Andy Butchart delivered a strong comeback run on the track in Germany to take down his own indoor mark for the 3000m.
Andy finished fourth in the World Indoor Tour event in Karlsruhe in a time of 7:40.85 which gave him a PB and improved that Record he set four years ago (7:41.05).
Kenyan athlete Bethwell Birgen was clear of the field midway through the race and came home in 7:34.12 before being followed home by Spanish and French athletes.
But Butchart still managed to trim that Scottish indoor record and it was a strong performance after only two races during the past 12 months.
In fact, it had been two years since he raced indoors and so much of 2020 was spent in rehab after injury and surgery that this was a really positive start to 2021 from the Central AC Olympian.
Many congratulations to Andy and his family!
Fourth place in the 3000 metres in Karlsruhe for Andy Butchart in Scottish record of 7:40.85 – 2nd all time to Mo Farah in UK indoor rankings.
— Mark Woods (@markbritball) January 29, 2021
Limited track action was staged by scottishathletics at the Emirates Arena on Saturday with thanks to the Scottish Government and sportscotland.
The 4J Invitational races saw Guy Learmonth hold off the challenge of Neil Gourley to win over 800m in 1:46.73 – with Neil at 1:47.24.
In the 400m, there were runs of 48.14 for Krishawn Aiken and 52.40 for Zoey Clark.
In America, there was a PB over 400m for Nicole Yeargin with 52.51 (sixth best indoor all-time) and a long jump performance by Stephen Mackenzie at 7.28m.
— Linda Nicholson (@NicholsonLinda) January 30, 2021