Eilidh to captain Scots against the world’s best

Eilidh Child.
Eilidh Child.

Kinross athlete Eilidh Child will tomorrow lead her country into action at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow International Match.

Child will mark history as she captains the first ever Scotland team at the event where they will go head-to-head with GB & NI, USA and a Commonwealth Select team.

Child, who will compete in the 400 metres and the 4x400m relay, will be joined by Milnathort’s Laura Muir.

As well as joining Child in the 4x400m relay, Muir will compete in the 800m at the Emirates Arena.

Stephen Maguire, Scottish Athletics’ director of coaching, said: “It will be a massive experience for the Scotland team.

“It will be a sold out Emirates Arena and gives the team an opportunity to compete in front of a Scottish crowd and that is great preparation and that’s the way I’m looking at it.

“The Scotland team gives the event a different dynamic.

“When you actually sit down and think about it, you look at the likes of Laura Muir, Eilidh Child, Chris O’Hare, they are as good as anything in the US or the British teams and then you start picking through the events and you think ‘you know what, we need to go in with the attitude of doing the best we can, our top athletes absolutely challenging and the younger athletes benefit from the experience’.”

Fresh from recording the second-fastest Scottish men’s indoor 400m of all time on Saturday at the Emirates Arena, Jamie Bowie will look to continue his strong start to the season, as the 24-year-old doubles up in the 400m and 4x400m.

Bowie, who took over half a second off his previous personal best, clocking a time of 47.09 will want to get the better of eight-time global medallist Chris Brown and Moscow semi-finalist Nigel Levine.

The Sainsbury’s Glasgow International Match will be live on BBC One on Saturday afternoon from 1.45p.m.-4.30p.m.