Part one done for Chris O’Hare

There were mixed fortunes for Border athletes Chris O’Hare and Guy Learmonth at the British Open Championships in Birmingham last week.

West Linton’s O’Hare failed to retain his 1,500m crown on his return from injury, but emerged with the silver medal, after a scrappy final, in a time of 3.51.03.

The 24-year-old now has to beat the qualification time of 3.36.20 in the next two weeks to ensure himself a place at the World Championships in Beijing next month.

“It was good – I think I’d describe it as good enough,” said O’Hare. “The job was just to compete well and get in the top two placings.

“Part one of world champs qualification is taken care of – now to run fast.”

Following his fourth place in the final of the 800m, it’s back to the drawing board for Berwick’s Guy Learmonth.

The 23-year-old, who had also suffered niggling injuries in the run-up to the event, made smooth progress through the heats to make Sunday’s final, but despite being in the mix for the first half of the race, he got boxed in on the final bend and faded out of contention as Kyle Langford sprinted clear for victory.