It was a bitter sweet experience for Fife AC’s Halina Rees who represented Great Britain at the European Youth Olympics in Trbazon, Turkey.
Halina placed 12th in the 2000m steeplechase final in seven minutes 29.70 seconds, some 23 seconds down on her personal best.
The Crail athlete had at least hoped to improve on her personal best, but this was tempered by the excitement of achieving her first GB vest in what has been an outstanding season with more to come from this talented runner.
Pre-race favourite Elena Loghin (Romania) won the gold medal in six minutes 40.93 seconds well, clear of runner-up Johanna Scuhlz (Germany) 6:46.49.
Halina (17) said: “Although I didn’t do as well as I would have liked, the whole experience was still a really good one and one I wouldn’t have wanted to miss out on.
“I am a bit disappointed with my result because my time was quite a bit off what I know I can do, but it was a really good experience.
“It was so hot out on the track and that really did play a part in the final, although everybody had to deal with it so I am not going to use that as an excuse.”