Across a busy weekend, Scottish athletes put in some stellar performances both at home and abroad. Here’s a quick round up of the best of the action:
Josh Kerr kicked off the weekend success early with a stunning win in Portland, USA. He clocked 3.31.55 over 1500m to record the fastest time ever set on American soil and second fastest in the World this year. Watch his run here: Fastest 1500m ever run in the United States
Saturday night saw Eilish McColgan secure her place at the Tokyo Olympics as she sprinted away from Israel’s Selamawit Teferi and British team mate Jess Judd in the closing stages to win at the European 10,000m Cup in Birmingham. Having represented Team GB in the steeplechase at London 2012 and then in the 5000m at Rio 2016, Tokyo will be a third Olympics in a third event for Eilish. She spoke to Scottish Athletics after her race: Eilish McColgan on her European Cup 10,000m victory
Jake Wightman, Jemma Reekie and Laura Muir picked up where Eilish had left off at the FBK Games in the Netherlands on Sunday. Coming off the back of a sub-2 minute win in Slovakia mid-week, Jemma continued her winning streak by taking 800m victory with a front run to come home in 2.00.77. Laura left her charge for the line late, finishing fast for second place in 2.00.95.
Winner over 800m at the Euro Team Champs last weekend, Jake stepped up to 1500m in Hengelo for an impressive win over a strong field.. The Scottish 1500m Record holder timed his finish perfectly to win in 3:34.67. Watch all the action here: World Athletics Continental Tour Gold – FBK Games Hengelo
Four gold medals, two bronze, a World Record and two Championship Records from Scottish athletes at the European Para-Athletics Championships in Poland
Maria Lyle won a 200m and 100m T35 sprint double with Championship Record performances in both events while Kayleigh Haggo claimed the 100m Race Running (RR3) crown to add to her World title from 2019, ,owering her own world record to 18.11 in the process. Glasgow 2014 gold medallist Libby Clegg, with guide runner Chris Clarke, proved she was back to her best with a victory in the T12 200m.
In the field, Stef Reid added an impressive ninth major international medal to her haul with bronze in a superb women’s T64 Long Jump final, while Alexander Thomson was also a bronze medallist with a new PB of 54.66 in the T38 400m, as fellow Scot Ross Paterson was fourth.
Life time best 😍(18.11) & gold medal 🥇 to @kayleigh_haggo in the women’s 100m RR3!
We ♥️ RaceRunning!
— Para Athletics (@ParaAthletics) June 4, 2021
Scotland Women were in action in their opening two games at the EuroHockey Championship in Amsterdam. Back in the top division courtesy of their memorable win in Glasgow in 2019, Scotland put Spain under early pressure in their opening match on Saturday but eventually lost out 4-1.
Up against 2018 World Cup silver medallists Ireland on Monday, Scotland were unlucky not to get some points on the board after a fantastic performance. Having held the score at 0-0 until the final quarter when a rebound from a penalty corner saw the Irish take a 1-0 lead that they held onto for the win.
Their next match is against hosts Netherlands on Wednesday 9th June.
— Scottish Hockey (@ScottishHockey) June 5, 2021
Scotland Women 7s took 5th place at the opening round of the Rugby Europe Championships Series in Lisbon. Day one began with an agonisingly close defeat to Portugal 14-15 and a loss 12-24 to Spain before the Scots found their stride, racking up back to back wins over Belgium (17-12) and Romania (31-5).
Day two began with a second match with Portugal and a chance to reverse day one’s defeat. After a close first half the Scots had a two point lead and put in a stunning show in the second half to take a decisive 33-12 victory. Their final match with Poland for 4th place was a nail biting affair with the Poles just coming out on top 14-10.
Replays of all the matches can be found here (registration required) Rugby Europe TV
The team are back in Rugby Europe Championship Series action on 25-26 June in Moscow
At the British Swimming Glasgow Meet at Tollcross International Swim Centre, the standout performance was a SB14 World Record time for Scott Quin in the 200m Breaststroke. With 2:25.81, he took over a second off the existing record held by Russian Artem Pavlenko.
There were also wins for Duncan Scott, Kathleen Dawson and Lucy Hope and a host of personal bests from rising stars seeking places at the European Junior Championships in Rome next month.
You can catch up with all he action here: British Swimming Glasgow Meet 2021
The World Triathlon Championship Series in Leeds saw Beth Potter claim 7th place in a strong field as Maya Kingma of the Netherlands won the women’s race ahead of Jess Learmonth, already selected for Team GB for the Tokyo Olympic Games. Gold Coast 2018 gold medallist Flora Duffy of Bermuda was 4th.
The weekend also saw the World Triathlon Para Series come to Leeds for the first time and there was a bronze medal for World and Olympic silver medallist Alison Peasgood (nee Patrick) in the Women’s PTVI race, guided by Nikki Bartlett.
Coverage from Leeds can be found here: Triathlon World Series 2021
Cameron Main and Sophia Green were in action at the Europe Triathalon Cup in Dnipro, Ukraine on Saturday, with both taking bronze medals. Cameron finished just 6 second behind winner Rostislav Pevtsov of Azerbaijan, while it was a first European Cup podium for Sophia, 11 seconds behind winner Yuliya Yelistratova of Ukraine and over a minute clear of 4th place. With Birmingham 2022 in their sights, the duo are striving to make their first Commonwealth Games selection.