Lynsey Sharp remains confident she can join the ever-growing list of serious contenders for Team Scotland for the Commonwealth Games.
The 2012 European Champion is back in action following a desperately difficult time with injury and needs another 800m standard before the qualification window closes on June 8.
Two runs last weekend, including a 53.9 split in the 4 x 400m relay at Loughborough for one of two Scotland teams, augured well for the dash to Hampden. Sharp had clocked 2.03.90
in the 800m at Watford the previous night.
‘I was fine on Sunday until a couple of hours before the race then suddenly felt a bit tired from the run at Watford,’ said Lynsey.
‘Race fitness is totally different to training fitness. That’s why I wanted a couple of races this
weekend and hopefully it will help me over the next few weeks. Each race counts as training as well.
‘I went off too fast in the first lap in Gainesville so that was a lesson learned again. Now we are studying race schedules.
‘Saturday night at Watford gave me a bit of confidence because I am now only one second away. It is similar to 2011 when I opened up with 2.08 after injury and got that down to 2.00 something. I am not someone who starts off with a PB in the first race of the season.
‘I am confident. I’ve had a chest infection since I raced in America and I was on antibiotics for the foot injury so I have to be really careful with my general health. But it would be great to make it for the Commonwealths.’