31 Jul

Scots Hoping For Final Fling

Lynsey Sharp

Two Scots are in contention for a place at the women’s 800m final of the Commonwealth Games on Friday, with both Lynsey Sharp and Emily Dudgeon qualifying for today’s (31 July) semi-final. Lynsey finished second behind England’s Jenny Meadows in yesterday's heat with a time of 2:03:04.

The 24-year-old had been touted as a potential medallist before the Games and received rapturous applause when her name was announced at the national stadium yesterday morning.

Sharp was relaxed post-qualification and focusing on comments on her physical appearance, tweeting: "Favourite comment of the day - you look like Regina George from Mean Girls."

Emily Dudgeon's time of 2:02:35 saw her finish third behind Canada's Melissa Bishop and England's Jessica Judd.

After the race, Emily commented: "The heat draws came out yesterday and I thought I was in a really tough one because they seeded it off times from quite a long time ago. I just thought you’ve got to keep your head down and get a fastest qualifier spot, so to come away with an automatic spot, I’m really happy with that.”

There was no sign of compatriot Laura Muir, however, who withdrew from the heats following a disappointing night in the 1500m on Tuesday. The Scot was in fourth place before appearing to be clipped by a competitor and thus breaking her stride to finish in 11th place.