Jemma Reekie says she wanted nothing less than a double gold from the U23 European Champs – and she’s been blown away by the support she’s received since achieving the historic wins – which made her the first British athlete to win double gold at the Euro U23s.
Speaking moments after going on to hit a 1500m PB of 4:02.09 at the Anniversary Games in London on Saturday, Jemma reflected on those two European titles, at both 800m and 1500m: ‘I don’t think it’s really hit me, I’ve been so busy but it’s really special and I was really tired this week and just glad I could come out and perform when I was tired.
‘It’s been amazing, my phone blew up and I can’t believe I had all the support, that really does make it even more special, when you’ve got the supporters behind you and everyone wants you to do well.
‘I knew I wasn’t going to be happy even if I left with a silver and a gold, I wanted two golds, and I’m just really happy I got it right last weekend.’
Jemma’s PB in London wasn’t the only special performance at the Anniversary Games.
If you missed them, catch up now on our video interview series, featuring Andy Butchart on his 5000m Scottish record, Beth Dobbin on her 200m Scottish record, Jake Wightman on an impressive PB in the mile, and Lynsey Sharp on a superb win and season’s best in the 800m.