Borders Games athletes on track for bright future

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IR20140802. 02/08/14. Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014. Athletics, Hampden Park. Men's 1500m Final, Chris O'Hare (SCO) after crossing the finishing line. Picture Ian Rutherford'''�Ian Rutherford 'ianrutherfordphotography@gmail.com'www.ianrutherfordphotography.com'07710337520

It was the turn of Borders athletes to impress last weekend as the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow came to a close – and impress they certainly did.

After coming third in his heat West Linton’s Chris O’Hare competed the 1,500m final on Saturday evening, and for a time on the last lap the 23-year-old was right in the thick of the scrap.

After staying out of trouble on the inside for most of the race, O’Hare sent Scottish hearts racing when he kicked off with 200m left, but finished sixth. The race was won by James Magut of Kenya ahead of compatriot Ronald Kwemoi and New Zealand’s Nick Willis.

O’Hare described the experience as “truly unforgettable” and said that it had given him added incentive ahead of the forthcoming European Championships in Zurich.

“I ran my heart out in Glasgow, I have the Euros in two weeks’ time and I want blood,” he added.

Berwick’s Guy Learmonth also saved his best performance for the big stage by recording a personal best time in the final of the 800m.

On a wet night at Hampden Park, the 22-year-old athlete proved he could hit his peak when it mattered by powering from ninth and last to sixth with a sprint finish.

Learmonth was up against a world-class field which included Olympic champion David Rudisha.

He said: “I have had the time of my life representing my country at the Commonwealth Games.

“It has been an absolute honour. Thank you everyone for your support and thank you Scotland. We delivered!”

Gordon wheelchair athlete Samantha Kinghorn did herself proud by finishing in a very impressive fifth place in the final of the T54 1,500m.

In extremely wet conditions, the 17-year-old was placed in the pack throughout, but never really threatened for a medal position.

Earlier in the week, she had qualified for the final by finishing third in her heat.

There was no rest for Newcastleton sprint gold medallist Libby Clegg this week.

Following her victory in the T12 100m in Glasgow, the 24-year-old and her guide runner Mikail Huggins returned to her Loughborough training base ahead of the IPC European Championships in Swansea from August 18-24.