European and Commonwealth medallist moves to third on the UK all-time list with her 1:57.71 run at the IAAF World Challenge meeting in Berlin
Lynsey Sharp broke the Scottish 800m record and moved to third on the UK all-time list at the IAAF World Challenge meeting in Berlin on Sunday.
The 25-year-old took more than a second off her PB with her winning time of 1:57.71 and beat a strong field including world and European champion Marina Arzamasova. Only Kelly Holmes and Kirsty Wade now sit above Sharp on the UK all-time list.
Sharp had been left disappointed after she failed to make the IAAF World Championships final in Beijing but the European and Commonwealth medallist said she was “delighted” with her performance in Germany.
“It does not make up for the disappointment of missing out on the final of the World Champs in Beijing, but it does give me a massive end of season boost ahead of Rio next summer,” said Sharp.
“I know I should have done better and Sunday proved that to me again, although without making excuses the semi-final draw at the Worlds was tough.”
Sharp had proven her form in the run-up to the championships and the 2012 European champion had been among the medal contenders. Her campaign started well as she ran a 1:58.98 season’s best in the heats, but her 1:59.33 in a fast third semi-final was only enough for eighth and last.
“I just didn’t want the season to end without a PB and a new Scottish record, because I have felt all along I was in good shape and fitness following the hard work last winter,” she added.
“I probably could have beaten my 1:58.80 record in the heat in Beijing but was easing up a little towards the end. I didn’t know then what would happen in the semi!
“But in Berlin I didn’t focus too much on the time. When I came towards the finishing line I did see the clock. I thought ‘that can’t be right, can it?’ but I am delighted with 1:57.71.
“It gives me a great platform for the Olympics next summer. I will enjoy my break now and then start the planning and work for the winter again.”
Germany’s Fabienne Kohlmann finished second in 1:58.34. Arzamasova clocked 1:58.88 in third and world indoor champion Chanelle Price 1:59.99 in fourth.
Nijel Amos won the men’s 800m easily in 1:43.28.
Also in Berlin, British 100m hurdles record-holder Tiffany Porter clocked 12.92 for third in a race won by USA’s Dawn Harper-Nelson in 12.82, while Andy Vernon, who was controversially not selected for Beijing, was fifth in the 5000m with 13:25.52, beating World Champs eighth-placer Isiah Koech.