop, Adam Clayton and Aiken clocked 39.99 for the quickest time by a sprint quartet for 11 years.
Adam was back in action at the Manchester International where he raced as a guest and took second place in the Senior Men’s 100m final with 10.50. Krishawn was third in the 200 with 21.26.
Nick Percy followed up his Scottish Senior title win with gold at the Manchester International with a throw of 59.75m (another CG standard).
Connor Henderson, a silver medallist at Grangemouth, posted a 52.61 Scottish rankings lead in the 400m Hurdles.
Want to work in athletics?
There is a part-time post coming up as the new Distance Coach for Glasgow University AC – a paid position, with the salary to be negotiated.
GUAC are Scotland’s most successful university athletics club in recent years having won the Scottish Uni Indoor and Outdoor titles 10 years in a row.
The club has also witnessed rapid member expansion and now boasts 115 members with this number growing year on year.
The successful applicant as the new Distance Coach will take a responsibility for the event group, planning and delivering sessions which will suit a range of abilities from beginner to national level athletes.
The Distance Coach will report to elected club committee members and work alongside other event-specific coaches, including student coaching assistants who may be able to offer support with the delivery of sessions.
Applications close on August 31