Commonwealth Games taster for Fife sprinter

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

Burntisland sprinter Ryan Oswald got a taste of what life could be like at this summer’s Commonwealth Games when he competed in the Sainsburys Glasgow International Match on Saturday.

The 24-year-old, racing in the 150m sprint, finished fourth in a time of 16.19 seconds in front of a 5000 capacity Scottish crowd at the new state-of-the-art Emirates Arena.

The race was won by former world 100m champion Kim Collins, representing the Commonwealth team, in a time of 15.84 seconds.

“First of all, it was a PB, so you can’t go wrong with that,” Ryan said.

“It was a bit of a tough lane draw - lane three - I couldn’t get myself round the bend as well as I’d like to.

“I seemed to come home quite strong so I’m blaming it on the lane draw!

“I just enjoyed competing at a great occasion. I loved it.”

Oswald is hoping to return to Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games this summer and will travel to America in a bid to reach the qualification time.

“I’m going out to America after the indoor season to hopefully get qualification for the 200m,” he said. “That’s the main focus.

“At this time of year I’m not really at my best - the speed is not in my legs. I’m just looking forward to getting outdoors.

“This event was just a bonus for me, really, to compete here in front of a home crowd.

“I just soaked up the atmosphere and hopefully it’s just as good at the Commonwealth Games.”

Ryan will complete the indoor season by competing at the Scottish and British Indoor Championships before flying to America.