Athletes shine at international meet

Laura Muir with her cheque for performance of the day.
Laura Muir with her cheque for performance of the day.

Kinross-shire athletes Laura Muir and Eilidh Child impressed for Scotland at the Sainsbury’s Indoor International in Glasgow.

Against the backdrop of the recently built Emirates Arena, Scotland took on teams representing Great Britain & N Ireland, USA, and Commonwealth Select.

Milnathort athlete Laura Muir raised the roof with her run over 800m bursting into the lead over the final 100 metres ahead of leader from the start Chanelle Price (USA).

The 20-year old veterinary student took maximum points in a Scottish indoor record of 2 minutes 00.94.

Muir said: “Training has been going well so I just wanted to do it for the crowd.

“I knew it was probably going to go off a bit quick with the American and Marilyn Okoro.

“It was a matter of not letting them get too big of a gap and I knew my closing speed would be really good. I just didn’t let them get too far away then really went for it at the finish.

“I’ll move on now to the Indoor World Championships although I’m not sure which event I’ll do.”

A golden finale came at the end of the match with Muir taking the performance of the day award and the Sainsbury’s cheque for £1000.

Kinross 400m hurdler Eilidh Child captained the Scottish team and lined up over the flat 400m.

Nigeria’s Regina George (Commonwealth) powered her way over the opening 100m breaking for the inside of the track with Child on her shoulder.

George maintained her advantage before being overhauled by fast finishing Francena McCorory (USA) while Child lost out to Victoria Ohuruogu (GB) for third.

The Pitreavie athlete said: “I tried to go off hard but I didn’t have any energy left; I think it’s not having enough races in my legs yet,

“I didn’t want to run that slow but it’s just about building it up from here on in.

A Scottish record came in the 4 x 400m where Child closed down Meghan Beesley (GB) over the opening leg.

Diane Ramsey kept Scotland in the hunt over leg two before third stage runner Laura Wake opened up a six metre advantage.

The GB team held pole position to the line while Gemma Nicol brought home Scotland in second place timed at a national record of 3 minutes 35.27 seconds.

The final tally saw Commonwealth Select’s 62 edge out GB’s 59 points with USA in third (53) and Scotland fourth (40).