Eilidh Child to captain Scotland in Glasgow

December 5, 2013 10:58 AM

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Eilidh Child to captain Scotland in Glasgow

World 4x400m relay bronze medallist Eilidh Child is to captain the first-ever Scottish team at January's British Athletics International Match.

A Scottish team will be making its debut in the first major event in Glasgow in 2014 ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

They will compete against Great Britain & Northern Ireland, USA and a Commonwealth select.

The Scottish Athlete of the Year will line up in the 400m, , who won Commonwealth Games 400m hurdles silver in 2010,.

"It'll be an immensely proud occasion for me," she said. "There is some really good talent coming through, so it is great for everyone to have the opportunity to compete at the Emirates Arena before the Commonwealth Games.

"It will also give fans the chance to come out and watch some of the athletes they might not have heard of before the summer.

"We don't really get the chance that often to compete in front of a home crowd.

"I was at this event at the start of this year, but it was one of the first times I've had that Scottish support for quite a few years.

"People always get behind all the athletes, so to have that opportunity to go out there and show what we can do with a huge crowd behind us will be incredible."

The full Scottish team has yet to be announced, but Child by European Under-23 1500m bronze medallist Laura Muir, who will line-up in the 800m.

Chris O'Hare will return from the United States to compete in the 1500m, while Jamie Bowie will run in the 400m.

Guy Learmonth will take to the track in the rarely run 600m with the aim of breaking the Scottish record set by David Jenkins 40 years ago.

For the first time in the match's 23-year history para-athletes will take part and Scotland's Libby Clegg and Stef Reid will compete at the Emirates Arena.

Clegg will line up alongside guide runner Mikail Huggins in the T12 60m after winning double silver at the IPC World Championships, while Reid will compete in the F44 long jump with the aim of replicating the form that led to a silver medal at last year's Olympics in London.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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