What a summer Scotland’s elite athletes brought us, particularly those competing in Tokyo at both the Olympics and Paralympics.
At the Olympics there was a silver 1500m medal for Laura Muir and a 1500m bronze for Josh Kerr – and of course many other superb performances, including that close-run 4th place for Jemma Reekie in the 800m.
The Paralympics saw a slew of medals won by Scots – an incredible gold medal for Owen Miller in the T20 1500m; silver and bronze for Sammi Kinghorn in the T53 400m and 100m respectively; two bronze medals for Maria Lyle in the T35 100m and 200m, and a silver for Libby Clegg with Chris Clarke in the Universal Relay.
We were delighted to catch up with several of the Tokyo 2020 athletes after the event – Laura, Josh, Jemma and Owen all treated us to video interviews on our YouTube Channel.
You can watch them all here – and make sure to also visit the channel to subscribe and to view lots more video content on athletics in Scotland – an incredible 158 videos posted in 2021 alone, from athlete interviews to event coverage, from grassroots club sport to elite competition.
In the video above, Laura talks about the highs and lows of her career, persevering through periods of injury and the long years of hard work required to turn her hobby of running into a stellar career.
Here, Josh Kerr tells us about watching his fellow Team GB athletes in Tokyo, the ‘hunting mentality’ he took into his Olympic final, and his Edinburgh AC club-mates Chris O’Hare and Jake Wightman.
In our third Olympic review video, Jemma Reekie tells us how coach Andy Young supported her after her Tokyo final, her emotions at watching training buddy Laura Muir medal, and her hopes for a busy summer in 2022 – and the Paris Olympics in 2024.
Finally, Owen and his coach Steve Doig chatted with us after our Annual Awards – where Owen was named 4J Para Athlete of the Year.
They both paid tribute to the many people at Pitreavie AAC who have helped him progress, Owen looked back on his early running experiences alongside Laura Muir, and Steve reflected on the clear improvements in performance by Owen in recent years, and the massive outpouring of support for the Paralympian after his superb Tokyo performance.