Sad passing of 1990s sprinter Keith Douglas

Thursday 4th April 2024

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Keith Douglas, who has passed away at the age of 57, was a leading sprinter in the early 1990s and a Scotland international.

Keith won the Scottish 200m title in 1993 in 21.57 seconds. He also won silver at 200m in 1992 and bronze in the 100m in 1994. He was part of the Edinburgh Southern Harriers relay team that won the Scottish 4x100m title in 1992.

He duly represented Scotland against Wales and Northern Ireland in 1993.

Hailing from Jedburgh, Keith was a reinstated professional and created history in June 1993 by winning a sprint double at the Grand Beltane Sports, the first time amateur athletes had run at a meeting controlled by the Scottish Games Association, a day after new open rules had come into force.

Keith excelled from 60 metres to 400 metres with best performances of 6.98 (60m), 10.75/10.65w (100m), 21.56/21.47w (200) and 48.3 (400m).

After a move to Australia, he was a regular winner at tGifts events and a regular on the Masters sprinting scene there.

Thanks to Stuart Dempster (former Scottish 400m hurdles champion) for making us aware of Keith’s sad passing. We send our sympathies to family and friends.

With thanks to Arnold Black

Keith with his Jedburgh coach Jock Steede (photo supplied)


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