Law to continue discus career after British title win
Kirsty Law won her first ever British discus title with 54.23 metres at Birmingham on Saturday, and immediately confirmed that she will continue to compete for at least one more year.
Having reversed an earlier decision to retire, she has now deferred this by a further year after what she describes as her best season ever. That includes a 12th Scottish crown, a major Great Britain selection, top place in the British rankings with 57.66m and now this British title.
“I’m so happy with this win, especially after I was going to retire,” she said.
“This has been my best ever season although I haven’t quite got a personal best, but it’s been my most consistent season, so it’s good for next year to progress on.
“I don’t feel like quitting until I throw another PB and over 60 metres. I like to compete for Scotland and for Britain and I want to throw further.”
Scottish 800m silver medallist Stephen MacKay overcame severe travel delays to make another spectacular breakthrough when an outstanding heat took him through to Sunday’s star studded 1500m final.
The tactical heat started slowly but MacKay still recorded 3:47.75, just 0.16 seconds outside his best, thanks to a last 800m of just under one minute and 56 seconds.
He was unable to hold a field that included world class athletes in an even slower final, and finished 12th in 3:58:00.
MacKay is also progressing as a coach and just before his own final, one of his young athletes, 13-year-old Lachlan Buchanan ran a five second 800m personal best of 2:08.33 at Grangemouth.
Jenny Bannerman burst through the five-minute barrier for one mile on the road when she won the women’s contest at Aberdeen’s Union Street Mile by 47 seconds. The 31-year-old took six seconds off the previous record.
Donnie MacDonald was third in Sunday’s Aberdeen Half Marathon in 73:34.