Jake Wightman made a superb start to Olympic year with a British Record in Boston – and Chris O’Hare confirmed he is in fine form, too, with an excellent mile victory.
Wightman was among the top performers as the World Athletics Indoor Tour began in Boston, with the European and Commonwealth medallist clocking 2:17.51 to improve the British indoor 1000m best.
Wightman, who finished fifth in the world 1500m last year, placed second to USA’s Bryce Hoppel at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on Saturday night, with the Scot’s time bettering the British record mark of 2:17.86 which had been set by Matt Yates in 1992.
NCAA champion Hoppel had been third at the bell, sat behind leader Wightman and Spain’s world indoor medallist Saúl Ordóñez, but the American went past Ordóñez on the back straight before surging off the final bend to pip Wightman on the line.
It was Wightman’s first indoor 1000m race, with the 25-year-old having clocked 2:16.27 for his only outdoor race at the distance in 2018 in Stockholm.
Chris O’Hare was another Scottish athlete in action in Boston and the European indoor 3000m silver medallist won the Tommy Leonard Memorial Men’s Mile in 3:59.62 ahead of New Zealand’s Nick Willis with 3:59.89.
— NB Indoor Grand Prix (@NBIndoorGP) January 26, 2020
Results are online now for the LSK Masters Relays organised by Scottish Veteran Harriers Club on Sunday.
The event was held at Strathclyde Park and saw wins for Giffnock North AC in the Women’s race and Cambuslang Harriers in the Men’s.
Carnethy HRC were the overall winners of the Devil’s Burdens Relays staged in Fife last Saturday. There was a win for the host club, Fife AC, in the main Women’s category.
Well done to all who competed with around 150 clubs taking part in the 31k four-leg relay which features six runners in each team.