KINGHORN GOES THE DIS­TANCE

Athletics Weekly - - Action -

LIKE Mary Kei­tany and Lily Par­tridge, Bri­tain’s Sammi Kinghorn is an­other tar­get­ing an au­tumn marathon and the dou­ble World Para Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships sprint cham­pion clocked 52:47 on her half-marathon de­but in prepa­ra­tion.

The 21-year-old placed sec­ond in the women’s wheelchair race be­hind Switzer­land’s Manuela Schar as she works to­wards the Bank of Amer­ica Chicago Marathon, with a spot on Scot­land’s team for the Com­mon­wealth Games in the 1500m and marathon her aim.

Schar broke the course record with 48:43.

“That was pretty tough, I’m ob­vi­ously not used to that dis­tance! But I en­joyed it,” said Kinghorn.

“It’s just keep­ing pos­i­tive the whole way, be­cause in the 100m and 200m I don’t have to think. You’ve got a long time to think about your tech­nique and stay sane!”

On the chal­lenges of mov­ing from the sprints to long dis­tance, she added: “Be­cause I can’t lean my weight into cor­ners I con­stantly have to take my hands off the push rims (to steer). I think it’s all about learn­ing. It’s fast. At some points I was do­ing 36 miles an hour. That’s quite scary! I don’t re­ally like up­hills as much, but the down­hills are fun!”

Course record: Manuela Schar won from Sammi Kinghorn and Liz McTer­nan

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