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Inverness Harriers trio in field for Loughborough International

By Charles Bannerman

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Three Inverness athletes are set to represent Scotland in the UK’s top team competition, Sunday’s Loughborough International.

Kirsty Law will once again be competing at Loughborough. Picture: Bobby Gavin
Kirsty Law will once again be competing at Loughborough. Picture: Bobby Gavin

Scottish discus champion Kirsty Law will make a record breaking 14th appearance in a Scottish vest at the event, and she will be joined – both in the 1500m – by European Junior cross country champion Megan Keith and Stephen Mackay.

Law has already exceeded the Commonwealth Games qualifying standard by well over three metres with a throw of 60.13m, and is bidding for four wins in-a-row in this competition.

Her weekend gets under way tomorrow since she has also had an invitation to throw at the prestigious Diamond League in Birmingham.

“I first threw in the Loughborough international away back in 2005 when I was just 18 and it’s been right at the top of my favourite list ever since – and not just because I live there,” said the 35-year-old, who officially entered the veteran ranks last October.

“It’s a really excellent event with a great atmosphere and that’s why I’m always so keen to put on a Scotland vest for it.

“Of course, it’s also going to be a great experience to do the Diamond League and I’m used to throwing back-to-back on consecutive days.

“Obviously selection for this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham is my most immediate priority, but I have the qualification standard by a fair bit so I have to be hopeful that this will be okay.”

Like Law, Keith and Mackay were also in Scotland’s Loughborough team last year, but both move down a distance to 1500m from the 3000m in 2021.

Both are not too far away from Commonwealth qualifying marks – Mackay in the 1500m and his team mate in the 5000m – but standards in Scotland are so high in both of these events that it would be possible to reach the standard but find more than the maximum of three athletes allowed to be selected in front of them in the queue.

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