European bronze for Borderer O’Hare

West Linton athlete Chris O’Hare has delivered a medal on the big stage for the second time in seven months.

The 1,500m runner clinched bronze at the Euro indoors in Prague on Sunday to repeat his feat from the European Championships outdoors in Switzerland last August.

O’Hare, an Edinburgh AC member, had to scrap hard for his podium place as he came home in 3.38.96 in a race won by local favourite Jakub Holusa.

Chris had been spiked in the opening metres of the final, but he settled in well and ran a controlled race – after a highly mature heat win on Saturday morning.

“I’m a bit of skin lighter,” said the Borderer, “so I am happy to come away with a medal. I thought I could maybe have challenged more for the win on the last lap, but the two guys who took the other two medals did great.

“I can’t be disappointed with bronze at the Europeans again. There’s no point in coming to a championships and not giving it your all, and that’s my philosophy in life.”

Berwick’s Guy Learmonth was also competing at the event and finished a highly creditable sixth in the 800m final.