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Scottish athletes shine in Indoor Season Opener

Scotland's mascot for the 2014 Commonwealth Games and Final table of the International Match
Published: 27 Jan 2014

Round up of Sainsbury's Glasgow International Match

 Ahead of the Commonwealth Games later this year, Scotland fielded a separate team of athletes from GB for the first time in the traditional season opener.

The Sainsbury’s International Glasgow match was hosted in the Emirates arena where the badminton and track cycling will take place later this year.

The other team’s athletes came from Great Britain and Northern Ireland, USA and the Commonwealth Select XI respectively. Four points are given for win, three for second place , two for third and one for fourth. Each team enters one athlete per event.

Scotland’s star performer was 20-year old Laura Muir who won the Woman’s 800m with an impressive time, putting her sixth on the Scottish all time list.

In the men’s 1500m meanwhile, Scotland’s Chris O’Haire, who made it to the World final last year, managed to hold off Commonwealth Select XI’s Magut and Great Britain’s Charlie Grice to win in a thrilling sprint finish.

The Scots also had a surprise winner in the Men’s 600m with Guy Learnmonth timing his run to perfection with a Scottish record defeating pre-race favourite Britain’s Andrew Osagie.

The other Scottish winner came in Woman’s visually impaired, T11/12/13 race where pre-race favourite Libby Clegg won convincingly with a new lifetime best.

The team Great Britain athletes also faired fairly well with stand out performances from James Dasaolu. He went under 10 seconds for the first time since last season as well as making the world 100m final. He defeated the Commonwealth Selects XI Dwain Chambers, just running outside his personal best.

In the Woman’s Pole Vault Holy Bleesdale marked a successful victory comeback after suffering from an Achilles injury. She will hope it is a sign of better things to come after a difficult 2013 season.

The Great Britain men’s 4x400m relay team were also successful by beating a Commonwealth Select XI comprising of Bahamian relay Olympic champions from 2012 as well as a strong American team. The Great Britain women’s 4x400m relay team also convincingly won as well.

Whilst in the longest event of the day, the men’s 3000m Andy Vernon continued his good form from the cross country season pushing America’s world indoor champion Bernard Legat all the way before eventually coming in second place.

Closer to home there was representation from St.Mary’s Richmond in the Men’s T44 60m, GB’s Michael Poulton. However he was unable to prevent Richard Browne of USA winning convincingly. He did however manage to achieve a personal best coming home in fourth place.

The Scottish team came in fourth on the team point’s table in their first sports event outing with a significant 40 points. This overall performance showed they are going to be a force to be reckoned with in the Commonwealth’s Games to be held in Glasgow in the summer where they will have a large home crowd backing.

The next event of the season will be the British athletics indoor championships in Sheffield on the 8th and 9th February. Where the best British athletes will look to book their place at the World Indoor Championships to be held in Poland in March.

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