Ryan smashes Scottish record to win silver

Ryan Oswald at the Sainsbury's Glasgow International Match - January 2014

Ryan Oswald at the Sainsbury's Glasgow International Match - January 2014

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Commonwealth Games hopeful Ryan Oswald smashed a 23-year-old Scottish record to grab a silver medal in the 200 metre sprint at the British Indoor Athletics Championships on Sunday.

The Burntisland runner produced a superb performance to finish the race in second place in a time of 21.25 seconds, beating the mark held by Elliot Bunney since 1991.

Ryan admitted that his performance caught him by surprise as he had spent the previous week in his sick bed.

“I wasn’t expecting that considering I caught the flu last week and I was considering not even taking part,” he said.

“I’m quite glad I did because my aim with the indoor was to get the Scottish record, and I did that, so it’s job done.

“I’m focusing on the outdoors now.”

Ryan is travelling to Florida in March in order to try and achieve the time he requires to qualify for this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

“I’ll be doing some competitions out there to try and get the Commonwealth Games time - which is 20.8 seconds,” he said.

“Considering I wasn’t 100 per cent for the British indoors, it’s looking good for the outdoors.

“Things are going in the right direction and I’ve been training hard, so hopefully it pays off.”