Capital 1500m runner O’Hare makes 2014 Games grade

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Chris O’HARE (Edinburgh AC) is the latest Scot to bag a Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games qualifying grade in winning a 1500 metres in 3:38.48 at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto, California.

O’Hare, who is also keen to qualify and gain selection for the World Championships in Moscow in August after being so unlucky in missing out on last year’s European Championships in Helsinki, was content to sit at the back through the first two laps.

Wearing a Scottish vest as he was competing unattached, the Tulsa University student then moved impressively through the field on the third lap before boldly striking for home at the start of the final lap.

His time is just outside his personal best, which was set 
indoors earlier this year.

Meanwhile, his younger sister 
Olivia, who is also at Tulsa, hacked more than 11 seconds off her best 1500m, clocking 4:30.73 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

On home turf, Capital hammer-thrower Andy Frost reached the Games target with a throw of 69.37m at a Hammerama meeting at Grangemouth.

Olympic 800m semi-finalist Lynsey Sharp (EAC) showed encouraging form ahead of a big outdoor season when she clocked 2:02.80 on her stage for the GB 4x800m team, who were fourth in the Penn State Relays but still broke the British record for the rarely run event by four seconds with a time of 8:13.46.

Pitreavie’s Eilidh Child clocked 51.6secs on the first leg for the 4x400m team, who were beaten by 0.02secs by USA.