Jemma lands gold as medal tally reaches 13 for Scots in Manchester

Sunday 26th June 2022

Photo by Getty Images for British Athletics


Jemma Reekie took gold in the Women’s 800m final with a good run to book her ticket for Eugene.

The Kilbarchan AAC athlete stayed with the pack through a slow first lap and then had the ability to kick at the right time – with a closing 200m in under 28 seconds – to win in 2:06.03 from Ellie Baker.

Jenny Selman finished fast but the UK Indoor champion could not quite catch Isabelle Boffey, who held on to take the bronze medal as the Fife AC athlete clocked 2:06.75.

Reekie will now represent GB and NI at the World Champs and is already pre-selected for the Commonwealth Games with Team Scotland.

Jemma’s win made it four British titles for Scottish athletes over the three days with 11 medals the haul, as well as two in the Para events.

Here are the Sunday medallists . . .

GOLD: Nick Percy Discus

SILVER: Beth Dobbin 200m

Para Medals

GOLD: Steven Bryce 1500m

SILVER: Mel Woods 400m Wheelchair

Nick lands 65.00m Scottish Record and fifth British title



Photo by Getty Images for British AthleticsJemma said: ‘Today means a lot to me. This season has been a bit of a rollercoaster for me but I know I can be ready for the Worlds and I have booked my spot.

‘Some of the British girls are the best in the world so I really couldn’t take anything for granted.

I knew it would be slow because of the wind and I knew some could sprint but I really wanted it out there today.

‘Last year I was so nervous at the Olympic trials whereas today I decided I just needed to do my best and I had prepared myself the best I can.’

Hannah Cameron made it three Scots in that Women’s 800m final and the Aberdeen AAC athlete came home in eighth place.

Beth Dobbin booked her place on the plane to Eugene for the World Champs with a strong run for second in the Women’s 200m final.

Daryll Neita completed a sprint double as Beth came home in a 22.49 time helped by a plus 3.5 wind. Nonetheless, that time is the fastest run by a Scottish woman in all conditions for the 200m outdoors.

‘It felt like a bit of a blur out there today but that’s a good thing,’ said Beth.

‘The best races are probably those that are in a blur. I am buzzing to have got my spot for Eugene. I will lighten my training a little now and then off to the holding camp.

‘The standard across the world is phenomenal and it is so great and honoured to be amongst this bunch.  It proves it to myself as well as others that I am talented and I can do it.’

Andy Butchart finished fourth in the Men’s 500m final and will now need to wait and see if he wins the selection argument for Eugene.

The Central AC athlete finished strongly to move up the field somewhat and finish in 13:46.55 as Marc Scott claimed gold.

Sarah Tait took sixth place in the 3000m Steeplechase with 10:12.21. Krishawn Aiken and Finlay Waugh featured in the 200m heats.

Bera Ajala was in the Triple Jump and finished eighth with a best leap of 15.27windy. Alessandro Schenini leapt to 7.43m

In the Women’s High Jump, Claire McGarvey competed in this event for the first time. Claire and Allie Routledge both cleared 1.67m.

In the Para events, there was a 1500m victory for Steven Bryce of VP-Glasgow with 4:11.57 and a PB run from Derek Rae of Fife AC in fourth at 4:15.97.

‘It was very windy out there, but in terms of my performance I’m very happy to have the win,’ said T20 athlete Steven.

‘I just tried to stay in behind people within the  first few laps, and used my speed in the last home straight. I’m very pleased to have the win here in Manchester at the UK Champs.’

Luke Deighan and Kyle Brotherton featured in the Men’s Para 400m wheelchair race.

In the Women’s 400m wheelchair event, Mel Woods took second place.


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