A host of the world’s top athletes was in Glasgow last weekend for the British Athletics International Match at the Emirates Arena.
In front of a sell-out 5,000-strong crowd, a British Athletics squad competed against athletes from across the Commonwealth, the USA, Russia and Germany.
Among the best British performances was Commonwealth 400m hurdling champion Welshman Dai Greene. Competing in the 600m, Greene ran an impressive 1:16.22, breaking the British record.
Speaking after his race about the prospect of returning to Glasgow for next year’s Commonwealth Games Dai said, “'I love wearing the Welsh vest and I'm looking forward to defending my Commonwealth title at Glasgow 2014.”
Another notable performance was Holly Bleasdale who won the Pole Vault competition with 4.60m – just two centimetres below her world-leading best this year.
After her successful competition Bleasdale said, “I’ve never competed in a Commonwealth Games before so to have the first one kind of like in my home country is going to be amazing. It’s nice to have a series of major international competitions in my home country with the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games next year and the World Championships in 2017.”
Scottish 800m runner Lynsey Sharp was also in action, hours after returning from an altitude training camp in Kenya. After her race, Lynsey spoke of her excitement at having a home Games in Glasgow.
“The atmosphere was amazing. I kept seeing faces that I recognised – officials and coaches. It’s nice to think that it will be like that at Glasgow 2014. Glasgow2014 is going to be huge. It’s exciting!”