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Revitalised Hannah Miley emerges from her dark hollow

The parade that awaited Hannah Miley when she returned from last year’s Commonwealth Games was flooded with pummelling rain. A silver medal, another trinket to add to a haul of more than 20 from major events, was hard won under the open skies of Gold Coast. Still a worthy accomplishment, a feat to stand and applaud.

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Andy Butchart wins the Lindsays Short Course cross country in Kirkcaldy. Picture: Bobby Gavin/scottishathletics

Andy Butchart swaps heat of Doha for sodden Kirkcaldy

The pulverising heat of Doha felt a universe removed from the sodden chill of Kirkcaldy as Andy Butchart was transplanted from displaced sand into treacherous mud. A month after surprisingly missing out on the 5,000 metres final at the World Championships, the 28-year-old dusted himself down and returned to his humble roots on the outdoor terrain.

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Scotland coach Shane Burger. Picture:  Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Scotland coach Shane Burger employs super scout to seek inside edge for World T20 bid

If there was any conclusion to be drawn from the excellent cricket documentary, Death of a Gentleman, it was how the odds continue to be stacked against the sport’s smaller nations amid the self-interest shown by the establishment towering above. By chance, its creators became curious witnesses to an overt attempt to wrestle control of the ICC five years ago by means of a coup, instigated by India but with England and Australia as the henchmen roped in for extra cover.

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Jake Wightman will be going for gold in the men's 1,500m final in Doha on Sunday night. Picture: Mike Egerton/PA

Scots trio Wightman, Gourley and Kerr take local rivalry to world stage

Jake Wightman is recounting his early athletic encounters with Neil Gourley with a smile, but also a wince. Inter-District cross-countries, Scottish Schools Championships, under-15 leagues. Jogging together, ignominiously, in the middle of the pack. “Neither of us would be winning,” he complains. “Because neither of us hit puberty until we were 16 or 17.”

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Laura Muir in the women's 1500m semi-final at the 2019 IAAF Athletics World in Doha. Picture: Karim Jaafar/AFP via Getty

Laura Muir safely through to world 1500m final in Doha

Laura Muir’s days of anguish are done now. Weeks when she worried a torn calf would cause her to miss the world championships in Doha, or at the very least, arrived without a prayer. In last night’s 1,500m semis, the 26-year-old resembled her vibrant self – poised and assured.

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Thumbs up from Neil Gourley after winning the 1,500m UK title with an assured run in Birmingham. Picture: Steve Bardens/Getty Images

Neil Gourley’s late surge nails down place in British team

Latterly, a Scottish monopoly of the men’s 1,500 metres podium has become something of a tradition at the UK Athletics Championships in Birmingham, as certain as death, taxes and other surefire bets. The only variation has been a shuffling of the faces involved. And as the bulldozers prepare to demolish Alexander Stadium, it was Neil Gourley who flattened his Caledonian cohorts to wrestle the title away.

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Lynsey Sharp, right, finished second in the 800m at the Muller Birmingham Grand Prix and Diamond League event at Alexander Stadium. Picture: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Revitalised Lynsey Sharp finding her form at just the right time

Amid two years of frustration
and toil, some wrote Lynsey Sharp off as a contender. At times, she was a sceptic herself. No longer, however, is the 29-year-old mired in the middle of the pack. The former European champion has 
resurrected the self-belief to charge ahead and let others take their shot and it was evident in the latest in a string of assured performances at yesterday’s Diamond League in Birmingham.

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