Lynsey Sharp breaks Scottish women’s 800m record

Sharp competing in the 800 metres semi-final at the IAAF World Athletics Championships 2015. Photo: Getty Images

Lynsey Sharp broke the Scottish women's 800m record at the IAAF World Challenge in Berlin on Sunday, beating world champ Marina Arzamasova in the process.

The 25-year-old set the new Scottish National Record for the event in one minute 57.71 seconds, making her third in the all-time British list behind Dame Kelly and Kirsty Wade. Holmes set her British record of 1.56.21 back in 1995, while Wade ran 1.57.42 in 1985.

Despite clocking under two minutes on more than half a dozen occasions this summer, Sharp failed to qualify for the final at the World Championships in Beijing last month.

‘I just didn't want the season to end without a PB (personal best) and a new Scottish record,’ Sharp told the BBC.

‘I remember Kelly Holmes winning the Olympic double (800m and 1500m) at Athens 2004 because around that time was when I won my first British title,' recalled Sharp.

‘I was 14 at the time and there's no doubt that as an 800m runner she was a massive inspiration for me.

‘The Berlin run takes me that bit closer to her British record now and I'm delighted. It does not make up for the disappointment of missing out on the final in Beijing but it does give me a massive end of season boost ahead of Rio next summer.'