Jemma lands World Indoors silver in Glasgow to take first major medal

Sunday 3rd March 2024

Photo by Bobby Gavin

Glasgow 24 Results

Jemma Reekie landed the first major medal of her career with a fine silver at the World Indoors in Glasgow.

The Scot handled a tactical race well but lost out over the closing 100m or so to Ethiopian Tsige Duguma (2:01.90)

Jemma clocked 2.02.76 and was clear in second place with the time not important in a championship final. Noelle Yarigo took bronze in 2:03.15 at the age of 38.

It felt like a breakthrough moment for the kilbarchan AAC athlete who won a 1500/800m European U23 double back in 2019.

Now Jemma, 26 later this week, will turn her focus towards the summer season with the Olympics a big target and, possibly, the European Champs in Rome.

‘I knew those girls were going to throw something at me that they were confident with,’ said Jemma.

‘They were just better than me. I stood on that track wanting nothing other than the win but it is my first Senior medal. I made some mistakes but I will learn something from it.

Jemma crosses the finish line clear in second place at the Emirates Arena (photo by Bobby Gavin)

‘It is unpredictable but that it what is going to happen with all these great girls running so fast and more coming through.

‘I thought I would come here and learn something and I have. I really wanted to walk away with that gold medal in front of a home crowd but it is my first Senior medal, I have got to take it.

‘I was loving it the atmosphere; soaking it up and enjoying it, and that is the main thing.

‘I have got a global medal now and I definitely want one of those Olympic ones. This will be a good stepping stone going forwards.’

Photo by Bobby Gavin


Tags: Emirates Arena, Jemma Reekie, World Indoors 2024

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