Su­per Sol’s de­light

Per­sonal best in first race back since sum­mer

Strathearn Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Ross Gar­diner

It may have been Strat­hearn ath­let­ics ace Sol Sweeney’s first race since the sum­mer.

But the 19 year-old knew that he was in good stead to take gold at Satur­day’s Glas­gow Ath­let­ics As­so­ci­a­tion (GAA) Miler Meet.

The Cri­eff ath­lete pow­ered across the fin­ish line of the Se­nior Mens 3000m in a per­sonal best of 8.19.03, see­ing off the chal­lenge of vis­it­ing Ir­ish ath­lete, Daniel Mooney who fin­ished three sec­onds be­hind the lo­cal hot­shot.

How­ever, Sol was con­fi­dent that his ex­ten­sive train­ing would pay off and is de­lighted with the re­sult.

He said: “It’s a re­ally good start to

2018 and hope­fully I can keep it up. Train­ing has been go­ing re­ally well, es­pe­cially see­ing as this was my first race since last sum­mer.

“Even al­though I hadn’t raced since then, I had an idea that I would fin­ish in around the time I did, so I’m pleased.

“I have been train­ing through­out the win­ter on the track, and it has been var­ied with in­door and out­door.

“This has been re­ally good and made a big dif­fer­ence, as it has helped with com­pet­ing with the dry air, so it has def­i­nitely given me an ad­van­tage.”

The GAA Miler Meet may have been the ideal way to kick off 2018 for Sol, but the Glas­gow Univer­sity stu­dent hasn’t set any plans in stone for this year.

He added: “I’m com­pet­ing in the Ed­in­burgh Cross Coun­try this week­end and a cou­ple more later on.

“I’ll tackle a few 1500m races in the sum­mer, but I haven’t made any plans yet.”

Mean­while, fel­low Kin­ross-shire track star Laura Muir – who hails from Mil­nathort – claimed the Women’s 3000m gold with a time of 8.37.21, a whop­ping 18 sec­onds ahead of sil­ver medal win­ner Melissa Court­ney.

Kin­ross’s Eilidh Doyle raced a rare 200m and was pleased with a time of 24.35.

Win Sol Sweeney, pic­tured pre­vi­ously

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